This issue contains articles on:The Art of Inspiring Independent Learning 2 Carole and David Baume (The Open University) continue their two-part series on helping students to become independent learners. Supervising the UK PhD Claire Seaman (Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh) takes a close look at what it means to be supervisor of a doctoral student. Focus on Quality Karen Harrison and Lynn Clouder (Coventry University) recommend using focus groups to evaluate courses in HE. Can you use computers to teach counselling? Robert Shaw (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute) explains how even subjects which depend on experiential learning can be enhanced by use of computers.