At Flinders our HDR supervisors are responsible for developing not just competent students, but knowledgeable and compassionate scientists, colleagues, and citizens. Every year at Flinders, one HDR supervisor who has exemplified our supervision philosophy is rewarded and celebrated with the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision.
This years’ winner was Associate Professor Melanie Takarangi from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. Associate Professor Takarangi was nominated for the award by both her past and present HDR students. Melanie’s dedication to supervision is made evident by what the students said in the nomination:
“It is not only her knowledge and motivation that supports her supervisory success, but her ability to respond to the particular needs of each student whilst maximising their output. Melanie’s supervision is second to none and we strongly believe she deserves to be recognised for her excellence.”
In late-November Associate Professor Takarangi delivered a workshop for HDR supervisors and students centred on developing and sustaining successful collaborative relationships. The workshop titled “On the supervisor-student alliance” was attended by approximately 60 people, either in person or via video conference.
This level of interest at such a busy time of year is a strong indicator that our HDR community are committed to successful relationships between supervisors and students.
We are looking forward to more opportunities in 2020 for our inspiring HDR community to learn, grow and work together in the pursuit of research excellence. We couldn’t be more proud!