Welcome to Supervision September!

It’s September already (how?!), and this month we’re talking about supervision.

The relationship between research student and supervisor is one of the most complicated around. Sometimes it’s productive; sometimes it’s fraught. Sometimes we love sharing ideas with each other; sometimes we need a break from each other. Some supervisors become true mentors and lifelong supporters; sometimes the relationship falls down completely.

This month, we’ll be posting about how to get the most out of your supervision experience. We’ll feature articles, tips & tricks, and interviews. Keep an eye out also for our highlight of the month – a series of posts in which we’ll feature the anonymous thoughts of dozens of students and supervisors who responded when we asked: what do you wish your supervisor/student knew?¬†(Spoiler alert: they were very honest in their answers!)

So subscribe or follow Thesislink on social media, if you haven’t already, and get ready to really think about your supervision. We hope it functions better than this…

Comic from “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham, www.phdcomics.com

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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