What Do You Wish Your Supervisor/s Knew?

While most supervisors are willing to have an honest chat here and there, it can be hard to be completely honest. Let’s face it: supervisors have a lot of power, and the relationship is never going to be 100% equal or open.

There might be something (or several somethings) you wish you could say to your supervisor/s, but you just can’t.

Maybe you wish they would provide more (or less) guidance. Maybe you’d love to be friends (or quit being friends) on social media. Maybe you’re too scared to point out that their office smells like stale coffee. Or maybe you’re too shy to tell them what a valuable impact they’ve had on you.

Whatever the case, good or bad, major or trivial, I’d love to hear it!

Drop me a line at anaise.irvine@aut.ac.nz to tell me what you wish your supervisor/s knew. (I won’t tell your supervisor/s, or disclose your identity in any way.)

Your contribution could be featured anonymously in a future Thesislink post.

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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