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Is supervisor eligibility data communicated to the relevant stakeholders
Is there a policy on the appointment of supervisors that makes reference
too:
· The skills and experience relevant to supervising projects in a
given area;
· The supervisor’s level of research activity;
· Relevant qualifications; and
· Ongoing involvement in developing and maintaining knowledge and
expertise in research degree supervision
Are eligibility criteria regularly reviewed and reported to the relevant
stakeholders
Is there a mechanism in place for monitoring supervisor performance and
managing underperforming supervisors
Are regular audits carried out showing the proportion of compliant
supervisors and action items to ensure that faculties are encouraging
supervisor compliance
Are professional development and mentoring opportunities available for
supervisors to improve their practices and is feedback collected on these
Are professional development and mentoring opportunities regularly reviewed
and reported to the relevant stakeholders
Is there a supervisors and candidates statement of responsibility to be
signed by both parties
Are the statements of responsibility regularly reviewed and updated
Are inductions held at academic and institutional level
Is data collected on the proportions of candidates attending the inductions
Is feedback collected and reported on the effectiveness of the inductions
Is there transparent information available on the requirements of
confirmation of candidature that includes:
· Ethics approval (see also 6.2);
· A comprehensive research proposal, including work completed to
date, with rigorous assessment of the academic merits; and
· An oral presentation to a group including peers and academic
staff with both oral and written feedback provided
Are there regular reviews conducted that show the number of candidates
confirmed on time, the number of candidates not approved and the length of
time to confirmation of candidature
Are the results of the regular reviews reported to the relevant
stakeholders
Are processes in place to monitor and review candidate progression at least
once a year
The%institution%has%a%system%for%recording%supervisor%eligibility,%and%a%policy%on
the%appointment%of%supervisors%that%makes%reference%to:
•%The%skills%and%experience%relevant%to%supervising%projects%in%a%given%area;
•%The%supervisor’s%level%of%research%activity;
•%Relevant%qualifications;%and
•%Ongoing%involvement%in%developing%and%maintaining%knowledge%and%expertise
in%research%degree%supervision.
The%principal%supervisor%must%meet%relevant%eligibility%criteria,%coordinate
support%for%the%research%project,%and%lead%the%supervisory%team%for%each
candidate.%It%is%expected%that%other%members%of%the%supervisory%team%would
also%normally%meet%relevant%eligibility%criteria.
The%institution%makes%provision%for:
•%Supervisor%induction%programs%for%newly%appointed%supervisors%and
experienced%supervisors%new%to%the%institution;
•%Mentoring%in%supervision%for%early%career%researchers;%and
•%A%broad%range%of%HDR%supervisor%development%programs.
5.3 Confirmation of Candidature
The%supervisory%team%consists%of%a%principal%and%one%or%more%supervisors%who
may%have%different%roles%in%the%supervisory%process.%The%roles%are%clearly
defined%and%agreed%to%by%the%supervisors%and%the%candidate%(see%also%5.1).%%The
institution%has%a%system%for%monitoring%supervisor%performance%and%managing
underperforming%supervisors.
4.3 Supervisory Team Compliance
4.4 Supervisor Development and Support
5.4 Candidate Progression
Candidate%progress%is%reviewed%at%least%once%a%year%against%an%agreed%project
plan.%The%process%should%allow%for:
•%Supervisor%and%candidate%access%to%view%each%other’s%input;
•%Supervisors%and%candidates%to%express%confidential%comments%to%an
independent%authority;
•%Processes%to%intervene%when%candidate%progress%is%below%expectations.%%This
may%include%the%provision%of%additional%support,%or%alternative%academic
pathways%and%where%appropriate,%a%managed%exit;%and
•%Effective%processes%to%respond%immediately%when%supervision%is%below
expectation%(see%also%dimension%4).
5.1 Supervisor and Candidate Responsibilities
Confirmation%of%candidature%requires%transparent%and%demonstrable%evidence
that%the%candidate%is%highly%likely%to%fulfil%their%degree%requirements%in%the
required%time.%Candidate%enrolment%will%be%provisional%until%confirmation%has
been%successful%which%occurs%within%the%first%year%of%enrolment.%Confirmation
requires:
•%Ethics%approval%(see%also%6.2);
•%A%comprehensive%research%proposal,%including%work%completed%to%date,%%with
rigorous%assessment%of%the%academic%merits;%and
•%An%oral%presentation%to%a%group%including%peers%and%academic%staff%with%both
oral%and%written%feedback%provided.
No%candidate%will%be%confirmed%until%these%requirements%are%fully%met.%Where
candidature%is%not%confirmed,%advice%is%provided%about%possible%alternative
academic%or%other%pathways.
The%entitlements,%roles%and%responsibilities%of%supervisors%and%candidates%are
clearly%defined%and%communicated.
Specific%provisions%are%outlined%in%a%candidature%agreement%signed%by%each
candidate%and%the%principal%supervisor%(on%behalf%of%the%institution).
Orientation%and%induction%programs%for%candidates%should%provide:
•%Clear%and%comprehensive%information%on%expectations,%degree%requirements,
candidate%management,%and%the%range%of%support%services%available.
•%Information%related%to%international%candidate%requirements;%and
•%Clearly%articulated%responsibility%for%orientation%and%induction%programs%at
academic%unit%and%institutional%level.
5.2 Orientation and Induction
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