Research supervision

These researcher development opportunities cover everything you need to know to be a successful research supervisor at VU. A new Supervisor Development Program is coming soon; details will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

Supervisor registration

To supervise any HDR student at Victoria University, you must be formally registered and meet all the requirements set out in these policies:

If you are a current Victoria University staff member or hold an Adjunct/ Honorary appointment, please:

  1. complete the following form Internal Supervisor Registration or Upgrade as a Graduate Research Supervisor
  2. send it to with the required supporting documentation.

External applicants who are requesting to be an Associate Supervisor at Victoria University can:

  1. complete the External Supervisor Registration as a Graduate Research Supervisor form
  2. send it to with the required supporting documentation.

Researcher development sessions

Within this development category VU runs sessions and programs throughout the year focusing on the following areas:

  • Foundations of Supervision – knowledge and practice to participate effectively as a member of supervisory teams.
  • Step Up to Principal – knowledge and practice to lead and manage as a principal supervisor.
  • Leadership in Supervision – knowledge and practice to be an effective experienced supervisor and supervision leader.

Online resources

Research Supervision Toolkit

The Research Supervision Toolkit was developed through an Office for Learning and Teaching project (including VU’s Professor Ron Adams and Emeritus Professor Helen Borland).

This resource has been developed to give confidence to new supervisors in emerging research areas by providing ideas for dealing with common issues. It provides a forum for discussing thoughts, experiences and reflections.