Most researchers will supervise research trainees, such as Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, Honours students or research assistants. Many researchers find that supervision is one of the most rewarding parts of their work, allowing them to expand their research portfolio and to pass on their knowledge and expertise. In doing so, supervisors play an important role in promoting quality research that is conducted with integrity.  

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) requires supervisors to ensure that all trainees receive education in discipline-based research methods and related skills. Supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that trainees are mentored in the responsible conduct of research. Supervisors will promote responsible practices in all areas of research including ethics compliance, authorship, data management and publication.

Research integrity training for HDR students

At UQ supervision is carried out in accordance with the University's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy. HDR students receive mandatory training (Research Integrity Online Training Module for HDR Students) on the responsible conduct of research prior to confirmation of candidature through the UQ Graduate School.

Supervisor training

Good supervision begins with a clear understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of all parties. The University offers courses to help supervisors understand their responsibilities and to equip them with the essential knowledge needed for good supervision. These courses can be found on the Researcher Development and Staff Development websites.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) – UQ began transitioning to the 2018 Code in April 2019 (transition details available here)

5 Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity (US Office of Research Integrity)