C6 - Developing Benchmarking for Doctoral Supervision Enhancement

Day Day 2
Code C6
Start time 11:10
Room Norfolk
Supervisors and Principal Investigators

Associate Professor William Ashraf, Convenor HDR Supervision Enhancement Program, Macquaire University

Workshop overview: 

All universities have ambitious strategic aspirations for postgraduate research training, MRes and PhD for candidates, through for example the provision of ‘inspirational supervision’ through an outstanding supervisory and mentoring experience. However, this coincides with significant upshifts and expectations for universities concerning research training quality, transparency, value for money, increasing of university tuition fees, widening participation as well as a demand-driven expansion of higher education. 

To enable the above the professionalisation of doctoral supervisor enhancement/training is essential. This “World -café “ workshop aims to:

  1. gather and sketch out up to six potential themes/good practice for supervisor training benchmarks;  
  2. identify three enabling components for each theme;
  3. rank the enabling components in order of priority.

Following, the determination of items 1 – 3 conduct an outline mapping, exercise amongst the universities present, to determine areas of good practice and where enhancement may be required, or further attention directed.

Workshop topics covered: 

Topics will address include:

  1. Leadership and quality improvement of effective supervisor training/enhancement programs;
  2. Factors to enhance confidence, capability and capacity; for time-poor supervisors by fostering critically reflexive practice in research training; 
  3. Initiating conversations and drafting benchmarks to support best practice regarding items 1 – 2.

Themes covered: 

  • Continuing professional development of those involved in the development of researchers

Workshop outcomes: 

Outcomes will include:

  1. Drafting of up to six benchmark statements;
  2. Identification of up to three enabling components per benchmark;
  3. Completion of a benchmark rubric and component grid;
  4. Elicit support for the further refinement and wider distribution of items 1 – 2;
  5. Dissemination of outcomes via using the real-time online collaboration and distribution platform Padlet.


“World -café“ method