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 modules and a toal of 30 points of development activities in the form of 1 hour online seminars or online steps.
For experienced supervisors to remain compliant with the Register of HDR Supervisors, supervisors need to update their development by completing 15 points every two years. The program is dynamic, responsive to supervisors' needs, can be done at anytime and anywhere and consists of over 50 different topics - so there is something for everyone.
Recognition of prior HDR supervision training for the mandatory programs will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the University's Mandatory Induction Guidelines.
Supervisors can review their HDR Supervisor Development Program points in Inspire at any time, and once completed can generate a certificate for People and Culture.
Please note if you can’t see the Supervisor Development tab in Inspire – check that you have selected ‘researcher’ in the role switcher (grey box at the top). If you have any questions about the HDR Supervisor Development Program please email HDR.Development@flinders.edu.au
You can also record any previous or external HDR supervisor development activities in Inspire and receive points. To do so, please select 'Self-record Development Activity' under the 'Supervisor Development' tab. For detailed instructions, please refer to the Inspire Quick Reference Guide (QRG).
HDR Supervisor Development FLO site and online Steps
A complete list of workshops and online training is available through the HDR Supervisor Development FLO Site. You can browse the FLO modules and enrol via the link inside each training opportunity, or register directly into upcoming sessions via Inspire.
On top of the blended learning opportunities, HDR supervisors can choose from the array of Steps topics to personalise their development for in-time learning. These are short online sessions which you can complete at any time for 5 program points. The Steps program is beneficial for regional, remote and rural HDR supervisors, as well as those unable to attend seminars. Please note, the Steps topics do not need to be done in order.
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.