Welcome to my website.   We have just 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 and we have presented our work to the UKCGE international conference in Stratford-on-Avon in April and at a conference in Tromso in June.    I recently led a masterclass on research ethics and doctoral supervision in Sweden and am about to being working with academics from the University of Bristol on a project using a community of practice approach.  I am involved in proposals for further research 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 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
  • Examining doctoral theses

Research into doctoral supervision: expressions of interest in further research are welcome. I am also working on issues relating to professional doctorates with an Erasmus project.

Some keynotes and conference presentations:  Previous keynotes and invited presentations include: speaking at a symposium on ‘Using Identity Theory to explore transitions into and out of the doctorate at the University of Bristol.  Feb 2017.  ‘Challenge, Change and Opportunity’ for the Norwegian Annual Doctoral Education Management Conference in Trondheim in June 2016, ‘Preparing for the supervisory role’ (UKCGE), ‘The competent supervisor’ (UWE) and  ‘Supervising international research students’ for a PICASA project.  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.  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?‘.

Consultancy visits: I am programme leader for a consortium of Norwegian universities, and for one in London.  I am also working with the University of Bristol on a range of supervisor development programmes and a complementary programme for PhD candidates ‘Getting the best out of your supervision’.  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. Typically assignments will include working with academics from many different disciplines to offer:

  • Workshops, seminars and masterclasses on approaches to doctoral supervision
  • Short programmes on supervising research and researchers
  • Becoming an examiner
  • Keynote presentations for in-house conferences
  • Writing and tutoring on e-learning and blended learning programmes
  • Research and writing on supervising academic writing, interdisciplinary doctorates and managing international programmes

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 workshops, seminars, research or just to talk about:

  • Research supervision, trends in doctoral education and developing the globally competent postgraduate
  • Strategic academic leadership, merging and managing essential changes
  • Advanced practice for academics including:
    • Improving learning with small and large groups
    • Making marking and assessment easier and fairer
    • Ensuring accessibility for diverse groups in your programmes
    • Introducing global awareness and internationalism
    • Developing approaches to employability that work
    • Evaluating practice and improving performance as an academic
  • Introduction to working in higher education for new academics
  • Designing mentoring programmes and developing mentoring skills
  • Qualitative research and writing case studies

and for information on courses, seminars, workshops or more detailed research on teaching and learning. Dr Anne Lee. Consultancy. Formerly at the University of Surrey. Academic Development. Doctoral Supervision

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