Supporting PhD Students

Practical Tips for Optimising the Supervisory Relationship

Are you a PhD supervisor or about to become one? If so, this course provides you with practical tips, resources, and ideas for improving the supervisory relationship.

Through videos and activities, we’ll address the key challenges of supporting research students throughout their PhD towards successful completion.

Topics include coaching techniques, academic writing, and managing the impact of mental health issues.

The course comprises:

  • 25 short videos for you to watch at your own pace
  • Captions and transcripts throughout
  • Downloadable templates

Here’s what we’ll cover

Optimising the Supervisory Relationship

  • Thinking About Induction
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Managing Expectations
  • Encouraging Autonomy
  • Planning Supervisory Meetings
  • Dealing with Conflict

Supporting the Writing Process

  • Planning a Piece of Writing
  • The Writing & Revision Cycle
  • Boosting Productivity
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Improving Flow
  • Giving Effective Feedback

Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • The Mental Health & Wellbeing Continuum
  • Stress vs Distress
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Talking About Mental Health


  • Summary & Next Steps
  • Further resources


"The course was very well-organised, well-paced and thought-provoking. Thank you!"

What you'll get

  • A video-based course for you to follow at your own pace. You can come back at any time.
  • Downloadable worksheets
  • Captions
  • Full transcripts
  • Links to further resources


This course costs £30 + VAT. The amount of VAT payable depends on your location and is applied at the checkout. We are legally obliged to charge this tax - sorry!

Institutions can buy blocks of 10 licenses for £250 + VAT. On receipt of a purchase order, we'll send you tokens for you to forward to your students. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase multiple licenses and we'll get back to you right away.