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Research Supervision

As a University we recognise the importance of high quality supervision for our students which is why we encourage the continued professional development of all our research supervisors.


From academic staff just getting started in research supervision through to those who have several successful Ph.D completions we have a variety of development opportunities.


In Summer 2019 we created a new format for our ‘Supervising Research Degrees’ course, which has previously been recognised by SEDA under their professional development framework and can lead to an externally accredited certification.

The course is facilitated by Dr. Gráinne Barkess, Head of Researcher Development and Associate Professor Calum Neill, Convenor of the University Research Degrees Committee.

The course is aimed at staff who are new to research degree supervision at Edinburgh Napier, and consists of a day long 'Induction to Research Degree Supervision at Edinburgh Napier University'​, followed by short workshops on research degree supervision topics, and monthly clinics. New supervisors must attend the induction before being eligible to start supervision.

Induction days, workshops, and clinics will run throughout the year, so please keep an eye out for RIE advertisements. If you would like to book a place or would like to find out more, please email RIEevents@napier.ac.uk


Other development opportunities
We are also keen to help build a community of practice around supervision through informal forum meetings and mentoring of staff.