Best practice for supervisors

All postgraduate researchers at the University of Dundee deserve high-quality supervision and a productive relationship with their supervisory team

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The Doctoral Academy supports academics in developing their supervisory skills and exploring best practice.

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Expectations of supervisors

The roles and responsibilities of main supervisors, second supervisors, and postgraduate researchers at the University of Dundee are laid out in full in Section 3 of our Quality Code.

Research Degrees Quality Code

Supervisors should also be aware of the UK Council for Graduate Education’s Good Supervisory Practice Framework.

Supervisor training

The University of Dundee offers training and refresher workshops for supervisors.

Training themes include supervision regulations and protocols, supervisor roles, giving feedback, management and administration, the role of student support, mental health and wellbeing resources, and equality and diversity.

Research integrity training

As of the 2020-21 academic year, completion of the online research integrity staff course (Responsible and Ethical Practice in Research and Publication) is mandatory for supervisors.

Resources for supervisors

External resources

A number of institutions publish and compile best practice resources for supervisors of research students.

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Internal Resources for Supervisors

This site gives supervisors of postgraduate researchers (PGR) and colleagues who wish to become PGR supervisors an overview of all PGR matters from a supervisor’s perspective.

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