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.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Monday 19 JulyIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnlineBook now
Wednesday 08 DecemberIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnlineBookings open after 19 July

Past workshops

DateSession titleCampus
Tuesday 23 FebruaryIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOnline

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.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Tuesday 27 April Workshop 3: Working with Student Writers and Giving FeedbackOnlineBook now
Monday 17 MayWorkshop 4: Problem Solving and managing changeOnlineBookings open after workshop 3
Tuesday 27 JulyWorkshop 1: Pedagogies and Philosophies of SupervisionOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 17 AugustWorkshop 2: Effective CommunicationOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 14 SeptemberWorkshop 3: Working with Student Writers and Giving FeedbackOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 12 OctoberWorkshop 4: Problem Solving and managing changeOnlineScheduled

Past workshops

DateSession titleCampus
Monday 08 MarchWorkshop 1: Pedagogies and Philosophies of SupervisionOnline
Thursday 25 MarchWorkshop 2: Effective CommunicationOnline

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.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Tuesday 30 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineBookings closed
Wednesday 12 MayChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineBook now
Wednesday 04 AugustChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 24 AugustChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled
Tuesday 05 OctoberChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled
Thursday 09 DecemberChairing Progress CommitteesOnlineScheduled

Past workshops

DateSession titleCampus
Tuesday 09 MarchChairing Progress CommitteesOnline

Preparing Progress Support Plans

These workshops provides an introduction and guide to the progress support plans process.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Wednesday 20 AprilPreparing Progress Support PlansOnlineBook now
Tuesday 11 MayPreparing Progress Support PlansOnlineBookings open after 20 April
Wednesday 18 AugustPreparing Progress Support PlansOnlineScheduled

Supervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectations

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.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Tuesday 10 AugustSupervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectationsOnlineScheduled
Wednesday 01 September Supervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectationsOnlineScheduled
Thursday 16 SeptemberSupervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectationsOnlineScheduled

Past workshops

DateSession titleCampus
Thursday 11 MarchSupervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectationsOnline
Thursday 25 MarchSupervision Relationships Workshop: Exploring boundaries and expectationsOnline

Supervisor Forum: Distance Supervision

This half-day forum aims to give supervisors an opportunity to consider the impact of remote supervision on their practice, and offers potential solutions to some of the challenges that can arise from remote or distance supervision.

Upcoming workshops

DateSession titleCampusBooking
Thursday 13 MaySupervisor Forum: Distance SupervisionOnlineBook now
Wednesday 28 JulySupervisor Forum: Distance SupervisionOnlineBookings open after 13 May

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