Workshops for Research Supervisors

SV seminars logoWe’ve been working closely with research staff and students over many years on various research projects, mentoring programmes, and researcher-led initiatives. We have had the opportunity through these, and through the literature related to doctoral supervision, to understand the impact of supervision relationships, tensions, worries, and pitfalls on PGR progression, development and career. We offer the following workshops as chances to hear and discuss some of our insight in relation to your own supervision skills and practices. The SuperVisionaries Seminar Series is part of SuperVisionaries: University of Sheffield Supervisor Development offer.

This is an annual series of 1h lunchtime workshops on current issues in supervision. You are welcome to bring your lunch into the room.

To maximise value and minimise time out of the office and in the classroom, each workshop is run in a flipped format with a 10min read and reflect task prior to attending. The 1h session, will help you interpret the information you have read, discuss it with your peers in a supportive space, and find ways to make use of it in your work.

Dr Kay Guccione, along with expert guests, hosts the workshops in the series, and as an experienced coach, she will support you to unpick, evaluate and tailor these ideas to fit with what you need to achieve in practice.

Workshop Sessions Delivery Details

SuperVisionaries 1: PGR Supervision at Sheffield This workshop is a discussion-based introduction to supervision at the University of Sheffield. It will cover the philosophy of PhD study at Sheffield, and the strategic role of supervisors as well as the processes/systems which guide and support you to induct, supervise, develop and ensure progress for postgraduate researchers.  It will signpost resources and guides that you can make use of in your work.

12.30-13.30 13th September 2018

SuperVisionaries 2: Supervising new PGRs: setting up the partnership This session offers  ideas you can use to set context for and agree the supervision partnership. Inviting open discussions about expectations, roles, responsibilities, and how you can each work best together, can support the building of effective relationships that endure through testing times. It offers a chance to reflect on what works in practice.

12.30-13.30 11th October 2018

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SuperVisionaries 3: Supervising stuck thesis writers Helping stalled PGRs take control of their thesis can be achieved through mentoring conversations, using a 'Solutions Focused’ approach. This workshop will share some of the data from an on-going study into the barriers to thesis writing, as identified by students who are writing up. We will share techniques for enabling your students to take responsibility, plan and monitor their work, and keep up momentum.

12.30-13.30 29th November 2018

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SuperVisionaries 4: Working with stressed researchers Supervising researchers can mean helping to support people who have had acutely stressful experiences to manage their situation. This workshop explores how we as supervisors and colleagues can spot signs of stress, and looks at approaches to supporting people suffering from stress though supportive conversation, whilst keeping the relationship disciplined and with clear boundaries.

12.30-13.30 13th December 2018

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SuperVisionaries 5: Supervising researchers for careers beyond the academy Over 70% of our research students will leave academia. Supporting a researcher who wants to change career can present challenges, for you and for them. We'll discuss the concerns and issues that career changers and those who supervise them have identified, introduce strategies and techniques to enable you to confidently support this group in their research and beyond.

12.30-13.30 15th January 2019

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SuperVisionaries 6: Achieving balance in research supervision A new PGR may require a great deal of guidance, but by the time they reach their graduation we hope they have developed into an independent scholar. This learning and development shift requires an appropriate supervisorial balance of support and challenge. In this session we’ll examine the doctoral journey in stages and consider what type of support is required at each point.

10.00-11.30 6th February 2019

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SuperVisionaries 7: PGR Supervision at Sheffield This workshop is a discussion-based introduction to supervision at the University of Sheffield. It will cover the philosophy of PhD study at Sheffield, and the strategic role of supervisors as well as the processes/systems which guide and support you to induct, supervise, develop and ensure progress for postgraduate researchers.  It will signpost resources and guides that you can make use of in your work.

12.30-13.30 20th February 2019

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SuperVisionaries 8: Was it worth it? How supervisors influence the value of the PhD Research data has shown the powerful influence the doctoral supervisor has on a researcher’s progress, happiness, and wellbeing. Data gathered from a  study into how doctoral graduates perceive the value of their PhD post-graduation is used to inform this session. We will look at a conceptual model of value, and the role of the supervisor in ensuring a PhD is ‘worth it’.

12.30-13.30 21st March 2019

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SuperVisionaries 9: Supervising stuck thesis writers Helping stalled PGRs take control of their thesis can be achieved through mentoring conversations, using a 'Solutions Focused’ approach. This workshop will share some of the data from an on-going study into the barriers to thesis writing, as identified by students who are writing up. We will share techniques for enabling your students to take responsibility, plan and monitor their work, and keep up momentum.

12.30-13.30 16th April 2019

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SuperVisionaries 10: PGR Supervision at Sheffield This workshop is a discussion-based introduction to supervision at the University of Sheffield. It will cover the philosophy of PhD study at Sheffield, and the strategic role of supervisors as well as the processes/systems which guide and support you to induct, supervise, develop and ensure progress for postgraduate researchers.  It will signpost resources and guides that you can make use of in your work.

12.30-13.30 14th May 2019

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SuperVisionaries 11: Mentoring and supervision Supervision is about guiding, monitoring, and advising postgraduate researchers towards a specific outcome. Mentoring involves exploring, facilitating, and empowering people to achieve their chosen goals. So how can the two be reconciled to create a blend that supports true independence? Experience gathered from across several researcher mentoring programmes is used to inform this session.

12.30-13.30 12th June 2019

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SuperVisionaries 12: Building trust in staff-student relationships There is a body of literature documenting supervision styles and practices, much of which names trust as a vital component of good supervisory relationships. But what is trust, and how do we build it? How doctoral students and supervisors demonstrate and develop trust is used as a base for this session. We will look at what makes a supervisor trustworthy, and how we can cultivate trust.

12.30-13.30 9th July 2019

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SuperVisionaries 13: Supervision Shaken or Stirred: Managing student expectations with ICE This session will explore the ICE (Ideas, Concerns, Expectations) communication model as a framework for managing student and supervisor expectations of the supervisory relationship and their journey through their studies, providing a tool that can be revisited through the course of the doctorate.

12.30-13.30 7th August 2019

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