Supervising PGRs


'Getting supervision right is crucial to the success and wellbeing of our postgraduate researchers'

Professor Michael Hand, University Director of Postgraduate Research


Supervising PGRs is a two and a half hour training course for new PGR supervisors and established PGR supervisors new to the University of Birmingham. 

The aims of the course are to ensure that participants:

  • are familiar with University Regulations and Codes of Practice relating to PGR supervision
  • understand the role and responsibilities of the supervisor
  • are well-placed to support PGRs throughout the process of designing, conducting and writing up their research
  • have strategies for dealing with common problems in PGR supervision
  • are able to signpost and access further information as required 

The course will cover:

  • key points in the PGR journey, from application and admission through to submission and examination
  • support services and training opportunities available to PGRs
  • the research ethics review process
  • University Codes of Practice and Regulations relating to PGR supervision
  • the role and responsibilities of the supervisor 
  • mental health awareness

Note that this course is specifically for new supervisors and supervisors new to the University. Existing supervisors should complete the UGS online Supervisor Refresher Training course every two years to keep their supervisory practice up to date. The refresher course can be found here: 

Course dates 

New dates for 2023/24 will be listed shortly.

If you have any queries regarding supervisor training please email 



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