Chapter 33: Navigating the supervisory relationship: the case of the disappearing supervisors
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The chapter discusses the support received by the author from her PhD supervisors. Overall the level of support has been good, when available. The key difficulty is not being able to access the support needed during the stages of the thesis when it is most required. As the author works full time and studies part time, the thesis is fitted around work projects and other commitments. Progress tends to stall during critical stages of study design, data collection or analysis, when an urgent issue needs to be addressed. The chapter explores the background to this problem and recounts what happened, before looking at the role of peer networks to augment supervision. It also summarises some positive aspects of the author’s supervision experience, before ending with a few lessons learned. The author reflects that different levels of structure and support were required from her supervisors throughout her doctoral journey.

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