Under ECU policy, academics can only become a Principal Supervisor on a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) panel after they have had a successful completion as an associate supervisor. However there is now a new pathway to principal supervision.
Supervisors who successfully participate in the year-long Principal Supervisor Accreditation Program (PSAP), hold appropriate qualifications, and are research active, can then be accredited as a Principal Supervisor at ECU.
The supervisors attend workshops and work individually with a senior mentor. They also create a reflective portfolio, share supervision tools and give a presentation on supervision to the wider university.
PSAP Keynotes – the first hour of the workshops is open to the wider ECU supervisor community, and includes invited Keynote Speakers.
Who exactly is eligible?
Participants need to:
What exactly does it involve?
Participants will need support from their School to complete this program, as it involves a considerable commitment. They are asked to:
Has it been helpful to others?
Participants in previous iterations of PSAP comment very positively on:
The workshops included panels of experienced supervisors, hypotheticals, and talks by 30 presenters over the year. Topics include supporting students at all stages of candidature; ethics and research integrity; dealing with challenges; publication and co-authorship; student and disciplinary diversity, thesis examination processes, and planning for life after the thesis. The emphasis is on reflective, resilient, and adaptive supervision.
Since 2017 Bond University has also run a version of our program and also reports very positive responses from their newly accredited Principals.
How to join PSAP
If you are interested in PSAP, please talk to your Associate Dean Research and ask to be nominated for the following year’s program.
For more information please contact Marziya Mohammedali on firstname.lastname@example.org
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