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.

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 (PDF document)

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.

Resources for supervisors

Support Smart

Support Smart is the University of Dundee’s toolkit on student support for academics. It covers the support services available for your students, personal development and essential skills, wellbeing and health, what to do if you’re concerned about a student, how to report abuse or misconduct, and handling emergencies.

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)


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