The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching team, along with the Office of Graduate Research, provides a range of support for research supervision as an aspect of teaching.  Support is offered in the following areas:

Supervising postgraduate research at all levels (from Honours to PhD) provides an important connection between the teaching and research components of academic life. Successful student supervision requires expertise in the process of supervision itself, as well as a sound knowledge of the student's field of research and a willingness to learn and develop alongside your candidate and others involved in the supervisory process (Denholm & Evans 2007).  

If you are new to supervising Higher Degree by Research Students at Flinders, you will need to participate in the Higher Degree by Research Supervision Program. The program is provided jointly by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) and the Office of Graduate Research who also provide seminars and workshops for experienced supervisors.

The Office of Graduate Research (OGR) provides a central contact point that supports Flinders University's mission to provide high-quality postgraduate education and ensure consistent research training across the University. They provide up-to-date information for current and potential supervisors and students as well as links to relevant information, policy and services. The OGR maintains the Register of HDR Supervisors  including details of all staff that satisfy essential University requirements for assuming primary research higher degree supervision responsibility.

Key References / Resources

  • Denholm, C and Evans, T. Supervising Doctorates Downunder: Keys to Effective Supervision in Australia and New Zealand [online]. Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press, 2007. Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press, 2007. xii, 271 p. ISBN 9780864314307. Availability:;dn=757224725709494;res=IELHSS  ISBN: 9780864314307. [cited 14 Nov 12].
  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is a guide for responsible research conduct in Australia, providing a basic reference for the development of appropriate policies and procedures. It is written specifically for universities and other public sector research institutions. All research, including research by students, undertaken in the University must comply with the requirements of the Code. The Code can be accessed at
  • The Cross Cultural Supervision Project, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and lead by Macquarie University, produced a range of resources to assist supervisors and departments. The resources can be accessed through the project website: