Workshops for Research Supervisors

We’ve been working closely with research staff and students over manny 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 styles, tensions, worries, and pitfalls on 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.

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 that is applicable across working relationships.

"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."

20th August 2018 10.00-12.00

Kay Guccione Mentoring Consultant

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NEW FOR 2018! ++ Supervising Researchers for Careers Beyond the Academy ++ We can expect over 70% of our research staff and students to leave academia and succeed in careers across many roles and sectors. Supporting a researcher who wants to change career can present challenges. In this session we'll discuss the concerns and issues that career changers and those who supervise them have identified, introduce strategies, techniques, and resources to enable you to confidently support this group.

20th August 2018: 13.00-14.30

Rachael Roberts and Darcey Gillie Careers Advisers for Researchers

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++ Supervising Research Students: setting up the partnership ++ This session 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.

"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."

23rd August 2018 10.00-12.00

Kay Guccione Mentoring Consultant

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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 Thesis Mentoring Programme and study into the barriers to thesis writing, as identified by students who are writing.

"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"

23rd August 2018 14.00-16.00

Kay Guccione Mentoring Consultant

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++ PGR Supervision at Sheffield ++ A discussion-based introduction to supervision of PGR / PhD research students at Sheffield University including: Setting expectations with students, Styles of PGR supervision, Outline of the Doctoral Development Programme and progression milestones, Signposting and troubleshooting, Resources, including common problem scenarios for discussion, Strategic role of supervisors and PGRs at TUoS

2018/2019 dates announced ASAP

Charlotte Williams, PGR Programme and Provision Team Leader

COMING SOON

++ COMING SOON FOR 2018/2019 ++ Three new workshops developed from Kay's research into Trust & Supervision and into the Value of the PhD. 'Working with stressed researchers' 'Building trust in staff-student relationships' 'Was it worth it? How supervisors influence the value of the PhD'

2018/2019 dates announced ASAP

Kay Guccione