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Academic supervision

The University expects teaching staff to engage in the supervision of students to ensure that students’ overall progress and personal development is properly supported. 

The Taught student supervisor resource provides advice and guidance on different aspects of holding a supervision meeting.

Supervising postgraduate researchers

Taught student supervisor resource

The importance of supervisors

Students who connect with their supervisor feel part of a learning community. Research results from the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Open University, show good quality supervision has a significant impact on the student experience and helps retain students and increase their satisfaction levels. Such quality supervision in turn contributes to the reputation of the University and therefore our ability to attract and recruit the brightest and best students.

In recognition of the importance of the supervisory role, the University’s academic promotion criteria require:

  • effective academic supervision and good support for students’ independent projects as evidenced from feedback;
  • effective pastoral supervision through advice and guidance to support students' personal development and well-being and also development of skills that underpin success in and beyond their work at University.‌

Help for your role

The role of Supervisor to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students is essential to their experiencing exemplary teaching and learning as part of our supportive academic community.

This resource provides Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Supervisors information and guidance on key areas of your role so you can be confident in fulfilling both your pastoral role as well as overseeing your supervisees’ academic progress, personal and skills development.

This is not a role to be carried out in isolation; the University support services are there to support and assist you in your work with students. I hope you find it useful in fulfilling this important function.

- John Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students

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