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Training and support

The Research Supervisory Accreditation Programme at Massey University is designed to support academic and professional staff in growing their careers.

There are a wide variety of resources for supervisors at Massey University -  and is particularly relevant to those that are either new to Supervision or new to Massey University; as well as for those who are currently supervising at Massey University but would like to exam and or convene examinations. 

You can register for all workshops and seminars by:

  1. Signing into MyHR /Use your MU login info
  2. Under My Development, Select Development Calendar
  3. Click the event of choice
  4. Select blue button on the bottom of screen (Book a place)

Resources for Supervisors

  1. fIRST: for Improving Research Supervision & Training - fIRST was created by a Consortium of Australian and New Zealand universities. With the aim to review and share existing supervision development resources and to develop new resources for the benefit of Consortium members. 
  2. Portia - Postgraduate Research Training Assistant. The system is designed to help supervisors, HoUs and candidates keep track of the candidature (Logon using Massey University user code and password)
    (Supervisors need to logon as ‘Supervisors’ to see students under their supervision).
  3. Library Researcher Development workshopsExcellent set of workshops that have been tailored for PhD candidates.
  4. University of Otago's Top 10 most important qualities the ideal HDR candidate - Evaluating research potential in applicants.
  5. Expectations in Supervision Questionnaire - Griffith University, Also available via UNSW HDR Supervision Guidelines (page 8).
  6. Clarifying co-supervision expectations:Issues to discuss - Courtesy of Oxford University, UK.
  7. Literature review: What is a literature review? Online tutorial - Courtesy of Sydney University.
  8. Self help guide for dealing with problems in Supervision - Courtesy of University of Auckland.
  9. Candidate's progress: How are they doing? A poll for HDR Advisors to gauge candidate's progress - Courtesy of James Cook University Australia.
  10. Candidate's perspective: So long and thanks for the PhD!
  11. Guidelines for editing research thesis - The Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS) papers.
  12. Examination: It's a PhD, not a Nobel Prize - How experienced examiners assess research theses Mullins, G., & Kiley, M. (2002), Studies in Higher Education, 27(4), 369-386.
INTRO TO CONTESTABLE FUNDING Intro to Key Contestable Funding.pdf (1,152 KB) Contestable Funding
HORIZON 2020 (EU FUNDING) Horizon 2020
RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL Research Professional 
GRANT WRITING - THE BASICS Grant Writing - The Basics.pdf (280 KB) Grant Writing - The Basics
RSNZ - CATALYST & RUTHERFORD RSNZ - Catalyst & Rutherford
INTRO TO SUPERVISION Intro to Supervision Presentations Combined.pdf (4,008 KB) Role of GRS/DRC, Getting the Thesis Written, Library support and resources, Copyright and PhD Thesis, Data Management;policies and best practice, Life after completing a doctorate, Research Integrity and Ethics, Admission process and selection of possible doctoral candidates
MARSDEN FUND Rachel Avrill & Mark Stagg (RSNZ) - Fund Overview, Richard Shaw, (MU) - Panel Member Perspective, Tasha Black - Marsden Review Findings, Kate Arentsen & Emma Hughes (MU) - Internal Timelines & Processes
HUMAN ETHICS (NOV 2018) Human Ethics
INTRO TO SUPERVISION  Role of GRS & DRC, Getting the Thesis Written, Data Management, Copyright and PhD Thesis, Library Support and Resources, Support Services and Mental Health Awareness, Research Integrity and Ethics, Admission and Selection Process, PG Resources at Massey, Supervisor Panel, Wrap up
THINKWELL - MARIA GARDINER Turbocharge your Writing
THINKWELL - HUGH KEARNS Fundamentals of Supervision
THINKWELL - HUGH KEARNS Supervising Postgraduates
RSNZ Rutherford Trust Starts @ 20.12
Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Starts @ 20.20
JSPS Starts @ 1.07.40
Catalyst Starts @ 1.12.00


     Supervisor of the Year Awards

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, innovation and connectedness.

Learn more about research funding, awards, medals, and fellowships at Massey University; and to view this year's winners, please visit Research Excellence Awards

     Contacts for Supervisors

For all administrative concerns, please contact:

Jacqueline Koenders, Manager, Graduate Research Services & Ethics
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83905, Email:

If you have concerns about your candidature, please contact:

Associate Prof Tracy Riley, Dean Graduate Research and Researcher Development,
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84408, Email:

Physical/courier address

Researcher Development/Graduate Research School
Research and Enterprise
Massey University 
Courtyard Complex, University Avenue
Palmerston North 4474
New Zealand

Postal address

Researcher Development/Graduate Research School
Research and Enterprise
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand

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