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Research Supervisors' Development Programme

Graduate Studies in association with Academic Practice (CAPSL), are pleased to announce the Research Supervisor Development Programme for 2021-22, a unique IUA collaborative webinar series with UCD, TCD, RCSI, DCU, MU, NUIG, UCC and UL.


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 December 2021 - May 2022 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.

Collaborative Programme 2021-22

Register on Event Brite for all events except for the Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity which you can register for here.






Fri 10th Dec 2021

Successful Remote Supervision of Research Students - Funded by the National Forum for Teaching & Learning - Prof Bob Harris, Karolinska (full details can be read here)

A recording of this event can be viewed here

Online TCD/UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 4th Feb 2022 Understand Brain Development as it Relates to HEI Students   Online UCC 14:00 - 15:30
Thur 17th Feb 2022 The Same or Different? Supervision of the Professional Doctorate Online UL 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 18th Feb 2022

Explore Practical Strategies for Enhanced Student Success and the Development of Graduate Attributes through Curriculum Design, Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Online UCC 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 25th Feb 2022 Supervising Research Students and Clinical Practice Online RCSI 14:00 - 15:30
Thurs 3rd Mar 2022

Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity (TCD only)


Online TCD 13:00 - 14:00
Fri 4th Mar 2022 Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles & Responsibilities Online UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Wed 9th Mar 2022 Intensive Writing Retreats – A Key Support for Doctoral Student Success Online NUIG 13:00 - 14:00
Thurs 24th Mar 2022 Preparing the Ground: considerations when taking on a new PhD candidate Online TCD 13:00 - 14:00
Fri 1st Apr 2022 Supporting Academic Writing Online DCU 14:00 - 15:30
Thurs 7th Apr 2022

Mental Health and Well-being for PGR Students


Online TCD 13:00 - 14:00
Fri 8th Apr 2022 Recruitment and selection of research students - Top Tips Online NUIM 14:00 - 15:30
Thurs 28th Apr 2022 Career Development & Networking for Research Students Online TCD 13:00 - 14:00
Fri 29th Apr 2022 The Student's Voice Online UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 6th May 2022

Identify the Risks and Opportunities of Contemporary Socio-cultural Contexts Relating to Students’ Learning

Online UCC 14:00 - 15:30
Thur 19th May Navigating Difficult Conversations with Research Students Online TCD 13:00 - 14:00
Fri 20th May Managing Common Challenges in Research Supervision Online NUIG 14:00 - 15:30

UCD Programme 2021-22

Booking is through the UCD Booking Centre

Fri 28th Jan 2022 Fundamentals of Research Supervision - Hugh Kearns, Flinders Online UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 11th Feb 2022 Attracting the ‘Right’ Candidate Face-to-Face UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 25th Mar 2022 Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base Face-to-Face UCD 14:00 - 15:30
Fri 27th May 2022 Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva voce (MAEV) Face-to-Face UCD 14:00 - 15:30

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.