POLICY NO: RES-18.3
DATE OF APPROVAL: 25 June 2010
Academic Board February 2013
Academic Board 7 March 2014
Academic Board 24 June 2016
REFERENCE AUTHORITY: Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research & Innovation
Higher Degrees by Research Policy
(RES 10) and
Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research
Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Degrees by Research (RES 15)
Responsible Practice in Research Policy (RES 1)
Human Research Ethics Policy (RES 2)
Care and Use of Animals for Teaching and Research Purposes (RES 3)
Biological Hazards and Genetically Modified Organisms (RES 4)
Ionising Radiation Policy (HR 29)
Outside Work Policy (HR 32)
University Activities - Intellectual Property: Ownership and Commercialisation Guidelines
University Activities - Research and Consultancy Guidelines
Authorship Policy (RES 12)
Equal Opportunity Policy (C 2)
Occupational Health, Safety, Welfare and Injury Management Policy (C 6)
Code of good practice: research degrees management and supervision
A code of good practice: Relationships between staff and students
Student Complaints Resolution (C 17)
Research Degree Graduate Qualities
Honorary Academic Titles Policy (C 16)
Research Training Scheme guidelines
PhD Program Collaboration Policy (RES 19)
This policy defines expectations for supervision of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students at the University of South Australia.
1. The University of South Australia, hereafter referred to as the University, requires high quality Higher Degree by Research (HDR) supervision to achieve good outcomes, including:
2. HDR students will receive excellent supervision from people who are qualified to supervise, who are appropriately inducted into supervision, and who demonstrate commitment to ongoing development and training of supervisory practice.
3. HDR Students will be supervised by a panel to ensure appropriate breadth, depth and continuity of supervision.
4. Supervisors and advisors are appointed on the basis that their expertise is appropriate to the student's research. Involvement of multidisciplinary expertise and advisors who are end-users of research and/or who are from relevant industries on supervisory panels is encouraged.
5. The University will maintain a Register of current and eligible HDR Supervisors (known as the 'Register').
6. A person who is a current member of University academic staff, or an adjunct, may be appointed to the role of co-supervisor or principal supervisor, providing they meet eligibility requirements. They may also be appointed as an advisor if they can appropriately fill the requirements of that role.
7. A person who is not a current member of University academic staff, nor an adjunct, may be appointed as an external Associate Supervisor or an Advisor for a HDR student. External Associate Supervisors and Advisors do not appear on the Register.
8. When the University has signed a Dual Award or Jointly Badged PhD Agreement in accordance with RES-19 PhD Program Collaboration Policy, a researcher who is an academic member of staff at the Partner Institution and meets the criteria to be a supervisor may be appointed as an external Principal or Co-Supervisor. Supervisory arrangements for each PhD student admitted to a Dual Award or Jointly Badged PhD program are detailed in the Research Student Schedule.
9. Each HDR student will have a supervisory panel, usually of 3-5 members, appointed, including at least two supervisors who are employees or adjuncts of the University of South Australia, one of whom shall be nominated as a Principal Supervisor. HDR students under a Dual Award or Jointly Badged PhD Agreement are required to have at least one University of South Australia supervisor appointed in accordance with RES-19 PhD Program Collaboration Policy
10. Supervisors are expected to carry out the duties and responsibilities in accordance with relevant University policies, the Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research and the Code of good practice: research degrees management and supervision.
11. The University will provide supervisor induction programs for supervisors new to supervision and new to the University, and a variety of continuing professional development opportunities for all supervisors.
12. Divisions/Schools/Institutes will provide appropriate
resources to support postgraduate research and will give proper recognition of
the workload required for Principal and Co-Supervisors to carry out their
duties, in accordance with the
Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research and the
Code of good practice: research degrees management and supervision.
13. Procedures for management of this policy will be made available to all University staff. The procedures may be updated from time to time following consultation with, and endorsement by, Research Degrees Committee.