For many researchers, one of the most rewarding aspects of their work is providing supervision to research trainees, which allows them to expand their research portfolio and to pass on their knowledge and expertise. In doing so, supervisors play an important role in promoting quality research that is conducted with integrity. A researcher may find themselves supervising research trainees, such as Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, undergraduate students with a research component or research assistants.
The University's Research Policy requires that researchers undertake supervisory roles in accordance with The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) which specifies that the responsibility of a researcher is to:
Provide guidance and mentorship on responsible research conduct to other researchers or research trainees under their supervision and, where appropriate, monitor their conduct.
Supervisors will promote responsible practices in all areas of research including (but not limited to):
- * ethics compliance,
- * management of data and materials,
- * authorship,
- * publication and dissemination of research outputs.
Supervisors will also:
- * ensure that all trainees receive education in discipline-based research methods and related skills.
- * ensure that trainees complete the Research Integrity training module.
- * have the competency to fulfil these obligations and seek support where required.
Training for Supervisors
Researchers who wish to embark on the rewarding role of supervisor will complete the Supervisor Series which is offered by the Research Office. This training is compulsory for researchers who are considering becoming HDR supervisors but can be completed by any researchers interested in supervision.
The training series will help researchers understand what their responsibilities to their students and the University are and provide them with the essential knowledge needed for good supervision.
- Supervision: A guide supporting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)
- 5 Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity (US Office of Research Integrity)
- Progress, Supervision and Assessment Policy - Coursework programs with a research component.
- Higher Degree by Research Policy
- Higher Degree by Research Policy - Schedule 2 - Roles and Responsibilities of the Supervisory Team
- Research Integrity Training Module