Supervisor Forum Programme

The Supervisor Forum provides a platform for doctoral supervisors – both new and experienced – to share knowledge and best practice with colleagues, while gaining support, information and guidance on a range of topics from Graduate School members.

To book a place on any of the sessions in this programme please visit our intranet page (log-in required).

Getting started

First-time supervisors, and academic staff planning to embark on doctoral supervision in the future, are invited to attend this half-day briefing session, which is run twice as follows:

  • 31 October 2016, 1–4 pm (lunch included), Cavendish House CH1.14
  • 6 February 2017, 1–4 pm (lunch included), Cavendish House CH1.14

The overall aim of this session is to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the various elements of the University’s doctoral research programmes, and to discuss the role of the supervisor and supervision process. This briefing is provided by the Graduate School and forms part of the University’s staff development programme. All doctoral supervisors are expected to attend at least one Graduate School briefing session, as part of the supervision allowance under the University’s work allocation model (WAM).

1. Graduate School overview
  • GS aims and mission
  • GS Board and committees
  • GS Registry
  • Faculty Doctoral Programmes
2. KPI: timely completion
  • External and internal benchmarks
  • Registration periods (FT/PT)
  • Achieving successful completions
3. Doctoral degree structure
  • Degree types
  • Annual Progress Reviews
  • Mitigating circumstances
4. Virtual Research Environment (VRE)
  • Doctoral researcher and supervisor details
  • Supervision logs
  • Communicating with the GS Registry
5. Doctoral Researcher Development Programme
  • Researcher Development Framework
  • DRDP co-delivery
  • DRDP structure: Years 1-4
6. Supervision
  • Role and responsibility of supervisor
  • Responsibilities of doctoral researcher
  • Effective supervision
  • Dealing with difficult situations
7. Research governance (ethics & integrity)
  • Code of Research Good Practice
  • Ethical conduct of research

Refresher session

The process of supervising doctoral researchers has undergone some significant changes in the last few years, as a result of sector-wide developments (such as the introduction of the national Researcher Development Framework) as well as University-internal developments (such as the introduction of the Virtual Research Environment). To find out what has changed, and to discuss how we can provide effective supervision to our doctoral researchers, all existing supervisors are invited to attend this half-day briefing session, which is run twice as follows:

  • 22 November 2016, 1–4 pm (lunch included), Westminster Forum, 5th Floor, Wells Street
  • 16 May 2017, 1–4 pm (lunch included), Cavendish House CH1.14

The briefing is provided by the Graduate School and forms part of the University’s staff development programme. All doctoral supervisors are expected to attend at least one Graduate School briefing session, as part of the supervision allowance under the University’s work allocation model (WAM).

1. Graduate School overview
  • Committees membership and structure 2015–16
  • GS Registry: services and contacts
  • Faculty Doctoral Programmes
2. GS Plan 2015–2020
  • Short-term and long-term objectives
  • KPI ‘timely completions’
  • Growing doctoral provision
3. New research degree framework
  • Degree types
  • Annual Progress Reviews
  • Mitigating circumstances
4. Virtual Research Environment (VRE)
  • Expanded information and services
  • Using the VRE for supervision
5. Doctoral Researcher Development Programme
  • Researcher Development Framework
  • DRDP and the supervision process
  • Results from recent student surveys
6. Supervision
  • Team-based supervision
  • Dealing with challenging situations
7. Research governance (ethics & integrity)
  • New Code of Research Good Practice
  • New Ethical conduct of research

In addition to the above sessions the Department of Learning and Professional Development within Westminster Business School, offers the Supervising Student Research module. Passing this module is counted as one completion for the purposes of calculating research degree supervisory team experience. To register for this module please visit the staff learning and development intranet page.

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Research degrees

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