Supervisor Support

Resources for online supervision and examination

UKCGE Guide to Online Supervision

LJMU Examiner and Supervisor Guide to online Vivas

eDoc Quick Start Guide for Supervisors

Supervisor Development Programme

Numerous studies have shown research supervision to be crucial in determining the quality of the postgraduate student experience and the chances of timely completion. The Supervisor Development Programme, run by the Doctoral Academy, is a suite of workshops where participants learn more about institutional processes for research degrees and explore case studies drawn from our experiences of postgraduate support. The aim of the programme is to help participants to refine and develop their practice, to improve the quality of doctoral support, and to establish a productive and satisfying supervisory relationship both for the doctoral candidate as well as for the supervisor.

Click the dates below for more information on workshops and to book a place, and contact if you have any queries at all

Research Supervisor Workshop

Thursday 12 November 2020, 10.00-12.00
Tuesday 12 January 2021, 10.00-12.00

The session gives staff an overview of the University’s Research Degrees Framework and the provision for postgraduate research across LJMU. It is mandatory for all new supervisors of research degrees, and for academic staff new to LJMU and intending to supervise PhD programmes.

Refreshing your Supervisory Practice

Monday 2 November, 14:00-15:00

The aim of the session is to support experienced supervisors by helping them to update or refresh their knowledge and skills. The workshop will give supervisors an overview of regulatory and system changes in our research degree provision. The session also aims to strengthen the capabilities of supervisors to detect and solve problems, promote researcher resilience and motivate doctoral candidates.

Training for the Independent Chair

Monday 19 October, 10:00-11:00
Thursday 11 February 2021, 14.00-15.00

The use of Independent Chairs to oversee the PhD viva voce examination is increasingly common in the sector. At LJMU, Independent Chairs can play a crucial role in ensuring and witnessing that examinations are conducted fairly and in accordance with University regulations. This session outlines the role and responsibilities of the Independent Chair and allows participants to learn from ‘this really happened’ case studies.

Research Degrees Examiner Workshop

Tuesday 29 September, 10.00-11.30
Tuesday 27 October, 10:00-11:30
Thursday 3 December, 14:00-15:30
Friday 22 January, 10:00-11:30

This workshop aims to prepare staff to act as examiners for a PhD candidate, both at Liverpool John Moores University (in the Internal Examiner role) and elsewhere (as an External Examiner). Delivered by experienced examiners, the session provides information on processes, procedures and approaches, as well as acting as a forum for discussion and sharing practice.

**NEW** eDoc for Supervisors

Thursday 24 September, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 20 October, 14:00-15:00
Wednesday 2 December, 10:00-11:00
Wednesday 23 December, 10:30-11:30
Monday 11 January, 15:00-16:00
Thursday 18 February, 10:00-11:00

eDoc is a comprehensive online progression system for the LJMU PGR community. It keeps all your PGRs in one place and streamlines:

  • Supervision meetings
  • Training and events
  • Progression monitoring
  • Confirmation of Registration
  • Changes to registration eg. Leaves of absence
  • Examinations [Phase 2 coming in 2021]

The session will provide an overview of the system and highlight key functionality from a supervisor's perspective.

Outside of these times, should you require any specific support you can request a one to one session via