Higher Degree Research Supervision

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The HDR Supervision Development team (Prof Peter Kanowski, working with the Dean HDR Prof Imelda Whelehan and others in her office) are offering a series of HDR Supervision Development workshops in September, October and November 2018. The workshops are a prelude to a more complete and formal program in 2019. We are also developing new online resources to support supervisors.

HDR Supervision Development Workshops

Workshop topics, leads and dates are listed below; we’ve identified topics of general interest to supervisors, and are repeating each workshop to maximise opportunities for participation. We encourage you to join the workshops and the conversations that we’re seeking to foster there.

There’s no cost for the workshops, and participation may count towards the requirements of the ANU Supervision Framework being implemented in 2019. We ask you to register as there are limited places at each workshop, and for catering purposes, as refreshments will be provided.

You can register through the links below; you’ll receive a confirmation, and more information closer to the date.


Workshop Topic 1 – What it means to be a supervisor

Lead – Prof Imelda Whelehan, Dean HDR, ANU

Focus – Imelda will explore the craft of HDR supervision, review the relevant ANU policies and procedures, and suggest there might be some golden rules to successful supervision.

Offered - 3 times


25 September - 12.30pm - 3pm

24 October - 10am - 12.30pm

22 November - 9.30am - 12.00pm


Workshop Topic 2 – What’s best practice in the 21st Century doctorate?

Lead – Dr Margaret Kiley, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU

Focus – Margaret will draw on extensive national and international research to identify core areas of best practice in the contemporary doctorate, and reflect on what they mean for supervisory practice. 

Offered - 2 times


3 October - 10am - 12.30pm

29 November - 1.30pm - 4pm


Workshop Topic 3 – Managing difficult conversations

Lead – Greg Cook, Director, Centre for Leadership and Management, Melbourne

Focus – Most supervisory relationships involve difficult conversations at some point. How those conversations are managed by the supervisor is a strong determinant of their outcomes. Greg will draw on his long-standing experience as a psychologist, facilitator and coach to discuss strategies and tactics for managing difficult conversations.

Offered - 2 times


17 October - 10am - 12.30pm

17 October - 1.30pm to 4pm


Workshop Topic 4 – Sharing supervision stories ...

Lead – Prof Peter Kanowski, Deputy Dean (HDR Supervision)

Focus – Peter will co-chair forums with ANU colleagues recognised for their standing in supervisory practice, including Vice-Chancellor’s Awardees for Supervision. The forums will explore both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary understanding and learning about good supervisory practice.


18 October - 10am - 12.30pm

(Panellists include Diana Davis, Alan Hájek and Rosanne Kennedy)

7 November - 10am - 12.30pm

(Panellists include Emily Banks, Salman Durrani and Jacqui Hoepner)


To register for the workshop(s) follow the links. Any queries about registration can be directed to ODHDR@anu.edu.au.


HDR Supervision Online Resource

You can also access a new online resource, Supervising Doctoral Studies, through Wattle (self-register via Wattle). This resource will contribute to the HDR Supervision Framework, and we’d welcome your feedback.


More information or comments

Contact Peter Kanowski – peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au, or on extension 55334.

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