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How to manage your supervisor

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Abstract: This session will look at how to make supervision work well for you. It will argue that to get the most out of your relationship with your supervisor you will need to be proactive and assertive. In particular the session will encourage you to think about the following issues:

  • The relative rights and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee;
  • What your supervisor cares about and how you can move up in their priorities;
  • Strategies that you can use to manage the supervision and make them more useful;
  • What to do if things go wrong.

Biography: Tennie Videler is a programme manager for Vitae, an organisation set up to support postgraduate researchers and research staff. Before that she was a researcher herself, completing a PhD and a dozen years of post-doctoral research in different fields of structural biology. Tennie joined Vitae last year and is the person dedicated to making contact with researchers, both postgraduates and research staff. She writes and commission resources for researchers and attend events where she meets researchers and staff who support them. She is also involved in some research, such as the latest issue of ‘What Do PhDs do?’ on the first employment destinations of PhD graduates, which is currently underway.

This talk is part of the Microsoft Research Summer School series.

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