Principal supervisor: a member of Deakin academic staff who is the leader of an HDR supervision team, and has the responsibility of ensuring that the candidate receives appropriate guidance in their project and support toward successful completion of their thesis and its examination.
Co-supervisor: a person meeting the criteria set out in Schedule A — Qualifications for HDR Supervision — of the Higher Degrees by Research Supervision Procedure, who shares the main supervisory responsibilities more or less equally with another co-supervisor, one of whom will take the role of executive supervisor.
Executive supervisor: a team member who is a suitably-qualified member of the University’s academic staff will act as executive supervisor, taking the responsibility of ensuring that the candidate receives appropriate guidance in their project and support toward successful completion of their thesis and its examination. HDR supervision teams will not necessarily include a principal supervisor, for example when supervision is shared between two co-supervisors.
Associate supervisor: a member of the University academic staff who plays one or more of the following roles in the supervision team: providing assistance to the other team members in guiding and supporting the candidate, acting as a back-up in case of absence or non-availability of the principal supervisor, and/or bringing particular research expertise to the team to assist the candidate.
External supervisor (previously designated as research supervisor): a person who plays a comparable role to an associate supervisor, but is not a member of the University staff.
Head of Academic Unit nominee: a senior member of academic staff who is qualified as a principal supervisor.
Head of Academic Unit: Heads of Academic Units listed in Schedule A: Academic Units.
Higher degrees by research (HDR): academic awards of the University, as specified in clause 6, Regulation 5.2(1) – Academic Awards.
Member of academic staff: a paid academic staff member, may include conjoint academic staff, subject to Schedule A — Levels of Appointment of Conjoint Academic Staff — of the Appointment of Conjoint Academic Staff Procedure.
Research adviser (previously designated as team leader): a supervisor who is an eminent member of the University professoriate who wishes to have a high-profile link to the supervision of a candidate’s project but is not expected to carry out all the day-to-day responsibilities of a principal or executive supervisor.