Information for supervisors

High quality supervision is essential to a successful graduate research experience. At the University of Canterbury we collectively support a student- centred, mutually respectful, and ethical approach to research supervision practices.

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Quality supervision at UC

UC's Research Student Supervision Policy provides a framework for research student supervision at UC. It articulates the University of Canterbury’s principles of quality supervision, including the responsibilities of all parties to the supervisory relationship, and is underpinned by Te Tiriti o Wāitangi (kāwanatanga, tino rangatiratanga, oritetanga), the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, and UC Values (Whanaungatanga, Tiakitanga, Manaakitanga).

Supervisor registration with Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School

All UC supervisors should be registered with Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School. In May 2023, all current UC supervisors were grandparented to registration with Te Kura Tāura. Supervisors will have until 31 December 2024 to complete the required professional development to maintain their registration into 2025.

To gain and maintain registration as a supervisor at UC, staff must:

  • Complete the Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School’s professional development module on Supervisory Principles and Policies at the University at least once every five years.
  • Maintain currency in supervisory practice by completing at least one supervisory workshop, as detailed by Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School’s list of registered courses, every two years.
  • Be deemed research active within the discipline of study, as determined by the Tumuaki Tari | Head of Department/School.

Professional development opportunities and resources

The link to the professional development module on Supervisory Principles and Policies will be available here from June 2023.

Useful resources for supervisors

Research Student Supervision Policy

Thesis Availability Policy

PhD regulations

Including Published Work in a Thesis

DMA regulations

DHSc regulations

EdD regulations

Proof-reading and Editing Guidelines

Provision of Resources Policy - Support for PhD Students

  • Provision of Resources Policy Support for PhD Students - The University enrols PhD students on the basis that there will be sufficient resources to support the students through their candidature. This policy outlines the provision of such resources. Further details about specific research resources will be provided by your Department/School
  • From 1 January 2017, new PhD students will receive a $90 printing credit (equivalent to 3,000 pages), and existing PhD students will have this added to any unused credit. Please note that this will be received as $30 per year for 3 years.