Research Supervisor Support and Development programme

Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme (RSSDp)

This hybrid programme of workshops is targeted at new, inexperienced research supervisors and more experienced faculty who would like to refresh their knowledge on aspects of research supervisory practice. In 2024, the successful collaboration between UCD, TCD and RCSI continues, with each university offering specific workshops that are open to partner institutions. These collaborative workshops address key research supervisor challenges and contemporary practices and are not institute specific.

The 2024 programme will commence on Friday, 26th January 2024 with an online session given by our visiting expert, Hugh Kearns. Browse the brochure below to find further information about the schedule of the workshops available this year. There is an option to download the brochure at the bottom right corner of the screen.


Booking Information

  • Participants can book via the UCD Booking Centre below. For TCD and RCSI workshops, you can book using the relevant links on the above brochure.
  • For online workshops, the dial-in details will be confirmed to participants in advance of each workshop.

Note: UCD staff can view full details & materials from the workshops via the Staff Intranet

Read testimonials about the programme from previous participants

Key Learning Aims* of the RSSD Programme

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Approach student recruitment in a manner which maximizes the likelihood of best candidate selection
  • Navigate institutional policies and procedures
  • Identify their own role as supervisor and frame the doctoral supervision process
  • Advise and assist students on structuring and managing their work
  • Be capable of carrying out a training needs analysis
  • Appreciate the challenges, problems and pitfalls of supervision and identify approaches to overcome these
  • Provide guidance to students on thesis and viva preparation
  • Handle conflict and understand mechanisms through which to seek resolution
  • Gain an understanding of the international norms associated with being an external examiner of research theses
  • Approach research supervision from a pedagogical perspective and examine reflective practice as a tool for practice development

*It is recommended that UCD participants attend all workshops to meet these learning aims. For certification, participants must attend 5 (including one visiting expert workshop) out of the 7 core workshops.