Training for supervisors


These are delivered throughout the year and the recordings and slides of the previous sessions can be found on the Supervisor Resources Moodle site.  You can also access details of the Researcher Development Programme on Moodle (enrolment key RDP2024).


Introduction to Supervision

The University run supervisor training for new or aspiring supervisors is delivered through CAPITAL and is available to staff by arrangement.

The aims of this workshop are:

  • to consider how to select a PhD student
  • to consider the features of a good supervisor
  • to know the responsibilities of a supervisor
  • to discuss approaches to meetings
  • to anticipate some common supervision problems

Contact to find out dates.

Themed supervisor training sessions

Past sessions include:
  • Getting over the Line: What helps and what hinders timely submission by Dr Shane Dowle (2019)
  • The UK doctorate: history, features and challenges by Professor Rosemary Deem and Dr Shane Dowle (December 2019)
  • Inclusive doctoral education: attracting and retaining Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Doctoral Researchers by Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman (February 2020)
  • Independent Chair Q&A by Dr Chris Megson, Emerita Professor Jane Broadbent and Alex Borrett (February 2021)
  • Supporting PhDers with Writing Problems by Professor Pat Thomson (March 2021)
  • Examining a Doctoral Thesis by Dr Gill Houston and Professor Rosemary Deem (March 2021)
  • Staff neurodivergent self-advocacy for students/employees: An online workshop with Dr Chloe Farahar (July 2022)

 Contact to find out about future sessions.

Supervisor forum 

These are held a couple of times a year and on different themes. Our recent forum at the Festival of Research in June 2024 discussed AI and the research degree. Future forum dates are communicated via email to all Supervsiors.

Contact us

By email:

By phone: 

  • 01784 276886
  • Manned 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Thursday 

In person:

  • Visit our helpdesk in room S-105, Founder's South Tower
  • Open 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays


Quick links

Supervisor Resources Moodle site

Disability and Neurodiversity Services Moodle page