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A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors

By Stan Taylor, Nigel Beasley

© 2004 – Routledge

252 pages

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Historically, it has been presumed that being an experienced researcher was enough in itself to guarantee effective supervision. This has always been a dubious presumption and it has become an untenable one in the light of global developments in the doctorate itself and in the candidate population which have transformed demands upon expectations of supervisors.

This handbook will assist new and experienced supervisors to respond to these changes. Divided into six parts the book looks at the following issues:

  • changing contexts of doctoral supervision
  • recruiting, selecting and working with doctoral candidates
  • supporting the research project
  • supporting candidates of all nationalities and academic backgrounds
  • supporting completion of projects and examination
  • evaluation and dissemination of practice.

A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors focuses on the practical needs of supervisors, draws examples from a wide range of countries and uses self-interrogation as a means of encouraging readers to reflect upon their practice, making it an essential read for anyone involved in doctoral supervision.


'This book will not only be extremely useful for new supervisors, it will also provide the types of information that experienced supervisors need. The handbook format is used well to combine,firstly, research based principles of good supervision with, secondly, insights drawn from the experience of supervisors, and thirdly, bullets and questions to prompt readers to think about their understanding of good supervision.'- Higher Education Review

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Context 1. The Overall Context 2. The Institutional Context 3. The Disciplinary Context Part 2: Preparing the Ground 4. Recruitment and Selection 5. Working Relationships A. Candidates 6. Working Relationships B. Co-supervisors Part 3: Supporting the Research Project 7. Academic Guidance and Support 8. Encouraging Early Writing and Giving Feedback 9. Keeping the Project on Track and Monitoring Progression Part 4: Supporting the Candidate 10. Personal, Professional, Academic and Career Support 11. Responding to Diversity A. Domestic Candidates 12. Responding to Diversity B. International Candidates Part 5: Supporting Completion and Examination 13. Completion and Submission 14. Preparation for Examination 15. Examination Part 6: Evaluation and Dissemination 16. Evaluation and Dissemination Conclusions

About the Authors

Stan Taylor is Academic Staff Development Officer at the University of Durham and has been involved in training doctoral supervisors for fifteen years at universities in the UK and overseas. Nigel Beasley is now retired but was previously Director of Staff Development at the University of Leicester.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Reference
EDUCATION / Professional Development