Effective supervision is a key element in the learning experience for research higher degree candidates.

The postgraduate Research Supervision program is compulsory for staff members new to supervising Postgraduate Research Degree Students at Flinders. The program comprises two core workshops and the choice of two electives:

The program covers the complex environment in which supervision occurs, Flinders University policy and processes regarding research supervision and good practice when supervising students. Supervisors are required to provide intellectual support, procedural guidance and broader pastoral support. To ensure all of these aspects are met the following practices for supervising higher degree by research students are recommended within the program.

1.   Get to know the student
2.   Gain a mutual understanding of each others roles and responsibilities
3.   Plan and structure supervision sessions
4.   Develop strategies to help students get started
5.   Use available resources
6.   Enable a scholarly research community
7.   Provide effective feedback
8.   Facilitate the writing process
9.   Enable students to reach a conclusion
10. Review & evaluate your practice

All exemptions from the mandatory programs will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and will be approved in accordance to the University's Mandatory Induction Guidelines

A series of workshops is also offered to experienced supervisors who wish to update their skills and knowledge.

Lunchtime Workshop Series

This workshop series is offered by the Office of Graduate Research for research higher degrees supervisors. These one hour sessions give RHD supervisors an opportunity to learn about current RHD issues, impacts of legislation and policy and best practice approaches to supervision and RHD student administration. We are also pleased to announce that Supervisors who attend three of these one-hour workshops will meet their professional development requirement to retain their place on the Register of RHD Supervisors.

Workshop   iEnrol

Date: November 5th 2014, 1-2 pm 
Venue: PHYS0006 
Title: The importance of the annual review process Part one of the session will focus on the importance of the Annual Review of Progress in the Research Higher Degree Supervision and the ISSes being discussed at University Research Higher Degrees Committee (URHDC), Australian Research Training Administrators (ARTA) and from the Student Appeals Committee.
Part two deals with Research Higher Degree Supervision: Commonwealth updates and recent developments.  This session will focus on the Higher Education Standards Panel Framework, developments with the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma, Centralised RHD examinations, electronic these project and developments regarding the Federal Government's proposals to 'reform' Australian higher education and RTS funding.
Presenters: Professor Jeri Kroll, Dean of Graduate Research