How to be an Effective Supervisor: Best Practice in Research Student Supervision

Adrian Eley, Rowena Murray

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9 Citations (Scopus)


This timely new book is based on the precepts of the Quality Assurance Agency's recent Code of Practice for the management of Postgraduate Research Programmes. It presents practical information on the QAA Code of Practice, to serve both as a ready reference source for supervisors and as a manual for research supervisor training.

Examples of problems and suggested solutions, reflecting both supervisor and student perspectives, guide supervisors through issues they may face. There are also recommendations for further reading. Key areas the book explores include:

Selection and admission of students
Supervision arrangements
Training in research and generic skills
Monitoring and review arrangements
Examination practice
Complaints and appeals procedures

How to be an Effective Supervisor is essential reading for all postgraduate research supervisors including those involved in supervising Professional Doctorates and Masters degrees, plus Graduate Deans and Associate Deans, together with programme managers and postgraduate administrative staff. Case studies also make this a key text for supervisor development programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaidenhead
PublisherOpen University Press
Number of pages222
ISBN (Print)0335222951, 9780335222957
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOU Study Skills
PublisherOpen University Press


  • Research Supervision
  • Post graduate
  • PhD


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