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Training for supervisors

Find out about what training is available to you as a supervisor

Introduction to Supervision

The College 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

These are delivered throughout the year and the recordings and slides of the previous sessions can be found on the Supervisor Resources Moodle site.

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)

 Contact to find out about future sessions.

Staff neurodivergent self-advocacy for students/employees: An online workshop with Dr Chloe Farahar - 1 July 2022

In this two-hour workshop, staff will cover material about supporting neurodivergent students, as well as receive information outlining effective methods of support and communication. The workshop also aims to challenge stereotypes and educate on the realities of the neurodivergent experience.

PART ONE: Understanding, accepting, & embracing neurodivergent ways of experiencing the world

  • Learn what neurodiversity is as a sociopolitical paradigm and example neurodivergent experiences (neurodevelopmental)
  • Understand that everyone has challenges and strengths because as a society we are neurodiverse
  • Learn that the environment needs to adapt for neurodivergent experiences, not disable us for being different

PART TWO: Practical approaches to building neurodivergent-inclusive practices

  • Learn the types of differences, difficulties, and barriers we might experience and face as ND people/students/employees
  • Learn how you can help students self-advocate, and how you can adjust your practices to support ND student/employee needs
  • Learn what an Inclusive Learning Plan/Inclusive Working Plan is, and what is required by law to put in place for disabled students/employees

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