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Staff Awards - Research

Eligibility for the Excellence in Research Supervision

Academic staff who hold full-time, fractional, continuing or fixed term appointments at Deakin University and have supervisory responsibilities for higher degree by research candidates, including having been a principal supervisor/team leader for at least three years, are eligible to be nominated for the Excellence in Research Supervision.

Candidates must have supervised at least three higher degree by research candidates to completion at Deakin University.

Where exceptional circumstances exist, a Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor or Director of Institute may draw to the attention of the Selection Committee a staff member who does not meet the below criteria. In such cases the Selection Committee will determine if a formal nomination would be appropriate.

Nominations must address the following criteria:

 “Candidate” refers to any HDR candidate for whom the nominee has acted as principal supervisor.

1.  Supervision track record

The number of candidates supervised to successful HDR completion at Deakin; the completion times (in full-time equivalent months of candidature) of successful completers. 

2.  Good practice in supervision

This will be gauged from candidate evaluations, covering such questions as providing support, meeting regularly, communicating well, assisting with defining the research topic, providing feedback, inducting into research culture, providing opportunities to attend conferences, etc.

3.  Student performance and outcomes

This covers such matters as time to completion, examiners’ reports, publications produced by the candidate during candidature or shortly after candidature, prizes and awards won by the candidate, and candidates’ destinations, i.e. job placements after completion.

4.  Contribution to professional development of students

Assistance given to candidates for career development (for example career planning, development of a strong resumé, job readiness, transferable skills, networking opportunities, communication skills, grant-writing skills, tertiary teacher training, professional societies, etc.). 

5.  Contribution to research training at Deakin

Any contributions to the broader environment of research training at Deakin. Examples of this might include organising a seminar program for HDR candidates, contributing to training workshops, contributing to the scholarship of HDR supervision, service on relevant committees, or the development of best practice in supervision and the communication of this to colleagues.


Data to support the above selection criteria:

  • Criterion 1 - will be collected by Deakin Research.
  • Criterion 2 - Candidate evaluations gathered from at least 50% of all HDR candidates supervised by the nominee (as principal supervisor) within the past 5 years will be used to gauge selection (good practice)
  • Criteria 3, 4 and 5 - The nominee to provide a statement, no more than 4 pages in length, describing their achievements and those of their candidates with particular reference to selection criteria.


  • Staff can be nominated by members of the University community including HDR candidates, academic and general staff
  • Nominations must be supported by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor or Director of the relevant Institute
  • Nominees must not have received the award in the previous five years.

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7th February 2012