Masters Supervisor Accreditation Policy and Procedures


Application


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

Purpose


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

Background


University staff must have accreditation in order to supervise masters by research students. 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
    • Masters by research supervisors
    • Staff members new to supervision

Policy


1.    All staff members 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.

Note - staff members may enrol in the ORIDOC seminar via the CLEAR website

Procedures


All supervisors

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

  • attend ORIDOC or a Dean of Graduate Studies’ supervision 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 

 

Masters by research supervisors

3.      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

4.      Staff members 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

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

 

Definitions


Masters by research students are students enrolled in a masters degree which includes a research component of at least 90 points

Staff member refers to an individual employed on a full or part-time basis at the University

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

Key relevant documents


Include the following: 

Document management and control


Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies

Content manager: School of Graduate Studies

Approved by: Board of Graduate Studies

Date approved: September 2018

Review date: September 2021