Supervisor Support

Resources for supervision and examination

UKCGE Guide to Online Supervision

Report Launch - Structures and Strategy in Doctoral Education in the UK and Ireland

QAA paper on Supporting the Assessment of Postgraduate Research Students (COVID-19 Supporting Resources)

QAA Advice on Doctoral Standards for PGRs and Supervisors: impact of COVID-19

UKCGE Guide for Research Supervisors in Organisations outside of HE

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UKCGE November 2021 Newsletter

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, you can select an option to add a reminder to your Outlook calendar.  The link for sessions delivered online will be circulated by email one day in advance.

Please contact if you have any queries at all.  

Research Supervisor Workshop

Tuesday 5 July 2022 - 13:00-16:00, via Teams

Tuesday 5 October 2022 - 10:00-13:00, on campus, venue TBA

Tuesday 29 November 2022 - 13:00-16:00, via Teams

Wednesday 25 January 2023 - 10:00-13:00, on campus, venue TBA

Tuesday 7 March 2023 - 13:00-16:00, via Teams

Wednesday 17 May 2023 - 10:00-13:00, via Teams

Wednesday 5 July 2023 - 13:00-16:00, on campus, venue TBA

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

Thursday 29 Sept 2022 - 10:00-12:00
Thursday 19 January 2023 - 10:00-12:00
Thursday 18 May 2023 - 10:00-12:00

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.

Supervising and Supporting Part-Time Research Students

Monday 17 April 2023 - 10:00-11:30

About 40% of our doctoral students study part-time.  Although supervising part-time research can be incredibly rewarding and enlightening, the extended duration of their programme of study can test any relationship.  The aim of this workshop is to discuss and share approaches to supporting part time students focusing on the pastoral and academic elements of the supervisor/supervisee relationship.

This workshop will:

  1. Identify and share the benefits of supervising part time doctorates;
  2. Share strategies for aligning academic and pastoral support to individual circumstances;
  3. Identify ways of maintaining and inflecting effective communications across the elongated milestones of a doctorate.  

This workshop is relevant to any supervisor of a part time student.

Effective Progression Monitoring for Research Degrees

Monday 17 October 2022 -10:00-12:00
Monday 23 January 2023 - 10:00-12:00
Monday 22 May 2023 - 10:00-12:00

The purpose of monitoring and reviewing progress is to ensure that our research students are making satisfactory progress and are receiving appropriate levels of supervision, training and support.  Additionally, UK PhD submission and completion rates are increasingly being assessed and used by external bodies.  This session will guide Supervisors through the requirements for progression monitoring in the context of the Research Degrees Framework, including the protocols for dealing with unsatisfactory progress.

Supporting Doctoral Writing

Thursday 3 November 2022 - 10:00-12:00
Thursday 23 February 2023 - 10:00-12:00
Wednesday 7 June 2023 - 13:00-15:00

Academic writing is not a compulsory learning element in doctoral education, and many PGRs struggle to understand the academic expectations of doctoralness.  The role of the supervisor in their writing development is particularly significant and this session will explore the challenges and opportunities for those supporting doctoral researchers' writing.  In the light of concerns about timely completion and the wellbeing of our PGRs, the workshop will help supervisors to reflect on their practice and to develop a structured approach to writing groups to or PGRs, promoting the value and importance of early writing and structured writing.

The workshop will:

  1. Address common issues and concerns;
  2. Share key findings from pedagogical research;
  3. Identify and share strategies for encouraging PGRs to write effectively;

Who might attend?

The workshop is suitable for supervisors who want to encourage effective doctoral writing for individual PGRs or within cohorts.

Training for the Independent Chair

Wednesday 2 November 2022 - 10:00-11:00
Thursday 2 February 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 16 May 2023 - 15:00-16:00

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

Wednesday 12 October 2022 - 14:00-15:00
Wednesday 23 November 2022 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 10 January 2023 - 14:00-15:00
Tuesday 28 February 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 18 April 2023 - 14:00-15:00
Friday 16 June 2023 - 10:00-11:00

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.

eDoc for Supervisors

Tuesday 11 October 2022 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 13 December 2022 -14:00-15:00
Tuesday 7 February 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 28 March 2023 - 14:00-15:00
Tuesday 23 May 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 4 July 2023 - 14:00-15:00

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 

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

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

PhD by Published Work: is it for me?

Date to follow

If you have a set of peer-reviewed publications but have never got around to doing a PhD, this route might be for you. If you can demonstrate that there is an intellectual cohesion between your publications, that they fit within a research arc, and make a coherent contribution to knowledge in your field then you could have a viable submission. In this workshop, hosted by the Doctoral Academy, you will have the chance to hear from supervisors and holders of the award. The workshop will discuss the viability of a submission based on an audit of existing publications, outline the protocols for framing a submission within a thesis, and consider disciplinary norms in a submission for the award.

Privacy notice: Supervisor Development Programme events

When you sign up for and attend certain supervisor development events, the Doctoral Academy will use this information to manage PGR progression on eDoc. This relates to your role on a current Supervisory Team. The lawful basis we rely on for storing this information is that we have a contractual obligation.

For further information as to how we handle your data, please see our information relating to employment.