The mission of the Graduate Research School

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Our vision

A dynamic and engaged community of researchers producing world-class research with impact in society.

Our mission

We contribute to an inspiring research and professional development environment by providing graduate research candidates, their supervisors and all researchers with:

  • modern, professional life-cycle candidature management and administration
  • exciting industry, community and international engagement opportunities
  • world-class research education and development initiatives
  • contemporary and academically rigorous research training governance and advice.

Our culture

We are professional, well-informed, supportive and collaborative.

Our objectives

Culture of research excellence

Empowered and active research community - We contribute to building a community of researchers who are astute, ethical and engaged with their communities. Graduate research candidates are able to navigate the research and professional and landscape and communicate the value of their research, addressing the big issues of our time.

Professional development opportunities - We offer a comprehensive suite of research and professional development programs, and industry and community engagement opportunities for our researchers. This will greatly enrich their research experience and support their career paths, so that they can become leaders who positively influence the global community.

Outstanding research experience

Friendly and professional customer service - We aim to ensure a high-level service for all researchers, and offer a central point of support to graduate research candidates and supervisors, wherever they are based.

Life-cycle candidature management - We maintain streamlined administrative processes and systems that ensure strong candidate support, quality supervision and consistent progress management throughout candidature. We continue to seek opportunities for review and improvement of processes and systems.

Excellent candidate outcomes

Career-ready graduates and future leaders - Our graduates are innovative and creative thinkers, able to develop solutions to real-life challenges. They are skilled researchers who have acquired industry experience, and leadership, social and professional skills that result in rewarding careers.

Timely completions - We work closely with candidates, supervisors and graduate research coordinators to ensure the timely completion of quality research degrees.

External engagement and partnerships

Industry-relevant research training - We offer an industry PhD program, industry mentorships and industry internships to our graduate researchers. We develop partnerships with private sector, government and not-for-profit organisations to ensure that our research training is relevant for industry and community, responds to industry needs, and enhances innovation.

International partnerships - La Trobe maintains a strong global partner network and, through the Graduate Research School, develops and implements exchanges, joint supervision arrangements and collaborative programs with reputable overseas organisations as part of our suite of international opportunities for graduate researchers.

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