The Assistant Supervisor role: enabling and recognising PGR supervision by research staff
The Assistant Supervisor role at Queen’s University Belfast enables the official appointment of postdoctoral researchers involved in supervising PhDs alongside academics, within healthy boundaries set to manage their level of responsibility and workload. For recognition, they get an appointment letter and are added to the students' system. They learn by doing, through mentoring and workshops. The role is popular across disciplines and feedback from postdocs, students and academic supervisors has been positive. Some Assistant Supervisors have received Postdoc Awards and/or AF-HEA as a result.
Beneficiaries: Research staff Postgraduate researchers Managers of researchers
Stakeholders: Researchers Managers of researchers Professional staff Senior/executive team
Concordat principles: Environment and culture Professional and career development
Keywords: Mentorship Career development Supervision Recognition