Higher Education Institutions in the UK are increasingly environments in which students, researchers and academics from all around the world work, study and socialise. This international environment brings with it exciting research and study opportunities. At the same time, such an environment can present many challenges arising from cultural misunderstandings between individuals. For international doctoral researchers, these challenges can be considerable due to the often solitary nature of doctoral study.
The aim of this workshop is to explore some of the challenges that can arise between supervisor and doctoral researcher when both parties do not share a common culture. In this relaxed, highly interactive session, we will use case studies to identify useful strategies for recognising and resolving communication breakdowns arising from cultural misunderstanding. We will also consider how academic writing style can vary across cultures, and how international researchers can be helped to adapt to UK academic writing style. Finally, we will work together to draft a ‘best practice’ guidance sheet that may assist academics with limited experience of supervising international researchers.
By the end of the workshop, you will
• have experience of using a case study approach to identify cultural factors underlying breakdowns in the supervisor/researcher relationship
• have strategies for helping international researchers adapt to UK academic writing style
• have produced an initial draft of a ‘best practice’ guidance sheet for supervising international researchers