How can we develop supervisors for the modern doctorate?

Anne Lee*

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This paper explores supervisor development in the light of information generated by the Erasmus-funded project on the modern doctorate. It is structured in four phases. Firstly examining interview data to isolate some distinguishing features of the modern doctorate. Secondly re-examining that data to see if these distinguishing features can be mapped on to an existing framework of approaches to research supervision. Thirdly looking at the survey responses relating to that same framework. Fourthly, having found coherence with the five approaches, the initial outcomes from a Norwegian project are examined. The project worked with experienced academics nominated to ‘support and develop their colleague supervisors’ primarily by designing and leading supervisor development programmes. The findings show that the original framework is also appropriate for supervisors of the modern doctorate and that there are some important organisational factors that need to be taken into account when developing the developers of supervisors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-890
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number5
Early online date12 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


  • Doctoral education
  • professional doctorates
  • research education
  • research supervision
  • supervisor development
  • transformative education

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