Supervision of higher degree by research (HDR) candidates is a complex teaching task and like all teaching tasks, can be approached in a variety of ways depending on the personalities and individual requirements of candidates and supervisors and their discipline area/s. Nevertheless some common principles and responsibilities apply to all supervisory arrangements and practice.

Supervision is a shared experience in which both the supervisor and the candidate have an intellectual investment. Supervisors must have the theoretical and practical expertise to offer the candidate proper supervision, an interest in the research project, and adequate time for supervision.

Supervision also involves concern and a measure of pastoral care for the candidate. In the best cases, the relationship between the supervisor and the candidate develops during the candidature in a mutually supportive collegial fashion.

The below links provide useful information to support you and your candidate: