The Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Supervisor Development Program is compulsory for academic staff members wishing to supervise HDR students. Note: teaching specialist staff are not required to undertake the training as adjunct supervisors. The program is offered by the Dean of Graduate.
New HDR Supervisors are required to complete the HDR Supervisor Development Program within 12 months. It comprises two core workshops and the choice of development activities totalling 30 points.
For experienced supervisors to remain compliant with the Register of HDR Supervisors you need to have completed the HDR Supervisor Development Program and be committed to improving the quality of supervision, by completing development activities totalling 15 points every two years.
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.