Research Supervision During COVID-19: A Comparison Between Supervisors’ and Supervisees’ Experiences


The COVID-19 pandemic shaped teaching, learning, and research activities and imposed an urgent online transition. Technology was extensively used to facilitate research and mentoring purposes, including research supervision. The importance of this research project stems from the need to explore the experiences of research students and research supervisors during the pandemic to assess the way their role and experiences have been impacted, the difficulties they faced and how these can be resolved in the future and/or inform future practice. This study reflects on findings from small-scale qualitative research at City, University of London, exploring the retrospective accounts of doctoral students, based on online focus groups and supervisors, using online interviews, during the pandemic to assess its impact in digital research supervision. The data was analysed using thematic and discourse analysis and suggests that some of the key changes that occurred in research supervision were changes in the working environment, the stressful setting, and the relationship between supervisors and supervisees. Although technology offered opportunities for collaboration and a shift in traditional power dynamics, it also amplified existing issues concerning the style of supervision and the interaction among mentors and mentees. Considering these gaps, the paper informs digital research supervision and recommends how we could reconceptualise doctoral pedagogy to develop hybrid formats beyond the context of the pandemic.

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Panagiota Nakou, City University of London, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Nakou P. (2023) Research Supervision During COVID-19: A Comparison Between Supervisors’ and Supervisees’ Experiences ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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