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

The Postgraduate Research Supervision Program, offered by the Dean of Graduate Research and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), is compulsory for staff members new to Flinders University.  Staff members wishing to supervise Postgraduate Research Degree students at Flinders need to apply to go on the Register of RHD Supervisors.  They have 12 months to complete the supervisor training.  It comprises two core workshops and the choice of two electives.  In addition, staff members who were placed on the new Register of RHD Supervisors from the 2011-2012 transition period, have 5 years to complete their training (from 1 January 2013).  One of these electives can be replaced by three online workshops.  

The program explores 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 RHD students are recommended within the program:

  1. Get to know your student.
  2. Gain a mutual understanding of each other’s 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 and evaluate your practice.

All exemptions from the mandatory programs will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the University's Mandatory Induction Guidelines.

Online Sessions

Online sessions are offered by the Office of Graduate Research for RHD supervisors. These sessions provide 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 participate in three of these sessions will meet their professional development requirement to retain their place on the Register of RHD Supervisors.

For details of the online sessions, visit iEnrol.