A higher degree research involves an independent supervised program of research where qualified individuals with expertise in their field of interest supervise a student. The role of the supervisor is an important factor in the satisfactory progress of the candidature. The roles and responsibilities of key University staff, the student and supervisors are summarised in the University's Code of Practice for Supervision of Higher Degree Research Students. Students and supervisors are advised to acquaint themselves with this document.
The University will appoint a supervisory team that will share the intellectual, practical and administrative load for the candidature. Each student is supervised by at least two University based supervisors, one of whom is designated the principal supervisor and the other, the associate supervisor. The Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School, following a recommendation from the Head of Element or delegate (HDR Convenor) and Dean (Research) approves the supervisory team.
- More details on HDR Supervision for HDR Students & Supervisors
- More details on HDR Supervisor Accreditation Process.
- More details on Conflict of Interest
The Griffith University Higher Degree Research Supervisor Accreditation Policy (PDF) establishes a process of accreditation and ongoing professional engagement to ensure academic staff gain and maintain the requisite knowledge and skills to supervise higher degree research candidates to successful and timely completion of their studies. This policy details the requirements for accreditation. The HDR Supervisor Accreditation Pathways document also provides a summary of the pathways to accreditation.
- HDR Supervisor Accreditation Pathways (PDF 34K)
A register of accredited supervisors has also been established to record the accreditation status of all supervisors. A copy of the supervisor accreditation list is held at the Dean (Research) office. To check if you or a potential supervisor is on the list please contact the office via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 567 89603.
The register of accredited supervisors has three categories:
- Accredited (may be appointed as a principal supervisor)
- Transitional (may be appointed as an associate supervisor or co-principal supervisor, in conjunction with an experienced principal supervisor)
Transitional supervisors are required to complete a minimum of three workshops from the HDR Supervision Workshop Series offered by the Griffith Institute of Higher Education in collaboration with GGRS. The workshop titled ‘Responsibilities of being an HDR Supervisor’ is a compulsory module from this series. To access the workshops, refer to the GIHE or GGRS website.