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Is feedback collected on the selection and admission processes
Are selection and admission processes reviewed on a regular basis
Are there clear policy and procedures on entry pathways into the HDR
program
Are entry pathways into HRD clearly communicated to relevant stakeholders
Are entry pathways audited regularly
Is there a policy or guidelines that allows for advanced standing
Are the candidates who have transferred between HDR degrees meeting the key
milestones
Are there transparent processes and criteria for determining eligibility for
advanced standing or credit transfer.
Does the university participate in inter-institution or cross sector
agreement on admission standards
Are these transfers and advanced standing process communicated clearly to
relevant stakeholders
Are there mechanisms in place to ensure the adequacy and availability for
matching needs, resources and supervision
Are the adequacy and availability of the resources (such as a suitable
supervisor/ supervisory team, infrastructure and financial support) for
candidates being regularly reviewed and are the changes being implemented
Are there mechanisms in place to ensure that selection processes for
domestic and international candidates are consistent, effective, efficient
and equitable
Are there mechanisms to ensure that candidates meet the English language
proficiency required by the university
Are there policies and/or guidelines in place outlining the number of
candidates that a member of staff should supervise at any one time
Are there sufficient experienced supervisors to support all candidates
Is supervisory workload factored into the overall workload model
Is supervision capacity regularly reviewed and reported to the appropriate
stakeholders
Is there a system for recording supervisor eligibility
3.2 Entry Pathways
The%institution%provides%clear,%detailed,%accurate%and%easily%accessible
information%to%allow%applicants%to%make%informed%choices%at%the%point%of%initial
enquiry.
The institution provides HDR candidates with a supervisory team that has an appropriate mix of expertise in the discipline(s) of the candidate’s research, the relevant research methods, and in supervising successful research degree completions. The supervisory team must mentor and actively assist the candidate, meet the academic and
administrative requirements of the institution, tailor their practice to the needs of individual candidates and provide access to appropriate support and pastoral care as required.
4.1 Supervision Capacity
4.2 Supervisor Eligibility
The%institution%ensures%that:
•%There%are%sufficient%experienced%supervisors%to%support%all%candidates
(entering%and%enrolled),%and%that%alternative%supervision%is%available%in%the%event
of%staff%leaving%or%becoming%unavailable;
•%Research%supervision%is%formally%and%transparently%recognised%in%workload
formulae;%and
•%Policies%and/%or%guidelines%exist%regarding%the%number%of%candidates%that%a
member%of%staff%should%supervise%at%any%one%time.
The%institution%has%a%system%for%recording%supervisor%eligibility,%and%a%policy%on
the%appointment%of%supervisors%that%makes%reference%to:
•%The%skills%and%experience%relevant%to%supervising%projects%in%a%given%area;
•%The%supervisor’s%level%of%research%activity;
•%Relevant%qualifications;%and
•%Ongoing%involvement%in%developing%and%maintaining%knowledge%and%expertise
in%research%degree%supervision.
The%principal%supervisor%must%meet%relevant%eligibility%criteria,%coordinate
support%for%the%research%project,%and%lead%the%supervisory%team%for%each
candidate.%It%is%expected%that%other%members%of%the%supervisory%team%would
also%normally%meet%relevant%eligibility%criteria.
Selection%processes%for%domestic%and%international%candidates%are%transparent,
consistent,%effective,%efficient%and%equitable.%Approval%and%a%subsequent%offer
will%indicate%the%institution%believes%the%match%between%candidate,%supervisor(s)
and%project%(see%also%3.4)%is%likely%to%lead%to%the%timely%completion%of%a%high
quality%research%degree.
At%the%time%of%selection%the%institution%requires%that%candidates%have%English
language%proficiency%at%the%level%of%International%English%Language%Testing
System%(IELTS)%as%agreed%by%the%institution%and%provide%further%support%to%those
candidates%whose%English%is%a%second%language.
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Clear%information%is%provided%on%eligibility%and%entry%pathways%into%HDR
programs%for%domestic%and%international%candidates,%including%opportunities%for
entry%outside%normal%routes%and/%or%under%exceptional%circumstances.
Distinction%is%made%between%recognising%prior%academic%study%and/or
professional%experience%for%the%purpose%of%determining%eligibility%and%for
allowing%credit%for%course%requirements.%The%same%evidence%of%prior%experience
cannot%be%used%for%both%course%entry%and%subsequent%credit.
3.3 Transfer and Advanced Standing
3.4 Matching Needs, Resources and Supervision
3.5 Selection, Approval and Offer
The%institution%has:
•%Policies%and%guidelines%that%allow%flexible%pathways%into%and%out%of%different
HDR%programs%including%transfer%(credit,%intellectual%property%and%EFTSL
consumed)%within%and%between%institutions;
•%Inter-institution%or%cross%sector%agreements%about%admission%standards;%and
•%Transparent%processes%and%criteria%for%determining%eligibility%for%advanced
standing%or%credit%transfer.
The%institution%has%transparent%processes%and%determines%if%an%adequate%fit
exists%between%a%candidate%and%the%institution,%the%viability%of%the%project,
supervision%capacity%across%the%disciplines,%and%adequacy%of%resources%to%guide
HDR%enrolment%targets%(for%example,%number%of%enrolments).
Each%entering%candidate%will%be%provided%with:
•%A%suitable%supervisor/supervisory%team;
•%Appropriate%research%and%research%training%infrastructure;%and
•%Adequate%financial%and%any%other%necessary%resources%for%the%proposed
research%project%agreed%to%with%the%supervisor/supervisory%team,%aligning%with
Are selection approval and offer processed regularly reviewed and reported
to the appropriate stakeholders
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