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Training for Research Supervisors

Explore the information below to learn more about Research Supervisor training, the Researcher Development workshops offered by Staff Development and SkillsForge for Supervisors.

Research Supervisor training

All information on supervisor training is now held in the Researcher Environment area on Brightspace.

Supervisors are advised to read this guidance first.


Research supervisor regulation briefings

These are short sessions which cover regulations only and are not an exemption from the three year update courses described above. They are held as and when there are changes to regulations and are targeted at all supervisors of postgraduate research degrees.


Internal examiner training

This training course is compulsory for any member of staff who might be nominated to act as an internal examiner for a research degree candidate at the University of Huddersfield. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for internal examiners prior to appointment. When considering nominations for internal examiners, contact Registry who have access to a list of those eligible to be internal examiners based on records generated by Staff Development attendees.


Staff Development Courses for Researchers

Staff Development offer a wide range of courses and workshops specifically for research staff. These include:

  • PURE Staff Training
  • REF 2021 Proposing Outputs in PURE
  • Supervision Fundamentals and Refresher sessions
  • Developing Successful Research Proposals: A general guide
  • Introduction to Research Metrics: Scopus and SciVal training

For the full list of courses and how to book, please visit the Staff Development Research and Enterprise webpages.


Information on the following initiatives can be found by following the links:

HR Excellence in Research

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers


SkillsForge for Supervisors

SkillsForge is the system postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and their supervisors use to record regular supervision meetings, and for PGRs to book centrally organised training sessions and events.  Explore the links below for further information on how to use SkillsForge.

Supervisors who are having problems logging in to SkillsForge or any other SkillsForge issues, contact


Supervision recording

Recording a supervision meeting is straightforward, but for questions contact Registry who can provide instructions. Both supervisors and their postgraduate researchers (PGRs) must ‘sign’ the record to indicate both are happy with it before it can be submitted as a final copy. This double signing system was developed with input from both parties. Using SkillsForge to record supervision meetings means that there is a clear trail of communication between PGR and supervisor(s).

Notes of supervisory meetings do not need to be lengthy or detailed documents, but should record things that are helpful to the supervisor(s) and the PGR such as progress made on the project, key points discussed and any agreed actions or objectives to be achieved before the next meeting. This is essential to ensure that each party has a similar understanding of what was agreed during the meeting and to provide an accurate record of the supervisions should anyone need to look back on them.­­­

SkillsForge will automatically create formal monthly (or every two months for part-time) supervision meeting records for a PGR, but additional meeting records can also be created at any time. All compulsory meetings should be submitted before the one month/two month ­­deadlines shown on the homepage.

Supervisors who are having problems logging in to SkillsForge or any other SkillsForge issues, contact


Viewing SkillsForge bookings and attendances

Supervisors can see what courses or events their PGRs have booked on (and whether they have attended or not). Supervisors may not wish to use this function but it can be useful to see whether a PGR has booked onto a course you have recommended for them. To do this, log in and follow the links from the Training and Development tab at the top of the page.

Supervisors who are having problems logging in to SkillsForge or any other SkillsForge issues, contact

For further information, see the Students’ Handbook of Regulations and the Registry webpages.

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