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Excellence in Supervision Award

Excellence in Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students


This award enables research candidates to recognise supervisors who they believe have helped them shape their futures and maximize their potential. The award aims to support a culture of excellence in supervision. It recognises that effective supervision supports timely completion while ensuring that a candidate’s experience is rewarding and leads to high-quality research. This type of supervision is central to creating a supportive and innovative research culture.

One winner will be announced at the Research Dinner on 2nd November 2017 and in the Staff Bulletin. The winner will receive $3,000 to spend on the development of supervisory activities.

Nomination Process

All enrolled Masters by Research or Doctoral candidates may nominate a supervisor for the award. A candidate may nominate more than one supervisor, but a separate nomination should be completed for each.

All nominees will be notified by the Graduate Research team.


The award is open to all University of Canberra staff members or adjuncts who are Registered Supervisors.

Supporting Documentation

  • Responses written against the first four assessment criteria (up to 2 pages in total)
  • Up to three independent testimonials from current or previous HDR candidates
  • You may discuss the nomination with the supervisor in order to prepare the material

Assessment Criteria

  • Evidence of how the supervisor supports their candidates to manage successful completion of milestones
  • Evidence of how the supervisor has supported the development of candidates’ skills
  • Demonstration of how the supervisor has enabled candidates to take part in the wider research community; at UC, national and internationally
  • A demonstrated energy, passion and commitment to supervision, evident over time
  • Success of supervisory practice evidenced by timely student progress and completion (to be completed by the Graduate Research team).


Nominations must include a completed nomination cover sheet (MS Word or PDF) and be submitted by the nominator to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation no later than 5pm, Friday 6th October 2017.

Further Information

Dr Helen Marsden

Erica Walls-Nichols

Manager, Graduate Research

Policy and Partnerships Specialist, Graduate Research

Ph: 02 6201 5076

Ph: 6201 2821