The cascading programme will work on three levels, as follows:
Key Trainers: an initial tranche of nine Key Trainers has already been trained. They have developed a three-day course which they will offer six times, on each occasion to 25 senior members of academic staff who already have experience of successfully supervising at least 5 doctoral students, and who will become 150 Master Trainers. These 25 senior members of academic staff should be from a range of disciplines, both science and arts, be located across the regions of Pakistan and have a gender balance.
Master Trainers: will be required, in gender mixed teams of three, to offer the same training courses seven times to groups of around 24 participants. The participants will comprise 2 senior members of academic staff from each of the HEIs in Pakistan which offer doctoral programmes. Eventually, some 350 members of academic staff will have been trained this way to become Cluster Trainers.
Cluster Trainers: these are the people who will ultimately bear responsibility, within their own HEIs, to organise and provide training to colleague supervisors in whatever way best suits the needs of their colleagues (e.g. whether as three day courses, or one day a week, or two hours after work once a week).