All new academics to UCD will be required to undertake a Research Supervisor Induction Session. Information regarding these sessions will normally be communicated to new staff by HR or via their respective Colleges.
This programme of workshops is targeted at new, inexperienced research supervisors and more experienced staff who would like to refresh their knowledge on aspects of research supervisory practice. In 2018, the successful collaboration between UCD and TCD on the RSSDP has been extended to include RCSI. Each institute will offer specific workshops that are open to partner institutions as indicated. These collaborative workshops address key research supervisor challenges and are not institute specific. The 2018 RSSDP will commence on Friday January 26th with an open workshop given by our first visiting expert, Hugh Kearns. The schedule is outlined below and the venue for UCD Workshops will be the UCD Sutherland School of Law, William Fry Theatre (L143). The venue and dates for TCD and RCSI workshops will be confirmed shortly.
Support materials for each workshop are available on the intranet.
Fundamentals of Research Supervision (UCD)
|2. Fri||February 16th||2-4:30pm||Attracting the 'Right' Doctoral Candidate|
|3. Fri||February 23rd||2-4:00pm||Research Supervision in an Open Science Era (TCD)|
|4. Fri||March 2nd||2-4:00pm||
Supervising the Clinical PGR Student in a Multi-Centre Environment (RCSI)
|5. Fri||March 9th||2-4:00pm||
Leadership in Research Supervision (UCD)
|6. Fri||March 16th||10-1:00pm||
Emerging Trends in Research Supervision (TCD)
|7. Fri||March 23rd||2-4:30pm||Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles & Responsibilities (UCD)|
|8. Fri||April 13th||2-4:30pm||Enhancing the Research Student’s Skill’s Base (UCD)|
|9. Fri||May 11th||2-4:00pm||
Avoiding Common Pitfalls (UCD)
|10.Fri||May 18th||2-4:30pm||Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners & Viva (MAEV) (UCD)|
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
It is recommended that UCD participants attend four core workshops and two visiting expert sessions to receive a certificate of attendance and recognition on their development workspace. Core Workshops are highlighted on the UCD Booking Centre at Registration
Research supervisors are also invited to attend the lunchtime seminar series (1-2pm, in L248, the UCD Sutherland School of Law) complementing the RSSDP, which engages in practice-sharing with experienced faculty, professional staff and students. Participants may attend some, none, or all the one hour sessions. There is no certification for participation at seminars.
Indicative Seminar Series
|1. The UCD Structured PhD: role of the DSP, RPDP, Transfer assessment||Thur 08/02/18|
|2. Smart Supervision- Top Tips from Experienced Supervisors||Thur 22/02/18|
|3. Thesis Papers, Copyright & Electronic Submissions||Thur 15/03/18|
|4. Research Ethics & Integrity||Thur 29/03/18|
|5. Lessons Learned from Appointment of Examiners to Award of Degree||Thur 12/04/18|
|6. Enhancing the Experience & Outcomes of International Doctoral Students||Thur 10/05/18|
|7. Giving Effective Feedback||Thur 17/05/18|
Research supervision is a complex form of teaching which involves a supervisor taking on a number of roles and responsibilities, often requiring adaptation over the life cycle of the doctorate. An important first step with new doctoral students is to engage in open discussion about working styles, practices, roles, responsibilities and expectations that you have of them and they have of you. As the doctorate progresses, this discussion should be revisited and practices adopted. UCD’s guide to roles and responsibilities is highlighted in the Regulations and Codes of Practice.
One of the most important roles as a supervisor, warranting particular attention, is the clarification of expectations, roles and responsibilities. Mismanagement in this area is a common stumbling block for student progression, an issue which is almost entirely avoidable. As supervisor, it is important that you highlight the expectations that you and the university have of the student and facilitate an open discussion where they can discuss their expectations of you as their supervisor.
Some of the areas which require clarification of mutual expectations include:
Supervisors should also highlight that expectations may / will change between parties as the candidature progresses and that this topic should be revisited at key stages in the doctoral life cycle
There are a number of tools available that can help supervisors to structure a discussion around expectations with their students, some of which are highlighted below.
Doctoral students come from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds with varying levels of experience in relation to research, UCD, the Structured PhD and project management. As supervisor, it is strongly recommended that you prepare a checklist to aid discussion with your student on key practical areas which will also facilitate expectation management. Many students will receive a formal induction to the university or college, but they will need additional support transitioning into their disciplinary community and into the doctoral process. The following checklist may be used as a guide from which you can develop your own model, insuring that key pieces of information are relayed to new doctoral candidates and relevant topics are open for discussion at an early stage of candidature.