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The Graduate School

Supervision Excellence

Our Researcher Supervision Excellence Programme aims to offer support for professional development for research degree supervisors.

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About the Programme

Research Supervision Excellence Programme offers professional development support for research degree supervisors. It expands on the advice and guidance available to our supervisory teams who work with postgraduate students during their journey towards research degrees. The programme offers a blend of online and in-person activities that will update you on all current developments, foster peer-oriented discussion on topics related to supervisory practice and strengthen the research supervisory community at RGU.

This year, for the very first time, live sessions are also further supplemented with web-based resources from Epigeum, widely recognised experts in the development of higher education materials. Epigeum’s 'Supervising Doctoral Studies’ modules, which have been appreciated by supervisors at some of the leading universities in the UK, are now freely available to you through the Graduate School Moodle site.

Events can be booked through the new Supervision Excellence Programme booking and resource hub available on Moodle.

Download the Research Supervision Excellence Programme brochure:


All events can be booked through the new Supervision Excellence Programme booking and resource hub also available on Moodle.

Upcoming workshops


  • Getting Started with Worktribe - 14 September 2022 - 12 June 2023
  • Outputs for Academics - 19 September 2022 - 17 July 2023
  • Outcome Options when Examining Research Degree Students at RGU - 13 October
  • Internal Convenor Briefing Session - 19 October 2022 - 21 March 2023
  • Student Journey through Transfer to Doctoral Phase - 01 November
  • Supervising part-time and/or distance-based research students - 8 November 2022 & 19 January 2023
  • Creating the 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students - 18 November
  • Internal Examiner Briefing Session - 22 November 2022 & 9 May 2023
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback - 30 November
  • Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2022 Survey Outcome - 08 December
  • Research Data Management - A Walk Through the Moodle Module for RDCs and Supervisors - 15 December 2022 - 14 June 2023


  • Progress Monitoring - 12 January
  • Initial Research Supervisor Briefing Session - 26 January & 30 May
  • Mentoring and Coaching Skills for Supervisors - 06 February
  • Student/Supervisor Relationships - 22 February
  • Supporting International Research Students - 28 February
  • Update on the PgR Application System - 14 March
  • Student Wellbeing and Mental Health - 11 April
  • Preparations for Viva Assessments - 20 April
  • Intellectual Property and Doctoral Studies - 26 April
  • Approach to Appointing External Examiners - 02 May
  • Researcher Development Programme & PgCert Researcher Development  - 01 June

Mid-career researcher development

  • EPIGEUM: Supervising Doctoral Studies

* Please note that, while we endeavour to ensure all workshops run according to plan, some event details may be subject to change.

Regular Sessions

  • Exploring ‘My Research’ on Worktribe
  • Worktribe Outputs
  • Managing & Sharing Research Data – a walk through the Moodle Module


Epigeum is a leading provider of online courses that support the core activities of universities in four areas: teaching and development, research, studying, and support and wellbeing. Developed through a process of global collaboration between world-class subject experts, partner institutions, and in-house specialists Supervising Doctoral Studies addresses new and emerging developments in doctoral supervision. Topics covered include the widespread adoption of structured training programmes, the increasing diversity of the student population, the focus on developing respectful supervisory relationships, and recognition of the challenges relating to mental health and wellbeing that can be experienced by candidates, to ensure that supervisors are aware of the wider context and purpose of their work, and are able to navigate both academic and non-academic responsibilities with confidence.

Course materials are organised into 10 modules:

  • Introduction: The Doctoral Context
  • Attracting and Selecting Doctoral Applicants
  • Research Cultures and Environments
  • Managing Expectations, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Planning and Conducting Research
  • Developing the Researcher and Enabling Progress
  • Doctoral Writing and Effective Feedback
  • Supporting your Candidate
  • Preparing for Completion and Examination
  • Developing your Supervisory Practice

Introductory video

Contacts & Further Info

For further details, feedback and suggestions for future development: 

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) offers additional guidance on good supervisory practice.

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