(1) The Higher Degree Research (HDR) Program Approval Rule provides a framework for approval of all Higher Degree by Research programs offered by the University of New England. This Rule is designed to ensure quality academic programs that are aligned with the objectives of the University's Research Plan to deliver excellent research training. This Rule applies to the development of new HDR courses, amendments to existing HDR courses and withdrawal of HDR courses.
(2) The HDR Program Approval Rule applies to all higher degree by research programs at the University of New England.
(3) UNE is committed to providing HDR programs that:
(4) Development, amendment and withdrawal of HDR academic programs must be informed by consultation with internal and external stakeholders.
(5) When developing or renewing an HDR course, UNE:
(6) The Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) administers the HDR program approval process and makes recommendations for course approvals. The University Research Committee, through the Graduate Research Subcommittee, provides advice on these programs.
(7) The Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) will report new HDR courses and HDR course recissions to Academic Board, as well as reporting to Academic Board on HDR course reviews and monitoring, as required.
(8) All HDR programs will undergo periodic review to ensure a framework for evaluating HDR programs as part of the University's quality assurance cycle, assessing the objectives, structure and program management to ensure that HDR programs are meeting the objectives of UNE's Strategic Plan.
(9) The HDR program approval process must comply with University policy and administrative requirements, and enable the University to comply with all legislative and reporting requirements.
(10) The Vice Chancellor, pursuant to Section 29 of the University of New England Act, makes this Rule.
(11) University Representatives must observe it in relation to University matters.
(12) The Rule Administrator is authorised to make procedures and guidelines for the operation of this Rule. The procedures and guidelines must be compatible with the provisions of this Rule.
(13) This Rule operates as and from the Effective Date.
(14) Previous policy on Higher Degree Research Program Approval (and related documents) are replaced and have no further operation from the Effective Date of this new Rule.
(15) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Rule the Vice Chancellor may approve an exception to this Rule, where the Vice Chancellor determines the application of the Rule would otherwise lead to an unfair, unreasonable or absurd outcome. Approvals by the Vice Chancellor under this clause must be documented in writing and must state the reason for the exception.
(16) Effective Date is the date on which this procedure will take effect.
(17) Rule Administrator is the Vice-Chancellor or delegate.
(18) University Representative means a University employee (casual, fixed term and permanent) contractor, agent, appointee, UNE Council member, adjunct, visiting academic and any other person engaged by the University to undertake some activity for on behalf of the University. It includes corporations and other bodies falling into one or more of these categories.
(19) UNE Act means the University of New England Act 1993 No 68 (NSW).