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1 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F UKCGE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 Growing quality in uncertain times Prof Nicky Solomon, Dean, Graduate Research School University of Technology, Sydney

2 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F GRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOOL AIMS TO…... produce the next generation of researchers and graduates who can lead their professions and industries in the context of: Numerous government regulations, e.g. AQF, TEQSA, HESF, UN & Autonomous Sanctions Several national guidelines and principles UTS research strategy UTS academic standards UTS academic risk register uts.edu.au

3 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F KEY CHANGES/CHALLENGES Heightened expectations of doctoral graduates (by both the university and doctoral students) Changing HDR student population (age, backgrounds, aspirations/ destinations etc) Significant government budget changes Increased global and local competitive market Internationalisation of research and research degrees uts.edu.au

4 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F GRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOOL Strategic Priorities 1 Growth & Capacity 2 Researcher development 3 Research quality Strategic Intent 1 Contribute to the global demand for more researchers. Build research performance to increase the ranking and research income of UTS. Advance knowledge in the world that will impact on real world problems. 2 Develop researchers for the contemporary world who have the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, to be excellent communicators; to be mobile & global; to be productive; in order to build their reputation and that of UTS. 3 Provide a quality research environment that includes infrastructure, policies, guidelines and services, in order to contribute to the development of a research culture that features high quality research students, supervision, and administrative services. uts.edu.au

5 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F GROWTH AND CAPACITY: OBJECTIVES Attract high quality students that align with UTS strengths Provide flexible doctoral programs and scholarship schemes that align with UTS strengths Formalise international collaborations (including joint doctorates) and international scholarship schemes that will: - contribute to UTS research profile and performance - deliver additional income & mobility opportunities for staff & students Expand industry doctorates Increase number of timely completions and publications to drive research income uts.edu.au

6 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F SOME GROWTH FIGURES International as a % of load 20% in 2009, 26.4% in 2010, 30.3% in 2011, 33.5% in 2012, 36.6% in % in 2014 (Spring 2014 not included) Completions 20% increase since 2010 HDR contribution to publications 50% increase since 2010 uts.edu.au

7 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT: OBJECTIVES Achieve a key purpose of the UTS framework for doctoral education, ie., doctoral studies at UTS advance knowledge and develop the researcher Improve HDR supervision capacity and skills Develop a research culture and a sense of community that provides HDRs and researchers with opportunities to increase their productivity and to align their research with UTS priorities Expand research literacy provision to ensure enhanced language and literacy skills of HDRs and researchers and the consequent impact on UTS research performance and reputation Build on industry collaborations to assist in the development of industry-ready research graduates uts.edu.au

8 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F HDR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2014 Induction program - or stage I students Development program for Stage 2 & 3 students Research literacies and writing workshops Statistics training Information sessions Social activities (Research cafe and social networking dinner) Inspire program (HDR development week with doctoral students from 5 Sydney universities) Three minute thesis competition International HDR ‘kickstart’ induction program uts.edu.au

9 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F SUPERVISOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS GRS Supervisor development program for new and experienced supervisors, with central modules accompanied by mentoring and faculty supervisor development programs Mentoring program for HDRs –ECRs mentor HDRs uts.edu.au

10 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F RESEARCH QUALITY: OBJECTIVES Provide seamless service, administration and management of researchers’ candidature and scholarship needs, particularly admissions and examinations Facilitate connections across portfolios, units and faculties as well as a sense of belonging to a research community to enrich the student experience Lead policy development and support implementation to ensure compliance and ethical standards are met uts.edu.au

11 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F GRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOOL BOARD Admissions policy and procedures Revised supervisor protocol (for approval) with initial and ongoing registration linked to participation in workshops and mentoring program Research student support and research environment Thesis examination and submission Guidelines for including publications in the thesis Revised code of practice Rules and procedures for overtime candidatures Review of collaborative research degree framework Pathways to higher degrees by research report Online doctoral study plan uts.edu.au

12 UTS CRICOS PROVIDER CODE: 00099F PRESSURE POINTS Supervisors engagement with ‘the new world’ Investment needed Management of risks related to government legislation and compliance frameworks Working collaboratively in the competitive environment uts.edu.au


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