Postgraduate Supervisor Accreditation Policy and Procedures (2016 PhD Statute)


Application


All staff members who are currently supervising, or intend to supervise, masters by research candidates and/or doctoral candidates at the University

Purpose


To outline the requirements for becoming an accredited supervisor of a masters by research candidate or doctoral candidate

Background


University staff must have accreditation in order to supervise masters by research or doctoral candidates. The requirements for this accreditation are outlined below. These requirements apply to all University staff, but are not necessarily applicable to external co-supervisors who are not staff members of the University

Content


  • Policy
  • Procedures
    • All supervisors
    • Doctoral supervisors
    • Masters by research supervisors
    • Staff members new to supervision

Policy


  1. All staff engaged after 1 February 2001 must complete the CLeaR seminar Orientation to Doctoral Education Policy and Process “ORIDOC” within the initial four year term of employment or prior to supervising postgraduate students – see HR Continuation Policy

Procedures


All supervisors

2. To gain and maintain accreditation, all supervisors must:

  • attend ORIDOC or a Dean of Graduate Studies’ doctoral briefing at least once every five years
  • be employed in an academic staff position where the employment agreement includes a requirement that they undertake research
  • be research active

 

Doctoral supervisors

3.  Doctoral supervisors must additionally be in permanent employment with the University, or contracted by the University for sufficient time to see a candidate through to completion

4.  Doctoral supervisors who are main supervisors:

  • must have supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a co-­supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university

          or

  • must be supervising the candidate with a University of Auckland staff member who has supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a main or co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university

5.  Doctoral supervisors who are joint supervisors:

  • must have supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a main or co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university

          or

  • must be jointly supervising the candidate with a University of Auckland staff member who has supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a main or co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university

6.  Doctoral supervisors will normally hold a doctoral degree or equivalent

 

Masters by research supervisors

7.      Masters by research supervisors must have at least a masters degree or have equivalent research experience and, if required, have appropriate professional experience

 

Staff members new to supervision

8.      Staff who are new to thesis/research portfolio supervision must attend the CLeaR workshop The Art of Graduate Research Supervision before they can take on any supervisory role

9.      Staff who have not supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university, must attend at least two additional CLeaR workshops on supervision within 12 months of taking on their first doctoral main or joint supervisory role

10.    If the joint or main supervisor of a doctoral candidate has not supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university, their joint or co-supervisor must be experienced, and must provide the new supervisor with appropriate mentoring. In such cases, the co-supervision role will be at least 30%

Note: It is recommended that an academic new to supervision is mentored by a senior colleague experienced in supervision, or that they co­-supervise with a more experienced colleague before undertaking the role as sole supervisor of a masters candidate

Document management and control


Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies

Content manager: School of Graduate Studies

Approved by: Board of Graduate Studies

Date approved: November 2015

Review date: November 2018