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UKCGE Supervision and BEST

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UKCGE Research Supervision Recognition Programme

The UK Council for Graduate Education has launched the first Research Supervision Recognition Programme in the UK. The Programme and associated framework of 10 criteria enable new and more experienced supervisors to reflect on their practice and if they wish, to apply for formal recognition through the scheme. The University of York took part in the pilot in 2019 and three supervisors have been recognised through the process: Dr Sarah Olive, Dept of Education; Dr Bipasa Datta, Department of Economics and Dr Jason Lynam, Department of Chemistry.

“York takes research supervision very seriously and these colleagues have demonstrated through their time and commitment to the student experience and to their own professional development that excellent supervision makes a difference to student outcomes and research culture. We will encourage more of our supervisors to seek this recognition and continue to provide all our supervisors with a wide range of training and support.” Prof Tom Stoneham, Dean of the York Graduate School.

Being an Effective Research Supervisor Tutorial (BEST)

The ‘Being an Effective Research Supervisor Tutorial’ (BEST) has been developed by the RET Team. BEST is an online tutorial that covers six areas of supervisory practice and complements the face to face supervisor sessions (detailed below). It has been designed for new and more experienced supervisors and includes information on: the Policy on Research Degrees: the doctoral journey; resources, signposts to university support functions for PGRs and talking head videos with experienced supervisors and early career postdocs. The six sections are mapped to the UK Centre for Graduate Educations Supervisory Recognition Programme enabling supervisors nominated to apply for recognition to align their expertise and evidence with the criteria.

  • The PhD process: regulations, policy and progression
    Wednesday 11 November 2020, 14:00-15:30

  • Online Supervision Masterclass
    Thursday 10 December 2020, 14:00-15:30
  • Approaches and models of supervision
    Thursday 14th January 2021, 14:00-15:30

  • Information and Digital Skills
    Wednesday 03 February 2021, 14:00-15:30 

  • Supporting PGR student welfare and wellbeing
    Tuesday 16 March 2021, 11:00-12:30

  • Professional development and careers
    Wednesday 21 April 2021, 14:00-15:30

  • Completing the PhD
    Thursday 17 June 2021, 14:00-15:30