Supervision Resources

A strong working relationship between the Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate and their supervisor is crucial to the successful completion of their research degree. Effective supervisors need to be able to encourage candidates to grow into independent researchers and successfully complete their Masters or PhD project within a well-defined time.
Being aware of what supervision skills and knowledge you may need to develop to support and help candidates to meet both discipline and institution specific needs is vital and investing in training in these areas can be helpful to you as an academic.
Below and also on the right of this page under Related Links are a range of resources to support you in developing your supervisory practice.


UNSW & external resources for HDR supervisors & their candidates:



There is a wide variety of resources offered across UNSW to support HDR candidates

View a comprehensive list of resources to plan the support and development needed together with your candidate



UNSW Research Skills & Professional Development Plan for HDRs  View this document together with your HDR candidate to create a plan for development.
UNSW Resources for assessing fit and research potential (only available to UNSW staff)

Techniques & options for assessing HDR fit

Template of questions for interviewing and assessing HDR candidates

UNSW HDR Admissions & Pathways Guideline (pre-admission interview principles /assessing qualifications, Appendix C)

Evaluating research potential in applicants


University of Otago's Top 10 most important qualities the ideal HDR candidate

Expectations in supervision  

Expectations in Supervision Questionnaire

Griffith University

Also available via UNSW HDR Supervision Guidelines (page 8)


Clarifying co-supervision expectations: Issues to discuss

Courtesy of Oxford University, UK

 Literature Review

Literature review: What is a literature review?  Online tutorial 

Courtesy of Sydney University

Supervising International HDR candidates

Enhancing the experience & outcomes of International Higher Degree Research Candidates - A guide for supervisors

International Education Association of Australia

Dealing with problems in supervision

Self help guide for dealing with problems in Supervision

Courtesy of University of Auckland

Candidate's progress

 How are they doing?  A poll for HDR Advisors to gauge candidate's progress

(courtesy of James Cook University Australia)

Candidate's perspective  "So long and thanks for the PhD!"
 Guidelines for editing research theses

 Guidelines for editing research theses:  

The Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS) papers


'It's a PhD, not a Nobel Prize': How experienced examiners assess research theses

Mullins, G., & Kiley, M. (2002), Studies in Higher Education, 27(4), 369-386.

For more information see related links on the right.

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