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 June.

June 2020

Erica Seccombe

Dr Erica Seccombe
Head of Foundation, Postgraduate Coursework Convener
School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Erica’s supervisory approach:
“My approach to supervision is influenced by my own positive experience as an HDR candidate where I was mentored wisely yet treated as an equal. Being a practicing artist undertaking Higher Degree Research requires a unique set of skills and understanding of how new knowledge can be created, articulated and resolved in the studio, and then demonstrated through exegetical writing. A majority of my students have an established practice when they begin their candidacy, therefore I believe my role is to support them to gain self-confidence in their academic ability in order to position themselves as researchers in the field.”

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

Stephen Lambert

Associate Professor Stephen Lambert
Senior Research Fellow, Academic Supervisor Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) Program
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
Research School of Population Health
ANU College of Health & Medicine

Stephen’s supervisory approach:
“In my early days of supervising, I asked myself questions like: If I was my student, how would I like to hear that feedback? How would I like to be supervised? I don’t think my supervision style has changed much over time, but I have tried to be less egocentric in my approach. These days my questions are more likely to be: Who is this student? What do they need from me to maximise their learning and success in this course of study? How can I best assist them prepare them for life after graduation?”

Find out more about Stephen’s work by visiting the Master of Applied Epidemiology webpage.