Netherlands, Nijmegen

Meeting the Challenges of Supervising Student Research

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Excellent supervision of student research or projects can enable students to perform to the best of their ability, have a large impact on student learning, experience and enjoyment, and bring material benefits to the supervisor by way of outputs and dissemination. The course appeals to anyone who is currently involved in supervising student research or projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, or who wants to begin supervising student research or projects. Using a range of interactive approaches, we will explore good supervision practice, troubleshoot the challenges for effective supervision, and collaborate to produce a resource for you to take back to your organisations to share and implement effective supervision in practice.

Through a mixture of interactive workshops, lectures and discussion, you will develop skills in relationship building, working with a diverse group of students, providing good feedback, developing students’ transferable skills, and supporting students towards publications.  A unique aspect of this course involves looking your own personality and style and that of your student, in order to understand tensions and find effective ways of working together.  We will explore various challenges that occur in the student supervision context, including supervising students at a distance, the unengaged student, and developing your students’ critical thinking and autonomy.

We will consider novel approaches, including group supervision. Throughout the course, you will draw on your own experience of supervising and/or being supervised, as well as learning from the experience of your course peers. Therefore, we will approach the supervision process from both the students’ and the supervisors’ viewpoints.  The faculty, all of whom are experienced in student supervision in undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research settings, will share their experiences and tips on getting the best out of your students, and what to do if things go wrong.

This highly participative course will include interactive and innovative approaches that include role play, case studies, holding coaching conversations, and exploring established and emerging software and apps to support the supervision process.  A key element of the course involves you working collaboratively with others to develop a group wiki, to provide a lasting resource for you to take away and use at your own organization. This could help support your ongoing development as a supervisor.

This course will enable you to work flexibly with your students to facilitate their optimal achievement. Together we will discover new and innovative ways of supporting your students/supervisees. We look forward to meeting you at Radboud Summer School!

Course leader

Dr. Lucy Hammond
Postgraduate Academic Lead – Student Experience/Principal Teaching Fellow
Warwick Medical School
Warwick University, United Kingdom

Dr. Debbi Marais
Postgraduate Academic Lead – Curriculum Innovation/Principal Teaching Fellow

Target group

Master, PhD, Postdoc, Professional. This course is aimed at anyone who is currently, or would like to be, involved in supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student research or projects. The course will appeal to those who would like to develop their supervision skills and practice further.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Recognize the importance of the student-supervisor relationship and the various factors that influence it.
2. Apply strategies to overcome the challenges of a range of supervisory contexts
3. Develop a resource for effective research supervision practice to apply in your own organization

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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