Find information for supervisors of research students.
The Faculty of Graduate Research is committed to supporting your work as a supervisor. To do this we offer supervision workshops throughout the year, provide access to a range of resources on supervisor development, and offer advice on supervision-related issues that may arise.
The supervisor’s key responsibilities are to guide the candidate through the academic and administrative requirements of the degree, provide feedback on progress and develop the candidate’s research skills and knowledge. The FGR website provides access to VUW guidelines relating to supervisors’ responsibilities and candidates’ responsibilities. In addition, most of the information on the FGR website for Current PhDs is also relevant for supervisors.
Further information is also available on the staff intranet.
Orientation to supervision
Because supervision practices vary between universities, Victoria University requires all supervisors who are new to Victoria (as well as any staff who are new to supervision) to complete an Orientation course before starting to supervise research students at VUW.
The Orientation to Supervision at VUW workshop is offered four times each year. This workshop includes information on Doctoral and Master’s thesis policy, the policy and procedures relating to postgraduate research supervision and the doctoral examination process. The orientation also covers the practical support available for postgraduate research and culturally aware practice. Orientation sessions for 2019 are scheduled for:
- Friday 22 February
- Wednesday 17 July
- Wednesday 4 September. Registrations are now open.
- Wednesday 4 December
Workshops for supervisors
The Faculty of Graduate Research offers a number of workshops for supervisors every year, including on the Doctoral Examination Process and Strategies for providing feedback on candidates’ writing. All supervision workshops are advertised on the Current Events page of the FGR website.
We also recommend that supervisors who are new to VUW attend doctoral workshops with their students, where possible, as a way of familiarising themselves with information and advice delivered to doctoral students through the FGR Doctoral Workshop programme.
Additional supervision resources
As supervising research is a complex and dynamic activity, workshops cannot convey all that you need to know. It is therefore important to make time to discuss your experience with peers, reflect on practice and access resources that explore different aspects of research supervision. As a start point, we've put together a list of recommended resources.