For the purposes of the register, a recent masters by research or PhD graduate will be considered ‘research active’ as an early career researcher for a period of 5 years following award of the degree. Therefore, these staff members will be able to supervise the degree that equates to their own qualification level, as long as a qualified mentor is appointed. Refer to section 3.c.iv of the HDR Supervisor Procedures.
For example, a masters by research graduate can supervise masters by research students, and PhD graduates can supervise both masters by research and doctoral students. In each case a qualified mentor must be appointed. After 5 years, they will be expected to meet the criteria as currently stated in the policy in order to remain eligible to supervise HDR students.