Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

McKenna, S., Clarence, J., Boughey, C.,Wels, H. and Van den Heuvel, H. (2017)

We are thrilled to announce the publication of this book which brings together a collection of 15 chapters written by 18 academics from 16 disciplines in 11 institutions. The authors work across all three institutional types found in higher education in South Africa: traditional universities, comprehensive universities and universities of technology. Through this rich array of contributions, supervision is presented never as a ‘best practice’ to be generically implemented but rather as a nuanced pedagogy to be nurtured through critical reflection.

Project Publications

Conference presentations

  • Wels, H (2013) Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision: An overview of a development initiative, Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch
  • McKenna, S & Boughey, C (2015) A Social Realist account of Postgraduate Supervision development, Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch
  • Eagle, G (2015) Student difficulties with engagement in doctoral study: personality style and supervisor responses, Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch
  • Lamberti, P (2015) A critical reflection on initiatives aimed at effecting systemic change in postgraduate supervision: the case of the University of Johannesburg, Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch
  • McKenna, S (2016) Supervision Development in a Differentiated System, Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia

Nuffic and DHET

This course has been developed through the generous funding of the Dutch government, as administered by Nuffic, and its roll-out has been extended from further funding from the Department of Higher Education and Training.


Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision is available to South African academics at selected institutions.
For further information please email Professor Sioux Mckenna.