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Terms of Reference - Higher Degrees Research Committee

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Section 1 - Purpose

(1) The Higher Degrees Research Committee is a committee of the Academic Board responsible for Higher Degree Research training across the University. On behalf of the Academic Board, the Committee will:

  1. advise the Academic Board and the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor on research higher degree and research training outcomes, standards and quality;
  2. advise the Academic Board and the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor on strategies to support higher degree research and research training;
  3. monitor, review and make recommendations to Academic Board on Policies and Rules related to:
    1. research higher degree awards; and
    2. scholarships;
  4. be responsible for oversight and Academic Board policy pertaining to research higher degree processes, including, but not limited to:
    1. student admission;
    2. awarding of scholarships;
    3. appointment of supervisors;
    4. confirmation of candidature;
    5. monitoring of candidature and progress;
    6. extensions and interruptions to candidature;
    7. appointment of examiners;
    8. overseeing the examination process; and
    9. recommending award of research higher degrees to Academic Board;
  5. monitor research higher degree pathways;
  6. advise the Academic Board on policies and strategies for the support and development of supervisors and supervisory practices;
  7. consult Research Committee on any matters related to the research training/research intersect;
  8. consult Academic Standards and Quality Committee on any matters related to the research training/teaching and learning intersect; and
  9. report to Academic Board on any matter referred to the Committee by the Academic Board, the Chair, Academic Board, the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor or the Vice-Chancellor.
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Section 2 - Composition

(2) The membership of Higher Degrees Research Committee is:

  1. Chair: a member of the Professoriate, nominated by the Academic Board after consultation with the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor;
  2. Deputy Chair (Research), Academic Board;
  3. Dean, Graduate Studies; and
  4. Director, Higher Degree Research from each Faculty and College, where applicable.

(3) The Committee may co-opt such other persons to its membership as it determines from time to time.