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Doctoral College launches new PhD Supervisor Development Programme

PhD supervisors are an integral part of research leadership within our Schools, contributing not only to a positive doctoral experience for our doctoral researchers but also to the University’s research ambitions.

The brand-new Loughborough Supervisor Development Programme, launching today, has been created to recognise and support the contribution colleagues make as PhD supervisors to delivering and supporting research excellence, a high-quality doctoral experience and Loughborough’s continued success. 

The programme comprises six modules:

  1. The Loughborough PhD Supervisor and Doctoral Experience
  2. Wellbeing and Pastoral Support
  3. Supervising for and Valuing Difference
  4. Recruitment and Selection for Research Degrees
  5. Building Effective Supervisory Relationships and Supporting your Doctoral Researchers’ Professional Development
  6. Ensuring Effective Progression and Completion

On its creation, the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Doctoral College, Elizabeth Peel, commented: “The launch of the Loughborough Supervisor Development Programme (LSDP) signals a step change in how we value doctoral researcher supervision at Loughborough. Given the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) launched its sector-wide Research Supervision Recognition Programme last year, I am thrilled we’re offering this developmental opportunity for supervisors at all stages of their career journey at the University. Heartfelt thanks to all those colleagues instrumental in creating the programme, and I look forward to seeing how it grows and supports an even better Loughborough doctoral experience.”

The programme’s content is mapped to the UKCGE’s Supervisory Practice criteria and has been created by the Doctoral College in close collaboration with academic colleagues, doctoral administrators and colleagues from other Professional Services across the University.

The Loughborough Supervisor Development Programme is open to all colleagues (at all levels of seniority) who are currently engaged in the supervision of doctoral researchers (note that the programme is not currently open to supervisors of PGT students). It is also open to early-career academic colleagues who do not yet have any direct PhD supervisory experience at Loughborough.

Colleagues can engage with the full programme or take a pick-and-mix approach by selecting modules that are of most interest to them. Registrations will be open on a rolling basis across 2021/22.

Further information on the programme’s six modules, and how to register, can be found here

For any additional queries, please contact Jenna Townend at