Resources and Toolkits to Support Supervisors

PGR Supervisor Toolkit

In consultation with academic and PS colleagues across the University, Manchester Doctoral College Strategy Group has developed a Manchester-focussed online Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Toolkit, based on the UKCGE good supervisory practice framework, to support supervisors in their role. The resource brings together information and guidance about all aspects of research supervision from recruitment through to completion, with the aim of quickly signposting you to useful services, enabling you to navigate policies and regulations, and facilitating your interactions with postgraduate researchers. The resource is a source of information for supervisors from all academic areas and all levels of experience and will be reviewed and updated biannually; please use the form within the resource to send us your feedback and help ensure the resource continues to be useful and relevant.

To access the toolkit click Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Toolkit and follow the steps below:

  1. When logged in to Blackboard, click the Enrol button with the green + symbol
  2. Click Submit in the bottom right corner of the window
  3. Click OK in the bottom right corner of the window
  4. When you click on the link within Blackboard to launch the toolkit, ensure that pop ups are enabled

If you have issues accessing Blackboard, please contact IT Support. If you can access Blackboard but have trouble with the toolkit, please contact staffLD@manchester.ac.uk.

PGR Supervision from a Distance

University of Manchester Guidance on Remote Supervision

The UK Council for Graduate Education has developed and shared resources and good practice for its members.

Guide to Online Research SupervisionThis guide identifies the benefits of online supervision, considers the challenges, and suggests ways in which supervisors might be able to overcome them.

Webinar: Effective Practices in Doctoral Supervision at a Distance : See 31:19 for Dr. Sam Oakley’s presentation on ‘Supervising Remotely During the Coronavirus Crisis

Apply for Supervisor Recognition via the UK Council for Graduate Education

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the independent representative body for postgraduate education in the UK, has launched a Research Supervision Recognition Programme. This is a professional development toolkit which includes the sector approved good supervisory practice framework and offers a route to recognition, specifically for research supervision. Becoming a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor, demonstrates to your university, peers and candidates that your supervisory practice has been recognised by a national body.

Applications

Applications require the submission of a reflective account of your supervisory practices in relation to the ten criteria of the good supervisory framework along with two personal references.

The reflective account should include for each criteria one or more examples drawn from your own supervisory practice and should also demonstrate your familiarity with scholarly literature. You should aim at an overall length of approximately 5,000 words.

Personal references should be from one former doctoral candidate and one colleague familiar with your research supervision. References should be no more than 500 words and it is your responsibility to contact referees and ask them to authenticate your reflective account. References must be submitted with the application.

Process and Deadlines

The Researcher Development team can support your application. Please inform gemma.muckle@manchester.ac.uk of your intention to submit.

Inform Researcher Development of Your Plan to Submit UKCGE Deadline Outcome Known
21 October 2023  22 March 2024  June 2024
 25 March 2024  28 June 2024  September 2024
1 July 2024  25 October 2024  January 2025

Please note that the reflective account and two references will be submitted along with the fee to UCKGE on your behalf. Please note that the University will cover the cost of the submission fee and will ask all recognised supervisors to join a pool of recognised supervisors and support fellow supervisors applying for recognition by reviewing their submission. You will be asked to review a maximum of three submissions per academic year.

Sources of support

If you have any questions about this recognition programme or process please contact gemma.muckle@manchester.ac.uk

Apply for Recognised Associate Supervisor Award via the UK Council for Graduate Education

To apply for the Recognised Associate Supervisor Award you will need evidence against 5 of the 10 criteria of the Good Supervisory Practice framework.

In your application you must include two supporting documents:

More information about the award and how to apply can be found here: UKCGE | How to apply

The Researcher Development team can support your application. Please inform gemma.muckle@manchester.ac.uk of your intention to submit.

Inform Researcher Development of Your Plan to Submit UKCGE Deadline Outcome Known
 21 October 2023  22 March 2024  June 2024
25 March 2024  28 June 2024  September 2024
 1 July 2024  25 October 2024  January 2025

Please note that the reflective account and two references will be submitted along with the fee to UCKGE on your behalf. Please note that the University will cover the cost of the submission fee and will ask all recognised supervisors to join a pool of recognised supervisors and support fellow supervisors applying for recognition by reviewing their submission. You will be asked to review a maximum of three submissions per academic year.

Sources of support

If you have any questions about this recognition programme or process please contact gemma.muckle@manchester.ac.uk

Research Impact Training Modules (ran by the Research Impact Team)

The Research Impact Team offer five research impact training modules, which are are available through the Training Catalogue. They are cross discipline and open to early career researchers (ECRs), mid and late-stage researchers and interested Professional Service Colleagues. Topics include:

Online Training Modules for PGR Supervisors on Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing 

PGR Mental Health and Wellbeing

Supporting PGR supervisors to identify, respond to and support PGRs in distress.

A Case Study Approach

Case studies exploring PGR supervision when a PGR is experiencing difficulties.