Handbooks and Policies

The University has prepared several publications, handbooks and documents to help guide research students through their degree programmes.



Through our institutional subscription, we also have access to the Vitae resources on supervision. Please note you must register using your Ulster email address in order to access these, and indeed other, resources on the Vitae website.
https://www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/supervising-a-doctorate  .

Epigeum Online Training
All Supervisors have access to online training provision for PhD Supervision (‘Supervision Skills’), available on Blackboard Learn. This course is set up so that you can self-enrol.

Hugh Kearns' website with online resources and downloadable templates for Supervisors.

Hugh Kearns and John Finn, (2018) Supervising PhD Students, Thinkwell.
This book is a guide to the practical activities, strategies and tools used by effective PhD supervisors. It looks at the main processes that relate to PhD supervision: the personal motivations of supervisors, recruitment, clarifying expectations, how to run productive meetings, providing effective feedback, academic writing, the interpersonal challenges that arise during the PhD, the PhD examination, and professional development. We address these key supervisory practices by offering a range of practical advice and activities that can inform and guide supervisors. Throughout the book, we highlight examples of good and bad practice that are inspired by real-life examples. The book provides a range of templates and supports that supervisors can provide to their PhD students. This is one of our strongest motivations for writing this text ¿ to help supervisors to improve the experience of doctoral research not just for themselves, but also for their PhD students.

The GROW model 

The 'GROW' model (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward) on giving feedback to PhD Researchers focuses on Coaching vs Telling.

Questions to use to help your PhD researcher to GROW

G: What do you want to achieve? What difference do you want to   make? Why is it important to you?
R: What support do you need? What’s stopping your progress? What   progress have you made?
O: What alternatives did you consider? What’s working well? What’s   not working well? What are the consequences of…?
W: What do you need to do next? What option will you choose? How   will you know when you have succeeded?


Further Reading

Bielock SL (2015) Preparing Ph.D.s for Diverse Careers Inside Higher Ed  https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/12/18/helping-phds-prepare-diverse-careers-essay

EPIGEUM  Supervising Doctoral Studies https://www.epigeum.com/courses/research/supervising-doctoral-studies/.  Ulster have perpetual access as they helped develop this course

Gatfield T, Alpert F (2002) The supervisory management styles model. Research and Development in Higher Education: Quality Conversations 25:263-273. http://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/conference-proceedings/research-and-development-higher-education-quality-32

Taylor S (2018) The Research Supervisors Bibliography., UKCGE  http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/Search/Default.aspx?q=supervsdiors+bibliography

Research Studies Guide

Ulster's Research Studies Guide

Information for Examiners

Information for examiners of research degrees at Ulster

Terms & Conditions for DfE Studentships

Terms and conditions for DfE studentships

Ulster University

Terms & Conditions for Vice-Chancellor's Research Studentships

Terms and conditions for VCRS studentships

Doctoral College Board

Information on Ulster's Doctoral College Board

PhD Researcher Charter

PhD Researcher Charter

Collaborative Arrangements

Guidance on drawing up contracts for both collaborative and joint degree programmes.

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