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Doctoral Supervisor

We are seeking experienced doctoral level supervisors to deliver effective supervision to a range of doctoral students on our PhD and DBA programs and to contribute to the development of doctoral supervision teams at Worcester Business School.

The postholders will be expected to be engaged in their own current research and have a successful track record of PhD and/or DBA supervision. They will be able to engage with students from diverse cultural and work backgrounds and be able to supervise using face to face and technology enhanced approaches.

For an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact Prof. Jan Francis-Smythe (01905 855242) or Dr Lynn Nichol (01905 542642).

Selection methods:

The selection assessment process will take place either face-to-face at the City Campus Worcester or by electronic media e.g.Skype:

? - 5 minute presentation on ‘The Challenges of Doctoral Supervision and How to Address Them’.

? - 20 minute interview

Closing date: Sunday 07 May 2017

Reference number: BUSAC1701 - 3207

Job details

Job details

£41.47 an hour, including £7.46 holiday pay
As agreed
As agreed
Responsible to
Head of Worcester Business School
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Worcester Business School

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“We champion an imaginative ethos that combines sound business principles with instinctive commercial drive”
Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School




Worcester Business School is one of six Institutes within the University of Worcester.

Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School is interdisciplinary and outward looking.

Our emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy.

Our overriding aim is to continue to develop as an outstanding place at which to study Business Management / Computing, and transform individuals and organisations to thrive in the 21st Century.

To achieve this, we offer:

• a flexible, work-related curriculum that develops knowledge, skills, the ability to continually learn, think critically, reflect, innovate, act responsibly and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations

• applied learning that empowers individuals to optimise their potential

• meaningful engagement with business to develop professional behaviours

• accessible learning resources and purpose-built facilities

• a focus on creativity, innovation and promoting entrepreneurial thinking

• a supportive and collaborative learning community

• access to contemporary research, scholarship and the latest thinking

• exposure to intercultural and international contexts to develop a global mind-set

The Business School has grown rapidly over recent years and now has c. 1,750 students on a range of Business and Computing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We aspire to create an inspirational learning experience where academics are encouraged to maintain research, scholarship and knowledge transfer activity to underpin their teaching, and where students can contribute to a forward-looking academic community.

The Business School offers an attractive portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses. Housed within beautifully restored Georgian buildings in Worcester city centre, the School reflects a real-world business environment with open-plan open learning spaces, interconnected with meeting rooms, staff offices and reception area. The School is also adjacent to the University’s highly acclaimed joint and public library – the Hive – which opened in July 2012, and is within 20 minutes walking distance of the University’s main campus at St John’s.

Worcester Business School has a small but growing research base. Having made its first submission to the REF (Unit of Assessment 19: Business & Management Studies) and launched its DBA program in 2013 it is now firmly committed to substantially growing its research, applied research and knowledge transfer activity in the next five years. WBS research is rooted in local, regional, national and international contexts focused in the areas covered by our four cross-discipline research groups and Computing.

• Careers and Leadership Development Group

All areas concerned with careers and leadership development, including the nature of careers, career competencies, leadership and management development and employability.

• Customer Interactions Research Group

All areas concerned with the Global Consumer within the commercial and retail private-sector environment of product and service exchange, and within non-profit public sector services and social marketing contexts.

• Entrepreneurship Research Group

Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, New Venture Creation, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility.

• Managing Risk, Operations and Sustainability

Business Sustainability, Innovation, Operations Management, Project Management and Risk Management.

In addition, our Applied Research Group embraces applied research and consultancy across the whole School ensuring our research has potential impact in the real world.

We have a small, but growing body of research students spread across our full-time and part-time PhD program and our part-time DBA program which is delivered both here in the UK and in Germany. Our students are recruited locally, nationally, internationally and globally. We aim to supervise in teams of two to three dependent on expertise and experience with roles within the team being negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To provide appropriate supervision for allocated Doctoral students at each stage of their research to include guidance, support, viva preparation, reading and commenting on draft materials and virtual and face-to-face meetings with the student and supervisory team.

2. To help students plan their research project, monitor their progress, anticipate their needs and suggest solutions for problems when they arise.

3. To demonstrate appropriate pedagogic practice in supervision and support for students, acting as constructive critics.

4. To ensure that the supervision for which you are responsible is informed by contemporary research and scholarship and the standards required and develops the ability of students to engage in debate and critical thinking.

5. To provide students with high quality academic advice and guidance, including recommending access to a range of resources and other sources of expertise and the standards required in order to support their growth as independent researchers.

6. To reflect critically on supervision for which you are responsible; implementing improvements, disseminating good practice and contributing to quality monitoring & enhancement.

7. To work effectively as a team member and if appropriate leading, coaching and mentoring other members of the team.

8. To undertake associated administrative duties related to supervision, including keeping accurate records of supervision, and attending any relevant committees and meetings relevant to your role in the supervisory team.

9. To complete mandatory training in relation to doctoral supervision.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria 


1. A Doctorate in a relevant discipline.


2. Supervision experience at Doctoral level.


3. A research publication record in a relevant area.


4. Access to and suitable level of proficiency in ICT and understanding of its application to supervision and research.


5. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people both orally and in writing.


6. Ability to relate to students with diverse backgrounds, ages and experience.


Desirable Criteria


1. Three or more successful research degree completions.


2. Experience of supervising distance learning research degrees.


3. Experience of supervising/supporting international research students.


4. Examination experience at Doctoral level.


5. Experience of leading research projects, courses or teams.


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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
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In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.


This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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