Research Supervisor Training Workshop

Research Supervisor Training
A brief history of research
degrees at UW
• From 1976-1992 supervision of research students at
Worcester managed through the CNNA
• 1st April 1999 Worcester gained accredited status
with Coventry University
• Accreditation renewed 2006/07 for a 5 year period
• October 2008 applied for RDAP
• August 2010 awarded RDAP
• By May 2014 UW has 158 research degree
completions – 126 PhDs, 32 MPhils
Research Degrees at UW now
As of May 2014, 111 research degree students:
– 36 Full time (24 received or in receipt of UW funded studentship)
– 75 Part time (27 UW staff and 1 part time UW studentship bursary)
Currently award:
– MRes
– MPhil
– PhD by Thesis
– PhD by Portfolio
– Professional Doctorate
Research degrees managed by the Graduate Research School (GRS)
MPhil and PhD by thesis both incorporate the Research Student
Training Programme (compulsory and optional elements)
Supervision at UW
Supervision in teams of at least 2 often 3 supervisors
Lead supervisor is called Director of Studies (DoS) and is normally
a more experienced supervisor
External Supervisors may be used but are not required
All internal supervisors must be on the Register of Approved
Team must normally have a combined experience of at least 3
research degree completions (at appropriate level)
But new Supervisory Mentor scheme has been introduced which
allows for a less experienced team to be established if supported
by an experienced mentor
Team may include Advisors
Team is ideally established at application stage but is only
formalised when student’s research proposal is approved (RDB1)
Research Training
• Student completes a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) at the
beginning of each year identifying ongoing and new training and
development needs
• All students must take RTP401 at the outset of their degree
• All students must also take a subject specific research methods
module (identified by the supervisory team ideally at interview)
unless they can claim APL or APEL for this module
• Research students may take RTP402
• These 3 modules together form the PG Cert in Research
• Research students may attend sessions from the programme of
training and development workshops or external workshops
• Relevant sessions normally identified through TNA
Job Title
The GRS Team
GRS Manager
Mrs Helen Tabinor
Research Degrees
Ms Joanna Jervis
Prof Doc
Mrs Karan Atkin
Mrs Kirsten Nayler
Director of
Dr John-Paul Wilson
Research Support
Mrs Charlotte
Research Coordinators
Business School
Dr Catharine Ross
Prof Stephen Parker
Health & Society
Prof Eleanor Bradley
Humanities & Creative Arts
Prof Jean Webb
Science & Environment
Dr David Storey
Dr Louise Martin
Research Degrees Board (RDB)
• Chair – Prof. Geoffrey Elliott
• Secretary - Graduate Research School
• Up to 3 members of staff from each Academic
Institute, to reflect the range of disciplines in
which research students are based (to be
nominated by the Head of Institute and
approved annually by the Academic Board)
• Director of Research Development
• Up to two co-opted members from within or
outside the University
Some questions for you…
• Who are you?
• Why do you want to supervise research
• What is your experience of supervision (at
UG, PGT or PGR level)?
• Is there a substantive difference between
research supervision and supervision in other
The rest of the day…
• Expectations – yours, the students, the
University, etc
• The Supervisor’s role - formal
requirements and good practice
• Regulations – the RDB process
• Approaches to Supervision

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