Support and development

Graduate research supervision can at times be difficult or complicated, and supervisors are not expected to work in a vacuum. The university provides a broad support network that is there to help answer questions, to model expectations, and to provide advice. The institutional supports available to supervisors are as follows:

  • Schools provide leadership in the expectations of graduate research through research activities (such as seminar series) held at discipline, department or school level. Your School Director of Research can provide more information about activities in your area.
  • Each School has a dedicated School Graduate Research Coordinator (SGRC) who oversees higher degree research matters for the School, and can advise you on aspects of supervision procedure.
  • Graduate Research Coordinators (GRCs) are appointed at Department/discipline level to assist the work of the SGRCs and support supervisors and research candidates.
  • The Research Education and Development (RED) unit in the Graduate Research School offers specific workshops and seminars to help La Trobe academics develop their capacity as graduate research supervisors.

Supervisor development

If you are new to supervision or to La Trobe, or want to refresh your knowledge of supervision, the RED unit provides an intensive (half day) Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision workshop that covers all the basics and provides academic staff with the chance to reflect on what being a supervisor means in their disciplinary context. These workshops are face-to-face, and are held across various campuses on a rolling cycle.

Upcoming Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision seminars for 2017:

Smart Supervision Seminars

In 2017, the Smart Supervision Seminar Series runs fortnightly during semester. It provides supervisors with a space in which to:

  • explore and share key issues relating to supervision
  • ask questions pertaining to supervision
  • share other aspects of their practice.

Each seminar explores a specific topic relating to supervision, supported by a range of resources, guest speakers, and readings. The seminars are structured in two parts: an initial formal presentation of the topic, followed by a more informal discussion.

You are welcome to drop in or out of these seminars as your time permits, and can also access the formal part of the seminar via online recordings. Seminars can be attended in person, via video link, or accessed at your convenience via the recordings. See the current seminar schedule.