Research supervision events 2021-2022
PhDs and postgraduate research
Introductory and Best Practice workshops for Research Supervisors
All supervisors who are new to supervising research degree students at Portsmouth are required to attend the Introductory Workshop for Research Supervisors within one year of joining the research supervision team.
Introductory Workshop for Research Supervisors
20th September 2021, 20th January 2022, 09.45am-16.00pm
Hear what makes an effective supervisor from both a supervisor's and a student's perspective through the use of case studies and group discussion, and explore the most effective ways of dealing with issues that can arise as part of the supervision process
This mandatory workshop is aimed at staff planning to be a supervisor, new supervisors, and supervisors new to the University of Portsmouth and offers a general introduction to the issues involved in research supervision and procedures.
Participants will be presented with an overview of the developing national agenda for research degree programmes, an account of supervisor practices, an overview of essential University regulations and conduct, and ethical review procedures. Online research resources will be demonstrated including the Skills Forge software.
If you want to keep up with best practice as a research supervisor, we offer a number of further developmental workshops each year.
Update for Experienced Supervisors
20th October 2021 (10.00am-12.00pm), 8th March 2022 (13.00pm-15.00pm)
For experienced supervisors to update themselves on the latest changes in how the University conducts research degrees, develop knowledge about the Graduate School, and how best to support students in their researcher development training. Experienced Supervisors are expected to undertake this workshop or the online version every three years. This session serves as a broad overview of best practices in supervision in the University and how to find out more about the resources for supporting supervisors such as Skills Forge and procedures for monitoring students. We’ll provide you with additional materials that allow you to further develop a professional approach to research supervision and help implement structure to the role of being a supervisor. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled times for this workshop, the Graduate School has created an online version of the workshop which you can complete.
PGR mental health and wellbeing for Supervisors
20th October 2021, 14.00pm-16.00pm
PGR students are at high risk of experiencing symptoms of psychological distress and developing a psychiatric disorder. As part of an ongoing project (funded by the Office for Students) to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of PGR students, this session will help supervisors identify indicators of mental health problems; outline resources available to support staff and students, and provide guidance on when referral to specialist help and support is required. The session will also brief supervisors on new initiatives (including specialist online resources and peer mentoring circles) being trialed as part of the project and include a wider discussion of PGR students’ transition to doctoral study and mental health issues in academia.
Understanding Major and Annual Reviews
4th November 2021 (13.30pm-14.30pm), 11th January 2022 (11.00am-12.00pm), 23rd March 2022 (09.30am-10.30am)
Guidance for Internal/External Examiners and the University of Portsmouth process
9th November 2021 (09.00am-12.00pm), 3rd March 2022 (12.00pm-15.00pm)
This session is mandatory for first supervisors and staff becoming an internal/external examiner for the first time. The aim of this workshop is to familiarise supervisors with the main issues and procedures involved in preparing and submitting the research thesis and the preparation, purpose, and conduct of the viva. It gives an overview of the role of the internal and external examiner, with a view to becoming one. You’ll be informed of what is required of an examiner, including how best to prepare for and manage the viva and its outcomes. Managing referrals, failures and appeals will also be discussed. Staff will be expected to undertake this session again after a period of five years without examining. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled times for this workshop, the Graduate School has created an online version of the workshop which you can complete.
Best Practice in the Selection and Admission of PGR Students
17th November 2021 (09.45am-12.00pm), 15th February 2022 (13.30pm-15.45pm)
This workshop will provide supervisors and departmental research degree representatives with a detailed overview of the selection and admissions processes for research students, from setting up university bursaries to admissions processes, to dealing with visa requirements for international students, to conducting fair interviews and making offers to students. It will be an opportunity to share good practice and to learn from the experience of colleagues from different areas of the university and explore some of the common issues and experiences surrounding PGR admissions, and the specific issues supervisors have when selecting research students.
In order to support potential supervisors, provide a more consistent experience for PhD applicants, and to provide greater clarity of the expected roles for both supervisors and students, every PhD selection panel from October 2013 onward will need to have at least two members who have undergone this training (QAA, 2012). If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled times for this workshop, the Graduate School has created an online version of the workshop which you can complete.
Managing and Monitoring Research Degree Students
26th January 2022,10.00am-12.00pm
Best Practice in Supervising Part-Time and Professional Doctorate Students
26th January 2022, 13.00 pm-15.00pm
More than half of all doctoral students at the university study part-time. Part-time students have particular pressures and issues that do not affect full-time students in the same way. Financial pressures, committing up to six years to a doctorate and changes at work all mean that the supervision of part-time students may, at times, be more demanding than that of those studying full-time. The aim of this workshop is to identify the issues and challenges of supervising part-time students and to explore good practice in addressing these. Firstly we’ll consider the expectations, challenges, and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student. This will then provide an opportunity to share good practice and learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the university. The session will explore some of the common issues and experiences that part-time students face and draw on feedback from past/present part-time students. The workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss specific issues that supervisors have with supervising part-time students.
Compilation Style PhDs
1st February 2022, 13.00pm-15.00pm
In many European countries, standard PhD dissertations are based on a collection of published or potentially publishable articles, written in a concise journal-style during the course of registration for the degree. This approach can lead to more publications, better completion rates, and greater potential employability for the PhD students who complete this style of a thesis.
For the compilation/continental style thesis, there is usually a brief introduction setting out the ‘thesis’ being defended, summarising the following chapters, and explaining how they relate to one another. There is no large, separate, literature review; instead, each chapter has a self-contained paper / article-like structure. Unlike the PhD by Publication route, compilation/continental style theses are completed during a normal period of PhD registration.
Introductory Workshop for new DRDCs
8th February 2022, 10.00pm-12.00pm
Best Practice in Attracting & Supervising International Research Students
25th April 2022, 13.00pm-16.30pm
This workshop is relevant to all those who supervise international students registered for a PhD, an MPhil, or a Professional Doctorate. It is also relevant to those who may be part of a supervisory team of an international student in the foreseeable future. The aim of the workshop is to identify and discuss the issues and challenges of attracting and supervising international students and to explore good practice in addressing these.
We’ll consider the expectations, challenges, and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student.
The workshop provides an opportunity to share good practice and to learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the university. The session will consider some of the common experiences that international students face and include feedback from past/present international students.
PhD by Publication
3rd May 2022, 14.00pm-16.00pm
You’ve done the research, you’ve written the papers, you’ve attended the conferences, presented and defended the results, you’ve listened to the feedback and you’ve had the final versions published in refereed journals.
You’ve done the hard yards. You know about the research process; research philosophy; research methodologies; data analysis and you have a good understanding of the published literature in your discipline. But for whatever reason, you never got around to doing a PhD. It is, however, possible to submit your work for the award of PhD by Publication and gain the recognition of a doctorate.
This seminar will:
Discuss what a PhD (Publication) is and what it is not
Review the Regulations on PhD (Publication)
Take you through the process of registering, writing the commentary, and preparing for the assessment (Viva)
Best Practice in Being a Second or Third Research Supervisor
10th May 2022, 13.15pm-15.30pm