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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning


The following sections provide examples of the different roles of graduate supervisors, student, graduate coordinator, School of Graduate Studies, and the CTL. In addition, the SGS provides a Guide to Graduate Supervision describing these roles and responsibilities.

Role of Supervisor

  • Student as: clients, products, partners
  • Role & responsibility of supervisors: Advise, monitor, mentor
  • Meetings/consultation: be available, advisory committee, constructive feedback
  • Basic Principles: academic integrity, freedom of inquiry/expression
  • Financial assistance: conditions, hard copy
  • Knowledge of regulations & procedures: departmental, graduate school, help lines
  • Absence: sabbatical, conference, family, alternative supervision, inform
  • Intellectual property/publication: implications, obligations, conditions, publication/conferences
  • Termination: conflict, alternate supervisor

Role of the Student

  • Academic achievement: degree requirements, build relationship, seek advice
  • Regulations: deadlines
  • Intellectual property: policy, draft documents
  • Communication: supervisor, absence
  • Safety: Regulations
  • Financial assistance: terms/conditions
  • Termination of supervisor: conflict, regulations
  • Time management
  • Work with a research team

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