Below are the details of the seven scenarios that were developed for this project. The workshop versions of the scenarios are in two parts: the scenario itself which can be handed to participants for their responses, and the other a collection of responses produced during the project which can be used by the facilitator or handed out after the session with the participants.
- 1 Scenario 1: Including and engaging candidates
- 2 Scenario 2: Building a research culture or students and research staff
- 3 Scenario 3: Building a more formal doctoral education program
- 4 Scenario 4: Engaging supervisors in improving and broadening the doctoral student experience
- 5 Scenario 5: Creating efficient systems and practices (managing busy work)
- 6 Scenario 6: Utilising the involvement in research education coordination for career development
- 7 Scenario 7: Dealing with supervisor-student problems
One way of meeting the needs of research education students is to build collegial support for those who feel isolated, which can occur for many reasons. You can use this scenario to consider how you might address the problem.
Research students look for a good research culture appropriate for their discipline and this scenario addresses how this may be built.
In light of recent developments in the sector many universities are proposing to introduce more formalised doctoral education programs. In some places this takes the form of enrolled coursework in the first year of candidature whereas in others it can take the form of a suite of courses throughout candidature.
Most supervisors believe that they do a good job supervising their students but the students believe that they could learn more if they were exposed to researchers other than their supervisor.
Scenario 5: Creating efficient systems and practices (managing busy work)
Research education coordinators have a multitude of roles and responsibilities; there are emails from students, prospective students, and supervisors requesting assistance and advice. In addition, there can be scholarship rankings and applications; and coordinating reviews and presentations of the candidates at the end of the year. The workload can be seen as quite onerous and this scenario addresses how you might cope with it.
Although being a research education coordinator can take up considerable time and may detract from an individual’s burgeoning research program, it can be a useful role to improve promotional chances. This is particularly the case if it is seen as an opportunity to build and demonstrate leadership skills. This scenario explores the issues around seeing the research education coordination role in this light.
As a research education coordinator you may be faced with a situation where a student and supervisor have a disagreement which they are unable to resolve between themselves. In such a circumstance, one or both of them may come to you to help them resolve the situation.