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Delivered by Heads of Doctoral College


Effective supervision and the relationship between supervisor and PhD researcher are among the most important determinants of a successful PhD experience.  The quality of supervision a PhD researcher receives has a significant impact on their progress, completion and subsequent career as an independent researcher. This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for experienced supervisors to consider the key features of effective PhD supervision, their role and approach to PhD supervision and to provide an update on recent developments in the expectations of a PhD supervisor at Ulster.

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed for PhD supervisors who have already supervised at least one PhD to completion at Ulster.


2 hours

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop supervisors will:

  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and expectations of a PhD supervisor at Ulster
  • Have explored the key features of an effective supervisor PhD researcher relationship
  • Understand the PhD process from enrolment to graduation at Ulster including the associated timelines, milestones and assessment procedures
  • Be familiar with PhD Manager, the online system for monitoring the progress of PhD researchers at Ulster


The following resources will be provided to all participants during the workshop:

  • Kearns H and Finn J (2017) ‘Supervising PhD Students- A practical guide and toolkit’ iThinkWell, Adelaide, South Australia
  • 'A Guide to Postgraduate Research Supervision at Ulster’
  • Timeline of a PhD at Ulster

Event info

This event has ended

Wednesday 19 April

2pm to 4pm