Support for PGR supervision and examination

Information and guidance for staff who supervise research students.

Code of Practice

Expectations and responsibilities of University of Edinburgh postgraduate research supervisors are set out in the University's Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students. 

Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students (PDF) - read now

Fundamentals of PhD Supervision

All new supervisors are expected to complete the online course, Fundamentals of PhD Supervision. This should be renewed every five years by continuing supervisors.

More information on this course can be found on the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) pages

Fundamentals of PhD Supervision online course - find out more 


Fundamentals of PhD Examination 

This resource aims to support new examiners develop their understanding of the examination process at the University of Edinburgh, and to encourage experienced examiners to reflect on and develop their practice.

More information on this course can be found on the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) pages

Fundamentals of PhD Examination online course - find out more

University level support and resources for supervision  

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

The IAD has pages for postgraduate research supervisors with resources and links.

Institute for Academic Development - information and resources for supervisors - find out more 

Disability and Learning Support Service

The Service provides support to all students who have a disability, learning difference, health or neurodiverse condition that impacts on their academic work.  They also provide advice and guidance for staff on supporting students: Staff | The University of Edinburgh  In addition, the Service offers regular training for staff on raising awareness and supporting students with a wide range of conditions.  All sessions are run several times across the academic year and are advertised and booked via the MyEd events channel

Student Counselling Service 

The Student Counselling Service has resources and information on supporting distressed students, as well as links to online training for staff.

Student Counselling Service - resources and training for staff, to help support students

The Careers Service 

The Careers Service has a page with links to resources and information for PGR supervisors.

Careers Service - advice for research supervisors 

Related Links

UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Research Supervision Recognition Programme