PhD supervisors

In light of the significant changes to doctoral research and supervision in recent years (including developments aimed at improving PhD submission and completion, new requirements arising from LSE's achievement of Doctoral Training Centre status from ESRC in 2010 and recommendations from the 2012 Woolf report), and in recognition of the crucial role that research supervisors play in the School, a range of support and development opportunities are on offer.


PhD supervisor handbook 2013

The Handbook for PhD supervisors| (PDF) brings together a wealth of information to help supervisors make the most of their role and responsibilities.As well as gathering together all regulatory and policy information pertinent to doctoral programmes at LSE it covers topics such as

  • the supervisory relationship;
  • annual reviews, upgrades and monitoring; and
  • evaluating doctoral provision.

Also available online| or in hard copy (by request to|)

Our Resources| page includes a range of other materials for teachers at LSE.

Career development

Every year the Teaching and Learning Centre runs a dedicated session for new PhD supervisors as part of its New Academic Induction Programme at the start of Michaelmas Term. All new PhD supervisors will be sent details of this session through their home departments.

See our Career development and accreditation opportunities| page for news and information about workshops and formal qualification programmes running at LSE and elsewhere.

One to one advice

Staff in LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre are available to work in either group or one to one settings to talk about any aspect of supervision. Please contact the Centre's director, Dr Liz Barnett (|) in the first instance.

For your students

The Teaching and Learning Centre runs a year-round academic and professional development programme| for doctoral students. Developed in line with Vitae's national Researcher Development Programme, its interdisciplinary workshops are designed to support all stages of the PhD cycle and help students to strengthen the impact of their research, both within and beyond academia.

Information about the many other sources of information and advice across the School, and news about events, funding and networking opportunities, are available at our PhD students| pages.