Setting Expectations

Introduction

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Tools

This initial contracting stage covers the following areas:

  • setting expectations
  • candidate/supervisor panel agreement
  • assessing learning needs

Recognising Initial expectations

Candidates and supervisors will come to the HDR process with a set of predefined expectations based on factors largely linked with previous experiences. For the candidate, these can stem from their time in university as an undergraduate student or from previous research degrees undertaken, and advice from other HDR candidates. Supervisors, on the other hand, may have a set style of supervision and will form expectations based on what they have experienced with previous candidates they have supervised. Each candidate and supervisor is different, and there may not be a clear match in terms of expectations.

These initial expectations need to be outlined and dealt with as early as possible, so that all involved are clear on what needs to be done, and by whom.

The tools to support ‘Setting Expectations’ are contained in this section of the Toolkit.

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