Supervisor Training & Events

PhD Supervisors at Ulster have access to training sessions with the Doctoral College, both for those new to supervision and those who are more established.

Supervisor Development Programme 2020-21

Supervisor Development Programme Overview (PDF)

Training Events

An Introduction to PhD Supervision at Ulster (for new Supervisors)


Sharing Best Practice and PhD Supervisor Update (for established Supervisors)


Resources for Supervisors

  • 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.

  • Vitae

    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.

  • ThinkWell

    Hugh Kearns' website with free resources and downloadable templates.

    Book by Hugh Kearns and John Finn on 'Supervising PhD Students: A Practical Guide and Toolkit' (2018). (A copy of this book is given to those PhD Supervisors who attend the Supervisor Development Programme training courses.


For any queries, please contact Lisa Thompson, Doctoral Development Manager, Doctoral College.

Lisa Thompson

Doctoral Development Manager

Ulster University Doctoral College

  • Key responsibilities
    • Leads the development and delivery of the Researcher Development Programme for PhD researchers and supervisors
    • Advises on policy and procedures for Researcher Development
    • Leads communications with PhD researchers

   Find out more about Lisa Thompson