Supervising research degrees
Research degrees are the highest qualifications awarded by universities. Candidates are required to undertake a research project that makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in their subject(s) and present the results in a thesis. In this endeavour, the most important source of support for candidates is their supervisory team, and the quality of supervision has a major impact upon their learning experiences and upon their chances of timely completion. The aim of this chapter therefore is to highlight some of the practices that underpin high-quality supervision. The chapter includes sections on the context of supervision, recruitment and selection, establishing relationships, academic guidance and support, encouraging writing and giving feedback, personal, professional and career support, monitoring progress, supporting completion, supporting examination and reflecting upon and enhancing practice.