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Launch of the UK Research Supervision Survey 2024

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Jun 17

Background image of two professionals in discussion with overlay of the RSVP and UKCGE logos. Text reads: Share your experiences of supervising doctoral candidates.

We're running a survey in partnership with the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) to study the experiences of those who supervise doctoral candidates. We want to know your thoughts on the highs and lows of the supervisory experience, and what leads to good supervision.

Three years ago, the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) launched the first ever UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS). The data provided unique insights into what it’s like to be a research supervisor and a better understanding of the time, energy and commitment made as part of this vital activity.

​“The 2021 UK Research Supervision Survey data told us that supervisors take great pride and joy in supporting the next generation of researchers and that it enhances their own research. We also learnt that there were relatively few opportunities to reflect on practice and that recognition for supervision practice was limited.” - Dr Karen Clegg, Co-Principal Investigator of RSVP

UKRSS is now running once again, this time in partnership with RSVP, and we want to know what has changed since then.

Your experiences and voice are vital to our understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and the changes to culture and practice you think are important. In this time of uncertainty within the sector, and with the postdoctoral student pipeline in flux, it is more important than ever to understand how we can maintain and enhance doctoral education and supervision.

UKRSS is a core component of RSVP and forms part of our empirical data. We can only deliver the transformations that the sector seeks if you help us to form a national picture of the experiences, values and views of research supervisors.

If you are involved in the formal or informal supervision of doctoral candidates in any capacity, and whether you’re relatively new or more experienced, we want to hear from you! To have your say and influence policy and practise, simply complete the online survey. To say thank you, we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win £250.

The survey closes at 9am on Monday 15 July 2024 and takes 12–15 minutes to complete.

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