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Research Supervisor Development Programme

This programme is jointly hosted and developed by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies & Academic Practice, Trinity College Dublin, Graduate Studies, University College Dublin and RCSI.

Registration open in 2021

Who is this programme for?

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.

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.

Programme 2020-21

Further events to be advertised.

Date Title Venue Time

Friday 9th October 2020


Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base

Online - UCD 2-3:30

Friday 23rd October 2020


Building Resilience and Supporting Wellbeing Online - UCD 2-3:30

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.