Supervision in Postgraduate Programmes (SPGP)

SPGP2021-2022 is planned to start on August 31st 2021 and will end in February 2022

Application to SPGP 2021-2022
March 1st, 2021: application period opens
April 8th, 2021: deadline for application
April 9th-April 18th: evaluation of applications and selection of participants
April 19th, 2021: admission to the course completed and communicated

The section for Higher Education Development at Linnaeus University offers a special university-wide course for PhD-supervisors – Supervision in postgraduate programmes (SPGP). This course, which is commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor, aims to strengthen and develop competences of PhD-supervisors, to ultimately support the doctoral students’ learning conditions. SPGP is part of the faculties’ quality assurance and improvement strategy. The course is a university/academic requirement in order to qualify as primary supervisor in postgraduate programmes.

Doctoral studies in Swedish universities are exclusive, i.e. not available for anyone, and subject to a set of regulations stipulated in various steering documents, such as the Higher Education Act, The Higher Education Ordinance and local regulations formulated by each university. At Linnaeus University, each Faculty Board is responsible for securing the quality and equity of postgraduate programmes in the disciplines within the Faculty. As part of this responsibility, the Faculty Boards need to ensure that PhD-supervisors are provided with appropriate preparation and training for the tasks included in their role and in their pedagogical practice.

One of your main responsibilities as a supervisor in postgraduate programmes is to secure that the doctoral students have the best conditions to be able to achieve the learning outcomes for postgraduate education and complete their studies successfully. Furthermore, as a supervisor you are responsible for the study progress of the PhD candidates and their integration with the scientific community.

In order to take on the formal responsibilities of a primary PhD-supervisor and to be able to live up to the broad set of expectations that are associated with the role of supervisor in postgraduate programmes, you need a broad set of experiences, competences and skills.

The course Supervision in postgraduate programmes (SPGP) aims to prepare doctoral supervisors for their complex mission. This includes creating suitable pedagogical practices by providing materials and activities that will enhance your abilities and skills as a supervisor to take appropriate actions in different supervision situations.

The course is designed to encourage exchanges of experiences between the participants from different disciplines and to promote collaborative learning where PhD-supervisors create a reflective community of practice.

The focus of SPGP, the course contents and the assignments to be completed, are purposely designed to meet the standards required by the regulations regarding postgraduate programmes and to ultimately enhance the quality of doctoral studies at Linnaeus University.

Prerequisites for SPGP2021-2022
To be able to fully benefit and contribute to the course, applicants are expected to:

  • Be an employee at Linnaeus University.
  • Have documented experience of supervision, at least at undergraduate level. Priority is given to those who have experience of co-supevision at postgraduate level.
  • Having conducted and published research after PhD-dissertation.
  • Priority is given to those who have completed courses about teaching and learning in higher education (högskolepedagogiska kurser).

Selection among applicants will be based on the above.

Schedule for SPGP2021-2022
SPGP2021-2022 consists of nine course meetings spread over six months. The first meeting is a 2,5 hours introduction and the rest are one full-day meetings.

You are expected to participate in all course meetings. If you are prevented from participating in more than one course meeting, we recommend that you do not submit an application. If you need to be absent from one course meeting you will need to compensate for this next time the course is offered.

Due to the uncertainty regarding the Corona-pandemic, we may have to run the course meetings via Zoom. In that case, each course meeting will be divided into two half days, instead of one full day. Therefore, please reserve all the dates/times listed below.

  • 31/8, 13-15.30
  • 30/9, 9-15.30 and 1/10, 9-12
  • 13/10, 9-15.30 and 14/10, 9-12
  • 27/10, 9-15.30 and 28/10, 9-12
  • 17/11, 9-15.30 and 18/11, 9-12
  • 1/12, 9-15.30 and 2/12, 9-12
  • 13/1-2022, 9-15.30 and 14/1, 9-12
  • 2/2, 9-15.30 and 3/2, 9-12
  • 16/2, 9-15.30 and 17/2, 9.12

Course meeting #1 in August will be held via Zoom.
If the rest of the course meetings will be held physically, they will require one full day each, 9.30-15.30 according to the schedule above. Meetings that will be held via zoom, will run for two consecutive days according to the schedule above, each day 9-12.

Financial conditions
The course is financed by central university funding and it is free of charge for faculty members employed at Linnaeus University.

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