Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series: 'Successful postgraduate supervision? Enhancing HDR students' quality of life' with Professor Chihiro Thomson

Postgraduate Research students, otherwise known as HDR (Higher Degree Research) students, are here at UNSW to be trained as future researchers and academics.

Unlike undergraduate programs, which have been shaped into systematic and articulated processes with ample support for student campus life, HDR programs are largely dependent on each supervisor, only regulated by the yearly progression review process. This leaves some HDR students at a loss, especially in humanities disciplines in which traditional supervision practices have heavily depended on one-on-one consultation between students and their supervisors.

In this talk, I introduce an alternative supervision practice model of the HDR Study Group, based on the concepts of Communities of Practice (CoP,Wenger 1998), and Boundary Crossing (e.g., Engestrom 2012), using my own practice of hosting a Japanese HDR study group and extending the activities of the group beyond the boundary of my discipline and UNSW. The model has worked well in supporting HDR students in the timely completion of their degrees as well as in offering quality HDR life. This practice has been recognised in the form of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in the category of HDR supervision in 2017.

When: 22 March 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Free public event, UNSW
Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney

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