fIRST – for Improving Research Supervision and Training

fIRST provides access to a range of resources that help universities and individual supervisors improve the quality of their postgraduate research education.

fIRST was created by a Consortium of Australian and New Zealand universities. Its aim was to review and share existing supervision development resources and to develop new resources for the benefit of Consortium members. Originally funded by user subscriptions, the site is now provided by the Australian Council of Graduate Research Inc and the resources are openly available to benefit all supervisors and their students and the institutional login requirements have been removed.

fIRST’s resources include:

  • online activities that individuals can use to develop their expertise as postgraduate research student supervisors
  • materials and instructions for providing face-to-face staff development workshops
  • tools, case studies, a bibliography and links to other relevant web sites

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