The student/supervisor relationship is absolutely critical to an optimal research experience. It can make or break a PhD. Good supervisors provide mentoring, inspiration and intellectual challenge. A student-supervisor relationship which is poor and unproductive is extremely stressful. The MPA casework statistics show that poor supervision is the number one complaint reported by research postgraduates. We can help you to negotiate your way to better supervision. Contact the MPA Advocate for some confidential, independent and free advice.
Choosing a supervisor
Extract from a speech by Jenny Reeder, MPA Executive Officer
Managing your supervisor
Tips from the MPA on aspects such as frequency and quality of supervision, cultural aspects, changing supervisors
Code of Practice for Supervision
Supervisor accreditation policy and maximum supervision load
Supervising by distance
MPA advocates, Zuzana (l) and Jan (r)
More information - Advice & advocacy
The staff of the Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) provide confidential advice on supervision issues and any other difficulties you may be experiencing as a postgraduate student at Monash.
The best way to contact one of our Advocates is by via email. For those postgraduates located off-campus or studying via distance education, advice can be provided by email, and supported by phone calls (funded by the MPA).
Clayton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Caulfield - email@example.com