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Workshops for Supervisors: Supporting PhD Students - Practical Tips for Improving the Supervisory and Doctoral Experience

  • The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square London United Kingdom (map)

Are you a PhD supervisor or about to become one? If so, this half-day interactive workshop provides you with practical tips, resources, and ideas for improving the supervisory relationship.

Through group discussion and exercises, we’ll address the key challenges of supporting research students throughout their PhD and guiding them to successful completion. Topics include coaching techniques, academic writing, and managing the impact of mental health issues.


By the end of the session you’ll have:

  • A greater understanding of the resources and wider support available to PGRs

  • Ideas for addressing specific supervisory issues

  • Templates for managing doctoral progress

  • Guidance on performing a Training Needs Analysis

  • An awareness of the diverse needs of PGRs

This workshop does not cover recruitment, regulations, or the examination process.

Lunch is available at 13.00, then we'll start the workshop at 13.30. 

The outline of the workshop can be found here.

Feedback from previous workshops:

“The session was very well-organised, well-paced and thought-provoking. Thank you!”

“Great session with lots of opportunities to interact and discuss with peers.”

“Thank you – this was very helpful for thinking about how to begin supervision.”

“Fabulous afternoon – one of the best training events.”

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope has run over 140 workshops for research students and academic staff across many universities. Since completing her PhD at the University of Sussex in 2014, she has worked as a lecturer, researcher developer, and freelance trainer.

Terms and conditions

By registering you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.