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UKCGE Supervision and BEST



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 recently completed PGR students. 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 tutorial is currently being piloted and reviewed by a number of York supervisors, students and Graduate Administrators and some external colleagues. It will be launched in January 2020 to complement the UKCGE scheme:

  • The PhD process: regulations, policy and progression
    Wednesday 30 October 2019, 11am-12.30pm

  • Approaches and models of supervision
    Thursday 28 November 2019, 1.30pm-3pm

  • Supporting PGR student welfare and wellbeing
    Thursday 30 January 2020, 10am-11.30am

  • Information and digital skills
    Wednesday 26 February 2020, 2pm-3.30pm

  • Professional development and careers
    Wednesday 29 April 2020, 10am-11.30am

  • Completing the PhD
    Wednesday 20 May 2020, 2pm-3.30pm