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Support for research supervisors

07 November 2023

High quality supervision is essential to a successful graduate research experience. At UC we collectively support a student-centred, mutually respectful, ethical approach to research supervision practices. Find out about UC research supervisors.


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 Research Student Supervision: Policy, Processes and Support 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.

Please note that if you haven’t supervised a Research Student through to completion, at the same level of study, at the University or at an equivalent supervisor level at another university, you must include an experienced Co-Supervisor as part of the supervisory team who provides appropriate mentoring to you. 


Professional development opportunities and resources

Research Student Supervision: Policy, Processes and Support – this online module is a compulsory part of the UC supervisor registration process and provides an overview of how the Research Student Supervision Policy applies in practice. 

Supporting Doctoral Students: Milestones and Processes – this in-person workshop is aimed specifically at new supervisors and any staff wanting to refresh their knowledge in relation to the milestones and processes that form part of the doctoral journey at UC. 


Useful resources for supervisors

Research Student Supervision Policy
Thesis Availability Policy
PhD regulations
Including Published Work in a Thesis
  • Guidelines to Including Publications within a Doctoral 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.

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