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 Director of Graduate Research (DGR) 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) team in the Graduate Research School offers specific workshops and seminars to help La Trobe academics develop their capacity as graduate research supervisors.

Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision

If you are new to supervision or to La Trobe, or want to refresh your knowledge of supervision, the RED team provides an intensive 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.

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Thursday 20 FebruaryIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionMelbourneBookings closed
Friday 21 FebruaryIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionBendigoBookings closed
Tuesday 25 FebruaryIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnlineBookings closed
Tuesday 21 JulyIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionMelbourneBook now
Wednesday 22 JulyIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnlineBook now
Thursday 23 JulyIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionBendigoBook now
Wednesday 2 DecemberIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnlineScheduled
Friday 4 DecemberIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionBendigoScheduled
Thursday 10 DecemberIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionMelbourneScheduled

Supervisor Development Program

The Supervisor Development Program (SDP) is a semester-long series of interactive, online workshops that aim to provide graduate research supervisors at La Trobe with knowledge and resources that will enhance their supervision practice. The SDP responds to the La Trobe Strategic Plan and the Graduate Researcher Experience and Wellbeing Plan by helping supervisors to build shared understandings of supervision practice that will enhance the research training experience and promote timely and effective completions.

The SDP workshops are organised in a sequence of four staged topics. It is recommended that participants aim to access the workshops in sequence over the course of a single semester. Participants are welcome to repeat any of the workshops at any time to reinforce specific aspects of their supervision practice.

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Tuesday 3 MarchWorkshop 1: Pedagogies and Philosophies of SupervisionOnlineBook now
Thursday 26 MarchWorkshop 2: Effective CommunicationOnlineBook now
Tuesday 28 AprilWorkshop 3: Working with Student Writers and Giving FeedbackOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 19 MayWorkshop 4: Problem Solving and managing changeOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 29 JulyWorkshop 1: Pedagogies and Philosophies of SupervisionOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 19 AugustWorkshop 2: Effective CommunicationOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 16 SeptemberWorkshop 3: Working with Student Writers and Giving FeedbackOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 14 OctoberWorkshop 4: Problem Solving and managing changeOnlineScheduled

Chairing Progress Committees

The Progress Committee Chair plays a pivotal role in supporting graduate research candidates and ensuring the success of their research endeavours.

The purpose of these workshop is to provide Progress Committee Chairs with an opportunity to develop their knowledge of the requirements of the role, and to share their experience with other Chairs from across the university.

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Wednesday 11 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesMelbourneBook now
Thursday 12 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineBook now
Thursday 12 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesBendigoBook now
Wednesday 25 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesMelbourneBook now
Thursday 14 MayChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled 
Thursday 6 AugustChairing Progress CommitteesBendigoScheduled
Thursday 6 AugustChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 26 AugustChairing Progress CommitteesMelbourneScheduled
Monday 5 OctoberChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 6 OctoberChairing Progress CommitteesMelbourneScheduled

Managing Expectations and Relationships in Supervision

These workshops are offered separately in two cohorts for candidates and supervisors, which aims to empower all members of the supervision team with strategies for effective communication and expectations management.

DateSession titleCampusCohortBooking
Wednesday 11 MarchManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionMelbourneGraduate researchersBook now
Friday 13 MarchManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionBendigoGraduate researchersBook now
Wednesday 15 AprilManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionBendigoTo be confirmedScheduled
Wednesday 26 AugustManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionMelbourneTo be confirmedScheduled
Thursday 3 SeptemberManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionBendigoTo be confirmedScheduled
Tuesday 6 OctoberManaging Expectations and Relationships in SupervisionMelbourneTo be confirmedScheduled

Respectful relationships in Graduate Research Supervision

These workshops aim to engender mutually positive and respectful interaction in graduate research supervision. This workshop is recommended for anyone involved in research training, and is offered in specific iterations for candidates, supervisors, and professional staff (pleased see event listing for correct cohort details).

DateSession titleCampusCohortBooking
Thursday 26 MarchRespectful relationships in Graduate Research SupervisionBendigoTo be confirmedBook now
Wednesday 12 AugustRespectful relationships in Graduate Research SupervisionBendigoTo be confirmedScheduled

For information on other workshops, please visit the RED Workshops page