Doctoral College

Support for PGR supervision

Information and guidance for staff who supervise research students.

Code of Practice

Expectations and responsibilities of University of Edinburgh postgraduate research supervisors are set out in the University's Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students. 

Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students (PDF) - read now

Fundamentals of PhD Supervision

All new supervisors are expected to complete the online course, Fundamentals of PhD Supervision. This should be renewed every five years by continuing supervisors.

More information on this course can be found on the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) pages

Fundamentals of PhD Supervision online course - find out more 

University level support and resources for supervision  

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

The IAD has pages for postgraduate research supervisors with resources and links.

Institute for Academic Development - information and resources for supervisors - find out more 

Student Disability Service

Online Mental Health training sessions for staff, delivered on MS Teams, are available for booking via MyEd (Training and Event booking). These run regularly during the academic year.

To find these sessions:

  • Go to MyEd, and click 'News & Events'
  • Under 'Events' you will see the 'Training and event booking' option to click.
  • Select Student Disability Services in the drop down tab, and look for 'Mental health Training for Staff'

MyEd portal (EASE log in required)

Student Counselling Service 

The Student Counselling Service has resources and information on supporting distressed students, as well as links to online training for staff.

Student Counselling Service - resources and training for staff, to help support students

The Careers Service 

The Careers Service has a page with links to resources and information for PGR supervisors.

Careers Service - advice for research supervisors 

Related Links

UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Research Supervision Recognition Programme