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:

Candidates Details 
UNSW Higher Degree Research Graduate Learning Outcomes These learning outcomes were endorsed by the UNSW Academic Board on 24 July 2018.  View here
Supervisors Details 
A Guide to Online Supervision

This guide's purpose is to help supervisors identify the benefits of online supervision, to the consider the challenges and to suggest ways in which supervisors might be able to overcome them. It is not intended just for present circumstances with Covid-19, but more generally for situations where candidates engage in research at geographical distance from the institution, or in programs that involve online components.  

This document guides you through the process of reflecting on your supervisory practice.

A Guide to Online Supervision, UK Council for Graduate Education 2020, Swapna Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Stan Taylor

UNSW Research Skills & Professional Development Plan for HDRs View the Research Skills & Professional Development Plan 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

UNSW Supervision Guidelines:  Appendix A Template of initial questions for interviewing and assessing HDR candidates & academic referees

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 of the ideal HDR candidate
Respectful Supervisory Relationships Universities Australia (August 18): Principles for Respectful Supervisory Relationships (link will download document) recognises power imbalance between supervisors & candidates and potential serious questions about capacity for consent and academic integrity. These principles provide universities with high-level guidance and are to be read alongside the policies and procedures of individual institutions.

ACOLA Review

Australian Council of Learned Academies

Review of Australia's Research Training System Report (link will download document)
Expectations in Supervision Expectations in Supervision Questionnaire
Griffith University
Also available via UNSW HDR Supervision Guidelines (page 8)
Co-supervision Clarifying co-supervision 
Courtesy of McGill University
7 types of PhD Supervision

The 7 types of PhD supervisors

Personality, capability and resources all influence your approach and effectiveness.  This article emphasises the importance of striking a balance between reflecting on your own past experiences as both a PhD candidate and researcher, as well as the needs of the PhD candidate.’.  

Campus Review article by Professor Merlin Crossley DVC(A) UNSW, Sydney

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
Providing feedback on writing (book)

"How to fix your academic writing trouble" A practical guide 

A guide to decoding academic feedback from your research supervisor about your writing.

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
Examination '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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