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Adelaide Graduate Centre
Level 6, 115 Grenfell Street
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8313 5882
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 5725

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Exploring Supervision Program


dates for upcoming sessionsThe Exploring Supervision program is a series of three interactive workshops, supported by online resources, covering key aspects of research degree supervision. The program is also a pathway to principal supervisor status.

The series of workshops is offered three times a year, outside of the main teaching periods. Additional sessions, tailored to the needs of your particular area, are also possible. Just let us know.

You can come to all or any of our workshops, and you can work your way through our other resources at your leisure.

It's all free - to University of Adelaide researchers at least! If you are not from the University but want to take our program, then that could well be accommodated - contact us to chat about possibilities.

In order to qualify as a principal research degree supervisor, you complete the full module of the program; this involves participating in all three workshops and completing some assignment and research work. If you haven't already done so you will also need to attend an HDR Supervisor Induction workshop.

About the Exploring Supervision Program

Why do HDR supervisors need professional development?
Research student supervision in the modern university system is a complex and demanding task. HDR supervisors need to take a pro-active approach to their professional development, seeking to consolidate their knowledge of the relevant policy, practice and research, and to extend the range of strategies and techniques they are able to utilise effectively in their day-to-day practice.

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What happens at workshops?
Our workshops are interactive events. We work with you to identify your key issues and challenges, and to put you in touch with the latest research and best practice techniques. We get you to do quite a lot of small group work, where you share your experiences with colleagues, work through case studies and identify possible means of improving your supervisory practice.

Who can attend workshops - only current HDR supervisors?
The program is primarily directed at researchers who are currently supervising research students or who are intending to do so in the near future, including late stage PhD candidates. However, any member of the research community is welcome to attend. For example, those in administrative and management positions requiring an understanding of supervision issues may well benefit from, and may be able to make significant contributions to, our workshops. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the suitability of the program for you.

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When and where are workshops held?
In 2013 we currently have two workshop series scheduled - in mid February, and in mid June. Further times for 2013 are to be finalised soon. You can come to all or any of our workshops, and you can mix and match; you don't need to come to all three workshops in a row. For full date and venue information see our program details here.

Venues will vary, depending on the size of the class and room availability. Venues are indicated in our timetable and enrolment information. The series is normally run on the North Terrace campus, but we are happy to discuss with you the possibility of delivering at other locations.

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Are there alternatives to the face-to-face program?
Staff wishing to do the program who are absolutely unable to participate in the face-to-face sessions MAY in some circumstances be able to undertake the program asynchronously. Please contact us to discuss this possibility.

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Will I qualify as a principal HDR supervisor?
You can quailify for Principal Supervisor status by completing the 'full module' of the Exploring Supervision program.

The full module involves:

  • attending and contributing to all three face-to-face sessions;
  • compiling a journal, containing observations, reflections etc. related to supervision, through the semester;
  • completing a short assignment evaluating or developing a supervisory tool, resource, approach etc.;
  • undertaking a short research project in the field of researcher education and development, to be either reported on at a School/Discipline seminar, or published as a multi-media 'virtual' presentation.

Further details on requirements for the full module of the Exploring Supervision program can be found here.

Read more here about the Exploring Supervision program and supervisor status.

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How do I register for workshops?
Just follow the links on the Workshop Schedule page. Or go to the ITS training course catalogue, and locate the Exploring Supervision Program under Researcher Education & Development. In order to enrol on-line you will need a University of Adelaide user ID and password. If you do not have log-on privileges but are still eligible to undertake the program, we will register you manually. If you have any difficulties accessing or submitting this form please let us know.

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Can I have a tailored program for my School / Discipline / Faculty?
In addition to our regular program, we are keen to talk to you about offering supervisor workshops tailored to the needs of your particular Discipline or School. Please contact us if you are interested in discussing options for Discipline/School specific programs.

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Contact us
The Exploring Supervision program for 2013 & 2014 is coordinated by Ian Green, and is delivered by Ian Green and Cally Guerin. Please contact us to discuss any aspect of the program.