The research supervisor is the central figure in the graduate degree program of a student. The nature of supervision and the quality of communication between graduate students and their supervisors significantly impact graduate education. Students will increase the quality of their dissertations or theses and their educational experiences when they collaborate closely and effectively with their graduate advisors.
Supervisors should be accessible to assist their graduate students at every level, from formulating their research topics to presenting and publishing their dissertations, including establishing methodologies and discussing outcomes. Additionally, graduate supervisors must guarantee that their students’ work fits university and academic discipline requirements.
Detailed here are the roles of supervisors and candidates. Individual students and their supervisors may find it useful to draft a written agreement or memorandum of understanding that can be referred to in the event of issues and revised regularly in light of changing circumstances to avoid misunderstandings. These accords would address the following:
- frequency of conferences
- progress reports are due from the student
- the type, timelines, and limitations of written work feedback
- participation in providing seminars on the ongoing research
- dates slated for various research stages