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

At the University of Bristol I am working with colleagues on a research project that focusses on identifying the challenges, differences (and similarities) in supervision across the disciplines.

In the University of Stavanger, Norway I continue to lead a Supervisor Development Programme which includes academics from Nord University and the University of Agder.  We have now had about 150 graduating from this intensive 3 module programme.  I lead a team for HSN, another university doing similar work in the South of Norway.

Earlier this year we held the very first residential ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in Norway, to help those who would like to run their own supervisor developer programmes.  There were 14 participants from 6 different universities.   There is an excellent team supporting this work at the University of Stavanger.

Some recent keynotes and conference presentations from 2017 include: 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.

I am involved in proposals for further research and supervisor development programmes both in Norway, the UK and elsewhere. Contact me at dr.anne.lee@which.net  if you would like more information.

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 two 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?‘.

I am programme leader for programmes that run in four Norwegian universities, and contribute to the various programmes for candidates, new and experienced supervisors at the University of Bristol.

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, confernces, 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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