Becoming a dissertation supervisor
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In many ways, the supervisor is the most important support person for a doctoral student. The supervisor supervises the dissertation research and acts as a mentor for the doctoral candidate. The supervisor must commit to a research process that may continue for several years as the journey towards a doctorate may sometimes be unexpectedly delayed. When you are considering becoming a supervisor, you should think about whether you will also have the time and resources in the coming years, not just the current one.
Despite the difficulties, supervising a doctoral student can be very rewarding. Some supervisors may be tempted to take on the supervision of as many doctoral students as possible. However, many doctoral programmes have quotas for the maximum number of doctoral students that can be supervised by one person in order to keep the workload of individual supervisors under control and ensure that the supervisor has time for all the students.