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For staff

Give your Doctoral or Master's 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, Postgraduate Coordinators and Heads of Department

Please contact the School for support, if you have a tricky situation with a candidate. 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 programme of professional development support for supervisors, postgraduate coordinators and examiners. Click here to visit the Postgraduate professional and researcher development portal which includes a section for staff workshops.

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

Research supervision resources

Resources for research supervision are available in OURDrive. 

These resources include:

  • 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. Note that Expressions of Interest are due on 30 June 2020, with full applications due on 30 September 2020.

Past winners of this award

Year Small department Large department
2019 Centre for Neuroendocrinology Tourism
2017 Pathology (UOC) Geography and Zoology (joint winners)
2018 Centre for Sustainability Theology & Religion

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