Setting up the Superb-Vision Network

Establishing a “dispersed learning community”


  • Ben Sinclair University of Warwick
  • Bing Lu University of Warwick



networking, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, doctoral supervision


As universities gradually re-open to face-to-face teaching, innovative approaches that encourage engagement and stimulation in the “new normal” have been readily welcomed. The Superb-Vision Network (SVN) was a response to such a call: a series of student-led workshops to support doctoral students in enhancing their supervision experience. This article is a reflection on the process of setting up the network. We will explain the decisions and actions taken and explore several critical incidents which demonstrate what collaboration between those with dissimilar perspectives and backgrounds can look like in practice. Considerations around sustainability, inclusivity, and safety posed additional challenges that vastly shaped our thinking and plans, allowing us to find balance in our social and educational outcomes. Informed by the notion of “distributed” learning (Lea & Nicolle, 2013) and “dispersed” pedagogic  system (Boud & Lee, 2005), this article advocates facilitating a “dispersed” learning community for doctoral students with an emphasis on peer learning (Boud & Cohen, 2014). We hope that this interesting case study will motivate and inspire others to use opportunities, however small, to add value to their community. 


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Author Biographies

Ben Sinclair, University of Warwick

Ben worked in Coventry as a secondary mathematics teacher before beginning his PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Warwick. His current project focusses on embedding principles from Acceptance and Commitment Training into the classroom in order to address mathematics anxiety and promote mathematical resilience. His other academic interests include mathematics task design, instruction, and mastery; and contextual behavioural science (functional contextualism, relational frame theory, evolutionary science, psychological flexibility). Ben also teaches on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics course and the Introduction to Secondary Mathematics Education undergraduate module. 

Bing Lu, University of Warwick

Bing is a doctoral researcher in Department for Education Studies (DES) and an early career fellow in Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at University of Warwick. Her doctoral research investigates how returned doctorate holders conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries. Her main research area is in exploring the transnational flows of highly skilled intellectuals and mapping the global picture of doctoral supervision.