HDR Supervisor of the Month

To recognise good practice in ANU Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervision, we have introduced the HDR Supervisor of the Month Award.

All HDR supervisors, conveners, administrators, or anyone else who works to support HDR are eligible to be nominated.

The winner will receive ANU-wide recognition.

Nominations are now open to all staff and HDR students. Nomination involves completion of the simple HDR Supervisor of the Month – Nomination Form.

Current HDR Supervisor of the Month awardees

Reflecting the diversity of creative responses to remote supervision, we have selected two outstanding HDR Supervisor of the Month awardees for the month of August.

August 2020

Megan Poore

Dr Megan Poore
PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Megan’s approach to supporting HDR candidates:
“I am not technically a supervisor – or even an academic! – but the Crawford PhD academic and research skills advisor, which means I work one-on-one with our 180 or so PhD students. My primary job is to provide feedback on students’ research and writing; however, at Crawford PhD myself and our HDR Administrator, Tracy McRae, adopt a ‘case management’ approach to working with students, meaning that we take care of each student according to their individual circumstances. I demand a lot of students, but I try to balance the intellectually rigorous with providing practical and emotional support where I can. I don’t think I always succeed, but I’m inside the fence giving it a go, at least.”

Nicolas Cherbuin

Professor Nicolas Cherbuin
Head, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
Research School of Population Health
ANU College of Health & Medicine

Nicolas’s supervisory approach:
“Supervising enthusiastic students and seeing them flourish and chart their own course is the best part of my job. I am passionate about research and making a difference in the community, and it is a pleasure to share this passion with others. I like to consider my students as partners in research, and I aim to develop a humorous, trusting, caring environment which motivates students to stretch themselves, conduct compelling and rigorous research, while keeping an eye on the big picture and things that really matter. They keep me on my toes and we share a lot of fun.”

Find out more about Nicolas’s work by visiting Nicolas's profile webpage on the Researchers website.