Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervisors

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HDR Supervisors register

All persons intending to supervise CDU postgraduate research students must apply to be included on the CDU register of supervisors.

If you are about to start supervising, or are currently supervising, CDU postgraduate research students and have not yet applied to be included on the Register, please submit an application as soon as possible.

How do I apply for addition to the register?

You will need to complete the following steps:

Note: Forms without Head of School approval and/or without a CV attached will be returned to the applicant.

Applications are accepted and considered on a continuous basis throughout the year, and will normally be advised of the outcome of their application within a fortnight of submission to the Office of Research & Innovation.

Supervisors who are admitted to the Register of Supervisors are advised of the expiry date of the registration, and what level/s the supervisor is registered to supervise, i.e.

  • Associate Supervisor for Masters
  • Principal Supervisor for Masters
  • Associate Supervisor for PhD
  • Principal Supervisor for PhD
Renewal of Supervisor registration

As part of the University's quality assurance processes membership of the Register of Supervisors is regularly reviewed. Membership is granted for an initial period of five years, upon expiry of which an application for renewal will be required if registration is to be maintained for a further period.

In assessing applications for renewal the supervisory performance over the prior term of registration and the recommendation of the relevant head of school will be taken into consideration.

Upgrading your level of Supervision

Where applicable, a supervisor may apply to upgrade their registration to a higher level within the five year period.

A new application Application for Register of Supervisors form (docx 108kb) will need to be submitted via the faculty research office along with an updated copy of your CV.

Supervisor training

Supervisors are expected to participate in supervisor training to continuously update their professional development.

The Office of Research & Innovation coordinates a variety of Research Enhancement Program Workshops for CDU staff and for external supervisors who are able to attend. There is no cost to CDU Supervisors and Supervisors who have attended previous supervisor workshops are welcome to attend again. Information on training workshops available will be sent out via the research-supervisors emailing list.

As a member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research, CDU also provides Supervisors with access to fIRST, a range of resources that help universities and individual supervisors improve the quiality of their postgraduate research education. More information about the resources fIRST provides can be found at the website at http://first.edu.au/.

Contact us

Please email research.degrees@cdu.edu.au with any questions you may have about HDR Supervision or the register and one of the Higher Degree Research team will get back to you as soon as possible.