UTS Framework for Doctoral Education

Roles and Responsibilities


The new UTS Framework for Doctoral Education provides greater structure and transparency with assessment at each of the three stages.

Throughout the program the supervisors and student will work together to:

  • Develop a tailored Doctoral Study Plan, that considers knowledge and research development needs
  • Review and evaluate progress across the three stages
  • Actively contribute to the research community at a number of levels:
    • within their research strength/faculty
    • across the university
    • their project field/discipline area

The relationship between the student and supervisors is central to the success of the new Doctoral Framework. As a result, the Graduate Research School (GRS) is developing greater support mechanisms for supervisors, including:

  • Strengthening the use and role of supervisory panels
  • Developing and implementing a supervisor development program

For further information on resources for supervisors visit the GRS website.

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Graduate Research School (GRS)

The role of GRS is to promote excellence in research education and researcher development. As such, the GRS team is responsible for developing the overall Doctoral Framework and the policy that supports it, this also includes:

  • Designing and implementing student and supervisor development programs, including induction seminars and information workshops
  • Ongoing review and evaluation of implementation by the faculties
  • Developing generic research modules, such as interdisciplinary research practices

If you have any questions about the UTS wide aspects of the Doctoral Framework please contact GRS.

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Faculties and Research Strengths

The Faculties and Research Strengths will adapt elements of the Framework to make them faculty and discipline specific. As a result they will be responsible for developing the modular aspects of the Framework, including:

  • Introductory knowledge modules
  • Advanced disciplinary knowledge modules
  • Research methods

For more information about what is happening in your faculty please contact your Responsible Academic Officer.

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