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The Research Supervisor Development Programme is a unique IUA collaborative webinar series run by Graduate Studies and Academic Practice in association with UCD 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 programme of online activity runs from January 2023- May 2023 and highlights approaches to common challenges, current practices and pedagogies within the field of research supervision. Panel discussions with experienced research supervisors and experts, professional staff and research students will take place across this interactive programme, offering a platform for discussion and an opportunity for peer learning and exchange.

TCD Only - Enhancing Research Student Supervision

This half-day in-person seminar, with lunch, will address three important topics: The changing role of the supervisor across the research degree lifespan; Managing expectations through supervision agreements; and Co-supervision: Challenges and opportunities for supervisors and students.

This session is for anyone involved in supervising research students. The aim is to offer opportunities to share good practice and also to network with other supervisors.

Friday March 10th, 09.30-14.00 (inclusive of lunch), The Neil Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub


09:30 - Tea & Coffee

10:00 - 11:00 – The changing role of the supervisor across the research degree lifespan,
Professor Laurence Gill

11:00 - 12:00 - Managing expectations through supervision agreements,
Dr Victoria Crossley, Imperial College London

12:00 - 13:00 - Co-supervision: Challenges and opportunities for supervisors and students,
Professors: Owen Conlan, Jennifer Edmond, Peter Arnds and Dr Nicola Basaraba

13:00 - 14:00 - Networking lunch

Register here

Collaborative Programme 2022-23


Upcoming Events




13th April 2023 - Rescheduled to 4th May 2023

Strategies for managing conflict in the research supervisor-student relationship

Online TCD 13:00-14:00
11th May 2023 Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva voce In person UCD 13:00-15:00
12th May 2023 Navigating Challenging Conversations Online The University of Connecticut 14:00-16:00
  Previous events this year      
9th February 2023 Mental health and wellbeing for research students and supervisors - Closed Online TCD 13:00-14:00
17th February 2023 Attracting the ‘Right’ Candidate In person UCD 13:00-15:00
23rd February 2023

Developing Clinician-Scientist Relationships to Progress Clinical Research

Online RCSI 13:00-14:30
10th March 2023 Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities Online UCD 14:00-16:00
23rd March 2023

On-line and Distanced Learning in Research Supervision; Benefits and Challenges.

Online RCSI 13:00-14:30
31st March 2023 Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base In person UCD 13:00-15:00

UCD in-person events will take place at the UCD Sutherland School of Law, William Fry Theatre (L143).


Recordings of Supervision Events

  • Successful Remote Supervision of Research Students - Funded by the National Forum for Teaching & Learning - Prof Bob Harris, Karolinska (full details can be read here) Recording
  • Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity College Dublin, 3rd March 2022. Recording
  • Preparing the Ground: Considerations when taking on a new PhD Candidate, 24th March 2022. Recording
  • Mental Health and Well-being for PGR Students: Canaries in the Coalmine: Supervisors' and Postgraduate Researchers’ Mental Health and Well-being, 7th April 2022. Recording
  • Career Development and Networking for Research Students, 28th April 2022. Recording