Working Productively with your Supervisory Team’


Relationships between a PhD researcher and members of their supervisory team are unlike most student teacher relationships.  Supervisors do not teach, but supervise, and the variety within individual supervisory teams e.g. 2 or more supervisors coming with their own perspectives and experiences) has potential to complicates the situation. While most PhD researchers report high levels of satisfaction with their supervision, even the happiest PhD researcher/supervisor relationships may at times experience moments of misunderstanding and/or tension, in part due to the nature of research itself.

Whether you have aspirations to be an academic yourself (or not), working in teams is relevant to many professional careers, and now is the time to start thinking about what sort of supervisor (or team leader) you would like to be. This e session will be based on some of the common problems that can develop during a research degree and will propose some strategies for addressing them. This workshop will help you understand why the PhD is ‘taught’ the way it is and how to position yourself to get the most out of the PhD researcher experience. It will also facilitate reflection on characteristics of effective supervisory teams, enhancing your professional development

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Be familiar with the nature of PhD supervision, and responsibilities of both supervisors and PhD researchers at Ulster.
  • Recognise some of the common problems that PhD researchers and supervisors encounter, and what (if anything) you can do to prevent them happening.
  • Have reflected on the characteristics of effective supervisory teams.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Engagement, influence and impact which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • D1: Working with others
  • D2: Communication and dissemination
  • D3: Engagement and impact
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework