Supervision of postgraduate research students requires an awareness of national and international contexts of local policy and procedures governing supervision.

It requires an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and of the range of effective practices available to new and experienced supervisors.
Supervisors require support in developing a personal and effective toolkit which will assist them in the ongoing development of their practice.

Each badge requires approximately 25 learner effort hours. This may include workshop-based and independent learning. There are a number of learner activities to be successfully completed and these are aligned to each of the badge criteria.

For more information on upcoming workshops to earn this badge, please visit upcoming PD digital badge workshops. Alternatively, contact your teaching & learning unit or the local National Forum associate in your institution for more information.

All digital badge programmes are based on open-access materials. If you are interested in issuing certified National Forum Professional Development Digital Badges, please click here to learn more or sign up.

Facilitators are required to check that earners have met the requirements to earn a badge. The criteria has been laid out in the badge metadata document within each of the badge material packages and is also embedded within the digital badge.

Yes, you can download the packaged (.zip) badge materials developed for facilitators by clicking here. Each package contains all materials required to facilitate the programme.

All the materials have been developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. Where available, eLearning packages (Tin Can/Experience API) are available for download for use on your institutional VLE/LMS.

Following a call to identify teams to develop a digital badge for a particular competence cluster in Irish higher education, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has developed this badge in partnership with:

Lead Developer/s

  • Catherine O’Mahony


  • Aine Flynn
  • Niall Smith
  • Lucy Byrne
  • Brendan Jennings
  • Kathryn McCarthy


The learner should be able to:

  • Identify key regulations and policies around the education of research postgraduates, and clarify roles and responsibilities of supervisors
  • Apply regulations and policies in response to a number of case studies/scenarios
  • Review video or paper resource and reflect on your own supervisory approach based on this
  • Identify key actions from this learning for your own supervisory practice