Register of Advisors Application Process
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.
In the application you will be required to report on your:
- Qualification. Please note if the doctoral qualifications are not from JCU you will need to provide a weblink or document to confirm your graduation status including date of conferral and name of award
- Publications. Please note that to confirm your authorship of ERA recognized publications you are required to load all your publications to ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Completions. Please note if they are non JCU completions you will need to provide a weblink or document to confirm your entry showing date of completion of the student and your status on the supervisory team.
- Training. Please note for any training competed at JCU the GRS will verify the details in LearnJCU. All quizzes in all units with no more than one incorrect answer in each is required for Initiate. For Update a perfect score is required.
- Any required reflections associated with the Epigeum materials must be submitted using the Portfolio template available on the site.
To achieve some advisory levels, advisors must complete online training using Epigeum materials. The Epigeum modules are available via LearnJCU, developed by a private provider but refined to the JCU context and designed to support HDR Advisor Development. Each module includes stories, videos and exercises to guide Advisors through a range of topics relevant for supporting HDR students through their research candidatures.
The table below highlights the four Advisor registration levels and requirements to for registration at each level (please also reference the HDR Advisor Handbook and procedure for more detailed information):
Completion and maintenance of GRS Advisor Training & Development
Base Level of Publications
‘Research Active’ (see Research performance Model)
Successful HDR Supervision
Max # students as Primary
Professional Development Requirements
Authorship of at least one ERA recognised publication (or equivalent creative outputs) in the preceding two years
Primary Advisor Advanced
Yes, 1 PhD (as Primary or Secondary)
Yes, 2 PhD (one must be as Primary)
Every four years all advisors must demonstrate they have completed HDR Advisor related Professional Development. One option to achieve this is to complete the Update Module online, requirements of Update are detailed here. It is recommended you review the handbook (link provided in the module) prior to attempting the quiz. You will also be required to affirm your commitment to relevant JCU policy.
Chair of Candidature Committee or Independent Academic
To become eligible to be Chair of Candidature Committee or the Independent Academic on a candidature committee, please complete Regulate. A face to face training session offered as required by GRS on the request of an ADRE.
The panel of supervisors appointed by the Dean, Graduate Research to undertake the day-to-day supervision of the HDR candidate as required by the HDR Supervision Procedure.
Each Advisory Panel should include at least one Primary Advisor who is a member of the academic staff (or adjunct staff) of the College in which the candidate is enrolled or is otherwise formally contracted and accountable to the provider for supervisory duties and is on the JCU Register of Advisors with Primary Advisor or Advisor Mentor Status.
Each Advisory Panel should include at least one Secondary Advisor who is a member of the academic staff of the University and is on the Register of Advisors. Additional Secondary Advisors who are not on the Register may be appointed because of their expertise. These Secondary Advisors may be external to the University and are not required to apply for admission to the Register of Advisors.
Each Advisory Panel should include at least one person with Advisor Mentor Status on the Register of Advisors.
- Application for Admission to JCU Register of Advisors
- JCU Register of Advisors (Only JCU staff are included on this public version)
- How to access the Epigeum Modules for Research Advisors
- HDR Supervision Procedure
- Further information on Advisory Panels