Your Supervisor

As a postgraduate research student you will be allocated two named supervisors who will support you through your academic and development programme.


Supervisor meetingUsually, the primary supervisor will be the academic lead and the second supervisor will support the student in the Doctoral Development Programme. The PGR tutor for your department may also be called upon to discuss pastoral issues which cannot be dealt with by your supervisors.

The relationship between student and supervisor is not static and most students find that as they become more familiar with their field of research they become less directly dependent on their supervisor.

Formal meetings between the research student and supervisor(s) to review progress should normally take place regularly. It is essential for written records of formal student-supervisor meetings to be made, either by the student or the supervisor, and for both to maintain a copy. Notes of supervisory meetings need not be lengthy or detailed documents, but should record the progress made on the project, key points discussed and any agreed actions or objectives to be achieved before the next meeting. For example this could take the form of a series of bullet points. This is essential for both pedagogic reasons (i.e. to ensure the student’s understanding of points made by the supervisor) and to provide an accurate record of the supervisory sessions. Students often take the lead in producing these records and an on-line form suitable for this purpose is available from the Research & Innovation Services website: Record of Supervision

In the early stages of your research you should discuss with your supervisor the type of guidance that will be most useful to you and any training required to meet the aims and needs of your research. You will work with your supervisor to identify and select the best strategy to meet those aims and needs including completing a Training Needs Analysis (TNA).