UKCGE Recognised Associate Supervision! NEW OPPORTUNITY for ECRs!

Are you (relatively) new to research degree supervision?

Would you like your developing supervisory practice acknowledged at national level?

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) now offers two levels of recognition, depending on experience. The depth of reflection required, and the standards employed in the review process, are the same for both levels of recognition.

If you are an early career researcher, a post-doctoral fellow, a technician, or a member of professional services staff, some aspects of the Good Supervisory Practice Framework (GSPF) may not apply to you.

Applying for the Recognised Associate Supervisor Award requires evidence against 5 of the 10 criteria of the Good Supervisory Practice framework, of which 3 are compulsory and 2 are elective as set out below:

Criteria Full Associate
Recruitment and selection ×
Supervisory relationships with candidates
Supervisory relationships with co-supervisors
Supporting candidates’ research projects Elective
Encouraging candidates to write and giving appropriate feedback Elective
Keeping the research on track and monitoring progress ×
Supporting candidates’ personal, professional and career development Elective
Supporting candidates through completion and final examination ×
Supporting candidates to disseminate their research Elective
Reflecting upon and enhancing practice
Supervision observation report ×
Reference from a former doctoral candidate ×
Reference from a colleague

Your application for the Associate award must also include 2 supporting documents —

The Doctoral College is co-ordinating applications from BU and will pay the application fee on your behalf. To apply:

  • Individuals to complete application form, including Supervision Observation Report and reference from a colleague who can authenticate your supervisory experience.
  • Individuals to submit application to the Doctoral College ( by Monday 19 June 2023, including email support from your Deputy Dean for Research & Professional Practice
  • Doctoral College to submit applications to UKCGE by Friday 23 June 2023
  • UKCGE to review application and feedback to individuals.

The key dates for the next application windows and review outcome dates are:

BU Window Closes UKCGE Window Closes Expected Outcome
19 June 2023 23 June 2023 September 2023

Book here to attend the New Supervisory Development on Tuesday 16 May 2023 for support about the application process!

Book here to attend the Supervisory Lunchbite on Wednesday 10 May 2023 for support about the application process!

For general enquiries about the scheme, please email the Heads of the Doctoral College, Dr Fiona Knight or Dr Julia Taylor, directly.