How to find a supervisor
When starting a research programme, one of the most important tasks you’ll need to undertake is selecting an academic supervisor.
What is the role of a supervisor?
Put simply, a supervisor’s role is to assist and support you throughout your research. Your supervisor will:
- Help you develop your research plan in the early stages of your PhD
- Advise on research aims and objectives and suggest relevant training or skills courses
- Provide direction in terms of relevant literature and sources
- Give guidance on gathering, recording and analysing data
- Supervise your written work, providing constructive criticism and ensuring you keep to deadlines
- Support and advise you when it comes to presenting papers at conferences, publishing your work and attending your viva (the final oral examination of your thesis)