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Research Supervisor Development Programme 2019-20

This is a programme jointly hosted and developed by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin; Academic Practice & eLearning (APEL); and Graduate Studies, University College Dublin.


The aim of the programme is to prepare and support research staff in their roles as supervisors. It clarifies key institutional regulations and practices, and highlights the changing role of universities and supervisors in the area of graduate supervision. It discusses roles, expectations and responsibilities of the research supervisor, and acknowledges the challenges of research supervision and the accompanying examination process. The rationale is to support research supervisors to reflect on their supervision for both pedagogic and professional development reasons whilst cultivating scholarly exchange by encouraging supervisors from across the disciplines to share and critique dialogues about supervision.


This programme is targeted at research supervisors new to their role, from across the disciplines, as well as more experienced supervisors who wish to share and expand their knowledge and experience.

Programme 2019-20





Friday 17th January 2020


Visiting Expert – Hugh Kearns - Fundamentals of Research Supervision (Flinders University, iThinkwell, Adelaide) UCD 2-4:30

Thursday 23rd January 2020


College Regulations - Panel Discussion (TCD Only) Neil Hoey Theatre, Long Room Hub, TCD 2-4:30
Friday 14th February 2020

Attracting the ‘Right’ Candidate

UCD 2-4:30
Wednesday 19th February 2020

Supervision Challenges in an Open Scholarship era  

Global Room, TCD 2-4:30

Friday 6th March 2020


Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities UCD 2-4:30

Friday 20th March 2020


Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base UCD 2-4:30
Rescheduled to 21st April 2020 Best Practice in Supervision Training Global Room, TCD 2-4:00
Friday 1st May 2020 Supervising Doctoral Students in off-site locations RCSI 2-4:30
Friday 8th May 2020 Building Resilience and Supporting Wellbeing UCD 2-4:30
Friday 29th May 2020 Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva UCD 2-4:30
Friday 5th June 2020 Avoiding Common Pitfalls - visiting expert UCD 2-4:30


Inclusive Supervision
Trinity Inclusive Curriculum

The TIC Resource Website includes information on Inclusive Supervision 

Visions of Academic Supervision at Doctoral Level in Trinity: the VOS Study

The number and diversity of postgraduate students has increased over the past years within the Irish higher education system and at Trinity College.

Trinity has a long and established tradition of PhD research and is now embarking on a study to explore views on the nature of effective supervision and approaches to practice within and across disciplines among experienced members of academic staff and research leaders.

The work is being led by a cross-college postgraduate supervision research group (PSRG) formed in 2008. The group comprises academic staff from a range of Schools, with representatives of Academic Practice & eLearning (APEL) and the Graduate Studies Office. Dr David Delany in Academic Practice conducted the field research (interviews and focus groups) on behalf of the group between January and July 2009. Preliminary results were presented at the NAIRTL Annual Conference  TCD Nov 11-12, 2009.

Please also see reports below.

A review of the international literature on doctoral supervision covering the history of the PhD, factors affecting PhD completion, and an overview of several models of the supervisor-supervisee relationship.