The Associate SuperVisionaries Framework

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ASV logoAssociate SuperVisionaries is a professional development framework for Early Career Researchers, Fellows and Academics. It has been designed for staff who are committed to their personal growth and research career development, in particular developing their PhD supervision skills and practices through real world application. It complements other learning and development offered by the University of Sheffield under the Think Ahead framework.

Associate SuperVisionaries and the teaching delivered within it, is a partnership between Research Services, and Learning and Teaching Services.

Associate SuperVisionaries is piloting in Autumn 2018, and is expected to launch fully in Spring 2019.

Please contact Dr Kay Guccione to discuss this opportunity or to learn more about any of its elements.

Associate SuperVisionaries mission:

  • To provide a Professional Development Framework for supervision skills and practices.
  • To put the practice of Thesis Mentoring at its learning core
  • To offer a method of formalising and enhancing existing supervision practice in a meaningful way
  • To provide scaffolding to support an application for HEA professional recognition

To be recognised as an Associate SuperVisionary, you need to complete the following:

  • Attend a welcome event, and complete 4 learning strands
  • Learning strand 1: Be a Thesis Mentor for one 4-month programme (January or July start)
  • Learning strand 2: Attend two of the series of 1h lunchtime supervisor development seminars
  • Learning strand 3: Complete a supervision observation (either a 1:1 supervision, or a lab meeting) with a supervisor of your choosing
  • Learning strand 4: Complete an ongoing learning journal and a 1000 word summary reflection, which draw together the above three learning strands along with your future plans for developing your supervision approach

The entire time commitment for across all elements is likely to be 24 hours (generally spread over 6 months)

This development initiative is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on their supervisory practice as part of their ongoing development, but does not entitle them to eligibility to supervise at the University fo Sheffield, to career progression, or to reward or recognition.

Read more about Supervision at Sheffield here.