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.