Working with supervisors

It is harder to get engagement from all the supervisors. In the early days there were only three supervisors. Since then we’ve grown the number of staff with PhDs. Some of our students have graduated and they’ve stayed and we’ve also brought in more people, so we now have about twelve potential supervisors. They’ve come in at different times so it has been important to help them understand what the postgraduate program is and how it’s different from other places, which is an ongoing challenge. We need to introduce them to the processes properly, as well as encourage them to be active contributors to the intellectual development of the program. Some of them get that, but others think it is not important. Most supervisors come out of single discipline concept backgrounds so they haven’t experienced what the students have here. The few who’ve come through the program are the ones who get it a bit more.

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