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Resources & Support

What am I entitled to as a research candidate at UC?

The University sets minimum requirements with regards to the provision of infrastructure support for HDR candidates. HDR candidates are regarded as full members of the academic community, and their needs and requirements are considered with this in mind when resource allocation is negotiated.

For information on minimum resources and project specific funding for research students see Infrastructure Support for HDR Students

Who do I contact about a desk, computer, building access etc.?

Access to resources and funding is managed by the host Faculty or Research Institute.

Your Faculty/Research Institute administrator will be able to assist you with the allocation of a desk, chair, computer, telephone and filing cabinet.

Do I have access to skills development and research training?

The Researcher Development program (UC ReD) provides a range of development workshops and information sessions, as well as maintains online resources and hosts social events for research students at the University.

For more information on the UC ReD program and to see the calendar of events see Researcher Development

Will I have guidance?

HDR students undertake their research under the supervision of a panel of at least two academics that have expertise in an area relevant to the project.

Each student should have a primary supervisor as well as a secondary supervisor. 

The primary supervisor is responsible for providing appropriate academic support and intellectual input throughout the candidature, including:

  • giving guidance about the nature of research and research integrity
  • the requirements of the degree
  • standards expected for the thesis submission
  • choice of research topic
  • planning of the project timeline and requirements for candidature milestones.

What is Progress Support Strategy?

Progress Support Strategy is the first formal step the University takes to help a student at risk of not making satisfactory progress. 

The strategy should be activated by the chair of the supervisory panel for candidates identified as at risk of unsatisfactory progress through such indicators as; failure to submit drafts as arranged; failure to attend meetings as arranged; and overdue or unsatisfactory milestones.

Alternatively a candidate can self-identify as at risk if they have concerns about their own progress.

Read more about Progress Support Strategy

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