A strong working relationship between the HDR candidate and their advisor(s) is crucial to the successful completion of their research degree. To be effective, advisors must be available to supervise HDR candidates and to encourage and assist them to produce a thesis that constitutes a substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the field of study. Policies and procedures with respect to supervision of JCU HDR candidates are designed to promote healthy working relationships and thus enhance the learning and research experience of the candidate.
All JCU academic and research staff who wish to supervise or are actively supervising JCU HDR candidates must apply for admission to the JCU Register of Advisors. Aspiring HDR advisors must apply to the Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC) to be included on the Register through submission of an Application for Admission to the Register of Advisors. An annual review of all members of the Register will be conducted by the Graduate Research School. Experienced HDR advisors who wish to upgrade their level of Advisory Accreditation on the Register must apply to the RESC by way of submitting a revised Application for Admission. In all cases, the RESC reserves the right to solicit confidential reports from students who have been supervised by the applicant.
The Graduate Research School will provide workshops for the following categories of advisors and aspiring advisors in 2017:
Category of Academic staff or adjunct staff who have applied and been deemed eligible for membership of the Register of Advisors by the Dean, Graduate Research
Details of required workshop attendance
Other requirements for Register Membership
who have not supervised a HDR candidate to successful completion
Staff who are interested in becoming an HDR Advisor but have not yet applied for membership.
Advisor Training and Research Integrity Overview
One day workshop:
Completion of the basic Epigeum online course (10 hours), including specified quizzes.
who are new to JCU and have supervised at least one HDR candidate to successful completion as Primary Advisor at another institution
who have applied for and been deemed eligible to advance to a higher level on the Register of Advisors
who have been on the Register of Advisors for 3 years or more at the same level and who are therefore required to attend a refresher course to accept additional HDR candidates
Specific sessions in the one-day workshop Advisor Training and Research Integrity Overview:
(1) Context of Research Training;
(5.5 hours including lunch)
|Thursday 1 June 2017||Cairns - D3-144|
|Monday 10 July 2017||Townsville - Endeavour Room|
|Monday 27 November 2017||Cairns - D3-063|
|Monday 13 November 2017||Townsville - 17-151|
The workshop for Category A staff runs from 9am to 4.30pm, for Category B, attendance is required from 9am to 2:30pm. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided. Sample Workshop Agenda.
Basic Epigeum online course (10 hours)
Lunch time discussion groups on a designated module in the Epigeum online course
ED5306: Research Supervision
Full Epigeum course (30 hours) and JCU specified assessment including interviews with experienced advisors
Occasional seminars and half day workshops organised by GRS
|Division / College|
Location and Date
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies:
College of Science and Engineering
Townsville: The Science Place, 145-022
Cairns: Cairns Institue, D3-144
Colleges of Healthcare Science
Cairns: Cairns Institute. D3-144
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
Townsville: ARC CoC
Epigeum is a UK based publisher of online courses designed to transform the way in which universities and colleges support their core activities of research, teaching and learning. It was founded in 2005 as a spin-out company from Imperial College London. JCU joined 20 other Australian and international universities as Development Group Members to support Epigeum's development of an online supervisor training course. The result of that collaboration is the 'Supervising Doctoral Studies' (SDS) programme. SDS empowers universities to ensure that all staff members involved in the supervision of doctoral candidates are well equipped to deal with emerging challenges in this continually changing field.
The course involves 9 units and requires 10 hours of online study and 20 hours of offline study. Advisors of JCU HDR candidates can access the SDS course through LearnJCU whenever convenient.
JCU academic staff should log in to LearnJCU using their JCU user name and password, click on the Communities tab, and in the My Communities section click on Higher Degree by Research Advisors. The link to the Epigeum SDS course will be visible at the Higher Degree by Research Advisors home page. Questions relating to the SDS course should be forwarded to the Graduate Research School (GRS@jcu.edu.au).
JCU recognises, encourages and rewards staff who excel in the supervision of research degree candidates at the Doctoral, Research Masters or Honours level. Each year awards of $1,000 are offered to winners of the Advisor of the Year Awards across a range of categories. For more information please visit the Celebrating Research Excellence page.
The JCU Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC) will appoint an advisory panel for each HDR candidate. The panel will support the Primary Advisor, as Chair of the Panel, and the Head of the Enrolling Organisational Unit in their supervision of the candidate. Members of the Advisory Panel will be members of the University listed on the Register of Advisors or other persons with expertise appropriate to, but not necessarily or specifically in, the candidate’s research area. The Advisory Panel shall include:
There must be an Advisor Mentor level advisor on the panel, if neither the Primary or Secondary Advisor is Advisor Mentor level a third advisor must be appointed to the panel who is Advisor Mentor level.
If there is an external advisor on the panel the Primary and Secondary advisors must be JCU staff on the JCU Register of Advisors.
The Advisory Panel must ensure that the candidate has access to the basic resources required for their project as outlined in the Minimum Standard of Resources and Facilities and other Support for Research Higher Degree Students. If the required resources are not available within the research group, it is the responsibility of the Advisory Panel to assist the candidate to obtain these resources from within or outside the School, Campus or University. In addition, the Advisory Panel must ensure that access to resources within their research group is equitable.