The Research Higher Degrees Committee 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 research higher degree programs (PhD and MPhil) and higher doctorates. The Committee consults other senior officers of the University as required.

The role of the Committee is:

  • to advise the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Board on research higher degree studies;
  • to formulate recommendations on policy for the strategic development of research higher studies in the context of the University’s strategic plan;
  • to promote and maintain a standard of excellence in research higher degrees;
  • to promote and foster research higher degree study; and, to advise the Academic Board on proposals for changes in policy and rules governing research higher degree programs, including equity issues. 
Meeting Date
RHDC 2017/01 TBC
RHDC 2017/02 Friday, 21 April 2017, 09:00
RHDC 2017/03 Friday, 11 August 2017, 09:00
RHDC 2017/04 Friday, 20 October 2017, 09:00

General information

  • Committee name: Research Higher Degrees Committee
  • Reporting to: Academic Board
  • Contact: Ms Belinda Bern — Director, UQ Graduate School
  • Version (effective date): version 13 (8 February 2016)
  • Sub-committees: nil
  • Quorum: 50% of voting membership plus one
  • Notes: abbreviated as RHDC

Terms of Reference

The Research Higher Degrees 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 funded via the Research Training Scheme (RTS). The Committee consults other senior officers of the University as required.

Specifically, the role of the Committee is:

  • to advise the Provost and the Board on research higher degree studies;
  • to formulate recommendations on policy for the strategic development of research higher degree studies in the context of the University's strategic plan;
  • to promote and maintain a standard of excellence in research higher degrees;
  • to promote and foster research higher degree study;
  • to advise the Academic Board on proposals for changes in policy and rules governing research higher degree programs, including equity issues;
  • to recommend to the Academic Board policies and procedures for awarding research higher degree scholarships; and
  • to advise the Academic Board on matters relating to admission, monitoring and support of international research higher degree students.

Composition

Ex-Officio           
  • Dean,  UQ Graduate School (Chair)
  • Provost or nominee
  • Deputy Dean, UQ Graduate School
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International)
  • President, Academic Board or nominee
  • University Librarian and Director of Learning Services or nominee
Other   
  • 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
Observers          
  • Representative, Queensland Institute for Medical Research

Administrative Arrangements

Secretariat support provided by UQ Graduate School.

Membership category Role Name Unit/affiliation
Ex officio Dean, Graduate School (Chairperson) Professor Alastair McEwan  
Ex officio Deputy Dean, Graduate School Professor Stephan Riek  
Ex officio Provost or nominee Professor Cindy Shannon Nominee, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)
Ex officio Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) Professor Anton Middelberg  
Ex officio President of the Board or nominee Professor Peter Adams Nominee, Deputy President of the Board
Ex officio University Librarian and Director of Learning Services or nominee Ms Heather Todd Director, Learning and Research Services
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Victor Callan Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Stuart Crozier Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Christina Lee Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Joanne Tompkins Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Melissa Brown Faculty of Medicine
Appointed Faculty representative appointed by the Executive Dean Professor Ian Gentle Faculty of Science
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Professor Michael Yu Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Professor Rob Capon Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Associate Professor Ralf Dietzgen Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen Queensland Brain Institute
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director Dr Elaine Wightman Sustainable Minerals Institute
Appointed RHD student-enrolling Institute representative appointed by the Institute Director tbc UQ Diamantina Institute
Appointed Postgraduate research student representative nominated by UQ APS Ms Elese Dowden  
Observer Queensland Institute for Medical Research representative Dr Glen Boyle HDC Chair, Queensland Institute for Medical Research
Secretariat Secretary Ms Belinda Bern Director, UQ Graduate School
Secretariat Assistant Secretary Ms Phoebe Coulon-McIntosh Senior Project Officer, UQ Graduate School

* As on 7 February 2017

Agendas and minutes are available to RHDC members and UQ staff on RHDC SharePoint site.
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