(1) A higher doctorate is awarded for an original research contribution of distinguished merit that adds substantially to the knowledge and understanding of any branch of learning, including creative arts, with which the University is concerned.
(2) The University awards the following higher doctorates:
(3) Admission to candidature for a higher doctorate degree shall require:
(4) The application shall be made in writing to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) or nominee and shall include:
(5) Admission to candidature will not normally be accepted from an applicant who already holds a higher doctorate of the University, or an equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution, unless the applicant can satisfy the Higher Doctorate Committee that substantially new work is included in the submission and/or the applicant is applying on account of contributions to a branch of knowledge not included in the earlier higher doctorate.
(6) Upon admission to candidature, the candidate shall pay the examination fee required by the University. The University shall determine this fee annually.
(7) Upon admission to candidature, the candidate shall present a draft version or plan of their Submission to the Higher Doctorate Committee, which will consult as required relevant sources of expertise to ensure the submission will be in an appropriate form for examination.
(8) Normally, the Submission shall consist substantially of published works concerned with thematically or conceptually-related aspects of a branch of learning pursued within the University, the majority of which shall have been published not less than six months before the date of application for candidature. The Submission must represent an original research contribution of distinguished merit .However, it is recognised that the concept and form of what is to count as the Submission may need to be individually negotiated between the Higher Doctorate Committee and the candidate.
(9) Irrespective of the final negotiated form of the Submission, the candidate must provide sufficient bridging material in it to make clear the thematic or conceptual threads connecting the published materials, creative or other works included in the Submission.
(10) Once the suitability of the form of the Submission has been confirmed, the candidate shall present to the Directorate of [Undefined Division/Position]Research Services, five copies of a submission for examination.
(11) The candidate shall indicate clearly and fully those parts, if any, of the publications that are not his or her own work. If conjoint work is presented the candidate must produce satisfactory evidence as to the extent to which he or she was responsible for the initiation and conduct, direction and reporting of such conjoint work.
(12) The candidate is required to indicate what part, if any, of the work has been previously submitted for a degree in this or any other university by the candidate personally , or in the case of conjoint work, by one of the candidate's collaborators.
(13) Material that is subject to security or similar restrictions is not normally acceptable for examination.
(14) Prior to the Submission being examined, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) or nominee will discuss a pool of possible examiners for the Submission with the candidate as well as with other experts in the disciplines addressed in the Submission.
(15) The Submission will be examined by three examiners none of whom are members of the Higher Doctorate Committee and at least two of whom must be external to the University.
(16) Any agreement resulting from the negotiations referred to in Paragraph 8 shall be communicated to the examiners together with the Submission and other accompanying documentation and materials.
(17) Each examiner will be given two months to produce a separate written report on the merits of the Submission. Examiners shall not consult each other when producing their separate reports.
(18) The Higher Doctorate Committee shall seek unanimity from the three examiners and, after receiving and reading the examiners' reports, will make one of the following determinations:
(19) Before making a decision in terms of Rule 18b the Higher Doctorate Committee may request the examiners to consult with each other and report to the Committee on whether unanimity can be reached among the examiners. If unanimity cannot be reached the Higher Doctorate Committee will advise the candidate to withdraw his or her candidature.
(20) Except as provided in Rule 4.6 there shall be no re-examination of a Submission for a higher doctorate.
(21) The candidate may appeal, on procedural grounds, a decision of Rule 4.5(b). Any appeal must be made in writing, directed to the Chair of Academic Board, and must clearly state the procedural grounds on which the appeal is based.
(22) The University reserves the right to retain the material submitted for a higher doctorate by a successful candidate and reserves the right to publish the abstract in any manner approved by Council.
(23) On approval of the award of the degree, one copy of the Submission shall be deposited in the Dixson Library and an electronic copy shall be held in the University's electronic record repository (currently, e-publications@UNE).
(24) At the request of the candidate and on the recommendation of the Higher Doctorate Award Committee to the Standing Committee of the Academic Board, the title of the degree of Doctor of Letters or of Doctor of Science may have the addition of a disciplinary area for the award added to the testamur and the official transcript.
(25) The use of the disciplinary area as a post-nominal (e.g.:DSc (Psychology)) for professional purposes shall be at the discretion of the candidate but the degree shall be recognised formally and solely as a DLitt or DSc by the University.
(26) Academic Dress. The academic dress for the higher doctorates shall be that prescribed for the degrees of Doctor of Letters and Doctor of Science including the hood: the hood shall not be changed to represent the disciplinary area added to a testamur.