Effective Postgraduate Research Supervision

Course Code


Katherine Owen,Christina Robinson,Alice Temple,Michael Spencer,Claire Honess

This course is for staff new to the role of postgraduate researcher
(PGR) supervision. (At Leeds those studying for a PhD, MD, and
professional doctorate, MPhil or Master by Research Res are referred to
as PGRs in recognition of their contribution to the University’s
research.) Graduate Board requires all PGR supervisors to undertake such
training before they act in the role. 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.

Monday, April 23, 2018, 13:00 to 16:30

Max Places:

Aim of Training:

The aim of this course is to help PGR supervisors develop best practice
in PGR supervision. Graduate Board requires all PGR supervisors to
undertake such training before they act in the
role. This is in line with the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA’s)

Session outcomes:

By the end of this course participants will be better able to: describe
the role of a good supervisor; list the responsibilities of a PGR
supervisor at Leeds; provide an excellent PGR experience.

Session content:

The course will consider a model for good PGR supervision and situate
this relative to the University Code of Practice for Research Degree
Candidatures. The course will consider the challenges of PGR
supervision and provide guidance on the support for PGRs and
their supervisors.

Learning Method:

The course is active in nature with participants developing models of
good PGR supervision and discussion of PRG scenarios. There is also some
tutor presentation.


The course is led by academic tutors who are typically the Dean of the
Doctoral College, Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research
Studies and/or the chair of Graduate Board’s Programmes of Study and
Audit Group (PSAG). PSAG is responsible for the University’s policy and
procedures for research degree programmes. Contributions are also made
by services supporting PGRs and their supervisors.

Related Courses:

Allied with this course is a separate Role of the Internal Examiner
course which covers in detail the process of research degree