Post grad supervisor training

CQU is serious about improving its research outputs which, as an early career researcher, is very encouraging. One of the ways CQU can grow research outputs is to grow research higher degree students. And part of the means of doing this is by helping those students through the journey from candidate to graduate. Research supervision is a skill, and I am convinced that having a good supervisor helps the student. It is less isolating for a student, they stay motivated, and they are likelyto complete on time.
I spent part of last week at a research supervisor’s workshop. I wonder how many universties offer such a service? I suspect that some of the bigger universities would not – as I have heard some horror stories from colleagues relating to supervision. It is encouraging for me as a PhD supervisor to learn what to do and what is expectd from me.
My own personal belief about supervision has been vinidicated – supervisors are allowed to enjoy the process too! We can like our students, and if part of the role is pastoral care, then so be it, if it results in an on-time completion rather than attrition.

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