Research Supervisor Training & Support

1. Research Supervisor Induction

All new academics to UCD are 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.

2. Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme (RSSDp)

The UCD Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme (RSSDp) is targeted at new, inexperienced research supervisors and more experienced staff who would like to refresh their knowledge on aspects of research supervisory practiceThe successful collaboration between UCD, TCD and RCSI on the RSSDp includes the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and UNSW in Sydney. 

In 2021, the successful collaboration between UCD, TCD and RCSI on the RSSDp continues and each Irish 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. Panel discussions with experienced research supervisors and those new to supervision will take place across the programme. 

2021 RSSD Programme of Workshops & Visiting Expert Sessions

The 2021 RSSDp will commence on Friday January 29th with an online session given by our first visiting expert, Hugh Kearns. 

  • The schedule is outlined below and the programme will be delivered online in the first half of 2021.
  • Venue to be confirmed for face-to-face workshops thereafter
  • The dates for TCD and RCSI workshops can be found below
  • Workshops' slides and recordings can be found here.
Date & Time Workshop Location

Fri January 29th

Visiting Expert – Hugh Kearns (Flinders University, iThinkwell, Adelaide) Fundamentals of Research Supervision (UCD)

Fri February 12th

Attracting the ‘Right’ Candidate (UCD)

Thu February 25th
Mental Health and Wellbeing for Postgraduate Students (TCD) Online
Fri March 5th
Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities (UCD) Online
Fri March 26th 
Enhancing the Research Student's Skills Base (UCD) Online
Fri April 16th 
Supervising Doctoral Students in off-site locations (RCSI) Online
Thu April 22nd 
Beyond the PhD - Preparing Students across the Research Cycle (TCD) Online
Fri April 29th 
Supporting Students with Disabilities through the Supervision Process (TCD) Online
Fri April 30th 
Building Resilience and Supporting Wellbeing (UCD)   Online

Fri May 7th

Visiting Expert – Prof Bob Harris (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) Leadership in Research Supervision (UCD)       tbc

Fri May 28th 

Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva voce (MAEV) (UCD) tbc

Booking Information

  • UCD staff can book as usual via the Booking Centre, details below
  • TCD and RCSI colleagues can also book via the links below, using a guest login
  • The location or dial-in link will be sent to participants in advance of each workshop

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

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 four of the core workshops and one visiting expert session. Core Workshops are highlighted on the UCD Booking Centre at Registration