Centre for Learning and Teaching

Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize

The Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize promotes, recognises and rewards excellence in the supervision of doctoral students of all kinds.

The Prize

£1000 to the successful nominee(s).


Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

Nominations are invited from Heads of Departments/Schools following consultation with Directors of Studies for Postgraduate Students. Agreement should be obtained in writing from prospective nominees to their names going forward for consideration for the prize. Nominations may be for individual supervisors, or for a supervisory team.

Nominees who have agreed to their name going forward should provide a statement of not more than 500 words giving evidence of how they meet the criteria set out above. 


Academic and research staff who have participated in the supervision to successful completion of at least four doctoral students registered at the University of Bath, to date of nomination. Previous prize winners are not eligible to be considered again, but previously unsuccessful candidates may reapply.


The prize is intended to recognise exceptional performance and conduct in this area. The University expects that an excellent supervisor or supervisory team would be able to demonstrate:

  • an interest in, and enthusiasm for, supervising and supporting research students
  • the ability to recruit and select good candidates and establish effective working relationships with them and, where appropriate, with co-supervisors
  • giving useful and prompt feedback on submitted work, advising on keeping the project on track, monitoring progress, and ensuring timely completion
  • the ability to offer appropriate support to students’ research projects including the processes of completion of their thesis, final examination and publication of work
  • an appropriate engagement with, and contribution to, postgraduate students' research
  • encouraging their students to disseminate their work, maximise its impact and exploit its results wherever appropriate
  • a concern to support the personal, professional, and career development of doctoral students
  • an ability to evaluate critically their practice as supervisors and, where appropriate, disseminate it, acting as a role model for students and colleagues.

Timetable and process

Selection will be by a panel that includes the PVC International and Doctoral (Chair) and Deans of Faculties and Schools. 

The selection panel will meet during April to determine who should receive the prize. The Chair will report the panel’s conclusions to the University Research Students Committee and Senate.

Arrangement for presentation

All nominees will be invited to attend an Awards Evening taking place on 13 April (a joint event with the Student Union Academic Rep Awards). Award certificates will be presented at the degree ceremonies in July.