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Are%program%reviews%conducted
Are%reports%available%with%data%on:
·%%%%%%Completion%rates;
·%%%%%%Time%to%completion;%and
·%%%%%%Retention%rates
Is%there%a%regular%audit%of%the%program%alignment%with%the%strategic%directions%of%the
institution
Is%there%a%regular%audit%of%the%program%alignment%with%the%graduate%attributes%set%by%the
institution
Are%the%reports%and%audits%communicated%appropriately%to%stakeholders
Are%there%processes%in%place%that%ensure%that%HDR%candidates%can%demonstrate:
·%%%%%%Design%and%implement%at%a%high%level%of%originality%and%quality,%either%an%original%research
project(s)%of%significance%to%a%discipline%or%cross-disciplinary%field,%or%a%research%based
project(s)%addressing%a%important%problem%or%question%concerning%policy%and/or%practice%in
an%profession%or%industry;
·%%%%%%Effectively%apply%expert%knowledge%and%skills%as%a%scholar%or%leading%practitioner
Are%processes%in%place%that%ensure%HDR%candidates%can%disseminate%knowledge%to%the%wider
community
Are%the%criteria%to%demonstrate%outcomes%communicated%to%relevant%stakeholders
Are%the%criteria%to%demonstrate%outcomes%measured%and%reported
Are%coursework%and/or%research%training%program%requirements%communicated%effectively%to
candidates
Is%a%needs%analysis%conducted%for%each%candidate%and%is%candidate%feedback%collected%on%the
research%training%program
Are%the%results%of%the%needs%analysis%and%the%candidate%feedback%reported%to%the%appropriate
stakeholders
Are%reviews%conducted%on%the%quality%and%effectiveness%of%the%professional%skills
development%course
Are%there%trends%in%the%number%of%candidates%attending%professional%development
Are%there%trends%in%the%perceived%value%of%the%professional%development
Are%mechanisms%in%place%to%obtain%feedback%on%the%HDR%candidate%experience,%including
research%training%and%the%training%environment
Are%mechanisms%in%place%to%evaluate%and%use%this%feedback%to%improve%the%overall%quality%of
the%HDR%candidate%experience
Are selection and admission processes clearly communicated to prospective
candidates
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The institution ensures that selection and admissions procedures are inclusive, clear and easily accessible, consistently applied and equitable. These requirements ensure successful candidates complete their research in a timely manner. The institution ensures that selection and admissions procedures are easily accessible and clearly,
consistently and equitably applied. These requirements ensure successful candidates to complete their research in their proposed field of study in a timely manner.
3.1 Initial Enquiry
Research%candidates%are%provided%with%opportunities%to%develop%professional
and%generic/transferable%skills%during%their%research%program%that%are%relevant
to%their%individual%needs%and%career%aspirations.
These%opportunities%are%widely%promoted%and%may%be%offered%by%research
centres/%laboratories,%schools,%faculties%or%by%central%units.%A%formal%record%of
successful%completion%is%available%through,%for%example,%the%maintenance%of%a
portfolio%by%the%candidate%or%through%the%provision%of%certificates%for%successful
completion.
The%institution%has%in%place%mechanisms%to:
•%Collect,%review%and,%where%appropriate,%respond%to%feedback%from%all
stakeholders%in%HDR%training%and%support;
•%Regularly%survey%candidates%and%provide%feedback%on%the%results%and%any
consequent%changes;
•%Provide%candidates%with%the%opportunity%to%give%confidential%feedback%in%a
safe%environment;%and
•%Conduct%separate%exit%surveys%for%candidates%who%complete%and%do%not
complete.
The%institution%provides%clear,%detailed,%accurate%and%easily%accessible
information%to%allow%applicants%to%make%informed%choices%at%the%point%of%initial
enquiry.
Research%degree%programs%are%evaluated%for%success%in%meeting%expectations
and%needs%of%candidates,%employers,%discipline%groups%and%the%broader
community,%through:
•%Completion%rates,%time%to%completion,%retention%rates;
•%Examination%outcomes;
•%Candidate%surveys;
•%Alignment%with%the%strategic%directions%of%the%institution;%and
•%Alignment%with%the%institution’s%statements%on%graduate%attributes.
A%graduate%of%a%research%degree%program%will%have%demonstrated%the%capacity
to:
•%Design%and%implement%at%a%high%level%of%originality%and%quality,%either%an
original%research%project(s)%of%significance%to%a%discipline%or%cross-disciplinary
field,%or%a%research%based%project(s)%addressing%a%important%problem%or%question
concerning%policy%and/or%practice%in%an%profession%or%industry;
•%Present,%using%one%or%more%appropriate%media,%a%substantial%and%intellectually
coherent%product%or%products(s)%such%as%a%thesis,%dissertation%and%artefacts,%or
exegesis%and%portfolio%of%creative%works%and/or%performance,%for%submission%to
external%examination%against%international%standards;
•%Work%well%with%others%and%contribute%beyond%the%area%of%their%immediate
research%training%as%aligned%with%the%graduate%attributes;
•%Disseminate%knowledge%to%the%wider%community;%and
•%Effectively%apply%expert%knowledge%and%skills%as%a%scholar%or%leading
practitioner.
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Research%degree%programs%include%support%for%the%development%of%advanced
knowledge%and%research%skills%through:
•%Coursework%and/or%research%training%program%requirements,%which%are%clearly
communicated%prior%to%enrolment;
•%A%‘Needs%Assessment’%for%each%candidate%on%appropriate%coursework%and/or
research%skills%training%,%prepared%at%the%outset%of%study%and%reviewed%regularly
during%candidature;%and
•%Timely,%regular%and%constructive%feedback%provided%to%candidates%on%their
ongoing%skills%development.
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·%%%%%%Present,%using%one%or%more%appropriate%media,%a%substantial%and%intellectually%coherent
product%or%products(s)%such%as%a%thesis,%dissertation%and%artefacts,%or%exegesis%and%portfolio
of%creative%works%and/or%performance,%for%submission%to%external%examination%against
international%standards;
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