Supervision can be one of the most challenging parts of a postgraduate student’s journey. Specifically if the supervisor is unresponsive, abusive, or overbearing. During my time as a student, I had my fair share of ‘supervisor drama.’
Having a functional relationship with your supervisor is one of the most important ingredients for ensuring that you make it to the graduation stage. A quick stroll through some #academictwitter posts will give you an idea of the extent to which postgraduate students struggle with their supervisors.
These are the ones we know of, many people suffer in silence!
for 6 months, my supervisor and I planned to submit my thesis in August. Now she changed her mind, says she's not going to check her email at all in August & I must finish my thesis this week, send her a printed copy!! I HATE HER!!! #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #AcademicLife— Navathenorthernlight (@navavaner) July 20, 2021
Two weeks away from defending my PhD, any attempt to discuss my defense with my supervisor goes nowhere. What are my options at this point? He's being very negative making me feel very insecure. Any advice?@PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter— INKA - Инка Кирилова (@InkaKirilova) July 28, 2021