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Research Supervisor Development Programme (RSDP)

The Research Supervisor Development Programme is designed and delivered by the Doctoral College and comprises 15 workshops. Details of workshop content, facilitator and dates can be found below.

 

S1: Starting out in Doctoral Supervision

 

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • What is doctorateness (differences between level 8 and other levels of study)
  • Working as a supervisory team
  • Building a relationship with a doctoral researchers
  • Managing the research supervisory meetings (including meeting notes and UKVI information)
  • Managing the research programme
  • Skills development (RDF Planner)
  • Ethical research supervision
  • Encouraging students to promote their research
  • PREVENT
Optionality/Pre-Requisites

Compulsory for all new supervisors (also relevant to staff who act as advisors to Doctoral programmes)

Dates and times
  •  Monday 16th October 2017, 2-4pm
  •  Wednesday 11th April 2018, 10-12pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S2: Research supervision and the Research Regulations

 

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • The Research regulations (2014)
  • PhD/ Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publications timelines
  • UKVI and international students
  • Annual Progress Review (RDF Planner could help)
  • Progression/ Transfer to research (for Prof Docs)
  • Nomination of Examiners
  • Viva
  • Post Viva Support
  • At Risk
  • Leave of Absence and Extensions
  • Pre-Research Degree
Optionality/Pre-Requisites Compulsory for all new supervisors and experience supervisors who are new to the University of Wolverhampton.

Compulsory for all supervisors who have not undertaken CPD in the last 3 years.

S1 is a pre-requisit for all people taking this course who are new to doctoral supervision

Dates and times
  •  Monday 30th October 2017, 2-4pm
  •  Thursday 27th May 2018, 2-4pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S3: Research Student Progression and Timely Completion

 

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • Programme timelines (all types of doctorate)
  • Project planning
  • Procrastination (moving students through procrastination)
  • Personal Development (RDF and Development planning)
  • Planning for Ethics
  • Pushing for the milestones (first chapter submission, internal conference, external conference, publication etc)
  • Annual Progression Review
  • Progression for PhD/ Transfer to Research for Prof Doc
  • Preparing for viva
  • Post viva support
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When Required
Date and time
  •  Thursday 15th February 2018, 2-4pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S4: Supporting Research Students with Additional Needs

 

Facilitator

The Doctoral College

Course details
  • Inclusive approaches to working with students
  • Working with the individual
  • Working with students with learning disabilities
  • Working with students physical difficulties
  • Mental health and wellbeing: What to look for and where to go for help
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When Required
Date and time
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Location

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Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

 

S5: Supporting International Research Students

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College  
Mike Strong, UKVI Compliance Officer

Course details
  • Exploring English Language Entry Requirements
  • Cultural Competency
    • The UK HEI
    • Integration in to the University of Wolverhampton
    • Cultural clashes
  • What you need to know about UKVI
    • The UKVI
    • Sponsorship
    • Engagement logs
    • Leaving the UK
  • What you need to know about Registry
    • Applications and applicants’ expectations
    • Application processing – Speed and time lines
    • Registration, arrival and accommodation info
    • Fees and fee liabilities
    • Communications from the STaR Office
  • Graduation
Target audience

All Research Supervisors

Optionality/Pre-Requisites Optional/When Required
Date and time
  •  Wednesday 28th February 2018, 2-4pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S6: Supporting Research Students through Write-up

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • Get writing from the beginning
  • Thesis and its structure (length, chapters, discussing expectations)
  • Planning the re-write up (time line for chapters)
  • Setting ground rules (turn-around time, how many times are you going to read a chapter etc)
  • Dealing with procrastination and writers block
  • Ensuring doctorateness (expressing novelty, synthesis, the golden triangle, answering research questions and ensuring there is a golden thread.)
  • Support for your students ( i.e. Skills development programme - writing your thesis & sit down and write; thesis boot camps; thesis writing SIGs
  • Preparing for the viva
  • Supporting your student through the viva preparation process
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When Required
Date and time
  •  Thursday 1st March 2018, 2-4pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S7: Preparing your students for Viva Voce

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand and implement the examination regulations
  • prepare your students to approach the viva voce with confidence
Optionality/Pre-Requisites Optional/When required
Date and time
  • Wednesday 14th March 2018, 10-12pm 
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S8: Supporting Students post viva

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • Minor modifications & Resubmission – what is required?
  • Dealing with the aftermath (shock/ delight and re-motivating PGRS to get down to work.)
  • The role of the students
  • The role of the supervisors
  • The role of PGRT (in resubmission)
  • The role of the examiner
  • Checking expectations
  • Why corrections should be done in a timely manner.
  • Disentanglement 
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When required
Date and time
  •  Wednesday 21st March 2018, 10-12pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S9: Supervisors Drop-In

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details These drop-in sessions are for new and experienced doctoral supervisors.  They aims to provide the opportunity for supervisors to confidentially discuss their supervisory relationships and share best practice.  
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When required
Dates and times
  • Monday 2nd October 2017, 10-11am
  • Wednesday 1st November 2017, 9-10am
  • Thursday 7th December 2017, 3-4pm
  • Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 10-11am
  • Thursday 1st February 2018, 10-11am
  • Thursday 1st March 2018, 10-11am
  • Thursday 12th April 2018, 10-11am
  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 10-11am
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018, 10-11am
  • Monday 2nd July 2018, 2-3pm
Location

MD163, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method There is no need to book

S10: Understanding the Pre-Research Degree

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details
  • What is the Pre-research Degree and who is it for
  • Routes (A: Home Students; B: International Students)
  • Supporting PhD by Publication
  • Programme structure
  • The role of the supervisor
  • The role of the students
  • Assessments
  • Outcomes
  • Retrieval
Optionality/Pre-Requisites  Optional/When required
Date and time
  •  Wednesday 1st November 2017, 10-12pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S11: Examining a Research Degree

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details  By the end of this session you should be able to:
  • Apply the University's examination process and procedures appropriately
  • Clarify the responsibilities of internal and external examiners – what do you do to prepare?
  • Articulate what constitutes a “good” thesis; learning outcomes and assessment criteria;
  • Conduct a viva voce examination
  • Deal with post viva issues - examination outcomes.
Optionality/Pre-Requisites This workshop is compulsory for all newly appointed, inexperienced MPhil and PhD examiners. Experienced examiners should regard this as an opportunity to update on current requirements.
Dates and times
  •  Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 10-12pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

S12: Chairing a Research Degree

Facilitator

Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

Course details

By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • approach chairing a viva with confidence;
  • ensure that the University’s regulations are fully observed;
  • ensure a fair and appropriate experience for the candidate.
Optionality/Pre-Requisites All newly appointed Chairs are expected to attend the briefing workshop. In addition, all members of staff with research supervisory experience who anticipate a request to chair research degree examinations are encouraged to attend this workshop.
Dates and times
  •  Tuesday 30th January 2018, 2-4pm
  •  Thursday 24th May 2018, 2-4pm
Location

MD165, 1st Floor, Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus

Booking method Via Agresso Self-Service

 

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