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The MQ HDR Fellowship Program: Why, What, Who, When and Where?

In May 2018 a new approach to developing good practice in HDR Supervision at MQ is being introduced. This new approach focuses on providing strong support for early career supervisors, and providing reward and recognition for all HDR Supervisors, through an HDR Fellowship Program. 


National: The need for universities to provide high-quality HDR supervisor training was a key finding of the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) in a Review of Australia's Research Training Scheme Final Report (2016).  See commentary by Childs (2016). The Australian Council of Graduate Research, in its Principals for Graduate Supervision, also recommends that universities provide necessary and appropriate professional development and performance review for supervisors.

Institution: An objective in the  Macquarie University’s Strategic Research Framework (2015 – 2024) is to prepare world-ready Higher Degree Research candidates by providing inspirational supervision with outstanding supervisory expertise and mentoring.

Individuals: We are committed to supporting our HDR supervisors and professional support staff via an HDR Fellowship program, focused on continual professional development to recognise, support, showcase excellence and best practice in HDR supervision.

Successful participation in the HDR fellowship program will assist you in:

  • preparing for promotional submissions or PDR;

  • gathering evidence and engaging in critically reflexive practice;

  • profile development for internal and external professional recognition;

  • developing applications/pathways for career progression;

  • learning from and contributing to best practice;

  • peer review and feedback.


The HDR Supervision Fellowship Program adopts the principals which underpin (i) UK HEA Professional Standards Framework (UK) , (ii) Vitae Research Development Framework (RDF) (iii) alignment with MQ Academic promotion criteria for HDR supervision and (iv) Professor Joe Luca’s (ECU) Good Practice Framework for research training.

Fellowship recognition can be claimed by following a training pathway (Associate) or through the submission of evidence (Adjunct, Associate, Fellow, Senior Fellow). Claiming a fellowship at a particular level is not dependent on the level of your current post.

Additionally, fellows may claim a specialisation in the following areas:

  • HDR Supervision in a Digital Age

  • HDR Supervision and Cultural Safety

  • HDR Supervision and Mental Health

  • HDR Supervision and Industry/Commerce/Enterprise

  • HDR Pedagogies

Details to follow.


The fellowship program is open to all staff, academic and professional, and encompasses professional HDR supervision recognition to include work from Early Career Researchers (ERCs) to full professors, all levels of staff who support HDR supervision and adjunct supervisors.


The Training Pathway for the Fellowship Program will be open from mid-February 2019.


Commencing mid-February 2019 training and support will be provided, as appropriate, via face-to-face campus seminars/workshops, webinars, online resources/activities, case studies and bespoke podcasts.

A/P Bill Ashraf is responsible for the Training Pathway for Associate Fellows (HDR Supervision). 
A/P Merilyn Childs can provide advice on reflective writing and documenting evidence.
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