The Higher Degree by Research Committee (HDRC) is responsible for the provision of advice to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of the Graduate School on policies and practices for higher degrees by research (PhD and MPhil) and higher doctorates. The Committee consults other senior officers of the University as required.

2021 meeting dates

Meeting Location Date and time
HDRC 2021/1 Brian Wilson Chancellory (61A), Level 5, Senate Room  Friday, 5 March 2021, time to be confirmed
HDRC 2021/2 Brian Wilson Chancellory (61A), Level 5, Senate Room  Friday, 28 May 2021, 09:00
HDRC 2021/3 Brian Wilson Chancellory (61A), Level 5, Senate Room  Friday, 6 August 2021, 09:00
HDRC 2021/4 Brian Wilson Chancellory (61A), Level 5, Senate Room  Friday, 22 October 2021, 09:00

General information

  • Committee name: Higher Degree by Research Committee
  • Reporting to: Academic Board
  • Contact: Ms Belinda Bern — Director, UQ Graduate School
  • Version (effective date): version 15 (19 April 2018)
  • Sub-committees: nil
  • Quorum: 50% of voting membership plus one
  • Notes: abbreviated as HDRC

Terms of Reference

The Higher Degree by Research Committee is responsible for the provision of advice to the Provost and the Dean of the Graduate School on policies and practices for research higher degree programs (PhD and MPhil) and professional doctorates eligible to be supported via the Research Training Program (RTP). The Committee consults other senior officers of the University as required.

Specifically, the role of the Committee is:

  • to advise the Provost and the Academic Board on higher degree by research  programs;
  • to formulate recommendations on policy for the strategic development of higher degrees by research in the context of the University’s strategic plan;
  • to promote a standard of excellence in higher degrees by research;
  • to recommend to the Academic Board policies and procedures governing higher degree by research programs; and
  • to advise the Academic Board on matters relating to admission, monitoring and support of international higher degree by research students.

Composition

Ex-Officio           
  • Dean,  UQ Graduate School (Chair)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee
  • Deputy Dean, UQ Graduate School
  • President, Academic Board or nominee
  • University Librarian or nominee
Appointed  
  • One representative from each faculty, appointed annually be the Executive Dean
  • One representative from each institute that directly reports to a member of the UQ Senior Executive and directly enrols research higher degree students, appointed annually by the Director of the Institute.
  • One representative of research higher degree students, appointed by the UQ Association of Postgraduate Students
  • Two elected members of the Academic Board, appointed by the Academic Board Standing Committee

 

Administrative Arrangements

Secretariat support provided by UQ Graduate School.

Category Role Name Unit/affiliation 
Ex officio Dean, Graduate School (Chairperson) Professor Alastair McEwan  
Ex officio Deputy Dean, Graduate School Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff  
Ex officio Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee Professor Tim Dunne  
Ex officio President of the Board or nominee Professor Craig Franklin  
Ex officio University Librarian or nominee Dr Amberyn Thomas  
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Brent Ritchie Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Jason Stokes Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Gregory Monteith Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Kim Wilkins Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Marina Reeves  Faculty of Medicine
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Steve Chenoweth Faculty of Science
Appointed HDR student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Associate Professor Idriss Blakey Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Appointed HDR student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Professor Matt Sweet Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Appointed HDR student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Professor Eugeni Roura Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Appointed HDR student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen Queensland Brain Institute
Appointed HDR student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Dr Kathryn Sturman Sustainable Minerals Institute
Appointed HDR representative appointed by UQ APS Mr Ren Perkins UQ Association of Postgraduate Students
Appointed Elected member of the Academic Board nominated by the Academic Board Standing Committee Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer School of Business
Appointed Elected member of the Academic Board nominated by the Academic Board Standing Committee Professor Graeme Orr School of Law
Secretariat Secretary Ms Belinda Bern Director, UQ Graduate School
Secretariat Assistant Secretary Dr Jenny Horn Policy and Agreements Officer, UQ Graduate School 

* As of 3 March 2021