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Taylor, Stan



Vijay Kumar

Navé Wald


The single supervisor model was dominant from the inception of the PhD in the UK in 1917 through to the 1980s. But then a series of developments led to the widespread introduction of team supervision in the late 20th and 21st centuries. This chapter seeks to 1) outline these developments in the context of the emergence of a national framework for team supervision 2) consider how that framework has been implemented by institutions and 3) look at evidence of its effectiveness from the perspectives of supervisors and candidates. The main conclusion is that, while team supervision is formally the norm in the UK, sole supervision may still be prevalent and operating under the radar.


Taylor, S. (2024). United Kingdom. In V. Kumar, & N. Wald (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Enhancing Doctoral Co-Supervision (137-148). Singapore: Springer.

Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 12, 2024
Publication Date Mar 12, 2024
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2024
Publicly Available Date Mar 13, 2025
Pages 137-148
Edition 1st
Book Title Global Perspectives on Enhancing Doctoral Co-Supervision
Chapter Number 13
ISBN 978-981-97-0459-0
Keywords Co-supervision, eligibility to supervise, national framework, sole supervision, team supervision, United Kingdom.
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