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Supporting excellent supervisory practice across UKRI doctoral training investments

Key findings from UK Council for Graduation Education (UKCGE) around how UKRI could better support research supervisions.

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In April 2022, UKRI commissioned the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) to conduct a series of 6 focus groups involving a variety of different stakeholders involved in doctoral supervision, across all UKRI research disciplines.

The workshops engaged with over 120 people, including:

  • research supervisors
  • doctoral researchers
  • directors of Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training

A principle aim of the workshops was to establish how UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) could better support research supervision, and in particular whether it would be helpful for UKRI to publish a ‘statement of expectations for research supervision’.

The commission followed the Economic and Social Research Council’s Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences and will now contribute to UKRI’s wider work on the New Deal for Postgraduate Research.


  • 26 January 2023
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