Top tips for getting what you need from busy supervisors (aka "grace under pressure")

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Top tips for getting what you need from busy supervisors (aka "grace under pressure")

Research shows that the relationship between supervisors and HDRs can make or break the PhD project. In this workshop we critically examine the expectations that candidates and supervisors can bring to candidature, and how mismatched expectations can cause a range of problems. This work relationship might be your first experience of working in a research team in academia. In this session we will look at how to get the best out of this relationship and how to manage any conflict that might arise. We will cover the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, candidates and panel members and share some tips for navigating these sometimes complex relationships in order to negotiate good outcomes.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • understand common problems that occur between students and supervisors and what (if anything) you can do to prevent them happening
  • know your rights and responsibilities according to ANU policy

This workshop series is available to all HDR students. It is also part of the Science, Health and Medicine Career Development Framework program and can be counted as a valid activity. All these workshops will help you earn CDS points!