UKCGE Launches launch the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS)

The UK Council for Graduate Education launches the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS) — a national survey into the experiences of supervising doctoral candidates. 

UKCGE Launches launch the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS)

The UK Council for Graduate Education is delighted to launch the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS) – a national survey offering those involved in research supervision an opportunity to share their experiences of supervising doctoral candidates.

The survey is open to all those involved in supervising doctoral candidates enrolled at a UK HEI, whether they are supervising in a formal or informal capacity, partly based in industry, or located somewhere other than the UK. The findings will help the UKCGE and the wider postgraduate community better understand the complexity of contemporary research supervision and how it is recognised and rewarded.

The survey, supported by Wellcome Trust and UKRI and hosted by Shift Insight, is open until the 31st May 2021, the survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete with an opportunity to win £250 for taking part.

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Shining a Light on Research Supervision

Despite its importance and complexity, research supervision is often an undervalued area of academic practice. With support from the Wellcome Trust and UKRI, this survey is another important part of the UKCGE’s support for those involved in research supervisors.

In 2016 we launched the Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year award at the THE Awards, the following year we launched the Research Supervisors Network, and last year we launched the Research Supervision Recognition Programme — a toolkit including the sector-approved Good Supervisory Practice Framework and offering a route to recognition for research supervisors.

Dr Owen Gower, Director of UK Council for Graduate Education said:

The UKRSS continues the Council’s championing of research supervision.

Motivated, valued and engaged research supervisors are critical to the provision of high-quality doctoral education and the success of their candidates. So I’m looking forward to better understand the current experiences of supervisors, the complexities of their role and how we can best support them.

We’re grateful to both Wellcome Trust and to UKRI for their encouragement and support for this vital piece of sector research.”

The UKCGE would like to thank the UKRSS Steering Group Lead Dr Karen Clegg, and its member Professor Douglas Halliday, Dr Gill Houston, Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin, Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, and those in the postgraduate community who provided feedback on the survey, for their contributions and guidance.

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