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Training and Support

The Graduate Research School (GRS) offers a professional development program for Supervisors.  One of the resources is the online 'Supervising  Doctoral studies', Epigeum module which focusses on a range of topics that foster best practice in Supervision, A landing page with instructions to access the training is available on the GRS HDR Supervisor Hub.

The GRS has also compiled a comprehensive list of Resources for Supervisors.

If you have any questions, please contact

Video and Streaming Media

Qualities of a good research Supervisor | Griffith Degree Research

Our research candidates list the qualities that future students should look for in a good research supervisor.

Griffith High Degree Research

Who wants Einstein? Supervision of PhD students # Part 1 - The good example

How to prevent and manage problems in the relationship between PhD students and their supervisors. Interviews with supervisors and PhD students point out eight areas that seems important. This video presents these eight categories during 41 minutes and 46 seconds.

Tara Barbazon - You tube Channel

Flinders University academic, Tara Brabazon speaks on a variety of topics around High Degree Research




In this section you will find items form a variety of blogs that may be of professional interest or form part of a community of practice


Patter is Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. My research is centred primarily on how schools might change to be more engaging and meaningful for more children and young people. I mostly research  the arts, creativity and other kinds of experiential approaches in school and community settings, including galleries and museums. Much of this research has been conducted with my colleague Professor Christine Hall.

Doctoral writing SIG      


DoctoralWritingSIG is a forum where people who are interested in doctoral writing can come together to share information, resources, ideas, dreams (perhaps even nightmares!) in a spirit of building knowledge and skills around higher degree research writing.

 The Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education                                                                                                                            

A team of higher education academics, academic developers, psychologists and philosophers with years of experience in designing and delivering doctoral education and researcher development activities. We, and our guests write about the ‘hidden curriculum’ of doctoral education and our blog aims to support anyone who wants to enable researchers to access and utilise the learning all around them.

Professional Reading

Visit the Graduate Research School HDR Supervisors Resources page for listings of best practice resources in HDR supervision across the university sector.

Additional Resources

Åkerlind, G., & McAlpine, L. (2017). Supervising doctoral students: Variation in purpose and pedagogy. Studies in Higher Education42(9), 1686-1698

Andrew, M. (2012). Supervising doctorates at a distance: three trans-Tasman stories. Quality Assurance in Education, 20(1), 42-53. doi:10.1108/09684881211198239

Baglin, J., Hart, C., & Stow, S. (2017). The statistical knowledge gap in Higher Degree by Research students: the supervisors' perspective. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(5), 875-889. doi:10.1080/07294360.2016.1264373

Berry, M., & Batty, C. (2016). The stories of supervision: creative writing in a critical space. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 13(2), 247-260. doi:10.1080/14790726.2016.1142568

Brydon, K., & Flynn, C. (2014). Expert Companions? Constructing a Pedagogy for Supervising Honours Students. Social Work Education, 33(3), 365-380. doi:10.1080/02615479.2013.791971

Cardilini, A. P. A., Risely, A., & Richardson, M. F. (2021a). Supervising the PhD: identifying common mismatches in expectations between candidate and supervisor to improve research training outcomes. Higher Education Research and Development, 1-15. doi:10.1080/07294360.2021.1874887

              Chang, H., Ngunjiri, F., & Hernandez, K. A. C. (2016). Collaborative autoethnography (Vol. 8).   Routledge.

Eshtiaghi, N., Robertson, S., & Warren-Myers, G. (2012). Good practice groundwork: Managing initial meetings with higher degree research students. Education for Chemical Engineers, 7(4), e196-e202. doi:10.1016/j.ece.2012.08.003

Fillery-Travis, A., Maguire, K., Pizzolatti, N., Robinson, L., Lowley, A., Stel, N., ... & Lee, A. (2017). Insights from practice: A handbook for supervisors of modern doctorate candidates.

Guccione, K. & Hutchinson, S. (2021). Coaching and mentoring for academic development. Emerald Publishing Ltd.

Halse,C. (2011) ‘Becoming a supervisor’: the impact of doctoral supervision on supervisors' learning, Studies in Higher Education, 36(5), 557-570, doi:

Hamilton, J., & Carson, S. (2015a). Speaking of Supervision: A dialogic approach to building higher degree research supervision capacity in the creative arts. Educational, Philosophy and Theory, 47(12), 1348-1366. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1035628

Hamilton, J., & Carson, S. (2015b). Supervising Practice: Perspectives on the supervision of creative practice higher degrees by research. Educational, Philosophy and Theory,47(12), 1243-1249. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1094904

Hammond, J., Ryland, K., Tennant, M., & Boud, D. (2010). Building research supervision and training across Australian universities, Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Harrison,S. & Grant, C. (2015) Exploring of new models of research pedagogy: time to let go of master-apprentice style supervision?, Teaching in Higher Education, 20(5), 556-566, doi:

Jackman, P.C., Jacobs, L., Hawkins, R. & Sisson, K. (2021) Mental health and psychological wellbeing in the early stages of doctoral study: a systematic review, European Journal of Higher Education, doi: 

Kamler, B., & Thomson, P. (2014). Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for supervision (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Lee, A .(2018). How can we develop supervisors for the modern doctorate? Studies in Higher Education, 43(5), 878-890, doi:

McCallin, A. & Nayar, S. (2012) Postgraduate research supervision: a critical review of current practice, Teaching in Higher Education, 17(1), 63-74, doi:

Manyike, T. V. (2017). Postgraduate supervision at an open distance e-learning institution in South Africa. South African Journal of Education, 37(2), 1-11. doi:10.15700/saje.v37n2a1354

Maxwell, T. W., & Smith, R. (2010). Research supervision: The research management matrix. Higher Education, 59(4), 407-422. doi:10.1007/s10734-009-9256-3

Webb, J., & Brien, D. L. (2015). Examining the Creative Arts doctorate in Australia: Implications for supervisors. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(12), 1319-1329. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1058697

Wilson, J. & James, W (2021) Ph.D. partnership: Effective doctoral supervision using a coaching stance, Journal of Further and Higher Education, doi:

Wrigley, C., Wolifson, P., & Matthews, J. (2021). Supervising cohorts of higher degree research students: design catalysts for industry and innovation. Higher Education, 81(6), 1177-1196. doi:10.1007/s10734-020-00605-3



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