Training and support

The Research Supervisory Programme at Massey University is designed to support academic and professional staff in growing their careers, this one is specifically aimed at those on the research career pathway.  The programme has been guided by the VITAE Researcher Development Framework (RDF). 

This is a resource for supervisors at Massey University -  and is particularly relevant to those that are either new to Supervision or new to Massey University; as well as for those who are currently supervising at Massey University but would like to exam and or convene examinations.

We hope this initiative will help support and further the development of our Supervisors and the wider research community. Please note the courses listed below and in the programme are the core aspects, therefore, not an exhaustive list.  You can register for all workshops and seminars through the POD Development Calendar.  

     Research Supervisory Programme 

Below you will find a PDF copy of the Research Supervisory Programme as of Jan 2017.  
Please note: the Programme is subject to change during the course of this year

Research Supervisory Programme.pdf (1,169 KB)

     Supervisory Programme Against Vitae (RDF) Skills and Abilities

The diagram below cross references the seminars and workshops offered by the applicable skills and attributes within the four domains of the VITAE development framework.  Research Supervision Programme Against Vitae.pdf (29 KB)

Resources for Supervisors

  • fIRST: for Improving Research Supervision & Training - fIRST was created by a Consortium of Australian and New Zealand universities. With the aim to review and share existing supervision development resources and to develop new resources for the benefit of Consortium members. 

  • Portia - Postgraduate Research Training Assistant. The system is designed to help supervisors, HoUs and candidates keep track of the candidature (Logon using Massey University user code and password)
    (Supervisors need to logon as ‘Supervisors’ to see students under their supervision).

  • Library Researcher Development workshopsExcellent set of workshops that have been tailored for PhD candidates.

     Supervisor of the Year Awards

Recipients to come...

     Contacts for Supervisors

For all administrative concerns, please contact:

Dr Julia Rayner, Manager, Graduate Research Services
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83842, Email:

If you have concerns about your candidature, please contact:

Prof Marlena Kruger, Dean Graduate Research and Researcher Development,
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84571, Email:

Physical/courier address

Researcher Development/Graduate Research School
Research and Enterprise
Massey University 
Courtyard Complex, Tennent Drive
Palmerston North 4474
New Zealand

Postal address

Researcher Development/Graduate Research School
Research and Enterprise
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand

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