Research student milestones

One of the requirements of all HDR students across the university is to submit regular reporting milestones. These reporting requirements are integral to ensuring that students maintain satisfactory progress towards completing their thesis, and also allowing academic and administrative staff to quickly identify when issues arise so they can be handled appropriately. Reports are submitted through ISIS, instructions on how to action this can be found in the Resource section of this page.

Please note that not completing your milestones as required may result in a suspension of scholarship payments.

HDR milestone calendar

Progress Milestones               Due Requirement
Annual Plan

3-6 months after commencement, then annually

Research plan for the coming year.  Your College Administration will inform you of the requirements

Annual Report

   

Doctoral Students

9 -12 months after commencement, then annually

 

Report of research activities during the past year, including participation in the Research Integrity Training program in the first or second report.

Master of Philosophy

6 -9 months after commencement, then annually

Thesis Proposal Review

   

Doctoral Students

9 -12 months after commencement, with the first Annual Report

A detailed thesis proposal, literature review and plan for the next year.  Your College Administration will inform you of the requirements.

Master of Philosophy

6 -9 months after commencement, with the first Annual Report

Oral Presentation

3 months before thesis submission.  Note that the milestone is assigned when you first enrol and is set for 6 months before the maximum submission date (as calculated at that time) to allow sufficient time to organise and prepare for the presentation.

One hour public presentation of your research material plus question time.

Annual plan

The first Annual Plan is due three months after commencement, and in subsequent years at the same time as the Annual Report.

Student Administration in your College will advise you of the requirements specific to your College, but in general the Annual Plan should outline what you intend to undertake in the following 12 months, with sufficient detail to allow your supervisory panel and the Delegated Authority to assess the appropriateness and feasibility of the plan.

Annual report

Students are required to report annually on the work they have completed for the degree, and current progress. The Annual Report also provides an opportunity for you to flag any personal, academic or technical problems which may impact on your research and its timely completion.

The Chair of your supervisory panel comments on your progress and you should be given the opportunity to meet and discuss his/her comments. In addition, the Head of your Department and the Delegated Authority endorse the report and may comment.

Annual progress should be assessed against the previous Annual Plan.

If you have significant academic issues that you wish to discuss outside of your academic area, you may contact the Dean of Students.

Research integrity training

Research Integrity Training was introduced for graduate research students commencing from 2009. Participation in the program will be reported in the first or second Annual Report depending upon the time the training was undertaken. This training program has been developed by the ANU Office of Research Integrity. Your College will be able to provide you with further information.

Thesis proposal review

The Thesis Proposal Review should be completed before undertaking any fieldwork (if fieldwork is applicable to your program).

Depending on the requirements of your area, your review paper might state the subject of your proposed research, the methodology to be employed, an analysis of the relevant literature on this topic, describe how your proposed research will make an original contribution to the study of this subject and where relevant outline the fieldwork required for your research program.

All members of your supervisory panel are expected to attend your Thesis Proposal Review presentation.

Oral presentation

This milestone is compulsory for research students who commenced from 1 January 2008. Students who commenced before this date are encouraged to undertake this milestone.

The Oral Presentation is expected to take place about 3 months before your intended thesis submission date.  The milestone is assigned when you first enrol, and is scheduled for 6 months before your maximum submission date as calculated at that time. The due date may need to be amended later to take account of any program variations that have occurred during your candidature. The presentation will be advertised within the University and your supervisory panel will attend to make an evaluation for their written report.

You will be expected to demonstrate your:

  • independent command of the material;
  • ability to communicate clearly and concisely the analysis of the material and findings; and
  • ability to respond appropriately to constructive comment and criticism.

You will be given a copy of the written report and a copy will be placed on your official University file. Completion of the milestone will be recorded on the Student System.

If your panel has serious concerns about whether you have complied with the University's rules and policies relating to candidature or whether the work will meet the standards for your degree, it will have the discretion to provide a special report to the relevant ANU College Dean.

The preparation of graduate research students for public presentation will occur throughout their candidature with similar, though less formal, presentations at different stages of your training. Specific training for and experience in preparing for presentation will be given by your ANU College.

The presentation format will allow one hour for your presentation, plus question time. The presentation is to include the major objectives, content, results, and conclusions of the work. One month prior to the presentation you will be required to submit a 2-5 page summary of your material to your supervisory panel.

It should be noted that submission and examination of your thesis is independent of the oral presentation, and the report of your panel will not be provided to your thesis examiners.