Supervision Professional Development Program

The Graduate Research School runs a Professional Development Program for staff supervising postgraduate research students. The program supports the UWA Supervisor Register.

1. Induction and refresher modules

2. GRS supervision workshops & online units 2021


  • Finding the right student. HDR student selection advice. Includes discussion of attracting high quality HDR students, application and admission processes, scholarships, and induction. Complements the UWA LMS Supervising Doctoral Students Unit - Attracting and Selecting Doctoral Applicants. Held MAY 12.
    Workshop booklet
  • Team work in supervision. Development of effective and respectful relationships in HDR teams. Includes discussion of student-supervisor relationships, supervisor-supervisor relationships, cross-cultural communication, constructive feedback and conflict resolution.
    Workshop booklet
  • Expectations, relationships and wellbeing. Resources for support of the wellbeing of HDR students and supervisors. Includes discussion of pastoral care responsibilities, reporting and disclosure requirements, support services, and reasonable accommodation of requests for support.
    Workshop booklet
  • Research planning. Strategies to develop independence and support timely completion of HDR students. Includes discussion of personal development plans, risk management and business continuity, resilience and candidature milestones.
    Register for NOV 29

Online units

  • The Epigeum online course Supervising Doctoral Studies is now available in the UWA Learning Management System (LMS). Supervising Doctoral Studies includes modules on selecting candidates, approaching supervision, managing progress, and preparing for examination. The course can be accessed through self-enrolment in the UWA LMS organisation, Supervisor Professional Development. Please contact Dr Jo Edmondston if you would like detailed instructions on how to access the unit. External supervisors without a Pheme account should also contact Jo for guest access to this unit.


  • UWA Thesis examination and the viva voce. Examination of HDR students at UWA, including the viva voce for PhD students, formatting a thesis a series of papers, and management of adverse examination.

    Examination Videos Completion Quiz


These units are currently being developed and will be available soon.

  • Thesis as a series of papers at UWA. Considerations when including published work within an HDR thesis. Includes discussion of thesis formatting rules, examiners' expectations, co-authored publications, copyright, and pre-publication.

  • Internships and industry engagement. Engagement opportunities for UWA HDR students. Includes discussion of government requirements for increased industry engagement, engagement opportunities, candidature considerations, and reporting requirements.

  • Commercialisation and intellectual property. Understanding funding agreements that place obligations on UWA HDR students and supervisors in relation to intellectual property, publishing, confidentiality, indemnities and other matters.

3. Past GRS supervision workshops and seminars