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Higher Degree by Research Review Board

Each Student Annual Progress Report will be submitted to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Review Board meeting of staff in mid-April to May of the reporting year where they will be considered in conjunction with the APRs submitted by each supervisor.

The HDR Review Board meetings will take place in each enrolling area and at least one member of a student’s supervisory panel (supervisor, co-supervisor or associate supervisor) must be in attendance. Meetings shall be run in a format similar to the current Board of Examiners meetings and be chaired by the Head of Enrolling Area, or designate. It is recommended that the relevant Graduate Research School (GRS) staff member also attend each meeting.

GRS staff will produce a Collation Sheet for each enrolling area with relevant student data. The Collation Sheets, together with the student and supervisor APRs, will be dispatched to Heads of Enrolling Area in April of the reporting year. Where the Head of Enrolling Area is the student’s supervisor, Collation Sheets and APRs will be dispatched to the postgraduate coordinator.

If a student has submitted a document, in confidence, detailing any concerns that they have regarding their candidacy then these comments will not be presented to the Higher Degree Review Board and will be considered separately by the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training within the Research Office at Curtin. A student’s entire report is not confidential; only the separately submitted document is considered in confidence.

Following discussion at the HDR Review Board, the Head of Enrolling Area (or postgraduate coordinator) will complete the Collation Sheet for the enrolling area and assign one of the following recommendations for Academic Status to each individual student.