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A record of the social media story of curriculum transformation of MQ HDR Supervision Enhancement

September 27, 2018

During 2015-2018 I lead the transformation of the HDR Supervision Enhancement Program at Macquarie University. When I joined MQ the Enhancement Program was characterised by a compliance-based, teacher-centred off-the-job training model. My broad brief was to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) approach. 


I brought to this role a background in transforming institutional and academic practices in a digital age; deep and scholarly knowledge about workbased and authentic critical learning; academic development; distributive leadership; and a commitment to policy reform, recognition & reward, and evidence-based practices. I was also committed to mediating structural discriminationexclusionary practices; and to partnering with First Nations people to foster Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety. In the case of the HDR Supervision Enhancement program this meant policy reform to mediate disadvantage for academics without access to tenure, and partnering with Walanga Muru


The transformation I started in 2015 came to fruition in 2018 under the leadership of Associate Professor Bill Ashraf. Bill lead the implementation of -

1. A new ilearn site (using Moodle) for HDR Supervision Orientation, designed on the principles of personalised and authentic learning 

2. A newly design HDR Supervision Fellowship Program

3. A Pilot of the Associate Fellowship Training Pathway


At the end of 2018 my role at MQ will change. I am taking this opportunity to bring together into one place the resources I developed during my three year journey to explain to my peers what was taking place.


Reference list (earliest to latest)


Childs, M. 2015. What has firefighting got to do with doctoral supervision?, October.


Childs, M. 2015. HDR Supervision enhancement -@ MQ: a snapshot of curriculum renewal, November.


Childs, M. 2015. Evidencing HDR Supervision (Rationale), November.


Childs, M. 2015. Examples of evidence - Supervision Enhancement. November.


Childs, M. 2016. What's new in the MQ HDR supervision space? February.


Childs, M. 2016. A response to the ACOLA review 2016: HDR Supervision, April.


Childs, M. 2016. Doctoral supervision in Australia: The ACOLA review,  Republication of Childs, M. 2016. A response to the ACOLA review 2016: HDR Supervision, In Doctoral Writing SIG, May.


Childs, M. 2016. An overview of HDR supervision training at Macquarie University., July.


Childs, M. 2016. From “training” to “learning in a digital age” in an HDR Supervision Enhancement Program, August.


Childs, M. 2016. Why we need to debunk the idea that a PhD/Supervisor relationship is "similar to a marriage",, September.


Childs, M. 2017. Towards 'inspirational HDR supervision': leading change in the HDR Supervision Enhancement Program February.


Childs, M. 2017. Revision of the HDR Supervision Policy has commenced, March.


Mansfield, N. & Childs, M., 2017. Patyegarang Presentation on the Indigenous Strategy & Higher Degree Research Support & Development,, April


Childs, M. 2017. Introduction to the MQ HDR Supervision Fellowship Program, August.


Ashraf, B. & Childs. 2017. The New Normal: shifting the CPD Paradigm for Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervision enhancement. Poster presentation at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, September.


Childs, M. 2017. Beyond the ‘training’ silver bullet, The Supervision Whisperers - a Blog. October.


Childs, M. 2017. Academic Portfolios - HDR Supervision, December.


Childs, M. 2018. HDR55 Build Evidence of Good Practice July.


Childs, M. & Ashraf, B. 2018. Associate Fellowship scope - an exploration July.


Childs, M. 2018. HDR55 Build Evidence of Good Practice, July.


Childs, M. 2018. Thoughts on the Registration of Doctoral Supervisors in Australian Universities,, July.


Childs, M. 2018. Extending what we know about Uni L&T to Higher Degree Research, July. 


Childs, M. 2018. Update: Thoughts on the Registration of Doctoral Supervisors in Australian Universities, September.


Ashraf, B., Childs, M. Mansfield, N., & Purcell, S. 2018. On Conceptualising, Developing and Implementing a HDR Supervision Fellowship Program, Poster presentation at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, September.


Childs, M. 2018. ‘Critique: supervisor registration’ In: TrustMe! 27th September,


Policy Reform Contributions

Childs, M. & Mansfield N. 2017 wrote the HDR Supervision Criteria for the Macquarie University Academic Promotions Criteria.


HDR Supervision Policy and Procedure, 2018


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