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Thesis Information: Supervisors

Consultation Service

The Graduate Research School Dean, Professor David Baxter, and the Manager, Andrew Lonie, offer an independent and confidential 1:1 consultation service for supervisors to discuss issues and challenges. Contact for an appointment.

Library Insights for Supervisors

The not so secret ways we help your doctoral students.

This is a workshop hosted by HEDC and run by subject librarians several times a year.

Find out which topics, online resources and techniques subject librarians use to foster a community of practice toolkit for your doctoral students at Otago. Keep current and aware of best-practice initiatives and strategies in areas such as the literature review, data management, reference management, getting published, increasing research impact and researcher profiles.


See below for recent recordings and files.


Workshops and Updates for Supervisors of Graduate Research Candidates

HEDC, in conjunction with Graduate Research School, run workshops for supervisors including:

  • Building a positive relationship with postgraduate students

  • Recruiting postgraduate students

  • Assisting postgraduate students to write

  • Providing quality postgraduate supervision

  • Doctoral supervision: the early phase

  • Assisting students to engage with the literature

  • Helping postgraduate students to read and write critically (for Sciences & Health Sciences postgraduate supervisors)

  • Examining a doctoral thesis

  • Preparing postgraduate students for the oral examination

Graduate Research School maintain a Supervisors Update page here.

Supervised v. Supervisor views

Postgraduate research: supervision - This booklet outlines Otago students’ perspectives on quality supervision and problems encountered in supervision.

Postgraduate research: candidates - This booklet outlines Otago supervisors’ perspectives on quality candidates and the shortcomings affecting progress.

Doctoral study and supervision

Quality in Postgraduate Research features conference papers on the development and delivery of doctoral education. No conference in 2021, but see archives for previous papers.