Effective Postgraduate Research Supervision: Update for Experienced Supervisors

Course Code

Fully Booked


James Baxter,Christina Robinson,Adrian Slater,Katherine Owen


This course is for experienced research student supervisors. Graduate
Board requires all experienced research student supervisors new to Leeds
to take this course before they act in the role at Leeds. If no course
dates are available please register your interest by contacting
academicdev@leeds.ac.uk, and you will be advised when further
course dates become available.

It is assumed that those attending this course will have: supervised
research students; have experience of supervision meetings and in
identifying problems, both academic and pastoral, faced by postgraduate
research students.

Friday, December 31, 9999, 09:30 to 13:00

Max Places:


Aim of Training:

The aim of this course is familiarise experienced research student
supervisors with current policies and procedures for research degree
candidatures at Leeds. Research degree programmes have been through much
change over the last 20 years, both at Leeds and nationally. This course
will describe the current Leeds system which in some cases is different
to those of other institutions.

The course also aims to help experienced staff reflect on what
constitutes good practice in research student supervision.
Graduate Board requires all research student supervisors to undertake
training as a research student supervisor before they act in the role.
This applies to those new to research student supervision as well as
those who are experienced in the role but new to Leeds. This is in line
with the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA’s) expectations.

Session outcomes:

By the end of this course participants will be better able to: list the
responsibilities of a research student supervisor at Leeds; describe the
University’s requirements for the admission, induction, training needs
analysis, progress monitoring and examination of research students;
implement the University’s policies and procedures on supervising
research students.

Session content:

The course works through a model of good practice for research degree
supervision at Leeds which is based on the University's policy and
procedures for research student supervision as defined in the University
Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidatures. The course will
consider the following phases in a candidature: admission, induction,
training needs analysis, monitoring progress, ethical review, transfer
and final examination.

Learning Method:

The course is delivered through tutor presentation and tutor lead
discussion based on the experience of the participants whilst
supervising research students.


The course is lead by an academic who is typically a member of Graduate
Board’s Programmes of Study and Audit Group (PSAG), a director of a
graduate school or an experienced postgraduate research tutors. PSAG is
responsible for the University’s policy and procedures for research
degree programmes. Contributions are also made by Research Student
Administration, the Legal Advisors Office, the Staff and Departmental
Development Unit and Leeds University Union’s the Student Advice Centre.