Introduction (Or… what have I gotten myself into?)
Supervising a thesis student is not difficult. It can, however, be angst-inducing for inexperienced supervisors. I recall my own insecurity when asked to supervise my first thesis candidate – an Honours student for whom hindsight makes me feel sorry. I remember at the time seeking the advice of a more experienced colleague, bemoaning the fact that I was too inexperienced for the task. His response was simply “so what’s the best way to get experience?”. These words, although perceived as being dismissively callous at the time, have held me in good stead.