Skip to main content
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

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

Members of staff and students can make nominations for individual supervisors, or for a supervisory team. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be supported by evidence of the nominee’s dedication to the supervision of doctoral students and their accomplishment in research.

Submit a nomination form to recommend an individual supervisor or supervisory team for the Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 12 February 2020.

When you submit your nomination form, we will contact the individual or team to confirm their willingness to progress to the next stage. At this point, we will ask for:

  • nominees to provide a statement of not more than 800 words giving at least one example of how they meet each of the eight criteria
  • the nominee’s Head of Department or School to write a letter of support of no more than 300 words, which gives evidence of how the nominee meets the criteria
  • students to provide a statement of between 100 and 200 words. At least two student statements are required for each nominee; these can include the nomination itself, if made by a student.

Nominations, supporting statements and Doctoral College data relating to candidature facilitation will be considered by Directors of Doctoral Studies in the Faculties and School, and by a Panel chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral), held in March. Panellists will include the Deans of the Faculties and School, and the Director of the Doctoral College. The Chair will report the panel’s conclusions to the University Doctoral Studies 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:

  • sustained activity, 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
  • their accomplishment in research.


This prize is open to all academic and research staff who can demonstrate sustained activity in the supervision of doctoral students, with 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.

The award will be presented at a celebration evening in June 2020, hosted by the Doctoral College.

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.

Other teaching awards

Each year the University presents a number of awards to members of staff in recognition of their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. Find out more about our other teaching awards.