1.7 Admin structures

1.7 Administrative structures overseeing doctoral degrees

1.7.1 The Graduate Research Committee

The overall aims of the Graduate Research Committee (GRC) are to ensure excellence in research training and the timely completion of theses and courses of study. GRC is responsible for administering the relevant regulations and for advising the Monash University Academic Board on all matters of policy relating to these degrees. GRC has final responsibility for approving admission to doctoral candidature and for such matters as: amendments to individual study programs; changes to candidature and supervision; student progress; and submission and examination of theses. The Committee is also responsible for the allocation of central scholarships, awards and grants to graduate research students. 

The chair of GRC is the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education).The Committee comprises the chair; a deputy chair (who also chairs the Graduate Research Steering Committee (GRSC) and is the Academic Director of Graduate Research; the Director of Graduate Research Services, a representative of each faculty (including remote campuses); two representatives of the Monash Postgraduate Association; and may include any other relevant person co‐opted from time to time by the Committee. 

Two student members represent the humanities/social science and science/technology disciplines. The steering committee (GRSC), convened by the Academic Director of Graduate Research, meets on a regular basis to consider various policy and individual student matters.

1.7.2 Monash Graduate Education (formerly MIGR)

Key functions of Monash Graduate Education include:

  • developing University-wide research and employment training programs relevant to all graduate research students;
  • ensuring students are equipped with professional skills required for careers both within and outside of academia and research institutes;
  • reviewing and enhancing graduate research supervision;
  • identifying and disseminating examples of best practice in supervision and research training;
  • training and accrediting academic supervisors of graduate research students;
  • administering University-wide research degrees, including all doctoral and research master's degrees;
  • developing and administering graduate research scholarships and graduate research training policies;
  • establishing and maintaining the guidelines that ensure high research standards.
  • supporting the University in attracting and retaining quality graduate research students, both domestic and international;
  • ensuring the equitable provision of graduate research support, resources and facilities across the University's campuses;
  • establishing a forum which provides a focus for the evaluation of graduate research program requirements and identification of issues of particular relevance to graduate research students; and
  • implementing the graduate research strategies and targets of the University.

Facilities and services coordinated by Monash Graduate Education are outlined in Chapter 10 of this Handbook.


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