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Commencing a research career is an exciting, though at times, daunting experience. There will be new opportunities as well as challenges to negotiate as you progress your research and plan your future.

Within the higher education sector there is significant change underway that will affect higher degree students. Many of those changes are aimed at greater reporting of the activities of our students and in particular their engagement with the University and industry.

The University of Adelaide has historically been an innovator in research training. This tradition continues with the monitoring of student outcomes and the establishment of career skills training. These and other activities are designed to assist you to successfully undertake your research and look to your future career. I encourage you to read the AGC newsletter which will be promoting new courses and training opportunities.

This Research Student Handbook fulfils a number of very specific roles:

Firstly, it records a set of procedures that are used to interpret and implement the appropriate degree rules. This is important as it ensures all students and staff are treated equally.

Secondly, the Handbook explains to students how the University addresses issues of Commonwealth regulations in as much as they impact on student wellbeing and activity.

Thirdly, the Handbook provides guidance to students on how to solve problems which may arise during candidature and outlines the resources available to assist students.

In broad terms, practices relating to research training and research supervision at the University of Adelaide follow the guidelines set down by Universities Australia and the Australian Committee of Graduate Research.

As a research student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the character of our University through the research you undertake, the networks you form (both within and external to the institution) and by the feedback you provide to us, during your candidature and on completion, about your student experience. It is my sincere hope that you will take these responsibilities seriously and assist us to further promote the reputation of our University as an exciting and challenging research environment. If you have any question please feel free to contact to AGC or make an appointment with my office.

For your convenience, where new information has been introduced since 2017 and where the Handbook has been updated for 2018, the relevant sections of the Handbook are labelled with ‘new’ and ‘updated’ respectively.

Writing and producing a handbook of this type requires a great deal of planning and work. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Ms Donna Gould, Associate Director, and Ms Diana Reed, Graduate Research Coordinator, of the Adelaide Graduate Centre, who have been responsible for this thirteenth edition. Once again, we would welcome any feedback that could improve future editions.

Lastly, I encourage you to join in the life of the University. The colleagues and friends you develop at the University will enrich your experiences and add to the vibrancy of our community.  I wish you well with your research.

Professor John Williams
Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research Operations


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