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PGR Supervisor issues

The Doctoral Academy Leadership Team (DALT), through School Postgraduate Research Committees (PGRCs) and PGR Directors have a responsibility to ensure all PGRs have the highest quality supervision.  In rare cases of inadequate supervision, PGR Directors and Senior Tutors will follow this flowchart, to ensure any issues are dealt with promptly and consistently.

Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Toolkit

In consultation with academic and PS colleagues across the University, Manchester Doctoral College Strategy Group has developed a Manchester-focussed online Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Toolkit, based on the UKCGE good supervisory practice framework, to support supervisors in their role. The resource brings together information and guidance about all aspects of research supervision from recruitment through to completion, with the aim of quickly signposting you to useful services, enabling you to navigate policies and regulations, and facilitating your interactions with postgraduate researchers. The resource is a source of information for supervisors from all academic areas and all levels of experience and will be reviewed and updated biannually.

To access the toolkit click Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Toolkit and follow the steps below:

  1. When logged in to Blackboard, click the Enrol button with the green + symbol
  2. Click Submit in the bottom right corner of the window
  3. Click OK in the bottom right corner of the window
  4. When you click on the link within Blackboard to launch the toolkit, ensure that pop ups are enabled

If you have issues accessing Blackboard, please contact IT Support. If you can access Blackboard but have trouble with the toolkit, please contact

Postgraduate Researcher Supervision from a Distance

University of Manchester Guidance on Remote Supervision which was developed during the pandemic but applicable for general supervision at a distance (ie split-site, DL).

The UK Council for Graduate Education has developed and shared resources and good practice for its members Guide to Online Research Supervision

This guide identifies the benefits of online supervision, considers the challenges, and suggests ways in which supervisors might be able to overcome them.

Webinar: Effective Practices in Doctoral Supervision at a Distance See 31:19 for Dr. Sam Oakley’s presentation on ‘Supervising Remotely During the Coronavirus Crisis 

Supervisor Recognition

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the independent representative body for postgraduate education in the UK, has recently launched a Research Supervision Recognition Programme. This is a professional development toolkit which includes the sector approved good supervisory practice framework and offers a route to recognition, specifically for research supervision. Becoming a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor, demonstrates to your university, peers and candidates that your supervisory practice has been recognised by a national body.  More information on how to apply can be found here.