Postgraduate Research Supervision Programme: SEDA Professional Development Framework

All supervisors who are new to doctoral supervision are required to attend this programme.

The ExPERT Academy is pleased to announce the second edition of the Postgraduate Research Supervision programme. This programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to challenge your understanding of what it means to be a supervisor in the 21st century; to think about your role as a supervisor; to examine how students learn; to rethink your approaches to supervision, and to share experiences and practices with your peers in the programme. It will be a space for scholarly discussions with a focus on the supervisor as a mentor.

This programme is accredited by the Staff and Education Development Association (SEDA) and has been designed at level 7.

The mode of delivery for this programme is blended-learning, which means you will engage with some distance learning activities throughout the programme. The completion of the distance learning activities and participation in the four face-to-face sessions are mandatory to successfully complete the programme. The Programme will run between September and December 2019.

The four face-to-face sessions are scheduled for:

11th September (13h-16h)
16th October (13h-16h)
20th November (13h-16h)
4th December (13h-16h)

Registration is available here.

Please contact Dr Isabel Huet ( for more information.


CPD for supervisors of doctoral research students

The Graduate School offers CPD seminars for potential doctoral supervisors and doctoral supervisors with a range of supervision experience.   The seminars provide support and networking opportunities and are advertised via CPD at UWL .   Supervisors of doctoral students are required to attend at least two doctoral supervisor seminars each academic year

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New Book : Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World

Dr Erik Blair of ExPERT Academy has a new book out that examines the role and responsibilities of the supervisor, with a particular focus on supervision in the developing world. Many of the key concepts and principles are just as relevant to supervisors in the Global North – to find out more click HERE

Bringing together contributions which reflect a rich diversity of perspectives on supervisory practices at regional universities in the Caribbean and South Pacific, Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World explores how supervisors navigate unscripted supervisory terrain; contextualise supervisory best practices; establish roles and relationships, and work to understand supervisees’ needs. By highlighting the effect on graduate supervision of complex sociocultural interplay and the relationship between learning environments and student success, contributors look to locate best practices through analyses of stories of success and failure. As the contributors demonstrate, there is a need to restructure the standardised operation of graduate supervision across diverse faculties




The University of Greenwich host Open Lectures on Teaching and Learning

Check our Prof Tansy Jessop from Solent University as she discusses Pedagogic Research in Higher Education

A really valuable resource. CLICK HERE


Check out the JISC Higher Education resources:

JISC can be accessed from here: JISC Higher Education Resources or visit the following URL:, if the link will not work.


Vitae researcher development – Supports the professional development of researcher, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

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UWL’s teaching and learning in the creative industries project recognised with Accelerator Award

Dr Dennis Olsen and Mark Owen at the London School of Film, Media and Design have been presented with an Accelerator Award for their collaborative research exploring visualisation strategies for teaching and learning in the creative industries. The accolade was awarded by BW Baden-Wuerttemberg, which represents a variety of German SMEs from the creative industries, for their “innovative project that reflects the current need for rethinking the ways we educate our next generation creatives” (BW). 

Dr Olsen, a specialist for Advertising and Branding, summarises the multi-disciplinary project:

“With a new generation of students now populating lecture halls, seminar rooms and workshop facilities at universities, changes in learning preferences have become apparent to those involved in Higher Education. The new students have largely grown up with an omnipresence of audio-visual technology and appear to have a distinct hunger for visual communication—both in their day-to-day lives and in formal and informal learning settings. Our project focuses on Gen Z as the new primary target audience for teaching and learning in Higher Education and explores ways as to how visual communication might be utilised to increase student engagement inside and outside of the classroom. We are still at an early stage, but the Accelerator Award grant will surely boost our progress.” 

The newly commended research project expands on Dr Olsen’s pedagogical research into learning videos within the creative industries, which he conducted as part of his PgCert in Academic Practice at UWL in 2019, and which won first prize at the Festival of Teaching and Learning the same year.  

The monies attached to the Accelerator Award will be used for prototyping of visual artefacts, before the project enters its empirical stage in 2020. 

For further information, please contact the project lead Dr Dennis Olsen: