PGR Supervisor Development

PGR Supervisors Network on Canvas

On the PGR Supervisors Network Canvas site you will find a wide range of training and support for developing your practice as a PGR supervisor. These resources are designed to make you reflect on your current practice as a supervisor, to help you make deliberate choices in how you approach your supervisory practice, and to underpin your practice with scholarly evidence. The PGR Supervisors Network is aimed at supervisors on all Postgraduate Research Degrees, including PhD, MPhil, MD and Professional Doctorates.

On the Canvas site, you can access compulsory online training modules for new supervisors and internal examiners, as well as a wide range of further developmental support. You will also find information about our upcoming PGR Supervisors Network seminars.

To self-enrol on this Canvas site, please go to:

PGR Supervisor Network Seminars

As part of the PGR Supervisors network, we will be hosting monthly lunchtime (12:00-13:30) seminars online. These meetings will be an opportunity to hear from and share with fellow PGR Supervisors, and discuss supervisory practice and challenges with colleagues from across the institution.

Dates for the 2020-21 Academic year are indicated here. You can book a place for any one of these sessions through CoreHR and all sessions will be facilitated online through Teams. Recordings of past sessions will also be made available here for those who are unable to attend on the day, and we encourage you to continue to the conversations using the discussion/chat function in Teams or here on Canvas.

We would like to make sure these sessions are relevant and useful for you, so please do get in touch if you have thoughts or ideas for future topics:

Fostering good relationships while supervising remotely

23 September 2020 1200 - 13:30 (online)

Although some life is returning to campus, University guidance on supervision is that supervisory meetings should take place online for a while longer. With the start of the academic year and the arrival of a new PGR students, now is a good time to reflect on how best to support our PGR students settle into their programmes and continue to support our existing students, while still working remotely. You may already have experience of supervising online, or this may be entirely new to you. In this seminar we will reflect on the experiences of supervising during lockdown, supervising online more generally, and discuss challenges and opportunities for the new academic year. Please do join us to share your experiences and/or questions with fellow PGR supervisors, share tools and techniques you have found useful, or just discuss your experiences of supervising more generally.

Sign up now through CoreHR. Once registered, you will receive detailed joining instructions in due course.

Peers for PhDs – supporting PGR wellbeing

21 October 2020 12:00 - 13:00 (online)

Peers for PhDs is a student-led project, who work across all faculties, aiming to improve PGR wellbeing at the university, through regular meetings for those who need a chat and to share problems with other researchers. During the current lock-down the group have had regular meetings in zoom. This seminar will be a panel discussion with the organisers of this group. This is a great opportunity to hear about the challenges that PGRs face and how they are building a community of support. This will be an opportunity to discuss challenges, potential solutions, and the role of the supervisor in supporting PGR wellbeing.

Sign up now through CoreHR. Once registered, you will receive detailed joining instructions in due course.

Future seminar dates:

18 November 2020

20 January 2021

24 February 2021

24 March 2021

Please also see the Academic CPD series for relevant up-coming development opportunities.

Please book on to workshops and CPD seminars via the CoreHR Portal.