Registration and induction
As a La Trobe academic, you may be involved in supervision as either a principal supervisor or a co-supervisor, depending on your experience, expertise and contribution to the graduate research project.
The requirements around supervision roles and eligibility, as well as other supervisor expectations and institutional requirements, are outlined in the Graduate Research Supervision Policy. Please consult this document as an initial step in your induction as a supervisor.
Before commencing supervision, it is a University requirement that supervisors apply to be listed on the Register of Supervisors. All applications are considered by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Board of Graduate Research.
- For supervisors internal to La Trobe: use the Supervisor Register
- For supervisors external to La Trobe: registration is managed at the time of the candidate's application, or through the use of a Supervisor Variation Form (DOC 156KB), attached to a request for a Supervisor variation.
Most academics have a sense of how supervision works in their discipline, based on their own experience or on their observations of their peers. In addition to whatever expectations might apply within a given discipline or department, the University expects all supervisors to act professionally and compassionately towards their graduate researchers, and uphold general standards that are informed by a range of policies, frameworks and codes of conduct.
All supervisors are expected to:
- Follow the policies and procedures for supervision at La Trobe, and stay up to date with any changes.
- Adhere to the principles and practices outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and uphold and promote academic integrity when working with graduate researchers.
- Comply with registration requirements.
- Consider the wellbeing of the graduate researchers you supervise, and foster an environment in which all researchers are treated with dignity and respect.
- Foster effective working relationships within the supervision team, with particular regard to clear and effective communication.
- Contribute to the orientation and induction of graduate research candidates within their School or Department context.
- Support candidate progression processes, and in the event of a problem, be proactive in seeking help or advice.
- Consider occupational health and safety requirements, and do what is possible to foster a safe working environment for graduate researchers.
- Be responsible for any ethics and biosafety requirements, and Defence Export Controls that may relate to the project.
- Participate in formal supervision workshops, engagement with mentoring opportunities, and/or participation in other related activities organised at College, School or discipline level.
These expectations are discussed in more detail on the GRO Supervision induction page.
Get off to a flying start
To make the most of your induction to graduate research supervision, come to one of the Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision workshops offered by the RED unit. These workshops occur each semester, providing an overview of supervision expectations, tips to help you manage your supervision commitments, and an opportunity to share your practice experience with other academics.
International graduate researchers
In addition to these expectations, certain conditions apply to international graduate research candidates, such as completion timeframes, and other matters relating to their Australian residency.
When working with international candidates, supervisors are expected to consider the circumstances of the candidate when making decisions about their project, their progress, etc. If you are unfamiliar with these requirements, refer to the ESOS code for further information.