A recent survey (link attached) enlists 10 different types of research supervisors:
- Invisible– One who never has the time to meet the students and doesn’t give inputs to students regarding their thesis. This supervisor may be ideal for students who like to work alone and don’t need much guidance.
- Indifferent– One who doesn’t give valuable critical input to students and always say that everything they do is good or great. This supervisor is very perfect for students who are self-critical enough to keep their work on a high level.
- Perfectionist– Overly critical and will criticize every aspect of students’ work to make them achieve the highest possible level. They are very ideal for students who are perfectionists themselves and like to test their own limits.
- Moderate– One who meets the students regularly but never breathes down their neck. In other words, one who is critical enough but don’t push the students towards perfectionism. A moderate supervisor is one who can find right measure in everything and may be seen as the most desirable supervisor as such.
- Unreliable– One who sends students into different directions every week and may keep giving them ambiguous directions about their research. The PhD students may get very confused working under an unreliable supervisor. However, they may be suitable for those who thrive on confusion, and they may need it to keep research life interesting.
- Underachiever– One who will never push the students to do much work, who won’t do much work and who is usually not interested in what their students do in their work. They may be suitable for the students who do PhD just to get a degree and they want to get professional jobs.
- Overachiever– One who will push the students to do as much work as they can and to get the most out of the PhD program. This supervisor is perfect for the students who want to remain in academia.
- Superficial– One who is just interested in publishing and producing research that “works” but not interested in the substance behind this research. This supervisor is not a good fit for the students who like to think deeply and more comprehensively about what they are doing.
- Conservative– One who will try to stop the PhD students from trying out any new things in the research. Such supervisors may not be a good fit for the PhD students who are exploratory in nature.
- Imposing– One who will constantly try to push the students into their own direction and tell them to do what they do. Such supervisors suit the students who lack research initiatives, but may not suit the students who like to think independently.
UK Dissertation services welcome comments and feedback from the PhD students, faculty and also independent researchers on the different types of supervisors. Especially the PhD students may comment on what type of supervisors they may like with reason.