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Glossary of terms

AQF
refers to the Australian Qualifications Framework. The AQF establishes the quality of Australian qualifications. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework: find out more
AHEGS
The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. The AHEGS describes higher education qualifications in an easily understandable way, by including descriptions of the nature, level, context and status of the studies undertaken.
Candidate
A person enrolled for a higher degree by research at the University of Adelaide. The terms 'candidate' and 'student' are used interchangeably in this document.
REDC
The Research Education Development Committee (REDC) established by the Academic Board.
Co-supervisor
A member of the supervisory panel who is a University staff member or titleholder and who is not the principal supervisor.
Development component of the structured program
Refers to the University’s Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program which extends from enrolment to thesis submission.
Domestic applicant/candidate
An applicant/candidate who is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or who holds permanent residency status in Australia.
DIBP
Refers to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. DI refers to the Department of Industry ESOS refers to the Commonwealth Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 which provides consumer protection to international students and requires the University to advise DIBP if students breach their visa conditions
External supervisor
A member of the supervisory panel who is not an academic staff member or titleholder of the University and who is not the principal supervisor (includes visitors and professional staff).
Graduate Centre
The area responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University. The terms Graduate Centre and Adelaide Graduate Centre are used interchangeably.
Head of school
The person who has overall responsibility, including the responsibility to certify theses for examination, for higher degree by research students within the 'School'.
Half-time candidature
A half-time (0.5 time) study load.
Higher degree by research (HRD)
refers to any master's or doctoral degree (PhD/professional doctorate) that comprises a minimum of two thirds of its assessable content by research.
International applicant/candidate
Refers to an applicant/candidate who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand and who does not hold permanent residency status in Australia.
Milestone
Any task, course or review of progress, which a candidates are required to complete during their candidature.
Major scholarship
Refers to Research Training Program (RTP) Awards, Divisional Scholarships, University of Adelaide Scholarships, Adelaide International Scholarships and Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships
Master by Research
A master degree that comprises a minimum of two thirds of its assessable content by research.
Panel
The candidate's supervisory panel: a panel comprises the principal supervisor and one or more co-supervisors.
Parchment
The certificate of qualification awarded by the University following the conferral of a degree. The terms 'testamur' and 'parchment' are used interchangeably within the AGC.
PhD
100% research degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Postgraduate coordinator
The person who, under the direction of the head of school, will oversee the work of all the higher degree by research students in the school.
Principal Supervisor
A member of the supervisory panel who is a University staff member or titleholder and who has been appointed by the head of school to have the primary responsibility for the supervision of a candidate.
Professional doctorate
A doctoral degree that comprises a minimum of two thirds of its assessable content by research and which is specifically aimed at practitioners in the field.
Provisional candidate
A person who is enrolled in a higher degree by research and is within his/her first 12 months of a higher degree by research, or half-time equivalent, and who has not yet satisfactorily completed the major review of progress.
Remote candidate
A student who primarily undertakes his/her degree primarily in an external mode of study.
The Research Training Program (RTP)
The program under which the Department of Education and Training provides block grants, on a calendar-year basis, to support research training for students undertaking doctorate and master’s degrees by research. Students can be offered RTP scholarships for one or more of the following:
  • tuition fees offset
  • stipend for general living costs
  • allowances related to the ancillary cost of research degrees.
RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course. RTP scholarships are available for a maximum period of two years for a research masters and a minimum of three years, up to a maximum of four years for a doctorate.
Review of progress
Any programmed review of progress undertaken by a candidate, including the major review, annual review, minor review and such other reviews that may be instigated by the head of school or the University. Reviews are part of the formal milestones of candidature.
School
The academic organisation unit in which higher degree by research students are enrolled: this may be a School or discipline, depending on the structure of the faculty concerned. Student means a person enrolled for a higher degree by research of the University of Adelaide.
Student
A person enrolled for a higher degree by research at the University of Adelaide. The term 'student' and 'candidatate' are used interchaneably.
Testamur
Certificate of qualification awarded by the University following the conferral of a degree. The terms 'testamur' and 'parchment' are used interchangeably within the AGC.
Thesis
Such materials and activities as are presented by a candidate for examination.
Timely completion
Means such materials and activities as are presented by a candidate for examination.
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