New graduate school to boost research strengths

Tuesday, 27 November 2001

Adelaide University will open a new Graduate School for postgraduate research students next year.

The School, which will cater for postgraduate research students from across all Faculties, will build on the University's strengths as one of Australia's foremost research and research training institutions.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cliff Blake, said the School would offer resources and services designed to meet the special needs of postgraduate research students as a group.

"It will constitute a resource centre for postgraduate students, a focal point for students and staff and will operate in partnership with Faculties across the University," Professor Blake said.

"Co-location of the core postgraduate administrative and support functions within a single School will provide a clear focus for research education within the institution. It will also ensure that our quality assurance activities are directed towards those priorities that are consistent with the expectations of the Federal Government and the new Quality Assurance Agency."

Professor Blake said that Adelaide University's research strengths had been recognised yet again this month in the latest round of funding from the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Adelaide emerged as the biggest winner, receiving more than $25.7 million in funding for 37 research projects - the best figure for any Australian university on a per capita basis.

Professor Blake said that the new Graduate School would sit within the portfolio of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and would encompass all matters pertaining to research education, including management of continuing students and postgraduate scholarships.


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