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AGC e-News
Published: 13 December 2017

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Message from the Dean


It has been a very busy year for Higher Degree training.  Even at this time of the year as we all rush to complete outstanding work, it is important to reflect on the many achievement of supervisors and students alike.

During the year I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the exciting research and research training that is undertaken by our Higher Degree by Research students.  Despite the various challenges that universities may face in terms of resourcing, there can be no doubt that there remains an abundance of talented researchers.  The future is bright.
The implementation of the new Research Training Program (RTP) was seamless and a reflection on the professionalism of the staff of the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

Similarly the Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) was implemented.  I encourage colleagues to review the list of activities on the CaRST website.  As there are significant changes in the career paths of our HDR students the University is committed to preparing our graduates for exacting roles in industry, as well as the academy.  My thanks to the CaRST team for their great work.

I would like to wish you all the very best with your continued candidature and I am sure you will continue to find a receptive ear in the Dean’s Office if, and when, things get difficult.  I would, as always, urge you to address any issues sooner rather than later. The end of candidature is not the time to resolve problems of years standing!

May I also thank my colleagues in the Graduate Centre.  As a team they work diligently to support supervisors and students who undertake the important research upon which the University’s reputation is founded.

I will finally take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy break over the holiday period.

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Adelaide Graduate Centre Re-location

The Adelaide Graduate Centre will be temporarily relocating whilst the Schulz building is closed for extensive electrical works.  There will be no building access during this time.

From Monday 18 December at 9am until Friday 12 January at 5pm, the Graduate Centre will be located on Level 5 of the Oliphant Building, North Terrace Campus. 

Business will continue as usual from the Oliphant Building and the Graduate Centre’s phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

Post-examination thesis copies will remain in the Schulz building, therefore we request that students defer collection where possible until the Graduate Centre returns to the Schulz building.

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Adelaide Graduate Centre Christmas Close Down

The Graduate Centre will be closed from 12pm on Friday 22nd December until 9am on Tuesday 2 January.

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Leave of Absence for International Students – reminder for timely applications

All international students and their supervisors are reminded that leave of absence should be applied for in advance.  In cases where retrospective leave is required, eg. sick leave, applications must be submitted as soon as possible after the leave commences and within 24 calendar days due to mandatory government reporting requirements.  Note that for long periods of sick leave multiple applications may need to be submitted or supervisors may need to submit the application to ensure that reporting requirements are met and the leave can be approved.  If the leave application cannot be submitted within this timeframe, or you are unsure of what is needed, please discuss your situation, or your student’s situation, with International Student Support as a matter of urgency:  As always, please ensure appropriate supporting documentation, eg. medical certificates, dating from the beginning of the leave is collected and submitted with any leave application.

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You will lose access to Blackboard after 15 December 2017

This is a reminder that access to Blackboard will be discontinued on 15 December 2017. Please note that if you are currently completing a course or assessment module, such as a quiz, you must complete this by Thursday 14 December for it to be counted in our records.  If you are about to commence one of the below modules we suggest that you access the course from Saturday 16 December on the new platform Canvas.

The following courses will be available for you to self-enrol in MyUni as of Saturday 16 December 2017:

  • Postgraduate Research Induction — AU_AGC_PRI_2018
  • Turnitin Originality Check – AU_MUS_0001 (Self-enrol here).

Postgraduate research students are encouraged to enrol in the Turnitin module. You can submit, revise and resubmit your documents as many times as necessary to ensure that your work contains no examples of accidental plagiarism. Turnitin can be a powerful tool to help you refine your skills as a researcher in compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

If you have any issues with accessing these courses or any questions in relation to assessment modules please contact

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Change to the Number of Thesis Copies Required for Final Thesis Lodgement from January 2018

From January 2018 students whose thesis has been examined and passed will no longer need to lodge a final permanently bound printed copy of their approved thesis to qualify, academically for the degree.  Only a digital copy of the approved thesis on a CD/DVD/USB flash drive is required, along with a Final Thesis Lodgement form.  This change will shortly be reflected in the 2018 Specifications for Thesis and on the Adelaide Graduate Centre website in the 2018 Research Student Handbook.

If you will be lodging your final thesis with the Graduate Centre in 2017, you will need to submit the permanently bound printed copy of your thesis, the digital copy on CD/DVD/USB flash drive and a completed '2017 Final thesis Lodgement Form'.

However, if you plan to lodge your final thesis with the Graduate Centre in 2018, you will only need to lodge a digital copy of your final thesis together with a '2018 Final Thesis Lodgement Form'. A permanently bound printed copy of a final thesis is no longer be required. 

Noting that your final thesis will still be accepted by the Graduate Centre if it contains the relevant 2017 declaration, you may amend the declaration to the relevant 2018 version (which removes references to a printed thesis) if you wish.  The 2018 version of the declaration.

There has been no change to the requirements for submission for examination where one printed copy and one digital copy on CD/DVD/USB flash drive, along with a Certification of Thesis form is required. 

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Pitch It Clever Competition – Submissions Open

Are you a PhD student or early career researcher? Pitch your research outline in a 2 min video to win the Universities Australia ‘Pitch it Clever’ competition. Visit the Pitch it Clever website for more information and to submit your video.

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Deadlines for Conferral in January 2018 are Approaching

To be eligible for conferral at the next available conferral date you must satisfy the following conditions by the relevant deadlines:

  • Have applied for conferral by the "Application Deadline"
  • Have qualified for the award of your degree and lodged your required final paper and digital thesis copies with the Graduate Centre by the Thesis & AHEGS Abstract Deadline
  • Completed the Online Exit Survey
  • Have resolved any outstanding debts to the University by the BPAY Deadline
  • Have checked your application in Access Adelaide and ensured that the details of the award to be conferred on you are correct, by the Anomalies Deadline
  • Have nominated the Graduation Ceremony you wish to attend in Access Adelaide (or recorded that you wish to receive your testamur in absentia), by the relevant deadline specified in Access Adelaide.

More information on relevant deadlines for the 8 January 2018 conferral.

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Free, Independent and Confidential Counselling Service

Did you know that as a Postgraduate Student you are entitled to access counselling services provided to students at The University of Adelaide. To find out more information visit the Counselling Centre website

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Free and Confidential Disability Service

“As a Postgraduate student you are also eligible for assistance from the Disability Service if you have a disability or ongoing medical condition. Information about the nature of your disability is not disclosed – information obtained from you about the functional impact of the disability is shared with academic staff solely for the purpose of assisting you with your studies. Details relating to the Disability Service and the on line registration process can be found on the Disability website.

Useful resources for staff can be found at the staff section of the Disability website.


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