The research supervisor development program has been structured according to the UTS Doctoral Study Plan. The program is designed to provide support to newly appointed research supervisors or supervisors who are new to UTS. This program is also open to experienced research supervisors interested in attending some workshops.
The research supervisor development program modules:
- Module 1: Doctoral Supervision at UTS
- Module 2: Working with Doctoral Students
- Module 3: Research Questions and Beginning Writing
- Module 4: Writing up the Thesis
- Module 5: Collaborative, Cross-disciplinary Supervision
- Module 6: Supporting Progress: Managing the Doctoral Journey
- Module 7: Working on Careers: Beyond the Thesis
- Module 8: Mentoring and Co-supervision
- Module 9: Navigating Diversity in Doctoral Supervision
- Module 10: Supervising Indigenous Australian HDR students for Success; & Engagement & Ethics: Conducting Indigenous Australian Related Research
Module 1 - Doctoral Supervision at UTS
This module is an introduction to doctoral supervision at UTS. It presents an outline of the contemporary context of doctoral education from global, national and institutional perspectives. It includes a focus on the broad context of doctoral education through to UTS doctoral policies and guidelines through to a focus on supervision practices. It is intended to raise awareness of what a doctorate is today, who doctoral students are and what this means for effective supervision practices. The module is aimed particularly at early career supervisors, that is, those who are new to doctoral supervision, as well as established supervisors who are new to UTS.
Module 2 - Working with Doctoral Students
This module considers ways of working as a supervisor or member of a supervisory panel for doctoral students. It focuses on supervisory styles and values and considers ways of building relationships with students. It explores a range of supervisory styles and how these develop different kinds of relationships. Topics under consideration include negotiating expectations and ways of working, collaboratively setting goals and developing research plans, working with students from diverse contexts, managing problems, and ensuring doctoral study plans assist students in successfully moving through the stages of assessment.
Module 3 - Research Questions and Beginning Writing
The focus of this module is on the early stages of working with doctoral students on the practicalities of their doctoral investigations and writing. In particular, it looks at formulating research questions/problems, initial research processes and beginning writing – all of which need to be contextualised within the student’s specific discipline/field of practice. The module foregrounds how to help students get started and get writing, and how to give guidance and effective feedback on the work that students do.
Module 4 - Writing up the Thesis
The focus of this module is working with doctoral students to successful completion and submission for examination of their theses in the staged and organised ways that are deemed appropriate in their particular discipline/field of practice. This involves extending students’ skills in conceptualising and categorising research reading, analysing, presenting and discussing data, and writing up a well-structured, cohesive thesis.
Module 5 - Collaborative, Cross-disciplinary Supervision
This module begins with an exploration of conceptions of cross-disciplinary research. It continues with a focus on what this means for doctoral supervision exploring how supervisors can develop productive collaborative ways of working with one another and with students across disciplines and/ or fields of practice. The module introduces ideas and strategies for working in a research environment where different theories are brought together, and knowledge is being generated from different disciplinary frames using new methods and insights. It emphasises the importance of articulating what counts as quality research in cross-disciplinary work.
Module 6 - Supporting Progress: Managing the Doctoral Journey
This module considers the ongoing relationship between supervisors and doctoral students. It focuses on doctoral students who have attained the milestones that mark the completion of the first stage of their doctoral study plan. It considers ways of ensuring that the supervisory relationships remain positive and productive. It asks participants to consider a range of supervisory styles and discuss how these may be relevant to candidates in advanced stages of their candidature. Topics under consideration include (re)negotiating expectations and ways of working, publishing, managing problems, ethical practice and ensuring doctoral study plans assist students in achieving the goals set out in the final stage of their doctoral study plan.
Module 7 - Working on Careers: Beyond the Thesis
This module focuses on working with doctoral students in developing their research-related careers in academia or industry. It promotes active engagement with and contribution to scholarly and/or professional research communities. It explores ways of assisting students to plan the next steps in their careers by: establishing relationships and networks, and creating links with organisations and institutions; communicating their research through seminars, conferences and publications; seeking out opportunities for further research.
Module 8 - Mentoring and Co-supervision
This module introduces a number of tools and practices that can be adopted to support the achievement of a productive mentoring relationship between established and beginning supervisors. It focuses on developing ways of working together as supervisors of doctoral students including negotiating a mentoring agreement and exploring how roles might change during the course of a candidature.
Module 9 - Navigating Diversity in Doctoral Supervision
This module builds on ideas and strategies introduced in earlier modules around working with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. The aim is to promote dialogue about the challenges and opportunities arising from a deeper understanding of diversity and its contribution to building knowledge in doctoral supervision.
Module 10 - Supervising Australian HDR students for Success; and Engagement & Ethics: Conducting Indigenous Australian Related Research
The former workshop will provide supervisors of Indigenous research students with various points to consider when supervising. Drawing on research conducted by the workshop facilitators, this workshop has three key areas of focus - the HDR student, the research and support. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from the panel of experts.
The latter workshop is designed for both academics and research students who are undertaking or considering undertaking Indigenous related research. The main focus will be given on engaging with Indigenous people and their communities. Additionally, ethical requirements will be discussed in conjunction with the AIATSIS Ethical Research Guidelines. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from this panel of experts.