The University is committed to providing HDR candidates with access to the appropriate support.
A Progress Support Strategy (PSS) is the first formal step the University takes to help a candidate who is not progressing as expected, or to provide additional support – for example, to candidates who are returning after an extended period of leave. It is designed to avoid weaknesses growing into major problems later in candidature. The structure, content and outcomes of a PSS are determined through a process of discussion involving the candidate, their Primary Supervisor and the Associate Dean of the Faculty or Director of the Research Institute.
There are many reasons candidates may experience difficulties throughout their candidature and the focus of a Progress Support Strategy is to help get their research back on track for on time completion. A Progress Support Strategy is tailored to individual needs and will give the candidate:
- The opportunity to receive formal support
- Clear expectations on agreed actions and timeframes.
The strategy can be activated in several ways:
- The Chair of the supervisory panel can recommended a PSS for candidates who are not making good progress.
- Candidates can self-identify if they have concerns about their own progress.
- The Faculty Associate Dean (Research) can recommend a PSS if they identify issues through the regular reporting systems.
- Candidates returning from intermission or other leave of more than 3 months may undertake a PSS to ensure they are reconnected to their research, and able to make good progress.
Read more about Progress Support Strategy.