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For staff

Give your PhD or Masters’ research candidates high quality support

At Otago, we pride ourselves on providing quality postgraduate supervision. To support supervisors, postgraduate coordinators and postgraduate administrators, we have a wealth of resources and information about regulations available in the University of Otago’s OURDrive. On this site we provide a few essentials.

What support does the Graduate Research School do for staff?

One-on-one advice for supervisors

Please contact the School for support, if you have a tricky situation with a candidate, or just need some advice about processes. Our administrators can provide advice about processes, while the Dean or the Manager can advise about supervision and progress issues. We are also happy to come to your department to provide staff with updates on policy and best practice.

Professional development workshops and courses

Together with the Higher Education Development Centre, we offer a programme of professional development support for supervisors, postgraduate coordinators and examiners.

Visit the HEDC website to find out what is coming up, and also see the HEDC offerings.

Research supervision resources

Soon resources for research supervision will be available through OURDrive.

These resources will cover the following:

  • Attracting and recruiting research candidates
  • Key processes for supervisors
  • Building positive relationships with your candidates
  • Supervising the literature review
  • Assisting candidates with writing
  • Supervising the research methodology
  • Supervising international and culturally diverse candidates
  • Supporting distance and part-time research students
  • Fostering a vibrant graduate research
  • Examining a thesis

You can also link to the following book Doctoral education in international context: connecting local, regional and global perspectives

Postgraduate Research Culture Excellence Award

To find out more about this annual Award please click here to be taken to an information sheet and the entry form.

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