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Dimensions and components

The Good Practice Framework for Research Training comprises nine dimensions and associated components reflecting good practice in research training.

The key elements of the framework are:

  • Dimensions: Critical high-level themes needed to deliver research training;
  • Components: Sub-themes with policy, processes and practices that promote research training excellence;
  • Good Practice Guidelines and Resources: Guidelines and resources developed by Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS), including case studies that exemplify good practice; and
  • External Reference Points: Requirements and information needed in each Dimension by Higher Education institutions in Australia.

The dimensions and components of the Framework are listed below. Visit each dimension page for detailed information, or download the complete Good Practice Framework for Research Training.

Dimension 1: Governance

Components

  • 1.1 HDR Committee
  • 1.2 Policies
  • 1.3 Candidate Representation
  • 1.4 Grievance Procedures and Appeals
  • 1.5 Collaborative Research Support

Dimension 2: Program and Outcomes

Components

  • 2.1 HDR Program Evaluation
  • 2.2 Candidate Outcome
  • 2.3 Coursework and Research Training Skills
  • 2.4 Professional Skill Development
  • 2.5 Candidate Feedback Mechanisms

Dimension 3: Selection and Admission

Components

  • 3.1 Initial Enquiry
  • 3.2 Entry Pathways
  • 3.3 Transfer and Advanced Standing
  • 3.4 Matching Needs, Resources and Supervision
  • 3.5 Selection, Approval and Offer

Dimension 4: Supervision

Components

  • 4.1 Supervision Capacity
  • 4.2 Supervisor Eligibility
  • 4.3 Supervisory Team Compliance
  • 4.4 Supervisor Development and Support

Dimension 5: Candidature Management

Components

  • 5.1 Supervisor and Candidate Responsibilities
  • 5.2 Orientation and Induction
  • 5.3 Confirmation of Candidature
  • 5.4 Candidate Progression
  • 5.5 Variations to Candidature

Dimension 6: Responsible Conduct of Research

Components

  • 6.1 Responsible Research and Academic Integrity
  • 6.2 Ethics
  • 6.3 Intellectual Property

Dimension 7: Candidate Support

Components

  • 7.1 Scholarships
  • 7.2 Research Culture and Engagement
  • 7.3 Resources and Infrastructure
  • 7.4 Travel Support
  • 7.5 Pastoral Care
  • 7.6 Support Services for Diversity
  • 7.7 Post Thesis Submission Support

Dimension 8: Employability Skills Development

Components

  • 8.1 Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio
  • 8.2 Career Development
  • 8.3 Networking
  • 8.4 Interdisciplinary Awareness
  • 8.5 Mobility and International Awareness

Dimension 9: Examination

Components

  • 9.1 Pre Submission Review
  • 9.2 Appointment of Examiners
  • 9.3 Examination of Thesis
  • 9.4 Conferral of Award

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