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Interested in nominating your supervisor for an award? Nominate by 29th June

Has your supervisor gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide fantastic, inspirational supervision of your doctoral research?

This year, the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) is supporting the new category of ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ as part of the annual Times Higher Education (THE) University Awards.

The award will be given to the supervisor who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral researchers. Submissions will be accepted from doctoral researchers, supervisors themselves, or their colleagues, but student testimonies must be included.

Judges will be looking for a supervisor who:

  • demonstrates enthusiasm for the role, is flexible in regard to supervision sessions, and is prepared to go the extra mile to help navigate students through difficulties, be they academic or otherwise
  • challenges students while encouraging them to contribute something substantial to their specific area of academic discourse
  • provides additional support and facilities to give greater scope to the PhD, or to enable it to be completed early
  • is exceptionally supportive through the planning for assessments and the PhD viva
  • offers constructive employment and career advice post-graduation

Nominations for the award are now open until 29th June 2016 and further information can be found at

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