Research Supervision Recognition Programme
The Research Supervision Recognition Programme enables and supports the targeted professional development of research supervisors.
It is a toolkit comprised of the sector-approved Good Supervisory Practice Framework and offers a peer-assessed route to recognition for research supervisors.
The Good Supervisory Practice Framework
The Good Supervisory Practice Framework acknowledges, for the first time at a national level, the wide-ranging, highly complex and demanding set of roles involved in modern research supervision.
The criteria used to define good practice and associated guidance are authored by Professor Stan Taylor of Durham University.
There are numerous definitions of ‘supervisory practice’ in the literature (see, for example, Eley and Murray 2009, Wisker 2012, Grant et al 2014, Kearns and Finn 2017, Taylor et al 2018) but each contains all, or many, of the criteria in the Good Supervisory Practice Framework.
Good Supervisory Practice Criteria
The framework is designed to set expectations for all supervisors and to support supervisor development programmes. The framework is informed by the extensive body of academic research into research supervision and has been validated during a pilot study involving research supervisors across the UK.
There are 10 criteria in the framework:
- Recruitment and selection
- Supervisory relationships with candidates
- Supervisory relationships with co-supervisors
- Supporting candidates’ research projects
- Encouraging candidates to write and giving appropriate feedback
- Keeping the research on track and monitoring progress
- Supporting candidates’ personal, professional and career development
- Supporting candidates through completion and final examination
- Supporting candidates to disseminate their research
- Reflecting upon and enhancing practice.
A principle of the Research Supervision Recognition Programme is that reflecting on one’s own practice as a research supervisor is essential to doctoral pedagogy, just as it is at all other levels of educational practice.
Research supervision doesn’t ‘just happen’; no one is ‘naturally adept’. Effective supervision does not just appear – it evolves over time and it incorporates successes and difficult experiences.Anonymous participant from the Research Supervision Recognition Pilot
The Research Supervision Recognition Programme includes the resources required to reflect on all aspects of research supervision. This can be undertaken on a piecemeal basis, perhaps in response to particular challenges or difficult experiences, or it can be undertaken as a comprehensive review.
For those who undertake a structured and comprehensive reflection on their practice as research supervisors, there is the option, should they wish, to apply for recognition of their practice by submitting their reflective account for review by their peers.
The process for gaining recognition requires applicants to provide evidence that their personal practice aligns to the Good Supervisory Practice Framework. Every applicant receives comprehensive, constructive feedback on their accounts from UKCGE reviewers. Those who are successful will become UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisors.