Managing graduate researchers
Managing graduate researchers is an important role. It combines your skills as a researcher and teacher as well as your deep understanding of how the practise of research connects to the world beyond the campus.
As you help your graduate shape a career in research it’s important that you understand the University’s expectations as well as those of your candidate.
If you are new to supervising at Macquarie, you need to be registered on the Macquarie University Supervisor Register (MQRS). To do this, complete the Supervision Enhancement Program.
The MQSR is a listing of Macquarie’s academic staff who meet the requirements to supervise and is limited to 40 admissions per year.
Who oversees higher degree research?
Higher degree research (HDR) admission is overseen by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), who chairs the HDR committee (HDRC). The HDRC reports to the Academic Senate on matters of HDR policy, procedure and examinations.
Administrative matters are handled by the HDR Office (HDRO) and its director. HDRO consults with the dean HDR.
HDRC’s programs and examination sub-committee handle examination matters.
Each faculty has its own associate dean HDR, who advises the executive dean of the faculty on all HDR matters. The associate dean represents the faculty on the University HDRC.
Rules and policy
Supervisors enhancement program
The Supervision Enhancement Program helps supervisors understand HDR supervision as an extension of teaching.
Your role as a supervisor will vary depending on your candidate, their discipline and the relationship you forge.
Although it is your candidate's responsibility to ensure they are adhering to all ethical and methodical requirements of data management, they may look to you for guidance.
As a supervisor, you will need to file a number of reports about your candidates and their progress throughout their careers.
Finding the right examiners for your candidate is a crucial part of being a supervisor.
Training support and tools
While supervision draws upon your skills as both a researcher and a teacher, it also requires its own set of skills.