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HDR - Higher Degree Research Program Approval Procedure

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Section 1 - Overview

(1) These procedures are to be used in conjunction with the University's Higher Degree Research (HDR) Program Approval Rule and its Research Training Quality Management Rule. The procedures provide a detail around the operationalisation of the Rules to streamline the approval of HDR programs at the University of New England.

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Section 2 - Scope

(2) The HDR Program Approval Procedures apply to the approval of all higher degree research programs at the University of New England, and will be used by all UNE Representatives for that purpose.

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Section 3 - Procedures

New HDR Programs

(3) Expression of Interest:

  1. Any proposal to create a new HDR program must be lodged as an expression of interest (EOI) with the Graduate Research Subcommittee (GRS).
  2. The EOI should consider details of the HDR program, statement of need, target market, resource impacts, including impact of supervision capacity but also library, technical, infrastructure impacts, and any budgetary implications.
  3. The EOI should then go before the GRS at the first convenient meeting and the proposers should be available to speak to the committee if needed.
  4. Once endorsed by GRS, the EOI should be forwarded to the University's Research Committee (URC) for ratification.
  5. Should the University Research Committee ratify the EOI, the proposal should be forwarded to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) for approval, and Academic Board for noting

(4) HDR Program Proposal:

  1. Once endorsed the proposer(s) will provide a full HDR program proposal to the GRS, which will include:
    1. Program title
    2. Official abbreviation of the course
    3. Academic dress colours
    4. Numerical Field of Education
    5. Australian Qualifications Framework level
    6. Course duration
    7. Date at which the course was approved
    8. Academic rationale for this course
    9. Any cross-School or cross-disciplinary implications and benefits
    10. Any cross-School consultation
    11. Reference to external benchmarks, standards and requirements
    12. Demonstrated reference to how the course draws from a substantial, coherent and current body of knowledge and scholarship in relevant discipline(s) including the study of relevant theoretical frameworks and research findings
    13. Teaching period and delivery mode
    14. Entry and exit pathways
    15. Student funding basis and expected load in coming years
    16. CRICOS code
    17. Course aims and outcomes (minimum of three). These will appear in the Course and Unit Catalogue
    18. Graduate attributes
    19. Provision for appropriate development of English language proficiency
    20. Practical or work experience; or any internship requirements
    21. TRIM reference for any agreements with participating partners/institutions
    22. Course overview
    23. Summary details of course (required for Australian AHEGS statements)
    24. Any course rules
    25. Course schedule information — coursework, assessment, practicums, internships, thesis as applicable
    26. Practical or work experience; or any internship requirements

Approval

(5) The completed proposal will be lodged, for approval by the Chair, GRS , subject to final approval by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer or delegate.

Research Services

(6) Once the program proposal has been fully approved by it will be forwarded to Research Services for establishment.

Non-Approval

(7) Where the Chair GRS does not approve a proposal, detailed feedback will be given to the proposers.

Amending HDR Program, including HDR Coursework units

(8) The request to make amendments to HDR programs should be forwarded to the GRS.

(9) The request should include the rationale for the amendment, any enrolment, resource, infrastructure or budgetary implications.

(10) GRS will review the proposed amendments and determine approval or non-approval.

(11) Any approved amendments will be forwarded to Academic Board for noting.

(12) Once the amendment has been fully endorsed, it will be forwarded to Research Services for implementation.

Disestablishment or Withdrawal of HDR Programs

(13) Where there is a request to disestablish the request must be forwarded to the GRS.

(14) The request must include the rationale for disestablishment and include any enrolment, resource, infrastructure or budgetary implications.

(15) The request must include a management strategy for teaching out disestablished programs.

(16) GRS will review the proposed amendments and determine approval or non-approval.

(17) Where the decision is taken to disestablish HDR programs, this will be forwarded to Academic Board for noting.

(18) Once the amendment has been fully endorsed, it will be forwarded to Research Services for implementation.

Authority and Compliance

(19) These procedures are made by the Rule Administrator, pursuant to the University's Higher Degree Research Program Approval Rule.

(20) University Representatives and Students must observe it in relation to University matters.

(21) These procedures operate as and from the Effective Date.

(22) Previous procedures relating to Higher Degree Research Program Approvals are replaced and have no further operation from the Effective Date of this new procedure.

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Section 4 - Definitions

(23) Effective Date - is the date on which this procedure will take effect.

(24) Rule Administrator is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer or delegate.

(24) 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