Information for Supervisors of
Higher Degree Research Students
This information is designed to assist academic staff in their role as supervisors of Higher Degree Research students.
The Academic Board Higher Degree Research Committee is responsible for all matters relating to postgraduate research candidature and degrees. This Committee meets monthly to consider matters such as admission to degrees, candidature management, appointment of examiners, thesis examination and degree completion and graduation.
Postgraduate Co-ordinators are appointed in most Schools within Faculties. Contact your Faculty Office for details.
Research Services administers all matters related to Higher Degree Research and provides a range of services to assist both supervisors and students. Research Services also provides the administrative support to the Academic Board Higher Degree Research Committee.
Register of Supervisors
- Registration of Research Higher Degree Supervisors Policy
- Register of Supervisors Application form
- Access to the Register
All supervisors of higher degree research students must be listed on the Register in order to be appointed as either a Principal or Co-Supervisor.
In the event that an External Principal Supervisor (who is not an employee of UNE) is to be appointed a Principal Supervisor Deed needs to be completed.
All external supervisors must have a current Adjunct Appointment with the relevant school. Schools are referred to the current Honorary Appointments Policy and the Honorary Appointments Procedures which outlines the process for Adjunct appointments. External supervisors must also apply to be listed on the Register of Supervisors – refer to the Registration of Research Higher Degree Supervisors Policy and the relevant Register of Supervisors Application form.
Professional Development Workshops
From time to time areas such as Research Services or the Teaching and Learning Centre offer workshops specifically targetted to Academic Supervisors.
Publicity for these workshops is generally provided through the UNE Official email or notices to Heads of Schools.
HDR Progress Report
Higher Degree Research students who are enrolled in the research component of their course, are required to complete an academic progress report each 6 months.
Information and Resources
Resources for improving supervision - a variety of resources and links for une supervisors, staff and students is available from the resources page for reference. Supervisors are encouraged to visit this page and review the resources available.
During the execution of their responsibilities as a supervisor, there will often be the need to complete various forms, or the need to be aware of the various Univesity policies that apply to Higher Degree Research students and supervisors. Access the relevant policies, guidelines and forms.
The University has a number of Postgraduate Scholarships available for Higher Degree Research Students. You may wish to direct your students to these opportunities.
The University of New England has produced a handbook for Postgraduate Research students and supervisors which contains a range of information including student and supervisor responsibilities, general guidelines, a copy of the UNE Code of Conduct for Research and information on the preparation and examination of thesis. Every Higher Degree Research Student and Supervisor should have a copy of this handbook. While the handbook is available to download from the web, if you wish to obtain a hardcopy, please contact Research Services. (Please note: This is currently under review. Please refer to Research Services regarding any queries you may hold)
A Prospective Higher Degree Research Student webpage and a Current Higher Degree Research Student webpage are also available to students. The information provided includes references to the various policies and forms that they will require access to, where to go for assistance etc.
Other services available to support students include the following:
Student Assist (Access Centres, Career Development, Counselling, Don't Drop Out, Student Financial Assistance, Disability and special needs support, Equity, Workready and Service Quality Unit.)
- Dixson Library
HDR Forms for Supervisors and Schools
- HOS Report and Recommendation Form
- Research Degree Supervision Agreement
- Change of Supervision Form
- Examiners Recommendation Form
- Thesis Submission Form
- Completion of Amendments to HDR Thesis Form
- Quality in Research Higher Degrees - A Handbook for Postgraduate Research Students and Supervisors - This is currently under review. Please refer to Research Services regarding any queries you may hold
- Register of Research Higher Degree Supervisors - Policy
- Register of Research Higher Degree Supervisors - Application Form
- Minimum Facilities for PG Research Students -Template for Compliance Reporting
- Special Studies Program (SSP) - Supervision of HDR Students