For PhD students: Effective undergraduate supervision
The Senior Tutors’ Committee and the General Board’s Education Committee expect all graduate students who will supervise undergraduate students to engage in appropriate training. The University offers two training modules via Moodle: one a learning course which combines an online module and a centrally-organised participative workshop, and one an online-only module which is supplemented by Departmental-specific training. You will find information about both types of course on this page.
Effective undergraduate supervision: Moodle module with face-to-face CCTL workshop
The Moodle module provides an introduction to the purpose of undergraduate supervision at Cambridge and the practicalities of starting to supervise. In the workshop, we will explore how to approach common supervision scenarios and how to provide effective feedback. Adaptations of this workshop are run throughout the year for supervisors in specific subjects or in related subject groupings. Participation in both elements of the blended learning course meets the University's training requirements for graduate students who supervise undergraduates.
Please note: we publish workshop dates for this course at intervals throughout the year, in response to demand. If you have questions about scheduling for this course, please contact email@example.com
Effective undergraduate supervision: online-only Moodle module
For students in Departments where alternative face-to-face training is provided, the University offers an online-only module. This online-only module forms part of the mandatory training for graduate students who supervise undergraduates, but does not fully meet the requirements on its own. Students following the online-only course must supplement this with Departmental training.
Supervising undergraduates: an introduction
What do supervisions contribute to student learning at Cambridge? Three times each year (twice in Michaelmas and once in Lent Term), the University runs short interactive introductions to supervising including aims and objectives of supervisions; different approaches to supervisions; the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and ways of dealing with common problems.
Supervising undergraduates more effectively
A short, participative workshop for supervisors with at least one year’s experience of supervising undergraduates. During this two-hour workshop (typically held at the beginning of Lent Term), participants explore different conceptions of ‘best practice’; consider a range of approaches to supervising, and have an opportunity to consider ways of coping with difficult situations.