Evaluating supervisor-student interaction

The relationship between a student and their supervisor is complex. It changes over the period of candidature and across the stages of the research project. It must accommodate the student’s growing expertise and various contingencies, including changes in personal circumstances.

It is inevitable that this relationship will experience ups and downs – times of synergy and times of strain. You need to take a holistic approach to evaluating your relationship with your supervisor and accept that some aspects will not be as strong as others. Nonetheless, it is important to monitor the relationship and take steps to improve things that are not working well.

  • In those early meetings it's important not just to talk about the topic but also the mutual expectations you have of each other.
  • Getting to know your supervisor on a social level as well as a professional level allows you to maintain both a working relationship and an emotional one where needed.