Two new books are forthcoming: a new book for students doing research ‘Successful Research Projects’ and a second edition for supervisors of ‘Successful Research Supervision’.  Please find my email address in the browser here: contact me  for more details and a discount voucher.

There is a link to a one hour film of a keynote I gave at ETH University in Zurich for both supervisors and candidates.  It was called  ‘Managing New Challenges to Doctoral Supervision‘.

If you want more detail on the five approaches, the University of Tromso have published some filmed interviews they did with me in 2018, they use them as part of their supervisor development programme and have kindly agreed to make them open access. You can see them here 

At the University of Bristol I am working with colleagues on a catalyst funded research project that focusses on identifying influences on supervision across the disciplines.  In the early months of 2019 I will also be working in various parts of mainland Europe.

The University of Stavanger has kindly made open access a journal article on supervision of the modern doctorate (published in April 2018) in Studies in Higher Education.

In summer 2018 we ran the second residential ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in Stavanger, Norway, to help those from any university who would like to run their own supervisor developer programmes.  There is an excellent team supporting this work at the University of Stavanger.

Until 2018 I  led a Supervisor Development Programme as an Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, it included academics from Nord University and the University of Agder.  We have now had some 200 supervisors graduating from this intensive 3 module programme and I am very pleased that we have created a sustainable plan for the future.  Contact me here  if you would like more information.

Keynotes and workshops in 2018 included – ‘The PhD Process: can we possibly meet everyone’s expectations?’, ‘Engaging the Long Distance Student’ and “Developing Impact: how can it be supported through supervision?”.

The Erasmus funded project on the modern doctorate was completed in 2017.  It was a privilege to undertake my role as their evaluator.  You can see many resources here at the  Superprofdoc    website.

Work in 2017 included: PhD Supervision and using Digital Tools (Nord University), Exploring Ethics – Managing Research (SVA, Sweden), Enhancing Research Supervision (Liverpool John Moores University) Shaping a framework for Research Supervision (Norwegian Nurses Association)  Effective Doctoral Supervision (Norwegian Neuroscience Network and Digital Life Research School) ‘Using Identity Theory to explore transitions into and out of the doctorate’ at the University of Bristol. Factors impacting the relationship between the supervisor and the doctoral candidate  (UHR – the universities network), Supervisor Development: from shared needs to policy development (UKCGE Stratford),  Exploring ethics in managing research for Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) in Sweden. Supporting the development of doctoral supervisors in Tromso 2017 and ‘Challenge, Change and Opportunity’ both for the Norwegian Annual Doctoral Education Management Conference in Trondheim in June 2016.

Earlier presentations include: ‘Preparing for the supervisory role’ (UKCGE), ‘The competent supervisor’ (UWE) and  ‘Supervising international research students’ for a PICASA project at the University of Roehampton, London.  An earlier presentation on  researcher development at the SCAP (Standing Conference on Academic Practice) entitled ‘So, do we need supervisors’ any more?’ is available here.

Sustainable development for doctoral supervisors

There are a number of ways that I work with different universities.  I am happy to work with clients to lead research, develop programmes and to help them create and introduce programmes in a way that will enable them to run their own programmes in future.  This approach can include any of all of the following:

  • Reaching an understanding about how to engage and include various stakeholder groups
  • Reviewing the processes and procedures surrounding doctoral education
  • Designing, facilitating and evaluating a pilot programme
  • Supporting key staff to develop their own skills to run future programmes
  • Developing a continuing professional development programme for experienced supervisors
  • Designing programmes for doctoral candidates to help them self-manage and get the best out of their supervisor
  • Reaching an agreement so that the client can use all materials created for their own programmes in future

Programmes and workshops offered include:

  • Introduction to supervision at all curriculum levels
  • Introduction to doctoral supervision
  • Recruitment, selection and induction of research candidates
  • Approaches to supervising research
  • Co and team supervision
  • Creating the conditions to encourage ethical research practices
  • Supervising academic writing
  • Supervising across cultures
  • Preparing for the viva or the defence
  • Examining doctoral theses

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) have published several of my articles in their conference proceedings. Previous keynotes included ‘The Architecture of Research Supervision’ in Budapest and ‘Effective Doctoral Supervision’ in Norway.   Slides from an EUA-CDE keynote are available: ‘Research Supervision – are we on the right track?‘.

In 2014 I worked on a Swedish initiative to support a global food security project with universities in East Africa and, with colleagues, have devised a distance learning programme to support that project.

Much work (in universities and research institutes in the UK, Eire, the Middle East, Africa and across northern Europe) has been undertaken, mostly in person, but I have also successfully used blackboard collaborate or video conferencing. Different institutions invite me to concentrate on various aspects of my work. Concerns expressed by client universities include ethical matters, developing supervisory capacity, improving completion rates, raising the standards of academic writing and criticality, funding, careers advice for doctoral students, and managing workload demands. I also enjoyed working back at the University of Surrey and in 2012 I was involved in getting accreditation from SEDA for one university’s PhD Supervisors’ Programme. I have run pilot programmes including both new and experienced supervisors where we specifically made time to discuss recommendations for future development activities in their universities.  New case studies on ‘difficult issues in supervision’ are constantly being prepared to enable hypothetical discussion about complex issues.

Some writing: A journal article by Rowena Murray and myself  focussing on how supervisors can support researchers develop skills in academic writing is now available on line. There is a contribution from me about the purpose of the doctorate in a new book by Susan Carter and Deborah Laurs ‘Developing Generic Support for Doctoral Students (Routledge 2014 p 13). There is a journal article in the Journal of Public Money and Management on international developments in the doctoral process.  There is also a  film introducing my book on supervising and advising research students.   The book ‘Developing Effective Part-time Teachers in Higher Education’ was published by Routledge. I contributed a chapter ‘What makes a really good support programme for part-time teachers in Higher Education?’. ”  The page called ‘Academic Publications’ has a full list of journal articles etc. Contact Anne for information on research, conferences, workshops or seminars.

Dr Anne Lee.  Assoc Prof University of Stavanger.  Research Fellow University of Bristol. Consultancy. Formerly at University of Surrey. Academic Development.

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