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13 May 2021
The Division for Postgraduate Studies Webinar: The Supervisory Relationship
The Division for Postgraduate Studies will present a webinar on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 titled 'The Supervisory Relationship'.

Date: Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Time: 10:30-12:00
Duration: 1.5 hours
Platform: Zoom

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Seminar description:
The supervisory relationship is central to the research process, and can have a significant impact on the students’ experience of the research process. The purpose of the seminar is to provide insights into why the supervisory relationship is important and the potential impact it can have on the student experience of the thesis component of their studies.


1. Prof. Mario R. Smith, PhD Clinical Psych (Columbia University, USA)
Acting Director: Division for Postgraduate Studies, UWC

2. Jabulani Chitanga, PhD Candidate (UWC), MA Psychology (UWC)
Psychology Lecturer: Cornerstone Institute

3. Jean-Pierre Senekal, MPsych (UWC)
Clinical Psychologist: JP Senekal Psychology

Q&A moderator:
• Janine Senekal, PhD Candidate (UWC), MA Psychology (UWC)
Facilitator: Division for Postgraduate Studies, UWC

Topics include:
  • The importance of the supervisory relationship
  • Internalisation of the research supervisor: Experiences and perceptions of Psychology Masters Students at a Historically Disadvantaged University
  • The impact of self-esteem on the working alliance between students and supervisors and the perception of thesis work as stressful
UWC postgraduate students and staff