Doctoral Supervisor Development Programme

The Doctoral Supervisor Development Programme (DSDP) consists of a series of six modules*.

The programme is aimed at: The main target audience is new staff without previous research supervisor experience and/or research supervisors who have yet to supervise a doctoral programme to completion.  However, research supervisors with considerable experience gained at Sheffield Hallam University and/or elsewhere may find particular modules useful and are invited to consider what best meets their needs in respect of keeping up to date with current regulations.

Overall programme aims: To disseminate information relevant to the process of the supervision of doctoral researchers, to assist staff to develop and enhance effective research supervision skills and to facilitate the development and sharing of good practice.

Programme Leaders: Professors Lisa Hopkins, John McAuley, Doug Cleaver and Dr Nicola Palmer supported by the Doctoral School.

There were 3 cohorts in the 2018/19 academic year – November, January and April (6 x 2 hour sessions, on Wednesday afternoons in November & April and on Thursday mornings in January).  We anticipate that the delivery of the programme will be similar in academic year 2019/20 (6 x 2 hour sessions, on Wednesday afternoons in November & April and an intensive block in January) but are currently working on the details and delivery schedule.  Please note that the programme will be changing in 2020/21 (with the introduction of the Hallam Academic Programme) so these cohorts are the last opportunity to attend the programme in its current format.  Therefore, if you are interested in attending, please sign up now.

Applying for a place: please speak with your local Head of Research Degrees (HORD) or PGR tutor to discuss your attendance, and then fill in your details on our google form to express your interest in the 2019/20 programme.  Applications will be approved by your Faculty Head of Research Degrees (not line managers or subject group leaders).

*To achieve successful completion of the course, participants must attend a minimum of 5 of the 6 modules and submit homework for modules 2 – 5 (even if attendance at one of those modules is missed) .