The relationship between doctoral students and their thesis supervisor(s) is key for the success of a doctoral programme. Doctoral education should be understood as the process towards obtaining the doctoral degree, and proper thesis supervision has a decisive impact on this process.
"Doctoral education is dependent on active researchers to supervise doctoral candidates and bring them into excellent and inclusive research environments. Supervisors need to have research experience in order to guide the doctoral candidates. They must have the time to meet doctoral candidates and give sufficient and timely feedback on the progress of their research. Supervisors need to have the dedication to deliver good supervision. They also need training to be able to perform their duties, and recognise and react to challenges in the interaction with doctoral candidates in a timely fashion."
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION (EUA), 2015