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

Supervision difficulties

The MPA Self-Help Guide to Conflict Resolution

Code of Practice for Supervision

Code of Practice for Supervision of doctoral and research master's candidates

Supervisor accreditation policy and maximum supervision load

5.1 Appointment of supervisors

Supervising by distance

Guidelines for remote supervision

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).

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