As a candidate, you will have a supervisory team of supervisors. This consists of two (or more) registered supervisors who have expertise in some aspect of the research project. In some cases, an additional research supervisor may be appointed for specialist skills. You will meet with your supervisors on a regular basis, for example weekly or fortnightly, so that you can be advised on the development of ideas, the planning of research, and can receive comment on progress. The expectations and responsibilities of your primary supervisor are detailed here.
You will be required to submit a research proposal three months after commencing. You will also be interviewed annually concerning progress over the previous year and a report is then submitted to the University's Board of Graduate Research. In addition, you are expected to present at least one research seminar during each year of your candidature.
Detailed help can be expected from your supervisor during the early stages of your research higher degree. This will include assistance in the selection of a topic and the design and implementation of your research program. As your candidature progresses, there will be growing independence from your supervisor; a positive sign which indicates your increasing maturity as a researcher. The relationship with your supervisors is one of partnership and research training, and is a key one in completion of a PhD or research Master degree.
Supervisors are required to be registered with the Board of Graduate Research, and to undertake regular professional development in supervision and to keep up to date with the University's practices. This is a complete list of registered supervisors in the School of Computing and Information Systems; sometimes registered supervisors from other schools may be included in your supervisory team.
The Graduate Research Coordinator provides services to all candidates, including enquiries from prospective candidates, induction courses, the annual reviews, and assistance as required with forms, procedures, or personal problems. The Graduate Research Coordinator is also responsible for training supervisors and ensuring that the supervision relationship is working well. The School's Graduate Research Coordinator is Dr Leonie Ellis.
Authorised by the Head of School, Computing & Information Systems
30 July, 2013