The HDR Supervision Policy came up for review in early 2016. The MQ Strategic Research Framework 2015 - 2024 and a number of other important national policy reports inform this review. In addition, during 2016, to prepare for the review, the Convenor conducted an evaluation of compliance with the current policy as it relates to annual training, and a number of evaluations and consultations with Faculty, HDR Supervisors and the Indigenous Strategy team.
Preliminary thinking suggested:
Categories of supervisors need to be clarified and simplified
Criteria for appointment to supervisory roles need to be more inclusive
All supervisors who complete mandated orientation training should be registered
Registration status should be public
Faculty should be responsible for the appointment of supervisors in line with standards; and responsible for assuring and reporting the quality of supervision
A mechanism should exist that assures all supervisors maintain registration by updating their orientation training routinely (procedurally: a 'Certificate to Practice" updated every four years??)
Rules about MRes supervision need to be included
The mandated requirement for annual training (a 'stick') needs to be removed and replaced with a 'reward and recognition' ethos
The capacity for adjunct and advisory supervisors to be appointed or involved should be strengthened
Cultural competence should be a mandated orientation requirement
In late 2016 a Working Party was established by the Convenor of the HDR Supervision Enhancement Program, Associate Professor Merilyn Childs, on behalf of the Dean of HDR Professor Nick Mansfield.
The hope is that a DRAFT HDR Supervision Policy will be widely shared for feedback in the first half of 2017.
Do you have questions or want to give feedback? Please email!