Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Resources and tools

A range of resources and tools which may be useful for staff who supervise research students.

Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students – Resource Pack

Here are a number of resources for students and supervisors based on the University Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students (PDF)

Checklist for postgraduate students (MS word doc.)

Checklist for supervisors (MS Word doc.)

Discussion prompts for the supervisor team (MS word doc.)

Setting expectations between student and supervisor – first meeting (MS word doc.)

Download all of these as one pack (MS word doc.)

Training Needs Analysis

Here is a tool which you can use with your student to identify skill sets and training needs. It is mapped to the Researcher Development Framework. (Please scroll to the bottom of the doctoral researcher navigation menu page - you will see the training analysis is available to download there. There are two versions of the form available)

Training needs analysis

Supporting Writing

This is a link to a number of writing resources which may be useful to look over with your student.

Writing resources for researchers 

Ethics and integrity

Online self-enrol course for doctoral researchers:

Research Ethics and Integrity course – an Introduction

This is a link to a collection of resources and information on research ethics and integrity. It was written to be aimed at staff but would also be helpful for doctoral researchers. 

Research ethics & integrity 

Managing Difficult Conversations

This is a link to an online guide called 'managing difficult conversations' which has a section specifically for PGR Supervisors.

Managing difficult conversations

Supporting Students with Mental Health

This is a link to resources which can be used to support students with mental health problems.

Online Training Resource from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

The Big White Wall

External links

You may find the following useful in your supervision role:

Vitae: supervising a doctorate (login with your University of Edinburgh login details)

Thinkwell: free downloadable templates and tools for supervisors  

QAA Scotland: support for staff who supervise research students  

The Supervision Whisperers Blog  An Australian based blog which shares advice and information on a range of different supervision themes