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Supervising postgraduate students

HEDC offers a range of support for supervisors. These include workshops on various aspects of supervision and one to one consultations. If you have any particular concerns with supervision, you are welcome to contact Associate Professor Vijay Mallan.

Providing quality postgraduate supervision

This workshop will take a holistic approach to postgraduate supervision. Issues covered will range from the expectations and role of supervisors through to the examination process and publishing. The emphasis will be on developing an inclusive research culture within departments. This course will be particularly suitable for new supervisors, academics with responsibilities for postgraduate affairs, or those wishing to improve the quality of the supervision they provide.

Developing research skills in undergraduates

In this lunchtime session you will be encouraged to share your tips about teaching research skills to undergraduates. We will be discussing a range of ideas from within-lecture activities through to courses and degrees using inquiry approaches.

What examiners do

What do thesis examiners do as they read and judge a thesis?  In this workshop you will find out about the 11 main practices of thesis examiners, and, based on these, identify tips, strategies and advice for thesis students.  What should thesis students do to write for their examiners?  If you know your audience you can write a better thesis.

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This booklet outlines Otago students’ perspectives on quality supervision and problems encountered in supervision.

This booklet outlines Otago supervisors’ perspectives on quality candidates and the shortcomings affecting progress.

Thomson, P. (2006) Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Doctoral Supervision

This essential guide offers a new approach to doctoral writing, written specifically for doctoral supervisors. Login to the University library’s Ezproxy system to read online or download.


See the registration page for more information or to register for an HEDC workshop.