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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme

The new Research Supervisor Support and Development Programme (RSSDP) for the 2014 academic year will commence on January 24th.  See full schedule below:


Date Time Topic
Friday January 24th 2-5pm (Visiting expert - Hugh Kearns, Flinders University, Adelaide
Friday February 28th 2-5pm Optimising Quality Applicant Attraction
Friday March 28th 2-5pm Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities
Friday April 25th 2-5pm Prior Experience/Reflective Practice
Friday May 23rd 2-5pm Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Optimising the Research Student's Skills Base
Friday June 6th 2-5pm MAEV (Monitoring, Assessment, Examiners, Viva)

Target Audience

This programme is targeted at both new, inexperienced research supervisors and those more experienced staff who would like to refresh their knowledge in the area.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • 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 the supervision process 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

It is recommended that participants attend all of the workshops to achieve these learning outcomes.


The RSSDP is comprised of a series of interactive workshops, which will be based on sharing of practices with experienced supervisors and students, case studies, open forum discussions amongst participants and knowledge sharing with Institutional colleagues on relevant UCD and International policy in the research supervisory field.

How to Book?

Please note that as places are limited it is advised to book early.  To do so please contact Dr Janet Carton (