Supervisor Support

Resources for supervision and examination

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 or if you have any queries at all.  

Research Supervisor Induction

Wednesday 18 October 2023 - details to be confirmed.  Time and venue:  9.30am-4.30pm, Exchange Station Ground Floor Meeting Rooms 1&2 (Atrium).  Interested in attending?  Please enter your details on this form and details will be circulated once available.

Additional 2023/2024 dates to follow.

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

2023/2024 dates to follow.

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

Thursday 16th November 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 6th February 2024 - 10:00-11:00
Wednesday 5th June 2024 - 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

Wednesday 11th October 2023 - 14:00-15:00
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 9th January 2024 - 14:00-15:00
Tuesday 27th February 2024 - 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 16th April 2024 - 14:00-15:00
Friday 14th June 2024 - 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

Wednesday 25th October 2023 - 10:00-11:00

Additional 2023/2024 dates to follow.

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 

Privacy notice for 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.