University of Bath

Make a nomination for the Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize

Find out how to nominate someone for the award, the criteria and eligibility for entering, and the prize they could win.

How to nominate someone

Please note that nominations are no longer being accepted for 2018. Nominations will open again in early 2019.

Each year this prize is awarded to a supervisor or supervisory team who has demonstrated exceptional performance in doctoral supervision.

Nominations are invited from Heads of Departments/School following consultation with Directors of Studies for Postgraduate Students. Nominations may be for individual supervisors, or for a supervisory team. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Submit a nomination form to recommend an individual or team for the Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize.

Following receipt of the nomination form, the individual or team will be contacted to confirm their willingness to progress to the next stage. At this point, the following supporting statements will be requested:

  • nominees should provide a statement of not more than 500 words giving evidence of how they meet the criteria set out below.

  • the Head of Department/School will be asked to write a letter of support

Nominations and supporting statements will be considered by a panel chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral) in April. Pannelists will include the Deans of the Faculties and School. The Chair will report the panel’s conclusions to the University Research Students Committee and Senate.


This prize recognises exceptional performance and conduct in doctoral supervision.

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.


This prize is open to all 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

The winner(s) will receive £1,000 in prize money.

All nominees will be invited to attend an awards evening on 13 April 2018. This is a joint event with The SU Bath Academic Rep Awards.

Prize winners will be presented with a certificate at the summer graduation ceremonies.

The prize money will be paid through the payroll and will be subject to PAYE.

Previous winners

Find out more about our previous prize winners.


This annual prize was approved by Senate.

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