Professional development

The Supervisor Series is for new and existing Supervisors.

Nine on-line (via I2) self study units need to be completed as a pre-requisite to attending the five on-line (via zoom) modules to be listed as a Supervisor on the University Register of Supervisors.

Supervisor Modules

The Charles Sturt University supervisor training series is for staff:

  • newly commencing at the University, who have not completed equivalent supervisor accreditation at another institution
  • at Early Career Research stage
  • not on the supervision registry who are seeking to become graduate research supervisors
  • registered and seeking to be upgraded to Principal Supervisor status
  • interested in updating or refreshing their supervision skills

First, join the Interact2 Research Supervisor Hub

The Supervisor training series has accompanying on-line, self-paced learning, resources and tasks which need to be completed via the Supervisory Hub I2 site as a prerequisite to the 5 modules.  To access -

  • Log onto Interact2
  • Select 'Organisations'
  • Organisations search 'Research Supervisor Hub'
  • Click to enrol

Once those are complete, you then need to attend the Supervisor Series comprising of 5 online modules.  Each needs to be attended fully and 'in person'.  These can be registered for via the professional development calendar.

The Supervisory Series covers the following five topics:



This module introduces supervisors to supervision and asks them to reflect on their own experiences and approaches to supervision and provides an overview of supervision at Charles Sturt University and the wider context of doctoral programmes. The module also looks at candidate recruitment from optimising your supervisory profile to identifying the characteristics of a 'successful' candidate and how best to meet applicant needs and expectations.

Supervisors need to have completed these two I2 self-study units prior to attending the workshop:

  • Introduction: The doctoral context
  • Attracting and selecting doctoral applicants.


Researcher cultures & environments

This module considers the key features of research cultures and how they support the development of positive work environments. This module also encourages research supervisors to examine their own supervisory practices in supporting candidates to engage with the wider research environment, build networks and foster collaborations and personal experience of supervision with a view to informing and framing the working relationship with their doctoral candidate. While this module focuses on building relationships within the first six months, it also summarises the supervisors' roles and responsibilities in creating respectful and inclusive relationships with candidates and aligning expectations for productive working relationships.

Supervisors need to have completed these two I2 self-study units prior to attending the workshop

  • Research cultures and environments
  • Managing expectations, responsibilities and relationships.


Planning & conducting research

This module examines the issues of diversity and inclusivity in the context of research supervision and preparing candidates to make informed judgements to ensure successful research projects and timely completion. In advises on the advantages of employing a project management approach to research in order to support candidates to research ethically and with integrity and how to work with your candidate to predict and respond proactively to potential risks and support needs. The second part of this module addresses a number of common issues that supervisors might encounter during candidature and offers valuable advice about how to respond to those issues effectively. Issues discussed include aligning expectations, motivating candidates who are procrastinating, and dealing with plagiarism, among others. This unit also offers valuable advice about responding to candidates with mental health issues.

Supervisors need to have completed these two I2 self-study units prior to attending the workshop

  • Planning and Conducting Research
  • Supporting your Candidate.


Developing the researcher

This module develops your ability to assist your candidates to analyse their training needs and plan their professional and personal development. It develops understanding how writing expertise develops and recognises the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of feedback while encouraging you to select appropriate methodologies for developing candidates writing.

Supervisors need to have completed these two I2 self-study units prior to attending the workshop

  • Developing the researcher and enabling progress
  • Doctoral writing and effective feedback.


Preparing for completion & examination

‘Preparing for completion & examination' addresses the stage of the doctoral process which is often the most fraught for both candidate and supervisor alike. This module explores key issues in the examination process to assist supervisors in working with candidates prior to, during, and following examination. It reviews institutional regulations and disciplinary norms regarding submission of the doctoral output and how supervisors Identify examiners, taking into account the research. This module explains the assessment process and the support needed in the periods prior to and following examination, particularly in completing revisions.

Supervisors need to have completed this I2 self-study unit prior to attending the workshop:

  • Preparing for Completion and Examination.


Please see the Training Calendar for other workshops for Supervisors.