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PhD Supervision

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Course Details

Dates: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location: Online
Time: 09.00 - 13.00
Presenter: Mary Ann McGowan
Duration: Half Day

Course Overview

The aims of the program are summarised as follows:

  • Understanding University Procedures for Ph.D. Supervision
  • What makes an effective Ph.D. supervisory relationship? 
  • Co-creating the relationship and creating mutual expectations
  • Effective communication
  • The role of power in the relationship
  • Resolving problems effectively.

Course Objectives/Outcomes


Understanding University Procedures and Regulations               
An overview of the key University procedures for PhD supervision.

Effective PhD Supervision – What Does This Involve?                

Panel Discussion
What are the important elements of effective Ph.D. supervision?
What does the supervisor need to do?
What can go wrong? 


Co-creating the Relationship                                   

  • The power of expectations / self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Contracting using the 4Ps


Transactional Analysis and Communication

  • Communicating from Parent, Adult and Child
  • Tips to stay in Adult and to invite other person into Adult
  • Staying in a healthy OK position

The Role of Power

  • What is the role of power in the relationship?
  • In what way can power impact ‘healthy adult’ interaction
  • Perceptual Positions – looking at an issue from different perspectives
  • Balancing support and challenge

Resolving Problems

  • When is feedback useful and Productive?  Unuseful and Unproductive?
  • Our assumptions and perceptions
  • Opening from the 3rd Story
  • Exploring their story
  • Powerful listening
  • The art of questioning
  • Telling your story with clarity
  • Moving to resolution/agreement


Student Complaints Procedure                                                         

Presenter Bio

Mary Ann has worked in Leadership and Organisational Development for over 15 years. She is a sought after speaker and executive coach. She is passionate about helping leaders and their teams build powerful cultures where individuals, teams and organizations can thrive. 

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