FACULTY OF ECONOMICS & BUSINESS
RESEARCH MANAGEMENT PLAN
Professor David Grant
Associate Dean (Research)
Professor Elizabeth Cowley
Director of Doctoral Studies
Ms Rebecca Connell
Faculty Research Manager
Faculty of Economics & Business
University of Sydney
Table of Contents
1. Faculty’s Mission and Research Management Plan Page 3
2. Strategic Priorities Page 4
3. Action Plan Page 8
Faculty of Economics and Business
Research Management Plan 2009-2010
1. THE FACULTY’S MISSION AND RESEARCH MANAGEMENT PLAN
The mission of the Faculty of Economics and Business is to build and sustain the leading learning
community in business, economics and government in Australia and its region. As part of this
mission, the Faculty is required to continue to develop its reputation for carrying out pure and
applied research and research training to nationally and internationally recognised standards. In so
doing, the Faculty will conduct research that advances fundamental knowledge and is applied to
meet the challenges faced by business, industry and government and other key actors within society
such as NGOs and international agencies.
In line with the Faculty’s mission, the following Research Management Plan (RMP) sets out how
the Faculty seeks to enhance the research capacity and performance of staff and HDR students in
2009-2010. It focuses on key research-related performance areas as defined by the University and
Faculty. In so doing, it identifies some key strategic priorities. It then outlines both ongoing and
new research initiatives that are designed to enhance performance in these areas.
In order to evaluate and measure Faculty research performance the RMP includes a number of Key
Performance Indicators (KPIs). Meeting these KPIs will ensure that the Faculty is in an optimum
position to perform to the best of its ability in the forthcoming Excellence for Research in Australia
(ERA) exercise and that it meets or exceeds performance standards required by the University and
professional accrediting bodies such as AACSB and EQUIS.
It is the responsibility of the Associate Dean Research, working with the Director Doctoral Studies
Program, members of the FRC and other senior Faculty to action the RMP and meet the KPIs
therein. In working to meet these objectives, they will be assisted by the Faculty Research Manager
and staff in the Faculty Research Unit. Where appropriate ongoing and new research initiatives that
form part of the RMP will be resourced through the Faculty Research Budget. A copy of the 2009
budget is attached as Appendix 1
This RMP was approved by the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) at its meeting of 25 February
2009. It was also endorsed by the Faculty Executive Committee at its meeting of 11 March, 2009.
2. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
The Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney is in a position of strength and
considerable national and international standing. It is recognised as one of the leading faculties of
its kind in Australia and the Asian region. The Faculty is ambitious to build on this position such
that it is recognised as a world class centre of excellence for research in economics and business
related disciplines. In order to achieve this it has identified a number of strategic priorities related to
staff research and scholarship and the HDR program:
1. Staff Research and Scholarship
1.1. Increasing Number and Quality of Publications Outputs
The total number of Faculty DEEWR-audited publications from 2003–2007 was almost 1,800,
with peer reviewed journal articles representing 55 percent of this total. The Faculty’s total
publications output increased by over 120 percent from 2002–2007. Despite these increases,
the Faculty needs to establish targets to increase the quality and standing of current and
prospective staff publications. In particular there is a need to increase the number of top tier
refereed journal papers produced by members of the Faculty. Related to this is a need to
provide a transparent, consistent and fair Faculty wide journals rankings list that aids in the
selection and recruitment of new staff, guides applicants in the preparation of promotion
applications and assists in the assessment of their applications, assists in the drawing up and
assessment of market and merit loading applications, assists in determining annual financial
rewards to staff in relation to their publications and; acts as a useful resource in the planning
and drawing up of the Faculty’s submission to the forthcoming ERA.
1.2. Increasing Research Income
From 2003-2007 the Faculty received $17.8m in research income with DEEWR Category 1
National Competitive Grants representing more than 60 per cent of this amount. Further, the
amount of research income received per annum across all DEEWR categories of grant income
increased over this period. The number of competitive grants secured each year has also risen.
Thirteen new competitive ARC grants were obtained in 2006, with another 10 awarded for
2007 and 12 for 2008. By 2008, the total number of grants held by staff was 40 - a record
level for the Faculty. While the Faculty has been highly successful in gaining ARC funding
from Discovery and Linkage programs, the number of quality applications, per year still needs
to be increased especially in relation to the Linkage program. The number of local and
international research academics applying for and being awarded funding under the various
ARC fellowship schemes also needs to increase. Further, the amount of research funding from
sources other than that available through the ARC remains low. The Faculty needs to increase
the amounts of funding from industry, business and other organisations covered in DEEWR
research funding categories 2, 3 and 4.
1.3. Increasing the Number of Research Active Staff
Quality and quantity of publications as well as levels of research income and HDR student
supervision are linked to the number of research active staff. The number of Faculty research
active staff (as defined by the University) has significantly improved in recent years (from
57% in 2001 to approximately 80% in 2008). However, there is a need to further increase the
proportion of research active staff within the Faculty. In addition, the Faculty needs to address
variability among disciplines in terms of the proportion of research active staff.
1.4. Expanded Support for Early Career Researchers (ECRs)
ECRs (as defined by the Government and ARC) represent 24% of the Faculty’s permanent
academic staff (31% of academic staff with a PhD). A further 14% of permanent staff are
currently undertaking their PhD and can also be considered ECRs. The Faculty needs to
continue to expand on the range of processes for identifying and supporting the Faculty’s
large number of ECRs so as to improve their research capabilities and performance. Support
for ECRs is also essential to attracting and retaining high quality staff and is recognised as
having a significant and beneficial impact on numbers of research active staff the Faculty’s
research performance overall.
1.5. Encouraging Interdisciplinary Research
The Faculty values disciplinary-based research, but it also values research programs and
projects that combine the insights and contributions from a wide range of disciplines within
the Faculty. It is important that staff continue to receive encouragement to pursue these
activities. In particular, they need to be able to apply for Faculty funding aimed at increasing
interdisciplinary collaborative research on an ongoing basis.
1.6. Raising The Faculty’s Research Profile in the External Community
Our research is not as well known as it should be within the external community. Actions need
to be taken to raise awareness among business, industry and government about the value and
relevance of research and scholarship undertaken within the Faculty.
1.7. Maximising International Research Collaborations
The need to sustain and improve the Faculty’s international research reputation continues to
be a priority. There is a need to continue to maximise opportunities at the individual,
discipline and Faculty levels to build strong strategic and collaborative research links with
international institutions (as well as with international business, industry, governments,
NGOs, etc) that have complementary research interests.
1.8. Preparing for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Quality Assessment
In November 2007, the new Federal Government announced that the RQF exercise would be
replaced by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Quality Assessment Exercise to
evaluate the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities. Preparatory work and
data collection will continue through 2009, with the Economics and Business cluster due for
assessment in 2010. Academic and strategic planning initiatives and associated performance
measurements of the Faculty will need to be consistent with – but not wholly driven by –
requirements of the ERA. Ongoing and strategic leadership in relation to planning the
Faculty’s response to the ERA exercise will be needed through 2009 and beyond.
1.9. Improving Research-Related Information Management
The need for timely and accurate data related to the Faculty's research performance has
become all the more acute in recent years. The Faculty needs to continue to develop the
Faculty’s new database management system (Digital Measures) to ensure the collection,
management and reporting of academic staff research, teaching and service activities for
research reporting, strategic planning, accreditation and performance management purposes. It
also needs to be involved in all aspects of the development of the University’s Research
Integrated Management System (RIMS) to ensure that the Faculty’s requirements are
considered at every stage. Further there is a need to establish an “in-house” database for HDR
students to ensure that the data management and record keeping needs of the Faculty Research
Unit are met.
1.10. Encouraging and Recognising Research into Teaching and Learning and Research
The Office of Learning and Teaching in Economics and Business (OLTEB) was established in
October 2004. OLTEB fosters scholarship of teaching research and research-led teaching by
staff within the Faculty. A number of initiatives designed to increase scholarship of teaching
research and improve the practice of research-led teaching have been implemented in the past
two years. The benefits of these initiatives can be seen where for example the Faculty has
experienced a significant rise in funding received through the teaching scholarship index from
$127,000 in 2003 to $175,000 in 2006 1 and Carrick grants. Further opportunities to provide
support for, and to recognise and reward such activity need to be developed.
2. HDR Program
Over 200 local and international doctoral candidates are enrolled across the full range of
economics and business related disciplines represented in the Faculty. This represents one of
the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in Australia and the Asia-
Pacific region. The strategic goal of the Faculty of Economics and Business for the Higher
Degree by Research (HDR) programs is to provide the appropriate balance of structured
learning, breadth of knowledge, and standardisation across the disciplines such that we
facilitate the best possible academic experience during our students’ candidatures and we
produce world class scholars who will be sought after as academic staff in leading research
institutions and/or leaders in industry and public administration. To work toward this goal, the
following priorities have been identified;
2.1 Improving the Structure of the PhD Program
In 2008, the Faculty offered five units of study to HDR students. Although enrolment was
voluntary, all of the units were well attended with some of the units being capped at numbers
far exceeding expectations. In 2009, commencing PhD students will be required to complete a
coursework component as part of the degree. We will be reviewing the content of the
coursework and the systems in place to facilitate the goal of enhancing the methodological
skills of students.
2.2 Improving the Placement of HDR Graduates
Our placement record for graduating HDR students continues to improve with graduates
offered places at Go8 universities in Australia and prestigious universities overseas such as
Oxford and New York University. However, we need to improve our record. We will establish
a working party to determine and make recommendations which will ensure the best possible
placement for our PhD graduates. Recommendations may include coursework requirements to
improve the likelihood of publishing during the program; increased attendance at specifically
targeted doctoral colloquiums; strengthening the resumes of students with more formal
interaction with International Visiting Scholars; and monitoring top-performing students for
greater resource investment and potential internal employment offers.
2.3 Enhancing our Global Reputation
We have an opportunity to enhance our global profile by further strengthening our
involvement with the Consortium of European Management Schools (CEMS). We will
continue to establish links with the partner institutions by arranging student exchanges, shared
coursework opportunities, and the discipline specific research groups.
As there is a two year lag, these are the latest figures at the time of writing.
2.4 Growing the Intellectual Quality of the HDR programs
The Faculty will continue to grow the intellectual quality of our PhD and MPhil student body
through enrolment, progression and completion strategies previously implemented. These
include an induction program, training and support arrangements; prerequisite preparatory
studies; review of supervision policies and practices; and treating PhD students more
collegially to ensure their integration into the Faculty.
2.5 Improving the Admission Process
We have slowly increased the number of students awarded APA and UPA scholarships which
indicates an improvement in the quality of applicants to the program. APA and UPA
scholarships are decided on the basis of the overall entrance mark of students including their
Research Potential Index (RPI). Improving the average entrance mark for enrolling candidates
is one way of ensuring better quality students. We will consider options for further improving
the quality of incoming candidates and managing the size of the program.
2.6 Providing a Formalised Pathway into the PhD Program
Prepare a plan for the introduction of a Masters by Research following the guidelines to be
announced by the Research and Research Training Committee.
2.7 Increase the Number of Completions
The number of PhD completions in 2008 was 32, up from 21 in 2007. In recent years, the
system for monitoring progress has been considerably improved. There are now regular
progress reports by both supervisors and students. In some Disciplines there is a more
extensive process which involves a Higher Degree Research Committee which interviews
supervisors and students on a regular basis and provides advice. Higher degree research
students are also required, in some Disciplines, to give regular seminars which are attended by
both students and staff. These are useful means by which students receive feedback and such
programs will be extended throughout the Faculty as a whole. We have also improved the
examination monitoring process. Further improvements in the monitoring systems will be
sought and implemented.
3. ACTION PLAN
PRIORITIES: CURRENT AND CONTINUING NEW INITIATIVES KPIs / TIMELINE ACCOUNTABILITY
STAFF ACTIVITIES CRITERIA
1.1. Increasing Workshops are conducted by disciplines A Faculty-wide journals ranking list is being Increase the Faculty Wide Associate Dean,
Number and and research clusters to assist staff - developed. This will be used to aid selection number of Journals Research, FRC,
Quality of particularly early career researchers - to and recruitment of new staff; guide applicants DEEWR Rankings List Journals Rankings
Publications improve their capacity to undertake and in the preparation of promotion applications weighted by April 2009. Working Group
Outputs publish their results in high quality journals and assist in the assessment of their research
and books. applications; assist in the drawing up and publications Increases in
assessment of market and merit loading from 377 (2008) No. of
Provision of study leave (SSP) is applications; assist in determining annual to 400 (2010). publications
conditional upon provision of a research financial rewards to staff in relation to their and proportion
and publications plan and evidence of publications and; act as a useful resource in Increase of top tier
achievement in research. planning and drawing up the Faculty’s proportion of journal
submission to the forthcoming ERA. Tier 4 (as publications
In order to ensure all eligible publications classified by a by December
are captured in the annual HERDC / new Faculty- 2010.
DEEWR returns, the Faculty Research Unit Initiate a bibliometrics project by which to wide journals
(FRU) runs a series of workshops for new track the impact (citations etc.) of the publications list) Bibiliometrics
academic staff and administrative staff to Faculty’s scholarly publications. publications project by
inform them of the reporting guidelines from 5.7% of all December
relating to research output. journal 2009.
Grants are provided to staff in order that 10%
they can attend and present papers to
academic conferences in Australia and
1.2. Increasing Faculty Research Grants are provided on a More information provided on opportunities
Research Income competitive basis within the Faculty. These for ARC Linkage applications by FRU.
are designed to prepare staff who are in the
early career stage for making competitive Annual Faculty Grants writing workshop to be
grant applications. They are also designed reviewed and to include a section specifically Total research December Associate Dean,
to enable ECRs and those established in devoted to the Linkage scheme. income to rise 2010 Research, FRC, Chairs
their career, to undertake new research from $3.1m in of Discipline
activities that will lead to ARC and other Links between Faculty Research Grants and 2008 to $3.75m
competitive grant applications. subsequent applications for ARC funding to in 2010.
Annual workshops are conducted to assist ARC (Category
staff to write successful ARC grant New, additional Faculty workshop focusing 1) funding to
applications. on applications related to the various ARC rise from
Research Fellowships available to be devised. $1.93m in 2008
The Faculty Research Unit (FRU) provide to $2.5m in
advice to staff about all grant applications. Information, provided earlier to Chairs of 2010.
Discipline regarding ARC Future and
Information on a variety of governmental Laureate fellowships, in order to allow them Increase
and non-governmental funding to identify and work with potential internal number of ARC
opportunities is disseminated to staff via the and international applicants. Discovery and
Faculty Research Bulletin and Faculty Linkage
website The Faculty has a number of existing applications by
relationships with external organisations 25% and 33%
A library of successful Faculty ARC which provide opportunities for collaborative (on 2008
Discovery and Linkage Project grant research leading to Linkage applications and figures)
applications are available for staff to access. other non-governmental research funding. respectively.
Associate Dean Research and Discipline
Chairs encouraged to discuss potential Increase
Linkage applications with discipline advisory number of
board members and other external industry Future
Disciplines to suggest suitable nominations in from 3 (2008)
their fields to ARC panels as vacancies arise, to six in 2010.
through the DVC (Research). Increase
Introduce a system to match certain international
disciplines and/or researchers with specific applications to
grant schemes. 50%.
submit at least
and two QE2
1.3. Increasing Publishing and grant writing workshops are Programs are being developed to assist ECRs Number of December Associate Dean,
the Number of conducted to assist staff to improve their to obtain research grants and gain publications research active 2010 Research, FRC, Chairs
Research Active capacity to secure competitive research (see priority 1.4.). staff across the of Discipline
Staff funding and publish their results in high Faculty to rise
quality journals and books. Chairs of Discipline are utilising the from 76% in
Performance Management and Development 2006 to 85% in
The Faculty Research Committee oversees (PM&D) program to assist staff to identify 2010.
the allocation of funding through a number their research strengths and weaknesses and
of funding schemes designed to facilitate develop appropriate future research strategies.
research activity (see Attachment 1 – 2009
Associate Dean Research budget).
Provision of study leave (SSP) is
conditional upon provision of a research
plan and evidence of achievement in
With the assistance of OLTEB, mentoring
programs have been developed to assist
junior staff to advance their research and
1.4. Expanded Publications and Grant Writing Workshops A new Faculty sponsored Publications Increase the December Associate Dean,
Support for Early targeted at ECRs in order to improve their Workshop, specifically aimed at ECRs to be number of ECRs 2009. Research, FRU, Chairs
Career capacity to secure grants and undertake and established. applying for of Discipline.
Researchers publish their results in high quality journals ARC funding
and books. Introduce initiatives to increase the number of from 9 in 2008 to
ECRs applying for ARC funding. 12 in 2010.
A variety of research funding schemes are
provided on a competitive basis. Criteria for Ongoing reviews of all funding and other
applications and assessment are applied that support schemes to ensure that opportunities 60% of Level A,
ensure ECRs receive appropriate support for for ECR research development are maximised. 67% of Level B
and recognition of their research activities. and 27% of
Chairs of Discipline to utilise the Performance Level C staff are
Applications for SSP from ECRs are Management and Development (PM&D) ECRs. Ensure
encouraged. program to assist ECRs to develop appropriate the proportion of
research strategies. these staff who
With the assistance of OLTEB, a formal are research
mentoring program has been developed to Encourage ECRs to enrol in the GO8’s Future active is
assist ECRs to advance their research and Research Leadership Program run by Sydney commensurate
publication activities. Learning. The program is designed to assist with the figure
early to mid-career researchers who are for the Faculty
In 2008, the Faculty introduced a working towards undertaking a CI role on overall ( 85%).
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme major grant applications.
with the first appointment commencing in
2009. The introduction of two two-year Postdoctoral
fellowships per annum on an on-going basis.
1.4. Encouraging The Faculty has been developing significant A review of the current funding scheme for 2 x inter- March 2009 Associate Dean,
Interdisciplinary inter-disciplinary research clusters which inter-disciplinary research groups is underway disciplinary Research, FRU, Co-
Research have a critical mass of researchers in key in order to improve funding and support for ARC (Linkage or Convenors inter-
areas. This has been achieved by: (i) The such activities. Discovery) grant disciplinary research
establishment of a Faculty funded scheme applications to groups, Journals
that provides seed funding for inter- As part of their research plans, inter- be submitted as Rankings Working
disciplinary research groups and promoting disciplinary research groups to be encouraged part of the December Group
inter-disciplinary programs of research (ii) to submit ARC Discovery and Linkage increases in 2010
Programs of inter-disciplinary research that applications and to seek other forms of non- research funding
have been initiated at the discipline level governmental funding for their research outlined in
(iii) Inter-disciplinary research student activities. priority 1.2.
supervision, training and development.
A Faculty-wide journals ranking list is being
developed that will better recognise and April 2009
reward staff where they publish in journals
outside of their main disciplinary areas (see
1.5. Raising the Publication of Annual Research Review. In conjunction with CAIRO, present a series Commence Ongoing. Associate Dean
Faculty’s of breakfast research briefings. measurement of Research, Director,
Research Profile Administration of Faculty Research Web number of hits CAIRO
in the External page to ensure information is up to date and Undertake a review and revamp of web pages on Research
Community relevant. to include staff/student blogs, films, news Web Pages.
The Faculty seeks to raise its research
profile by drawing on the expertise and In conjunction with the Faculty’s PR and
links of members on its Faculty and Communications Manager, identify and
discipline advisory boards and by exploiting develop stories related to specific research
existing links with external organisations activities for publication on the website and in
including business, professional and other relevant mediums.
In conjunction with CAIRO, produce a
Potential adjunct and honorary staff of quarterly research review for business and
distinction are invited to join the Faculty industry and other external organisations.
and help increase collaborative research
activities and our research profile with The FRU to produce an annual flyer
external organisations. showcasing the research activities of the
Faculty to be distributed at overseas events,
academic presentations and so forth.
1.6. Maximising All agreements made between the Faculty More strategic prioritising of agreements Increased levels December Associate Dean,
International and international exchange partners include made between the Faculty and international of research 2010 International, Associate
Research a clause calling for the promotion of exchange partners. Prioritising made, in part, activity, grant Dean, Research
Collaborations collaborative research. on the basis of research profile and potential income and
research synergies. publications in
Faculty research funding schemes include line with KPIs
application and assessment criteria that All Faculty funding schemes reviewed on an outlined in
encourage international research activity ongoing basis to ensure that they promote and priorities 1.1.,
and collaboration. encourage international research 1.2. and 1.3.
SSP used as a mechanism by which to
encourage and facilitate ongoing and new Maintain budgets for Overseas Conference
international research collaborations. Travel grants and Visiting Scholars Program
so as to encourage staff to disseminate their
research to the broader international
community and to foster international research
1.7. Preparing for Associate Dean Research and Faculty Associate Dean Research to provide ongoing The Faculty Deadline for Associate Dean,
the Excellence in Research Manager have been liaising with strategic leadership in preparation for the achieves the submission Research, Faculty
Research for University ERA Taskforce re: coordination ERA, ensuring that academic and strategic highest ranking TBC (mid-to- Research Committee,
Australia (ERA) and management of the Faculty planning initiatives and associated possible in terms late 2010) Faculty Research
Quality submission to ERA. performance measurements are consistent of the quality of Manager.
Assessment with (but not wholly driven by) ERA our research as
Exercise requirements. measured by the
The Associate Dean, Research, Faculty
Research Committee and possible Faculty
ERA Working Group to oversee the
introduction of the ERA.
Disciplines to nominate experts for the Social
Behavioural and Economic Sciences ERA
panel via DVC Research.
1.8. Improving The introduction of the Faculty’s database Continue to streamline Digital Measures to Digital July 2009 Faculty Research
Research-Related management system, Digital Measures in ensure the effective collection, management Measures and Manager, Research
Information late 2008 has greatly improved the process and reporting of academic staff research, RIMS to Student Program
Management for collecting, managing and reporting on teaching and service activities for research successfully Manager, Faculty
Faculty research activities. reporting, strategic planning and replace the Research Publications
accreditation purposes. current Officer
FRU staff have been actively involved in EndNote/IRMA
the development of the University’s Continue to be involved in all aspects of the research data
Research Integrated Management System development of RIMS to ensure that Faculty collection
(RIMS) which, when fully operation, will requirements are considered at every stage of systems.
provide an effective business tool to development.
conduct research administration and The FRU
management. Liaise with Faculty IT to develop an in-house operates a fully
database for Higher Degree Research functional in-
students to allow for the production of house database
accurate reports and to track student that covers all
tasks related to
1.9. Encouraging The Office of Learning and Teaching in Initiate the Australian Learning and Teaching Improvement in December Associate Dean,
and Recognising Economics and Business (OLTEB) fosters Council (ALTC) grants that concern research Faculty 2010 Learning and Teaching,
Research into scholarship of teaching research and led teaching. performance on Associate Dean,
Teaching and research-led teaching by staff within the University Research, Learning and
Learning and Faculty and especially the work for teaching Increase number research-led teaching Scholarship of Teaching Associates.
Research Led and learning related working parties. initiatives integrated into Units of Study. New Teaching index.
Teaching initiatives encouraged by Learning and From $175,000
Unit of study proposal templates address the Teaching Associates and the provision of in 2006 to
questions, “How are you planning to funding and other resources through OLTEB. $200,000 in
incorporate research-led teaching” into the 2010 (based on
unit? Investigating opportunities for evaluative 2009 data)
research through ongoing work of working
Learning and Teaching and research parties of the University’s Learning and Improvements in
outcomes reported in Faculty’s annual Teaching Committee and OLTEB. SCEQ feedback.
2. STRATEGIC CURRENT AND CONTINUING NEW INITIATIVES KPIs / TIMELINE ACCOUNTABILITY
PRIORITIES: ACTIVITIES CRITERIA
2.1 Improving the Nine units of study will be offered in 2009 Meetings will be held at the end of every Improvements in UoS approved Director Doctoral
Structure of the to improve the methodological skills of session with all Postgraduate Research relevant HDR in 2008. Their Studies, Faculty
PhD program HDR students. Coordinators and the lecturers of the units of feedback introduction to Research Unit
study to monitor and improve the content and programs such as be monitored
Systems are in place to manage the process coherence of the units of study. PREQ results. throughout
of identifying the appropriate units of study 2009-2010.
during the admission process. Systems are currently being developed to Develop
monitor the progress of candidates. This will measures to be
involve soliciting feedback from relevant implemented to
stakeholders. collect positive
2.2 Improving the Continue to consider the best system to Establish a working party to determine and An increase in Working Party Director Doctoral
Placement of develop to track graduate placement. make recommendations to ensure the best the number of established by Studies with Working
HDR Graduates possible placement for our PhD graduates graduates who mid 2009 with Party, Research Student
including coursework requirements and are offered outcomes Program Manager
targeting attendance at specific doctoral places at GO8 published by
colloquiums universities and the end of the
Continue to strengthen relationships with the prestigious year
Faculty’s Careers and Employer Relations institutions,
Office to maximise graduate placement companies
opportunities for PhD students including and/or
presenting relevant workshops. organisations.
2.3 Enhancing Relevant research scholarship opportunities, Further strengthen PhD student involvement The number of On-going Director Doctoral
our Global as advertised by the University Research with CEMS by continuing to establish links HDR research Studies, Management
Reputation Office, are disseminated to HDR students with partner institutions by arranging student students Education Office,
on a weekly basis. exchanges, shared coursework opportunities involved in CAIRO and Research
and utilising the discipline-specific research international Student Program
Funding schemes such as the Overseas groups. research Manager.
Conference Travel Grant Scheme and the activities and/or
PhD Fieldwork funding Scheme are In conjunction with CAIRO, actively promote collaborations
available to HDR students allowing them to the PhD program internationally. continues to
travel overseas to undertake fieldwork or increase
present papers at conferences.
2.4 Growing the The Faculty has developed successful Continue to grow the intellectual quality of Ensure that the On-going Director Doctoral
Intellectual strategies including an induction program, our student body through enrolment and majority of Studies, Associate
Quality of the methodological skill training and support completion strategies. students are Dean, Research
HDR programs arrangements; prerequisite preparatory completing
studies; and review of supervision policies Introduce a monitoring system to track required
and practices. completion of coursework and the thesis coursework and
proposal defence. the thesis
The Faculty has introduced a series of proposal
workshops to assist higher degree research defence within
students improve their writing techniques 18 months of
and learn about publishing research. Such commencement
workshops have proven successful in in the PhD
assisting students write up their thesis. program.
2.5 Improving the With the incorporation of HDR student Establish a process to target high-performing Improve the On-going Director Doctoral
Admission administration into the FRU and the Honours students to undertake a PhD in the average overall Studies, the Faculty
Process appointment of a new Research Student Faculty. entrance mark, Research Committee,
Program Manager, many of the processes including RPI, Research Student
related to student admission have been Continue to introduce strategies to manage for incoming Program Manager
reviewed and improved. the size of the program and to focus on students from
student quality not quantity. 77.61 in 2009 to
The number of students awarded APA and 79 by 2010.
UPA scholarships has slowly increased
indicating an improvement in the quality of
2.6 Providing a N/A Prepare a plan for the introduction of a A Masters by TBA - based Director Doctoral
Formalised Masters by Research degree, following the Research degree on University Studies with Academic
Pathway into the guidelines to be announced by the Research is successfully timeline. Board Working Party
PhD Program and Research Training Committee. introduced
based on the
2.7 Increase the The number of HDR student completions Extend the following two initiatives across The number of On-going Director Doctoral
Number and has increased dramatically aided by a more the entire Faculty: HDR student Studies with
timescale of efficient monitoring system. In 2008, 64% • the requirement of PhD students to present completions Postgraduate Research
Completions of all completions were achieved in a four inter-disciplinary seminars providing continues to Co-ordinators
year turnaround increasing to 92% for a students with important feedback relating increase within
4.5 year turnaround. to their thesis. a 4 year period
• Introduce a HDR Committee which reaching 70%
interviews supervisors and students on a by 2010.
regular basis and provides advice.
The introduction of an internal HDR student
database will assist staff in tracking student