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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; please use the form within the resource to send us your feedback and help ensure the resource continues to be useful and relevant.

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”


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.


Applications require the submission of a reflective account of your supervisory practices in relation to the ten criteria of the good supervisory framework along with two personal references.

The reflective account should include for each criteria one or more examples drawn from your own supervisory practice and should also demonstrate your familiarity with scholarly literature. You should aim at an overall length of approximately 5,000 words.

Personal references should be from one former doctoral candidate and one colleague familiar with your research supervision. References should be no more than 500 words and it is your responsibility to contact referees and ask them to authenticate your reflective account. References must be submitted with the application.  

Process and Deadlines

Please inform your Faculty contact or of your intention to submit. If you would like your submission to reviewed please note the earlier deadline.

Submission to Faculty Contact for Optional ReviewFaculty CommentsInternal Submission to Faculty Contact Outcome Known
8 June 2020 15 June 2020 22 June 2020 31 August 2020
5 October 2020 12 October 2020 19 October 2020 21 December 2020
8 March 2021 15 March 2021 22 March 2021 3 May 2021


The reflective account and two references will be submitted along with the fee to UCKGE on your behalf. Please note that the University will cover the cost of the submission fee and will ask all accredited supervisors to join a pool of accredited supervisors and support fellow supervisors applying for accreditation by reviewing their submission. You will be asked to review a maximum of three submissions per academic year.


Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health –Jessica Bowler

Faculty of HumanitiesIan Fairweather

Faculty of Science and EngineeringJim Boran


Sources of support

UKCGE Webinars

UKCGE Guide to Reflection

Annotated Reflective Account

Example Reflective Account

University of Manchester PGR Supervisor Toolkit

If you have any questions about this accreditation programme or process please contact