Chapter 9: The student, supervisor and university – enhancing postgraduate supervision

  • The role of the supervisor as a mentor;
  • Assessing dominant mentoring and learning styles;
  • Using the concept of the “emotional bank account”, as well as an understanding of different frames of reference and personal values, to enhance interpersonal relations;
  • The key roles and responsibilities of supervisors and postgraduate students;
  • Managing potential conflict between supervisor and student;
  • An example of a mentoring pledge and progress report;
  • A condensed outline of a proposed integrated performance management system in academia to enhance the quality of postgraduate supervision