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Supervisory training and development

We offer training for new postgraduate research supervisors, as well as running courses for existing supervisors to ensure their skills and knowledge are always up to date.

Becoming a doctoral supervisor

We encourage members of staff to train as supervisors for postgraduate research students. We offer a two-day training programme for new supervisors, with the day-long sessions delivered one month apart. This course is designed to give you all the knowledge and tools you need to supervise a doctoral student, in the context of internal and external regulatory frameworks.

On successful completion of this training course, you will be allowed to supervise doctoral students at BU for a period of three years.

Training for established doctoral supervisors

Every three years, you will be required to attend a course to refresh your knowledge in relation to supervising postgraduate research students and ensure that you are aware of the latest developments in best practice for postgraduate research degrees.

This training course for doctoral supervisors lasts for half a day and is a valuable opportunity to discuss best practice with other supervisors, as well as to review rules and regulations relating to postgraduate doctoral study and to find out about the latest funding options for doctoral students.

All of the training for doctoral supervision is run regularly by the Doctoral College and full details of forthcoming training can be found on the staff intranet.