Supervision Resources

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 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

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.



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