Trust Me! project: resources for doctoral supervisors
Trust Me! is an ongoing research project led by Dr Kay Guccione and funded by the Leadership Foundation for HE, investigating the behaviours that are important in building trust and creating 'quality' doctoral supervision relationships.
The resources available via the below website have been developed and collected in response to the findings, and are intended to be helpful to supervisors.
Recruitment & managing expectations
Assessment & examination
Student career planning & researcher development
Useful information for supervisors: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/fms/staff/supervisor/
University of Sheffield
Using Writing as a Driving Force for Research
The success of a research group is ultimately measured by its publication output. It is therefore essential for principal investigators to establish conditions that will favour efficient, high-impact publication of research. In this workshop, participants will explore how to take a more proactive, strategic approach to writing that not only enhances publication success but also has a positive impact on the research itself. Participants will also gain insights into the practicalities of building an effective and sustainable publication strategy in an academic research setting. A key aim for the day is therefore to develop tangible resources that can be applied directly in participants’ own groups.
- Understanding the writing process
- Writing as a driving force for science research
- Approaches to managing publication output in academic settings
- Developing a group publication strategy
Supervisor as Mentor
This session covers some introductory mentoring and coaching ideas and techniques useful in cultivating successful relationships with those you supervise. It acknowledges and builds on the pre-existing conversation and supervision skills of participants, helping to develop a mentoring style of communication that is applicable to all working relationships. Experience gathered from the Researcher Mentoring Programme is used to inform this session and build skills for use of mentoring techniques in a research supervision context.
Supervising Research Students: setting up the partnership
This session offers some ideas you can use to acknowledge and agree the supervision partnership and get off to the best possible start. Known as the ‘contracting’ process in coaching, inviting open discussions about expectations, roles, responsibilities, and how you can each work best together, can support the building of effective relationships that weather through testing times. This session acknowledges and builds on the pre-existing supervision skills and experiences of participants and offers a chance to reflect on what has worked for you.
Supervising Thesis Writers
Helping stalled students take control of their PhD thesis can be achieved through 1:1 mentoring-style conversations, turning problems into solutions using a 'Solutions Focused Approach'. This workshop will share some of the data from an on-going study into the barriers to thesis writing, as identified by students who are writing up. We will share practical techniques for enabling your students to take responsibility for the writing process, make a plan, get started, and stay started. This session acknowledges and builds on the pre-existing supervision skills and experiences of participants and offers a chance to reflect on what has worked for you.
Supervision Shaken or Stirred: Managing student expectations with ICE
There is a recognised need for development of our understanding of the management of postgraduate research students' expectations, and tools to explore the supervisory relationship (Ali, Watson and Dhingra, 2016). This workshop aims to explore the ICE (Ideas, Concerns, Expectations) communication model as a tool in managing student and supervisor expectations of the PhD supervisory relationship and journey.