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Supervising to Inspire Doctoral Researchers

Supervising to Inspire Doctoral Researchers

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December 2019 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Early careers researchers and academics receive little to no on-going training for providing support to doctoral students. In light of this, this book addresses the needs of prospective and current supervisors of doctoral students, by providing you with guidance on: 

• Engaging with the process of selecting researchers and developing reliable expectations, 
• Identifying the most effective supervisory style and your role in shaping students’ skills, 
• How you can contribute to your students’ progress and reflective practices, 
• Your role in the final assessment stages, and how your support can extend beyond their studies. 

Through a wide range of multidisciplinary case studies, you will find valuable guidance on how to support your students, and be empowered in the process. 
Chapter 1. How can you make a good start?
Chapter 2. What are the regulatory requirements and responsibilities of supervisors and doctoral researchers?
Chapter 3. How can you develop reliable expectations?
Chapter 4. What resources and support can you draw on?
Chapter 5. How can you supervise with purpose in a dynamic context?
Chapter 6. What will be the most effective supervisory style?
Chapter 7. What is your role in developing doctoral researchers’ skills?
Chapter 8. How can you make your supervision inclusive?
Chapter 9. What forms of feedback work best?
Chapter 10. How can you inspire progress and reflective practice?
Chapter 11. What is your role in final assessment and beyond?
Chapter 12. How can you develop your role as a supervisor?

How I wish I had a copy of this book when I commenced my supervising career twenty years ago! It contains a wealth of information for both novice and experienced supervisors, taking the reader on a journey from how to make a good start, to the supervisor’s role in the final assessment. The authors drew not only on their own vast experience of doctoral supervision, but also on other ‘voices of experience’, and interspersed the text with useful activities, information boxes, reflection points and ‘top tips’. The volume has made me see my supervisory role in a totally new light, and has rekindled a sense of excitement and delight with being a doctoral supervisor.  I shall return to it again and again for further guidance and reflection.

Magda Fourie-Malherbe
Stellenbosch University

This is a comprehensive reference source for any supervisor or adviser of doctoral candidates, whether new to the role or already experienced, which encourages reflective practice. The practical approach, underpinned by the authors’ considerable experience and expertise, makes this an invaluable resource. Importantly, the emphasis throughout is on the positive effects of undertaking this role and the many benefits for supervisor and supervisee when things go welll.

Gillian Houston
Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education

Quality supervision is an indispensable condition for a successful doctoral journey.  This book addresses the right challenges and provides a wide range of guidelines and reflections about diverse and innovative practices of doctoral supervision. Written by leading experts in the field, it is an excellent read for experienced and future supervisors and everybody else wanting to learn more about how the doctoral supervision can best support to a new generation of researchers.

Alexander Hasgall
European University Association (EUA)

Pam Denicolo

Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy. Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education  Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series.  She was a key contributor to Vitae’s... More About Author

Dawn Duke

Dr Dawn Duke is the Head of Researcher Development within the University of Surrey’s Doctoral College.  She leads the team that supports the transferable/employability skills of postgraduate researchers and early career researchers across all disciplines, as well as delivers supervisor training. Dawn received her neuroscience PhD from Imperial College.  In 2008, she moved from researching and teaching neuroscience to concentrate fully on researcher development.  She has worked to embed and normalise skills training to better prepare researchers for the variety of opportunities available to them.  Through her work at... More About Author

Julie Reeves

Dr Julie Reeves, has been involved with delivering skills training to researchers since 2005.  Currently she is based at the University of Southampton where she designs, delivers and coordinates transferable skills training for early career researchers and research staff. Prior to this she was the Skills Training Manager, at the University of Manchester, for social science, arts and humanities postgraduate researchers, their supervisors and research staff. Her academic background is in politics and international relations, with degrees from the Universities of Kent and Southampton. Julie is one of the key contributors to the RDF. ... More About Author

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