The Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Supervisor Development Program is compulsory for academic staff members wishing to supervise HDR students. The program is offered by the Dean of Graduate Research in conjunction with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).
Staff are required to complete the HDR Supervisor Development Program within 12 months. The program comprises two core workshops and the choice/combination of electives, lunchtime seminars or steps online training. A complete list of workshops and online training is available through the HDR Supervisor development FLO site. For further information and to enrol in the seminars, go to seminars for HDR Supervisors.
Experienced supervisors need to update their supervisor training every 2 years by participating in one elective or three lunchtime seminars or the equivalent of online steps training.
HDR supervisor development explores the complex environment in which supervision occurs. Flinders University policy and processes regarding research supervision follow national standards of good practice in supervising students. Supervisors are required to provide intellectual support, procedural guidance and broader pastoral support. To ensure all of these aspects are met, the following practices for supervising HDR students are recommended within the program:
- Get to know your student.
- Gain a mutual understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities and set expectations.
- Plan and structure supervision sessions.
- Develop strategies to help students get started.
- Use available resources.
- Enable a scholarly research community.
- Provide effective feedback.
- Facilitate the writing process.
- Enable students to reach a conclusion.
- Review and evaluate your practice.
All exemptions from mandatory programs will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the University's Mandatory Induction Guidelines.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Graduate Research if you have any questions or would like to further discuss training requirements for HDR supervisors.