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1 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Australian Research Training Landscape: Legislation, Audit and Enhancing Quality.

2 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Some Background ResearchThree types of Research Degrees. PhD 3-4 years, Professional Doctorate 3-4 years, Research Masters 1-2 years. Know as Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates. Content must be 66% or more Research. A thesis is produced and examined by two or more examiners. NO FEES for domestic students but is change coming?? $3900/$1700 per year proposed for domestic students?? Federal Government funds a Research Training Scheme to support domestic HDRs. QUT = $19.5m for 1100 EFTS. RTS is allocated on the basis of Completions (50%), Research Income (40%), Publications (10%). Performance based.

3 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Some Background been self-accreditingHistorically, Australian Universities have been self-accrediting. However, the Labor Government introduced legislation establishing the Higher Education Standards Panel to provide independent advice to the Minister regarding accreditation of higher education providers. The Rule MakerThe Rule Maker = The Gov also established the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) with monitoring and enforcement functions. Criticised for being very heavy handed. The PoliceThe Police =

4 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Some Background Nov 2013: Change of Government. Revised standards are out for consultation after approval from the new Minister. Feedback closed last Friday. TEQSA: budget trimmed, senior personnel left or on leave, light touch approach approved, red tape to be reduced.

5 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 4.2Research Training4.2Research Training 1.Research training is provided in a supervisory and study environment of research activity or other creative endeavour, enquiry and scholarship, and is guided by an institutional research training policy framework (described further on). 2.Students are admitted to research training only if the resources required for their project will be available and continuity of supervision is assured.

6 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 4.2Research Training4.2Research Training 3.Each research student is supported by continuing supervisory arrangements, including: a.a.a principal supervisor who holds a doctoral degree or has equivalent research experience, is active in research and is publishing in a relevant field or discipline b.b.at least one associate supervisor with relevant research expertise, and c.c.at least one of the supervisors is a member of the staff of the higher education provider or is otherwise formally contracted to the provider for supervisory duties.

7 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 4.2Research Training4.2Research Training 4.Research students participate in an induction to research that includes codes of conduct, ethics, occupational health and safety, intellectual property and any additional matters that are necessary for the type of research to be undertaken. 5.Coursework that is formally included in a course of study that involves research training, whether as a component of or an adjunct to the research training, meets the academic governance and quality assurance requirements required of other coursework offered by the higher education provider.

8 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards D/E 14 An institutional research training policy framework includes:D/E 14 An institutional research training policy framework includes: a.the rights and responsibilities of research students and supervisors b.induction and orientation of research students and supervisors c.monitoring and maintaining research student progress d.assessment and examination of students’ work e.the independence of examiners f.presentation and communication of research outputs, and g.resolution of disputes.

9 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment 5.On completion of research training, students will have demonstrated specific and generic learning outcomes related to research, including: a.a detailed understanding of the specific topic of their research, within a broad understanding of the field of research b.capacity to scope, design and conduct research projects independently c.technical research skills and competence in the application of research methods, and d.skills in analysis, criticism and reporting of research and presentation and publication of their research.

10 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment 6.Assessment of major assessable research outputs for higher degrees by research incorporates external assessment by: a.for doctoral degrees, at least two independent experts with international standing in the field of research who are external to the higher education provider, are competent to undertake the assessment and do not have a conflict of interest, and b.for masters degrees, at least two independent experts who are competent to undertake the assessment and do not have a conflict of interest, at least one of whom is external to the higher education provider and has international standing in the field of research.

11 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The Standards 1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment1.5 Learning Outcomes and Assessment 7.The outputs arising from research training contribute to the development of the field of research, practice or creative field and, in the case of doctoral degrees, demonstrate a significant original contribution. Reference Points i.Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Australian Government 2007). Good Practice Principles of Graduate Research developed by the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS). Deans only deal with research degrees not coursework.ii.Good Practice Principles of Graduate Research developed by the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS). Deans only deal with research degrees not coursework.

12 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The DDOGS Principles The following principles are Reference Points noted in the Standards that should be addressed by Universities for accreditation/under audit. Six Good Practice Principles + 32 Sub-PrinciplesSix Good Practice Principles + 32 Sub-Principles 2 Sub-Principles:1. Admission requirements and processes for entry to graduate research programs should be transparent and clearly documented. (2 Sub-Principles: clear admission criteria; appropriate fit between applicant, research environment, resources and supervision capacity).

13 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The DDOGS Principles 5 Sub-Principles:2. Support for graduate research candidates should focus on facilitating a successful completion within a reasonable timeframe. (5 Sub-Principles: induction; reviewing progress; feedback from candidates; complaints resolution; personal support). 5 Sub-Principles:3. Graduate research candidates are supported to undertake original research and scholarly activities whilst developing key employability skills. (5 Sub-Principles: career skills, milestone education, research skills, experience diverse research environments; review processes and outcomes). 6 Sub-Principles:4. Graduate research candidates have access to information on the resources required for the timely completion of a quality research project, and have an opportunity to engage with scholarly communities both within the university and globally. (6 Sub-Principles: infrastructure policies, required resources; third party support; scholarships; engagement; engage socially).

14 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The DDOGS Principles 7 Sub-Principles:5. Supervisory teams are established to provide guidance to graduate research candidates in the design, conduct and timely completion of the research project; support in publication and dissemination of research findings; and advise on the acquisition of a range of research and other skills as appropriate to the discipline and background of the candidate (7 Sub-Principles: supervisory team; workload allocation; active researchers; eligibility criteria; appointment issues; managing supervisor conduct).

15 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R The DDOGS Principles 7 Sub-Principles:6. Thesis examination is conducted by at least two experts of international standing in the discipline who are external to the enrolling institution, independent of the conduct of the research; and without any real or perceived conflict of interest in reaching their decision. (7 Sub-Principles: research integrity, appointment processes; examiner qualifications; confidentiality, written recommendations; processes for dealing with the results; open access).

16 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Graduate Research Good Practice Principles

17 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R TEQSA Universities/Private Providers are accredited/audited every 5 years by TEQSA. Universities/Private Providers prepare performance portfolios and an audit panel will visit for 3-5 days. Deans will develop a Research Training Portfolio which addresses each of the Standards and the DDoGS principles.Deans will develop a Research Training Portfolio which addresses each of the Standards and the DDoGS principles. The portfolio will provide evidence as the how the University meets or addresses each of the Standards and Principles. The University will receive commendations, affirmations and recommendations.

18 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Professor Joe Luca from Edit Cowan University, in consultation with DDOGS, developed the Good Practice Framework for Research Training. The Framework is a quality enhancing, developmental tool used to assess and benchmark a University’s current practice against good practice. It has 9 Dimensions each with Components.

19 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 1: Governance Components 1.1 HDR Committee 1.2 Policies 1.3 Candidate Representation 1.4 Grievance Procedures and Appeals 1.5 Collaborative Research Support

20 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training 1.1 HDR Committee A central HDR committee defined by clear terms of reference provides leadership for the delivery of postgraduate research training across the university, and reports to a higher governing body within the institution. It is responsible for: Overseeing rules, policies and procedures for candidates; Monitoring candidate performance; Promoting quality research training environment and outcomes; and Overseeing new, and reviewing current HDR programs

21 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training 1.1 HDR Committee Gap Analysis Template Components QuestionsRatingEvidence Recommendations EssentialDesirable 1. Governance Institutions ensure there is an efficient and effective higher degree by research (HDR) governance framework, which assures and enhances research training quality and reports against internal and external reference points. 1.1 HDR Committee A central HDR committee defined by clear terms of reference provides leadership for the delivery of postgraduate research training across the university, and reports to a higher governing body within the institution. It is responsible for: Overseeing rules, policies and procedures for candidates; Monitoring candidate performance; Promoting quality research training environment and outcomes; and Overseeing new, and reviewing current HDR programs. Does the institution regularly audit the central HDR committee for compliance in Yes -Effective strategies are implemented successfully across the faculty. Yes, but - Good strategies in place, some limitations or some further work needed. No, but - This area hasn’t yet been effectively addressed, but some significant work is being done across the faculty or institution. No - Effective strategies not developed." · Overseeing rules, policies and procedures for HDR candidates; · Monitoring HDR candidate performance; · Promoting quality research training environment and outcomes; and · Overseeing new, and reviewing current HDR programs? Are these communicated appropriately to stakeholders?

22 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 2: Program and Outcomes Components 2.1 HDR Program Evaluation 2.2 Candidate Outcome 2.3 Coursework and Research Training Skills 2.4 Professional Skill Development 2.5 Candidate Feedback Mechanisms

23 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 3: Selection and Admission Components 3.1 Initial Enquiry 3.2 Entry Pathways 3.3 Transfer and Advanced Standing 3.4 Matching Needs, Resources and Supervision 3.5 Selection, Approval and Offer

24 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 4: Supervision Components 4.1 Supervision Capacity 4.2 Supervisor Eligibility 4.3 Supervisory Team Compliance 4.4 Supervisor Development and Support

25 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 5: Candidature Management Components 5.1 Supervisor and Candidate Responsibilities 5.2 Orientation and Induction 5.3 Confirmation of Candidature 5.4 Candidate Progression 5.5 Variations to Candidature

26 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 6: Responsible Conduct of Research Components 6.1 Responsible Research and Academic Integrity 6.2 Ethics 6.3 Intellectual Property

27 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 7: Candidate Support Components 7.1 Scholarships 7.2 Research Culture and Engagement 7.3 Resources and Infrastructure 7.4 Travel Support 7.5 Pastoral Care 7.6 Support Services for Diversity 7.7 Post Thesis Submission Support

28 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 8: Employability Skills Development Components 8.1 Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio 8.2 Career Development 8.3 Networking 8.4 Interdisciplinary Awareness 8.5 Mobility and International Awareness

29 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training Dimension 9: Examination Components 9.1 Pre Submission Review 9.2 Appointment of Examiners 9.3 Examination of Thesis 9.4 Conferral of Award

30 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Good Practice Framework: Facilitating High Quality Research Training practice-framework-for-research-traininghttp://www.ecu.edu.au/centres/graduate-research-school/good- practice-framework-for-research-training Key words for Google: ECU Good Practice Framework

31 CRICOS No J a university for the world real R Summary Summary Characterisation of The Australian Research Training Landscape Characterisation of The Australian Research Training Landscape Political. Performance Matters. Legislative. Academic input via Principles is valued. Focus on quality and good practice. Timely completions are highly valued.


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