Introduction to supervising PhD students

Workshop details

Dates for 2022-23

  • Monday 3 October 09.30-16.30 (in person)
  • Tuesday 6 December 09.30-16.30 (in person)
  • Thursday 12 January 09.30-16.30 (in person)
  • Wednesday 1 March 09.30-16.30 (in person)
  • Friday 21 April 09.30-16.30 (in person)

From April 2022, new doctoral supervisors at Imperial will be required to complete 'Fundamentals of supervising PhD students' which is offered by the Graduate School via Cornerstone. This new online course (approximately 2 hours in length) comprises four mini-modules covering: the role of Main and Co-Supervisors; effective student-supervisor partnerships; the PhD timeline, and research culture.



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Who should attend?

Academic staff from across the College who formally supervise research students. Some parts of the workshop are relevant to supervising Masters projects and dissertations, but the focus is on the PhD.

This course is particularly strongly recommended for those that are new to supervision and builds on the content of the online course ‘Fundamentals of supervising PhD students’ which is offered by the Graduate School via Cornerstone.

This workshop considers the various stages and milestones of PhD supervision at Imperial and offers practical guidance on recruitment, handling the student/supervisor relationship effectively and how to help students toward completion and emergence as an independent researcher in their discipline.

Postdocs supporting PhD supervision should consider, as an alternative, the workshop Being an assistant supervisor. If you are involved in PhD supervision and are unsure about which training you require, please see this page on continuing professional development for supervisors and discuss your role with your Head of Department/Director of Postgraduate Studies.

Key areas

Imperial STAR Framework

This workshop is particularly suitable for those seeking recognition at D2 level of the Imperial STAR Framework. It addresses the following dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (at Higher Education Academy): A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, K1, K6, V1, V3.