Supervision of Trainees
“Researchers and supervisors must ensure that the role model they provide to junior colleagues is positive and conducive to a research culture of excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect”
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007, p. 3.1
Most researchers will supervise Research Higher Degree candidates or other trainees such as 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.
Supervisors have a duty to ensure that all trainees receive education in discipline-based research methods and related skills. They are also responsible for ensuring that trainees are educated on the responsible conduct of research. Supervisors must promote responsible practices in all areas of research including compliance, authorship, data management and publication.
Research integrity training for research higher degree candidates
Research Higher Degree candidates at UQ receive mandatory training on research ethics and integrity prior to confirmation of candidature. Details of training can be found here.
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.
5 Ways Supervisors can Promote Research Integrity (US Office of Research Integrity)