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This course provides information and introduces strategies to enable DPhil students to manage their supervisory relationship pro-actively and effectively

course details

The course will help students to: 

  • Source and make use of University, divisional and departmental rules, regulations and other formal information about the supervisory relationship 
  • Recognise the division of responsibility between themselves and their supervisor 
  • Take responsibility for their side of the relationship 
  • Practice skills and strategies to manage relationships effectively 
  • Access other sources of help and support if they experience problems with the supervisory relationship 

The supervisory relationship is key to the success of your DPhil and we know that positive and effective relationships contribute to the timely completion of the doctorate. As with many things, the more you put into the relationship with your supervisor, the more you will benefit from it. There is much you can do to be proactive and play and active role in the relationship. 

The course will cover: 

  • Where to find key information about guidance and the responsibilities within the supervisory relationship, including rules and regulations 
  • Who is responsible for what 
  • Skills and strategies for managing relationships effectively 
  • Where to go for help if you experience problems.

Intended for

All DPhil students, primarily those in the early stages of their doctorate

Number of places


course leader

Melanie Ghoul, Department of Zoology

Date/ Time

Friday 1st March 2019 10.00 - 15.00

RDF Skills 

 B1, B2, D1

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


A booking link will be available here in due course. In the meantime please email with any queries. 

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.