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 Directors 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) 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 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.

The dates and topics for these workshops in 2019 are as follows:

DateWorkshopTo register
20 Aug (10 - 4pm)Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision (Melbourne)Event ended
10 Dec (10 - 4pm)Introduction to Graduate Research Supervision (Melbourne)Book now

Smart Supervision Workshops

Smart Supervision workshops will occur monthly through semester. These two-hour workshops deal with frequently encountered questions about supervision, and can be accessed in person or via a Zoom link to all campuses.


The dates and topics for these workshops in 2019 are as follows:

DateWorkshopTo register
7 Mar (12-2pm)Setting expectations with graduate researchers (face to face)Event ended
20 Mar (10-12pm)Setting expectations with graduate researchers (via Zoom) Event ended
4 April (10-12pm)Giving feedback to graduate researchers (face to face)Event ended
29 April (10-12pm)Giving feedback to graduate researchers (via Zoom)Event ended
9 May (10.30-12.30pm)Managing difficult situations and supporting wellbeing (face to face)Event ended
14 May (10-12pm)Managing difficult situations and supporting wellbeing (via Zoom)Event ended
30 May (10-12pm)Submission, examination and beyond (face to face) Event ended
11 June (10-12pm)Submission, examination and beyond (via Zoom) Event ended
1 Aug (10-12pm)Setting expectations with graduate researchers (face to face)Event ended
14 Aug (12-2pm)Setting expectations with graduate researchers (via Zoom)Event ended
29 Aug (12-2pm)Giving feedback to graduate researchers (face to face)Event ended
11 Sep (1-2pm)Giving feedback to graduate researchers (via Zoom)Event ended
10 Oct (10-12pm)Managing difficult situations and supporting wellbeing (face to face)Book here
16 Oct (12-2pm)Managing difficult situations and supporting wellbeing (via Zoom)Book here
7 Nov (12-2pm)Submission, examination and beyond (face to face)To be opened closer to the date
13 Nov (12-2pm)Submission, examination and beyond (via Zoom)To be opened closer to the date

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