Associate Professor Kay Bussey - Winner of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision
Associate Professor Kay Bussey - Winner of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision

Multileveled Mentoring

Associate Professor Kay Bussey provides enabling research mentoring in a way that flows through the entire research ecosystem. From recently appointed postdoctoral researchers, to higher degree research candidates, through to final year undergraduate students – Associate Professor Bussey doesn’t leave anyone out.

Associate Professor Bussey’s approach to research mentoring ensures a long-term pipeline of enhanced research capability. Training is provided to higher degree research candidates in the supervision of final-year undergraduate research volunteers during fieldwork. These volunteers assist the higher degree research candidates in studies and the collection of research data. The higher degree research candidates gain expertise in supervising a research team and the undergraduate students gain a snapshot of what it is like to conduct research. This approach creates a system where everyone gains from the experience while the underpinning research continues to develop.

Associate Professor Bussey also mentors staff members who are supervising a PhD student to completion for the first time. This mentoring encompasses the whole proves of how to select examiners and prepare the relevant paper work, how to select the most appropriate manner to provide feedback to the candidate, and how to respond to examiners reports. Associate Professor Bussey has created concentrations of research excellence through her research mentoring activities.