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Research Supervisor Development Programme

The Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Trinity Teaching & Learning co-host a series of workshops on best practises for effective supervision of research students. In 2021/22 the Research Supervisor Development Programme has been designed as a unique IUA collaborative webinar series with UCD, TCD, RCSI, DCU, MU, NUIG, UCC and UL. 

2021/22 Research Supervisor Development Programme

The goal of the programme is to develop and support research staff in their roles as supervisors through a delivery of interactive online workshops and seminars. The workshops focus on the approaches to common challenges and current practices within the field of research supervision. The interactive programme hosts panel discussions with experienced research supervisors and experts and offers an opportunity for peer learning and exchange of best practice.

Please see below the collaborative schedule of workshops and follow the links to register online. The seminars hosted by the Graduate Studies Office and Academic Practice (CAPSL) in Trinity College are highlighted in blue.

Date & Time



Registration Link

Fri 10 Dec 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

Successful Remote Supervision of Research Students - Funded by the National Forum for Teaching & Learning - Prof Bob Harris, Karolinska Institute TCD/UCD

Fri 4 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

Understand Brain Development as it Relates to HEI Students UCC
Thu 17 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 The Same or Different? Supervision of the Professional Doctorate UL
Fri 18 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

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

Thu 24 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 Mental Health and Well-being for PGR Students TCD
Fri 25 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 Supervising Research Students and Clinical Practice RCSI
Thu 3 Mar 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity (TCD only) TCD Register here
Fri 4 Mar 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles & Responsibilities UCD
Thu 24 Mar 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 Preparing the Ground: Considerations when taking on a new PhD Candidate TCD
Fri 1 Apr 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 Supporting Academic Writing DCU
Thu 7 Apr 2022 13:00 - 14:00 Navigating Difficult Conversations with Research Students TCD
Fri 8 Apr 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 Recruitment and Selection of Research Students - Top Tips NUIM

Thu 28 Apr 2022, 13:00 - 14:00

Career Development & Networking for Research Students TCD
Fri 29 Apr 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 The Student's Voice UCD
Fri 6 May 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

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


May TBC 14:00 - 15:30

Managing Common Challenges in Research Supervision NUIG

2020/21 Research Supervisor Development Programme

Below we included the recordings of the Research Supervisor Development workshops delivered in the previous academic year 2020/21.

  1. Mental Health and Well-being for Postgraduate Students, 25th February 2021.

  2. Introduction to Research Supervision at Trinity College Dublin, 4th March 2021.

  3. Supervising Part-time PhD Students, 8th April 2021.

  4. Supporting Disabled Students through the Supervision Process, 29th April 2021.

Regulations and Resources

The current Regulations for Eligibility to Supervise Research Students are available in the Calendar Part III.

If you have any questions please contact the Administrative Officer in Graduate Studies or check for answers on our FAQ page.