Vice-Chancellor’s Research Supervision Excellence Award


The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Supervision Excellence Award recognises an RMIT academic who has achieved excellence in the supervision of at least five Higher Degrees by Research candidates through to completion in the preceding five years. This excellence is evidenced in the number of supervisions, doctoral outcomes, completion times, post-graduation outcomes of candidates, demonstrated engagement in innovative practice, mentoring of more junior colleagues in research supervision and contributions to the research training efforts of the academic unit.

Research Master data is used to generate a short list for each award category based on the previous five (5) years research output. To be eligible for this award, researchers must have been with RMIT for two (2) years minimum. Nominations will only be considered in fields where Research Master is not appropriate to determine excellence; fields such as creative arts for example.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation (R&I) based on recommendations of the Awards Committee with membership drawn from the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellors (R&I), Institute Directors and Dean, School of Graduate Research.

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  1. Research-active academic staff engaged in Research supervision with a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of two (2) years. Metrics used to assess excellence include:
    1. Successful supervision to completion a minimum of five (5) candidates over the last five (5) with the most recent completion within the last two (2) years;
    2. Ratio of successful completions to withdrawals as a senior supervisor
  2. Winners not normally eligible again for a period of two years following receipt of this award.
  3. Nominees must hold PhD or equivalent.

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Process and documentation

There will be no formal call for nominations as the Research Office will identify and shortlist potential candidates on an evidence-based basis for consideration by the Awards Committee. Nominated individuals and those identified by the Research Office whose portfolio of work may fall outside of Research Master data will be given the opportunity to submit supporting documentation.

The awards dossier will comprise the following documents:

  1. The awards dossier will comprise the following documents
  1. Research Master report detailing HERDC reportable publications, grants, Research supervision used to identify highest performing researchers
  2. Nominations will be received from the Heads of School, PVC’s (R&I) and Institute Directors to support applications where Research Master data does not capture or is inappropriate to determine excellence. The Research Office will contact nominees for supporting documentation. Supporting documentation for nominations is limited to five (5) pages in length, should supplement Research Master data and comprises:
    1. Nominee’s statement prepared by the nominee (no more than two (2) A4 pages)
    2. Supporting statement prepared by HoS (no more than one (1) A4 page)
    3. Brief CV of nominee (no more than two (2) A4 pages)
  3. Individuals wanting to self-nominate should discuss with and seek nomination by the appropriate Head of School, PVC (R&I) or Institute Director.
  4. In addition to the documents outlined at 1.2 above, the School of Graduate Research will contact up to 5 current and former Research candidates of eligible nominees and administer a brief survey. The content of the survey will complement that of the (current) Australian Learning and Teaching Council student evaluation and be revised as required for compatibility with this evaluation in the future.

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Selection criteria

In considering candidates, the Award Committee will consider the overall track record and performance of researchers as indicated by a range of quantitative measures:

  • Number of supervisions and candidature outcomes
  • Completion times of candidates
  • Post-graduation outcomes of candidates, such as co-publication with candidates, publications or other disciplinary relevant research outputs of candidates in fields in which co-publication is not the norm
  • Other evidence of supervisor actively inducting candidates into research cultures and communities
  • Evidence of supervisor engaging in innovative practice
  • Evidence of the mentoring of more junior colleagues in research supervision
  • Evidence of contributions to the research training efforts of the academic unit

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Value of the award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Supervision Excellence Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $10 000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research supervision practice, scholarship and research
  2. A certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University
  4. Engraved glass trophy

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Other Research Award categories

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