Supervision seems to strongly influence the time to degree and is one of the main influential factors when it comes to PhD satisfaction. However, what is good supervisory practice? Whilst the significance is well recognized, there is less consensus on how to answer this question. What kind of support, can universities and especially professionals in doctoral education provide in order to improve supervision?
Stan Taylor is the Chair of the UKCGE’s Research Supervisors Network and the author of the „Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors”. For many years he researched and taught in the social sciences at Warwick before moving into academic staff development. Subsequently, he became Director of Quality Enhancement at the University of Newcastle and then Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at Durham University. In 2019, Stan Taylor was made an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at Durham University.
Melita Kovacevic is Professor at the University of Zagreb, former Vice-Rector for Research and Chair of EUA CDE. Currently she is acting as Deputy Chair of the PRIDE Network.