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.


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Supervisor Development Workshops

DateSession titleModeBooking link
Wednesday, 30 AugustSupervision as relational practice: effective communication strategiesOBook now
Thursday, 14 SeptemberSupervisor strategies for feedback on thesis writingOBook now
Wednesday, 4 October Supervisor strategies for helping candidates to completionOBook now
Wednesday, 6 DecemberIntroduction to Graduate Research SupervisionOBook now

Graduate Research Process and Progress Workshops

DateSession titleModeBooking link
Tuesday, 5 September Preparing Progress Support PlansOBook now
Tuesday, 3 OctoberManaging Progress MilestonesOBook now
Friday, 8 DecemberManaging Progress MilestonesOBook now

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