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You will find here a collection of contributions of different authors sharing their ideas, views or lessons learnt during their professional development. Please feel encouraged to comment on the contributions and share your experiences on the various topics. If you would like to add your own contribution, please get in contact with us.

Professionalizing Supervision

It is shown in many studies, that supervision is the most influential factor on PhD satisfaction and has also been linked with timely completion. While the significance and impact of good supervisory practice is not questioned, however, there is less consensus on a definition of good supervisor practice and, in particular, on the kinds of support which can be provided by universities in order to improve it. The need to offer training is nowadays widely mentioned by university leaders. However, there is not that much material or tools available for those, who actually want to run a workshop for supervisors or who want to provide tools for supervisors to help them reflect on and improve their practice.

A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors

Stan Taylor, Margaret Kiley and Robin Humphrey have published this second edition of “A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors”. It is not just an updated version. It is actually significantly re-worked and has also brought with it a change of authors with two new co-authors. First published in 2005, it has already served many potential - as well as established - supervisors as a source to reflect upon and improve their supervisory practice. With this new edition, the authors rightly argue that supervisors need to react to the substantial changes in doctoral education which have greatly extended the roles of supervisors.

A brief history of the doctorate

If you are working in doctoral education, as administrator, supervisors, higher education professional or in whatever position which places you in close contact with postgraduate education, chances are you are taking “doctorate” or “PhD” as something for granted and commonly understood. This will most likely be true if you are (relatively) new in this job. However, believe it or not, doctorate was not always what it is today. The form it has today, although it can vary a lot from country to country, was very different just twenty years ago. Transferable skills, multiple supervision, quality assurance, career development, different funding possibilities, internationalization, different models of doctorate – these are all relatively new characteristics of the doctorate. Here we will give a brief history of the doctorate, from its beginning in mediaeval ages to the various forms it has today.

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