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Prof Stan Taylor

Honorary Professor

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Honorary Professor in the School of Education  


Professor Stan Taylor was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick. For many years he researched and taught in the social sciences at Warwick before moving into academic staff development. Subsequently he became Director of Quality Enhancement at the University of Newcastle and then Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at Durham University. 

He left Durham in 2013 and took on new roles as an accreditor and consultant for AdvanceHE and as an academic developer. 

As an accreditor, he assesses individual applications for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and institutional applications for continuing professional development schemes. He also provides consultancy on behalf of AdvanceHE to institutions on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). Recently, he has worked with the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leicester, Liverpool, Warwick and Queen Mary University, London.

As an academic developer, his specialism is enhancing doctoral supervision. He has worked with doctoral supervisors in many universities in the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Far East.

In 2016, he combined his interests in the UKPSF and doctoral supervision by undertaking a project funded by the HEA to support doctoral supervisors to use the framework to enhance their practice and to provide evidence to support applications for Fellowship.

In 2017-18, he completed four projects. The first was compiling resources for doctoral supervisors on behalf of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE). These included an extensive bibliography and an edited collection of papers outlining good practice. The second was collaborating with Dr Margaret Kiley (Australian National University) and Professor Robin Humphrey (University of Newcastle upon Tyne) on a second edition of ‘A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors’, which was published by Routledge in 2018. The third was working with Professor Alistair McCulloch of the University of South Australia on mapping the landscape of awards for excellence in doctoral education in the UK and Australia which was published in 2017 in Innovations in Education and Teaching International. The final project was a survey of how eligibility to supervise was defined in the 143 institutions in the UK which provide research degrees which was published in 2018 by the UKCGE.

In 2019-20, he was involved in five further projects.

0n behalf of the UKCGE, he designed a framework for good supervisory practice to inform the professional development of supervisors and to provide a basis for the recognition of such practice. The framework has been adopted by a number of universities, including Manchester and York, to inform their provision for the professional development of supervisors. The recognition scheme has been adopted by several institutionsand he has worked with supervisors in them to develop applications and with reviewers to evaluate them.

With Associate Professor Swapna Kumar (University of Florida) and Associate Professor Vijay Kumar (University of Otago), he co-authored a ‘Guide to Online Supervision’ intended to support supervisors forced by the Covid-19 emergency to move to online supervision.

As part of the Durham University Counselling Service’s contribution to the HEFCE-funded Postgraduate Catalyst project on the mental health of research students, he also wrote a summary paper on ‘Supervision, wellbeing and the mental health of research students’.

With Professor Douglas Halliday (Durham University) and Margaret Kiley, he was a lead advisor for the Epigeum/Oxford University Press ‘Supervising Doctoral Studies’ e-learning programme which went live in December 2020. He contributed three modules on ‘Expectations’ ‘Personal and Professional Support’ and ‘Evaluating and Enhancing Supervision.’

Finally with support from colleagues in DCAD, the Durham Students’ Union, and the Curriculum Learning and Assessment Services, he compiled a Durham Handbook for Research Supervisors which can be found at

At the start of 2021, Routledge published a book he co-edited with Margaret Kiley and Professor Karri A. Holley (University of Alabama) entitled ‘The Making of Doctoral Supervisors’. The book is a comparative study of the ways in which supervisors are selected, supported, and rewarded in 21 countries which collectively account for 75% of the world’s doctoral graduates. He contributed the chapter on the UK.

Currently, he is collaborating with Vijay Kumar and Associate Professor Sharon Sharmini (University Putri Malaysia) on a comparative study of how doctorates are examined across the globe.


Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Honorary Member of the Association of Professionals in Doctoral Education, based at the University of Vienna:
  • 2020: Honorary Life Member, UK Council for Graduate Education:
  • 2020: Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy:
  • 2019: Chair, Research Supervisors' Network, UK Council for Graduate Education:
  • 2016: Co-opted to Executive: UK Council for Graduate Education:
  • 2015: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts:
  • 2014: Consultant: Higher Education Academy:
  • 2012: Accreditor: Higher Education Academy:
  • 2009: Faculty member: European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Studies Supervisor School:
  • 2007: External Examiner: University of York:
  • 2004: Member of the coordinating group on Quality in Doctoral Education, European Universities Association Doctoral Programmes Project:
  • 2000: Auditor: Quality Assurance Agency:
  • 2000: External Examiner: University of Nottingham:


Authored book

  • Taylor, S, Kiley, M & Humphrey, R (2018). A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors. Routledge.
  • Taylor, S & Beasley, N (2005). A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors. RoutledgeFalmer.

Chapter in book

  • Taylor, S. & Clegg, K. (2021). Towards a Framework for the Recognition of Good Supervisory Practice. In The Future of Doctoral Research Challenges and Opportunities. Lee, A. & Bongaardt, R. Taylor & Francis Group. 224-238.
  • Taylor, S. (2021). The United Kingdom. In The Making of Doctoral Supervisions. Taylor, S., Kiley, M. & Holley, K.A. London: Routledge.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). Managing your doctorate. In Research Methods for Postgraduates. Greenfield, T., & Greener, S. John Wiley.
  • Taylor, S & Kiley, M (2014). Supervising research students. In A Handbook for Learning and Teaching. Fry, H, Ketteridge, S & Marshall, S Routledge.
  • Taylor, S (2009). The Post-Humboldtian Doctorate: Implications for Supervisory Practice. In Academic Futures: Inquiries into Higher Education and Pedagogy. King, V, Deepwell, F, Clouder, L & Broughan, L and C Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Taylor, S. (2002). Managing Postgraduate Research Degrees. In The Effective Academic: Handbook of Enhanced. Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. & Marshall, S. London, Kogan Page.

Conference Paper

  • Taylor, S. (2016), Benchmarking Supervisor Development, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training. University of Oxford. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S (2007), Towards a pedagogy of research supervision, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference: IPed 2007: Researching Academic Futures. Coventry, Coventry University, Coventry.

Edited book

  • Taylor, S., Kiley, M. & Holley. K.A. (2021). The Making of Doctoral Supervisors. London: Routledge.

Journal Article


  • Taylor, S. (2021). Towards Describing the Doctoral Education Landscape. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Kumar,S., Kumar,V. & Taylor, S. (2020). A Guide to Online Supervision. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S. (2020). Supervision, wellbeing and the mental health of doctoral students. Postgraduate Research Catalyst Project, Durham University Counselling Service.
  • Taylor,S. (2019). Good Supervisory Practice Framework. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S. (2018). Eligibility to Supervise: A Study of UK Institutions. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S. (2017). Enhancing Practice in Research Supervision. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S (2017). The Research Supervisor’s Bibliography. UK Council for Graduate Education.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) Dimensions of the Framework for Doctoral Supervisors. Higher Education Academy.
  • Taylor, S, Loughlin, E, Martin, E & McComb, T (2010). Induction for Postgraduate Research Students. Society for Research into Higher Education.