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You, Your Supervisor and your PhD

The relationship with your supervisor is an important part of your PhD, from the initial guidance required when you begin your research, to feedback during the production of your thesis and the viva preparation at the end.

You will probably also want your supervisor to be a referee on future job applications.

So why not spend a few minutes to think about how you can make and maintain a good working relationship with your supervisor; one that will last the three or more years of your PhD and also make your PhD a positive experience?

And if the relationship isn't going well?

If you are unhappy about the relationship between you and your supervisor(s), you do need to consider what you might do to improve your position, and to insure that your research degree is adversely affected by difficulties within the supervisory team. See our support section for further advice.