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Supervisor Training Courses

Supervisor Induction

This is a 4-hour workshop that will introduce the specifics of supervising HDR candidates at ECU, including:

  • The Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Supervisor Compliance
  • Governance
  • Resources and Support Services
  • Opportunities
  • New Initiatives
  • Supervisor Development

This course is mandatory for supervisors who are new to ECU (including academics who may have supervised at other institutions)


Supervisor Updates

This is a compulsory 1.5-hour session undertaken once every two years by all supervisors. This session will include:

  • Changes in governance (Rules, policies, guidelines)
  • New initiatives
  • Upcoming events and opportunities

To register for either the induction or updates, visit the Staff Kiosk


Principal Supervisor Accreditation Program

The year-long Principal Supervisor Accreditation Program involves workshops, mentoring with an experienced supervisor, reflective writing in an assessed Portfolio, and knowledge dissemination.

Academics who successfully complete PSAP and are research active become eligible to be principal supervisors on an HDR supervision panel.

Entry into the program is by nomination of the Associate Dean of Research for your school.

More information about PSAP is available here


Supervising Off-Campus Doctoral Candidates

This is a new course, first offered in 2018, for supervisors who may be supervising students in off-campus mode. The session covers:

  • Compliance and legislation
  • Information about off-campus programs, fees and scholarships
  • Governance of off-campus programs at ECU
  • Relevant support services and resources
  • Good practice in off-campus supervision

The handbook for this session is available from the downloads section on the right. Please note that all documents in the handbook are correct at time of compilation but the most recent versions, particularly those relating to governance and procedures, are available at the links provided in the handbook.


Oral Examinations for Doctoral Candidates - Panel Chair Training

This is a new course, first offered in 2018, for supervisors who are intending to be involved in the oral examination process as Panel Chairs. The session covers:

  • The role of the oral examination
  • Governance
  • The oral examination timeline
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Panel Chair
  • Oral examination proceedings
  • The Panel Chair report

The handbook for this session is available from the downloads section on the right. Please note that all documents in the handbook are correct at time of compilation but the most recent versions, particularly those relating to governance and procedures, are available at the links provided in the handbook.


Supervisor Resources

Improving Supervisor Practice: Supervisor Toolkit

Supervising research candidates is a complex business, and requires a diverse range of skills and information at different stages of candidature. This toolkit outlines a 10 phase supervisor model, with a range of “tools” in each phase to help both new  and experienced supervisors develop solutions to supervisory issues, problems and relationships. The toolkit provides:

  • Over 100 new tools that can help develop and support your supervision practice
  • Clearly defined phases of supervision within the context of a supervisor model
  • Strategies for exploring and using the tools through discussion of common supervisor dilemmas

The Supervisor Toolkit can be downloaded from the Downloads box on the right hand side.

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