Best practice framework for research training in Australia
Date: Thu, 20 September 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: ECU Joondalup, Room 1.447
Presenters: Ms Trish Wolski, Professor Joe Luca
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In Australian Higher Education institutions, there is wide variation in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) policies and procedures that govern research training, including admissions, assessment, training and supervision.
This project aims to develop a Best Practice Framework that will inform and guide research-training excellence in Australia, promoting quality and standards.
The Framework will consider key processes, from HDR candidate application through to graduation, including: admissions, supervision, assessment, performance indicators, and other elements considered important in the candidates journey. The framework will be developed by sharing best practice principles, processes and performance indicators in Australia, and informed by research training best practice in other countries such as the United Kingdom and United States.
The Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools (DDOGS), with advice from an international expert panel, will provide direction for the project. Edith Cowan University will implement the framework as an exemplar for other Australian institutions to consider.
Ms Trish Wolski is a Senior Analyst in the Planning and Equity area at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and is currently on secondment with the Graduate Research School as the Project Manager for the Best Practice Framework for Research Training in Australia. In her role Ms Wolski was instrumental in ECU receiving a Structural Adjustment Fund grant for $6.9million to tailor its teaching program to produce job-ready graduates. She has experience in policy frameworks and key performance indicators and has coordinated the ECU Annual Report. Previous to this Ms Wolski has 10 years of experience in the public service where she worked in policy roles as well as drafting and amending legislation.
Professor Joe Luca
Professor Joe Luca is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Edith Cowan University. His research interests are on promoting quality research training, supervisory practice, online learning, graduate attributes and project management. He has written over 100 refereed journal, book chapters, book and conference publications, and developed a series of supervisor training courses. He has also been awarded two national teaching excellence awards, and won an OLT grant in 2011 to develop a Best Practice Framework for Research Training in Australia.