fIRST – for Improving Research Supervision and Training

Review of site

The fIRST steering group is currently conducting an evaluation of the fIRST website and Lilia Mantai is undertaking this on our behalf. She would welcome your feedback, or comments on the site as well sharing your experience of using it. To contact Lilia please email

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. Our aim is to review and share existing supervision development resources and to develop new resources for the benefit of Consortium members. As new members join the Consortium, they are given password access to the fIRST resources.

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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