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What are the different supervisor categories at MQ?

January 24, 2017

MQSR procedures related to the MQ HDR Supervision Policy (as at Jan 25th 2017) specify that only supervisors who meet the criteria for appointment as a Principal Supervisor can be registered in the MQSR.

  • Principal Supervisor: the person appointed to have main supervisory responsibility for an HDR candidate

The following are supervisory roles, not categories:

  • Acting Supervisor: the person appointed as a short term replacement for the Principal Supervisor as the need arises (for periods up to six months only). The title is also applicable to a person who, for a strictly limited period, holds administrative supervisory responsibility during the coursework component of a professional doctoral degree (normally one year equivalent full-time). The person must be registered on the MQSR.

  • Adjunct Supervisor: describes a supervisory appointment that does not involve a current Macquarie University academic staff member.

  • Associate Supervisor: a person with a lesser fractional supervisory load and responsibility compared to the Principal Supervisor. The person must be registered on the MQSR.

  • Co-Supervisor: an academic staff member who has not supervised a HDR candidate to completion, or who is on an appointment of less than three years. Co-supervisors work under the direction of a Principal Supervisor. [This person will not meet the criteria for registration on the MQSR, but is still able to supervise if appointed to the role of Co-Supervisor. I encourage this person to complete HDR03 Statement of Completion to prepare themselves for the role].

At present there is not a designated role "MRes Supervisor" not criteria for appointment in the HDR Supervision Policy, Faculty-based procedures should be checked.





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