Mentoring Workshops for Research Supervisors

I’ve been working closely with research staff and students over the last few years on various mentoring programmes, through which I have had the opportunity to understand the impact of supervision styles, tensions, worries, and pitfalls on progression, development and career. Based on these experiences and pilot data, I have led a funded research exploration of trust and supervision this year. I offer the following workshops as chances to hear and discuss some of the data as related to your own supervision skills and practices.

Workshop Sessions Delivery Details

++ The Supervisor as Mentor ++ This session covers some introductory mentoring and coaching ideas and techniques useful in cultivating successful relationships with those you supervise. It acknowledges and builds on the pre-existing conversation and supervision skills, helping to develop a mentoring style of management that is applicable across working relationships. Experience gathered from the Researcher Mentoring Programme is used to inform this session and build mentoring practices in a research supervision context.

"I was very pleased with the session - I gained an insight into research concerning mentoring, the opportunity to develop some mentoring skills in a comfortable environment and the confidence to use them in my everyday supervision."

14th August 2017 10.00-12.00

Delivered by Dr Kay Guccione

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++ Supervision Shaken or Stirred: Managing student expectations with ICE ++ There is a recognised need for development of our understanding of the management of postgraduate research students' expectations, and tools to explore the supervisory relationship (Ali, Watson and Dhingra, 2016). This workshop aims to explore the ICE (Ideas, Concerns, Expectations) communication model as a tool in managing student and supervisor expectations of the PhD supervisory relationship and journey. This is a new workshop for 2017 delivered by a visiting speaker from the University of Bolton.

14th August 2017 14.00-15.00

Delivered by Dr Duncan Cross

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++ Supervising Research Students: setting up the partnership ++ This session utilises tools from coaching disciplines and offers some ideas and techniques you can use to acknowledge and agree the supervision partnership and get off to the best possible start. Known as the ‘contracting’ process in coaching, inviting open discussions about expectations, roles, responsibilities, and how you can each work best together, can support the building of effective relationships that weather through testing times. This session acknowledges and builds on the pre-existing supervision skills and experiences of participants and offers a chance to reflect on what has worked for you. Experience gathered through the Trust Me! research study is used to inform this session and build tools for research supervision.

"It has broadened my thinking on the kinds of things that can be contracted at the beginning of the st/sv relationship. From the quotes you gave I have been able to see things from a different perspective whilst having done a PhD myself many years ago I can see that not everyone would have the same expectations."

17th August 2017 10.00-12.00

Delivered by Dr Kay Guccione

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++ Supervising Thesis Writers ++ Avoidance of procrastination of the writing of the PhD thesis can be achieved through 1:1 conversations, turning problems into solutions using a 'Solutions Focused Approach'. This workshop will share some of the intel from an on-going study into the barriers to thesis writing, as identified by students who are writing up. We will share practical techniques for enabling your students to take responsibility for the writing process, make a plan, get started, and stay started. Experience gathered through the Thesis Mentoring Programme is used to inform this session and build tools for research supervision.

"I was able to develop a framework for thinking about mentoring - identifying strategies to motivate writers and reflecting on my own motivations and how they might differ to others, or at different stages throughout a person's academic career"

17th August 14.00-16.00

Delivered by Dr Kay Guccione

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