Reflections of an Associate
Supervisor at QUT
David Hurwood - Assoc. Lecturer
School of Natural Resource Sciences
QIPS – 16/02/09
Postdoc (QUT) 2002/03
Faculty of Science (& Technology)
Research Associate & P/T Lecturer
Associate lecturer (Dec 2008)
Principle supervision of Honours students only
2 PhDs completed (2 international)
2 PhDs continuing (1 international)
2 MScs continuing (2 international)
Recently completed ECARD
Learning how to be a good supervisor
Role of an Associate Supervisor?
Compulsory at QUT
i.e. necessary to complete the
Identified by the principle supervisor
rather than the student
Someone with expertise in the area
Someone with complementary skills
My Experience with Paperwork
Stage 1 (enrolment)??
Scholarships (domestic, international)
Stage 2 documents (autograph)
Do I want to be involved?
Learning the ropes vs. avoiding bureacracy
Understudy with little responsibility
Ethics, IP etc.
My Concept of Paperwork
What the students wants/expects
What their employer/institution wants
What is required for a PhD
Preparation of Stage 2 document
When is it due?
Confirmation (what’s required, when is it due?)
Change of topic/supervisors (what is required?)
Thesis and Final Seminar (the process)
Internal Review (selecting reviewers)
External Review (selecting reviewers)
Allocation of percent supervision by the
Research Students Centre
Principle – 80%
Associate – 20%
Affects loads and completions
Negotiated with principle supervisor by Stage 2
Is there an advantage of signing on
as associate supervisor?
Are we just signing on the dotted line??
Should associate supervisors be
more involved in paperwork?
Thrown in the deep end