From the time of commencing your candidature until you complete your degree, you will have a panel of supervisors comprising a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor, and possibly an assistant and/or associate supervisor. All supervisors will be accredited by ACU.
Regular meetings and communication with your supervisors are essential to ensure that you have opportunities to raise any concerns or problems, and to receive feedback on your progress.
ACU stipulates that supervisors meet with, or otherwise contact, research candidates on a regular basis. Depending on where you are up to with your research, this could be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or some other regular frequency. You should take brief notes and record action items at these meetings, and circulate them to all your supervisors after the meeting.
A useful tip to ensure that regular meetings with your supervisors proceed, is to take the lead early on in your candidature for scheduling a regular timetable of meetings.
For additional information refer to the Higher Degree Research Supervision Policy and Section 9 of the Higher Degree Research Regulations.
Changing Relationship with Supervisors
As you progress in your candidature and your expertise grows, your relationship with your supervisors will change. Their role will increasingly be to act as a sounding board for your ideas, to review and comment on your written work, and to provide you with feedback on your progress towards completion. Supervisors can also help you with personal difficulties either directly or by referring you to support services at ACU.
Change of Supervision Arrangements
To ensure that you have continuity of access to expert academic advice throughout your candidature, changes to the supervisory panel are discouraged. However, the composition of your supervisory panel may be modified to reflect changes in the direction of your research, and to accommodate staff resignations, absences and irresolvable conflicts.
Any changes to the supervisory panel must be discussed with all parties involved in the supervision process, before the changes are endorsed by the Head of School/Research Institute director and Faculty Associate Dean Research. Changes should be requested on the Change of Supervision Arrangements form.