Annual progress reports enable you and your Thesis Committee to assess the progress of your research project and plan the next stage of your research. They are also the means by which you justify to the University the continuation of your research project and your continued enrolment.
Your APR, submitted online, is a questionnaire-style report to which you must also attach a one-page summary of your progress. If you wish, you may also submit a document, in confidence, detailing any concerns that you may have regarding your candidacy. Your supervisor is also required to fill out a similar summary of your progress.
The APR is one of a number of avenues available to you as a candidate to raise any concerns you might have about the level and standard of your supervision, or your ability to complete your research project according to plan. If you have been experiencing any problems or can foresee some difficulties arising then you should raise these issues at this point.
If your program of study is not progressing according to plan you must make note of this fact and provide some discussion of intervening factors. The reason for this is that if in the future, you need to apply for an extension of time to complete your program (especially for scholarship holders), your application will be assessed in relation to your annual progress reports.
You will not be able to make reference to extenuating circumstances in previous years if these have not been mentioned in your APRs (see section on Extension of time to complete and Rule 10: for Doctoral Degrees by Research, Section 4(c)(ii) and Rule 11: Degree of Master by Research, Section 4(c)(ii)). This is of particular importance if you are receiving a scholarship which usually provides funding for a limited period.
Next Reporting period: 14 February – 31 March 2018
The 2017 Annual Progress Report round is now closed. Annual Progress Reports, on the HDR website, will open for a six-week period commencing 14 February 2018. Supervisors and HDR students will receive an email notification prior to the opening of the reporting period.
APR Process map [.pdf — 28kB]
APR Student /Supervisor Discussion Guidelines [.pdf — 31kB]