Colleague supervision – “ignored and undervalued”? The views of students and supervisors in a new university.

Watson, T., 2012. Colleague supervision – “ignored and undervalued”? The views of students and supervisors in a new university. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 36 (4), pp. 567-581.

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DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.644774


Colleague supervision is increasingly used in UK modern (post-92) universities to support the progress of academic staff to doctoral qualifications. Denicolo (2004) argues that it is a ‘role relationship that has been largely ignored or undervalued by administration’ (p. 693) and colleague students and supervisors ‘felt more vulnerable’ than other students/supervisors (p. 706). This small-scale research amongst students and staff in a colleague supervision relationship at a single UK modern university tests Denicolo’s (2004) propositions and those of Deuchar (2008) on supervision styles. It found that students did not feel ‘vulnerable’ but considered there were significant benefits from colleague supervision. They, and some supervisors, were also very supportive of group supervision methods that, alongside conventional individual supervision, gave strong support to the progress of colleague students to timely completion of their doctoral studies. As many UK modern universities are attempting to build research capacity through doctoral research training, the use of group supervision alongside colleague supervisors may offer benefits in a time when supervisory capacity has been stretched.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:research, supervision, relationships, colleagues
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:19072
Deposited By: Prof Tom Watson LEFT
Deposited On:21 Dec 2011 16:06
Last Modified:15 Jul 2013 14:27


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