Who manages graduate research degrees?

Higher Degree by Research Governance

Higher degrees by research are governed by the Board of Graduate Research. Through the Graduate Research School, the board approves enrolments, receives records of your Research Progress Panel (RPP) meetings, authorises examiners, and recommends the award of graduate research degrees to Academic Board.

The Board of Graduate Research is chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies, and it includes student representatives, one from each college, who are full members of the Board. These representatives are elected by the La Trobe Graduate Researchers team, which is comprised of School representatives. See the Board of Graduate Research Terms of reference [PDF 72KB].

Other staff concerned with graduate research degrees are your supervisors, your Graduate Research Coordinator, Research Progress Panels, College Research Committees and the Graduate Research School.

Graduate Research Coordinators and School Graduate Research Coordinators

The role of the Graduate Research Coordinator and School Graduate Research Coordinator is to organise graduate research degrees in your area. Their work includes:

  • helping potential graduate researchers find possible supervisors;
  • recommending supervisors and Research Progress Panel (RPP) members;
  • recommending enrolment;
  • arranging an alternate supervisor when your primary supervisor is not available for an extended period;
  • overseeing resources such as office space;
  • receiving progress reports.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School administers graduate research degrees. The School keeps records of all information on your candidature including supervisors, progress reports, how long you have been enrolled in a graduate research degree, any study away from the University, suspension of enrolment, extensions, examiners, and examiners' reports.

Graduate Research School staff can provide information about the administration and procedures for graduate research degrees.

Complaints

If you have a complaint during your candidature, the steps to follow are:

  1. Discuss it with your supervisor.
  2. If the matter is not resolved at step 1, discuss it with your Graduate Research Coordinator, School Graduate Research Coordinator other senior staff in your area, or your Head of School.
  3. If the matter is not resolved at step 2, contact the Dean of Graduate Studies to discuss the matter.
  4. If you need to take the matter further, you can also contact the Student Complaints Office and/or the University Ombudsman.

To find out more about how you can request a review, check the Supervision of Research Students Procedure [PDF 49.1KB] and Research Progress Panels Procedures [43 KB].