“Horror stories” of PhD supervisor-supervisee relationships

June 2, 2017

“Perhaps such tales are inevitable,” writes Times Higher Education of the relationships between PhD supervisors and supervisees that simply do not work. There can be many causes for a breakdown in the relationship, the publication adds, but what remains consistent is the sheer number of such stories THE receives year after year from doctoral students both current and former recounting their “horror stories” of bad relationships with their supervisors. “Perhaps, even with the best will in the world, there will always be supervisor-supervisee relationships that just don’t function,” THE adds. “But perhaps there is still more that could be done to ensure that this most intense and crucial of academic relationships doesn’t end up on the rocks.” The article concludes with several first-hand experiences of relationships gone awry, as told by graduate students both present and past. Times Higher Education