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1 Graduate Research Degree Orientation 2013 Decision Making and Governance

2 Graduate Research Programs – valued university degrees

3 The Graduate Research Committee (GRC) Ensures excellence in research training and the timely completion of theses and programs of study. Administers the relevant research degree regulations, and advises the Monash University Academic Board on all matters of policy relating to these programs. Administers graduate research scholarships and grants Approves all new graduate research courses and units and amendments to existing programs

4 GRC Membership Chair: Professor Zlatko Skrbis (PVC, Research and Research Training) Deputy Chair/Convenor of Steering Committee: Professor Rod Devenish Director, MIGR Faculty Academic Representatives Remote Campus Representatives (Gippsland, Malaysia, Monash South Africa) Student Representatives (Monash Postgraduate Association) Representation from Faculty Research Offices

5 Monash University Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR) Established in July 2012 Members comprise accredited academic supervisors while the MIGR Office attends to the management and administration of all MIGR-related activities

6 Role of the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research Administers University-wide research degrees, including all doctoral and research master’s degrees. Implements the research training strategies and targets of the University. For Faculties – processes enrolments, monitors graduate research candidature and co-ordinates the examination process. For graduate research students - administers graduate research admissions, enrolments and course completions. Scholarships and other awards. Research training activities and graduate research policy development.

7 Doctoral and Research Masters Handbooks Chapter 1Introduction Chapter 2Admission to candidature Chapter 3Conditions of candidature Chapter 4Changes to candidature Chapter 5Supervision and the Code of Practice Chapter 6Intellectual Property Chapter 7Thesis and examination matters

8 Chapter 8Grievance and appeal, discipline and termination Chapter 9Fees, scholarships and grants Chapter 10 Facilities and services Chapter 11 Directory Chapter 12 Appendices

9 CODE OF PRACTICE for supervision of doctoral and research masters candidates – 5 parts A.Responsibilities at the University level B.Responsibilities at the academic unit and faculty level C.Responsibilities of the Supervisor D.Responsibilities of the Candidate E. Conflicts of Interest

10 Responsibilities at the academic unit and faculty level Associate Dean with responsibility for Graduate Research Training Faculty Research Office Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies Academic Unit/Research Officer

11 Responsibilities of the Supervisor Guidance to candidate Establishment of timelines Employment Occupational health and safety Responsible research practice and ethics Intellectual property Regular advice on progress

12 Responsibilities of the Candidate Regulations and guidelines Use of resources and facilities Academic Unit activities and meeting with other researchers Safe working practices Ethical research practices Retention of data Meetings/communications with supervisor(s) Employment Documenting progress

13 Grievance procedures Take the initiative in raising problems or difficulties and seek solutions to these problems Be aware of University grievance procedures, but seek negotiated solutions to any problems before recourse to those procedures (see chapter 8 of the relevant Handbook)Handbook Independent advice – The Monash Postgraduate Association (see

14 Confirmation of Candidature All probationary candidates are required to present their work in progress to a review panel and submit a confirmation of candidature report at the end of their probationary period The probationary period can vary depending upon the degree in which the candidate is enrolled (See Chapter 3 of the relevant Handbook) Handbook MIGR sends out confirmation due date notifications

15 Confirmation Requirements 1.Review Panel 2.Written report – minimum 1000 words 3.Oral presentation – to Review Panel 4.Review Panel report and recommendation to MIGR (See Chapter 12 of the relevant Handbook for faculty- specific requirements, at x.html)

16 Mid Candidature Review and Pre- Submission Seminar Doctoral candidates commencing 1 January 2010 onwards must undertake a mid- candidature review and pre-submission seminar. System supports candidates and supervisors to keep on track and focused. Some candidates are exempt from this requirement (See degrees/handbook/chapter-three/3-8.html)

17 Study Away and Travel Warnings Important element of international graduate research experience Duty of care No study away in first 6 months Study Away form to be sent to MIGR well in advance of travel (Form can be accessed from

18 Skills Essentials (formerly exPERT) Seminar and Workshop Series An enhanced suite of free seminars, workshops, online and short training courses introduced to support and be in line with the new Monash PhD programs Online Podcasts and Powerpoints

19 MIGR Contact Information Telephone: Fax: Address: Building 3D Clayton Campus Wellington Road Monash University Victoria 3800, Australia


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