1. Framing the candidature
Clarify expectations/goals/outcomes for the thesis, project, candidature, employment: Begin to establish guidelines for candidature to include what follows and document as appropriate.
Negotiate student/supervisor relationship and pattern of communication: Check mutual understanding as to how supervision is to be structured and how the panel will operate; alert student to any anticipated absences.
Identify other support and resources needed and available: Extra coursework, training in technical skills, language assistance, reading program required, or other resources, e.g., for fieldwork.
Ensure student formulates and writes up topic/problem/question and methodology for feasible project: Need focus/engagement/for originality/ownership/persistence; issues -manageable/feasible/ethical clearance/Intellectual Property.
Introduce student to the research environment: Introduce to relevant contacts in dept and other areas in the university working on similar/relevant research interests; inform student of relevant policies/requirements e.g., Responsible Research practice, OH&S, etc.
2. Guiding and monitoring progress
Maintain conversation on learning/research progress/career goals: Use required reports and mid-term review as checkpoints and occasions for discussing student progress with student and for panels to meet; be alert to personal problems, procrastination; assist with opportunities for developing experience/skills to support emerging career goals.
Ensure formal University requirements are met.
Hold regular meetings to check progress, give feedback on research & developing thesis.
Connect student to discipline, professional and scholarly networks: Arrange seminar presentations, conference attendance, introduce to visitors etc., assist to publish if appropriate.
Establish practice for reading drafts and evaluation of drafts and seminar papers: Refer to professional assistance with writing if this is a significant issue.
Ensure closure, ‘when to stop’ writing up: Help student get a sense of how to judge what is ‘enough’.
Read chapters and give feedback: Negotiate appropriate level of feedback; advise if thesis is/is not ready for submission.
Nomination of examiners: Consult on examiners.
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