Postgraduate Research Supervision Carol Haigh Postgraduate Research Degrees Coordinator IHSCR University of Salford (UoS) 2007
Aims of this session• To provide an overview of the role of a supervisor• To raise awareness of the specific progression points of the PhD process• To provide insight into the information provided to students about the supervison process
The role of the supervisor• The relationship between supervisor & PhD student is very different from other supervisory relationships.• Negotiation is key• The expectations of both parties should be made clear at the start
Duties & responsibilities of the supervisor 1• Clarify supervision arrangements and the role of progress meeting are clear and agreed.• Assist in the planning and operation of a realistic plan of research.• Provide guidance about literature• Give examples of good research and academic conduct
Duties & responsibilities of the supervisor 2• Provide or arrange instruction in research techniques and supplementary classes as required• Ensure student safety. (Hazard assessment)• Encourage integration with the wider academic community via conferences etc• Monitor standards and progress
Duties & responsibilities of the supervisor 3• Ensure that the appropriate documents and milestones are met in order for the student to progress.• Ensure that the student understands the nature and process of thesis examination• Make recommendations on the selection of examiners• Make it clear that approval of the thesis is a matter for the examiners not the supervisor
Duties & responsibilities of the supervisor 4• Protect the students intellectual property rights• Advise on the preparation of material for publication• Maintain a sensitivity to the particular need of overseas students• Be aware of issues such as data protection and the use of electronic media
UoS Important Milestones 1• Learning agreement – In the first 3 months for full time student, first 6 months for part time.• Annual progress report – MUST be completed by supervisor EVERY year• Interim Assessment – 15-18months for full time students, 24-30 months for part time students. – 4000 word report on progress so far, future directions
UoS Important Milestones 2• Internal Evaluation – 12 months after interim assessment for full time students (27 – 30 months), 20 months after interim for part time student (44-50 months) – Requires a “substantive piece of work”• Viva – Significant paperwork – 1 internal, 1 external for external students – 2 externals for staff candidates
Also…• It is not inappropriate for supervisors to have serious amounts of in-put to LREC applications since such applications are often new to the student• LRECs (and students) like it very much if supervisors attend the committee with their student
Duties & responsibilities of the student 1• Seek advice and constructive criticism• Work with supervisor to meet all important milestones• Integrate with the academic community• Attend such research training as offered or provided by the supervisor• Attend regular supervisory meetings
Duties & responsibilities of the student 2• Undertaking occasional presentation of work to peers• Publishing work with the prior knowledge of the supervisor• Writing and preparing the thesis• Planning submission within scheduled regulation period• To study conscientiously and at a level appropriate to the level of the research degree
UoS Important Milestones 1• Learning agreement (3months f/t 6 months p/t) – Clarify what you expect from and will do for your supervisor• Self Evaluation report MUST be completed by student EVERY year• Interim Assessment (15-18 months f/t 20-30 p/t) – 4000 word report on progress so far, future directions be ready to be closely questioned about your work
UoS Important Milestones 2• Internal evaluation (27-30 months f/t 44-50 p/t) – No clear guidelines form R&G College. – Suggest a complete first draft of thesis if possible• Viva – Significant paper work to be concluded at least 3 months BEFORE you can submit your work – Defence of your thesis to external examiner(s)
Checklist for successful supervision• Find a supervisor or candidate who is knowledgeable• Expect to have or find one who understands the nature of PhD work• Have enough time for each other• Consider some professional supervision (as well as academic)• Find someone with whom you can get on
Managing the process• Negotiate a contract (don’t forget potential publications)• Use your time together appropriately• Listen to each other• Expect surprise and stimulation• Reduce communication barriers• Use tutorial time wisely• Be aware of the important milestones
Don’t…..• Lose contact with each other• Agree to or set unrealistic deadlines• Allow your self to get isolated• Allow students to start other important projects at the same time.• Allow students to drift (too much)
To keep the supervisor happy• Don’t expect to see them without written work (that they have seen)• Make proper appointments• Bring an agenda• Be prepared for constructive criticism• Keep in touch• Expect the supervisor to be prepared for the meeting if you have been. If not, complain.
To keep the student happy• Set clear goals• Be prepared for supervisory meetings• Answer your e-mails• Be ready to provide or suggest suitable research training• Be available to attend PG seminars, SPARC etc to support your student• Be there at all of the important milestone events
Getting through the bureaucracy• We’re here to help – Carol Haigh 0161 295 2878 – Graham Greene 0161 295 27016• It’s supposed to enhance rigour• It does make you think about timing, objectives, methods etc• DON’T collect data before agreeing agendas or instrumentation with supervisors• DON’T do fieldwork without local ethics approval• DON’T do any data collection without University ethics approval
Useful sources• Haigh, C (2010) Planing and managing a research project. In Gerrish, K Lacey, A (eds) The Research Process in Nursing. Blackwell Publishing• Phillips, EM Pugh, DS (2000) How to get a PhD. A handbook for students and their supervisors Third Edition. Open University Press• Holloway, I Walker, J (2000) Getting a PhD in Health & Social Care. Blackwell Science Ltd. Oxford• University of Salford (2007) Code of Practice for the conduct of post graduate research degree programmes http://www.academic.salford.ac.uk/aqa/sections/35_cop_pg_re search_degree_programmes.pdf• Supervisor out of the box http://www.pg.salford.ac.uk/contents
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