Information for supervisors

The University is committed to providing graduate researchers with a positive experience and ensures the quality of supervision by requiring:

  • Principal and co-supervisors to be registered
  • Registered supervisors attend new supervisor training when commencing supervision, and then attend refresher supervisor training every five years.
  • Appropriate arrangements to be made for continuity of supervision throughout candidature
  • Supervisors' registration to be reviewed annually.

Supervisor registration

Principal and co-supervisors of graduate research candidates must be registered.


Expectations of supervisors

All graduate researchers are supported by one or more supervisors and by an advisory committee from commencement through to submission of the thesis. The University expects supervisors to be professional, compassionate and caring mentors and teachers who will encourage their graduate researchers to engage with the broader research community.

As a supervisor you will assist your graduate researchers by:

  • Alerting them to commonly encountered tasks, processes and the standards expected of them
  • Assisting them to frame their research project and timelines
  • Ensuring satisfactory arrangements are made regarding ethics, intellectual property and authorship of publications arising from the work
  • Advising on their standard of written work and, if required, referring them to skills training programs
  • Meeting with them at least monthly to exchange ideas, check progress and plan with them to develop the graduate attributes for their qualification
  • Reviewing progress at least six monthly and record the results of that review
  • Advising them on the format and preparation of the thesis
  • Within reason, reading any written work thoroughly, in advance of meetings, and providing regular feedback
  • Providing opportunities to include them in the academic life of the department and beyond
  • Encouraging them to publish their work.

Resources for supervisors

Responsible research

Best practice

  • Eleven Practices of Effective Postgraduate Research Supervisors offers practical advice for both new supervisors and those wanting to brush up their supervisory skills. A copy of Eleven Practices is provided to each supervisor attending new supervisor training. Copies can also be purchased from Melbourne Centres for the Study of Higher Education.
  • fIRST: Created by a group of Australian and New Zealand universities committed to improving postgraduate research supervision, this site provides a range of resources for supervisors, research degree co-ordinators, supervision developers and students.

Resources for your students

Professional development

Skills development

Support services

Associations and advocacy