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Research Supervisors' 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.

 

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 2020-2021

Programme Hilary Term 2021

Date

Title

Location

Time

Fri 29th January 2021

Visiting Expert (Hugh Kearns, Flinders University, iThinkwell, Adelaide) - Fundamentals of Research Supervision

UCD

2-3:30

Fri 12th February 2021

Attracting the Right Candidate

UCD

2-4:30

Thur 25th February 2021

Mental Health and Well-being for Postgraduate Students

Recording

TCD

3-4:00

Thur 4th March 2021

Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity

Recording

TCD Only

1-2:00

Fri 5th March 2021

Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles & Responsibilities

UCD

2-4:30

Fri 26th March 2021

Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base

UCD

2-4:30

Thur 8th April 2021

Supervising Part-Time PhD Students

Recording

TCD Only

1-2:00

Fri 16th April 2021

Supervising Doctoral Students in off-site locations

RCSI

2-4:30

Thur 29th April 2021

Supporting Students with Disabilities through the Supervision Process

Speakers: Dr Vivian Rath, Dr Patricia McCarthy, Professor Michael Shevlin & Dr Declan Reilly 

This workshop will present an insight into the postgraduate research journey from the perspective of two former PhD students with disabilities and their supervisor. Through a three-way conversation it will focus on the stages of the PhD, identifying the barriers and the enablers to student’s success. It will offer information on the disability services available, and attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions. 

Recording

TCD

4-5:00

Fri 30th April 2021

Building Resilience and Supporting Wellbeing

UCD

2-4.30

Fri 7th May 2021

Visiting Expert (Prof Bob Harris Karolinska Institute, Sweden) Leadership in Research Supervision

UCD

2-3:30

Thur 20th May 2021

Beyond the PhD - Preparing Students across the Research Cycle

TCD

1-2:00

Fri May 28th 2021

Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva voce (MAEV)

UCD

2-4.30

Programme Michaelmas Term 2020

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
Friday 27th November 2020 Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners & Viva voce 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.