THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITy

Research Awards Rule 2021

 

I, Professor Brian P. Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, make the following rule.

Dated 15 July 2021

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS

Vice-Chancellor

 

Contents

Part 1— Preliminary

Division 1.1— General

1 Name

2 Commencement

3 Authority

4 Definitions

5 Application of instrument to programs

Division 1.2— Important concepts

6 Research awards

7 Programs for research awards generally

8 What is credit

9 What is a unit

Part 2— Research degrees

10 Research degrees conferred by University

11 Joint or dual programs with other institutions etc.

Part 3— Program admissions, enrolments and transfers

Division 3.1— Admission requirements and limitations: research awards

12 Minimum qualification requirement: doctoral programs

13 Minimum qualification requirement: Master of Philosophy

14 English language and other program requirements

15 Limits on places in programs

Division 3.2— Admission process: research awards

16 Application for admission

17 Decision on application for admission

18 Admission having regard to minimum admission requirements

19 Admission for certain staff members of University

20 False or misleading statements in applications for admission etc.

Division 3.3— Pre-enrolment process: research awards

21 Pre-enrolment action by Delegated Authority

Division 3.4— Program commencement: research awards

22 Program commences on enrolment

Division 3.5— Program transfers: research awards

23 Transfer between programs

Part 4— Program requirements

Division 4.1— Credit

24 Granting credit

25 Limits on granting credit

Division 4.2— Program content

26 Program components

27 Research component

28 Coursework component

29 Program standard requirements

Division 4.3— Undertaking the program

30 Program progress

31 Standard program enrolment

32 Standard program duration: doctoral programs

33 Standard program duration: Master of Philosophy

34 Place where program must be undertaken

35 Revocation of approval to undertake program outside University

36 Total minimum period of attendance at University campus during program

37 Minimum period of attendance at University campus during a year

38 Program leave of absence

39 Program extension

Division 4.4— Other program requirements

40 Language of instruction

41 Other studies

42 Employment

Division 4.5— Ending of program

43 Withdrawal from program

44 Maximum period for completion: basic maximum period

45 Maximum period for completion of program: reduction of maximum period

46 Maximum period for completion of program: extension of maximum period

47 Ending of program at end of maximum period for completion

48 Termination of program

Part 5— Supervision

49 Purpose of Part 5

50 Supervisory panel and supervisors

51 Appointment of supervisors

52 Particular responsibilities of primary supervisor and chair

53 General responsibilities of members of supervisory panel etc.

54 Temporary supervisory arrangements

Part 6— Assessment

Division 6.1— Reviews

55 Reviews of progress

56 Action after review

Division 6.2— Thesis

57 Purpose of Division 6.2

58 General thesis requirements

59 Form of thesis for examination

60 Submission of thesis

61 Request for non-disclosure of thesis

Division 6.3— Examination methods

62 Purpose of Division 6.3

63 Examination of research

64 Application of Assessment Rule

65 Assessment of clinical or professional practice

66 Examination of program with research and coursework components

67 Examinations must be in English

Division 6.4— Thesis examiners

68 Purpose of Division 6.4

69 Appointment of thesis examiners

70 Qualifications for appointment as thesis examiner

71 Conflicts of interests by examiners

72 Non-disclosure of identity of examiners

73 Prohibited communications during thesis examination

74 Nomination of person to provide further information to examiner

Division 6.5— Examination reports

75 Examiners’ reports on thesis examination

Division 6.6— Further examination of thesis

76 Application of Division 6.6

77 Student to be given opportunity of further examination

78 Oral examination

79 Assessor for oral examination

80 Written examination

Division 6.7— Outcome of thesis examination

81 Application of Division 6.7

82 Recommendation by Delegated Authority following thesis examination

83 Decision of Associate Dean following thesis examination

84 Corrections or revisions to thesis

85 Re-examination by resubmission of thesis

86 Re-examination of coursework

87 Recommendation by Delegated Authority following re-examination

88 Decision of Associate Dean following re-examination

89 Examination of Doctor of Philosophy thesis for Master of Philosophy

Division 6.8— Retention and availability of thesis

90 Student must provide thesis for deposit in University Library

91 Thesis of student not granted research award

Part 7— Reviews and appeals

Division 7.1— Reviews of reviewable decisions

92 What decisions are reviewable decisions?

93 Who is the person affected by a reviewable decision?

94 Application for review of reviewable decision

95 Review by Associate Dean

96 Application for procedural review of review decision

97 Procedural review of review decision

Division 7.2— Appeals against appealable decisions

98 What is an appealable decision?

99 Who is the person affected by an appealable decision?

100 Appeal against appealable decision

101 Appeal: hearing and decision

102 Application for procedural appeal to Deputy Vice-Chancellor

103 Procedural appeal to Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Part 8— Miscellaneous

General note for Part 8

104 Noncompliance with notification requirements

105 Appointment etc. of Delegated Authorities

Part 9— Repeal and transitional provisions

Division 9.1— Repeal

106 Repeal

Division 9.2— Transitional provisions

107 Commencement of existing programs

108 Maximum period for completion: transitional: earlier enrolments

109 Maximum period for completion: transitional: earlier periods of leave of absence

110 Transitional modifications on student application

111 Transitional orders

112 Application of Legislation Statute, section 26

113 Transitional provisions additional

Part 1—Preliminary

This instrument commences on 30 September 2021.

In this instrument:

appealable decision: see section 98.

course means a subject of scholarly study, whether it is taught:

coursework means the courses, and other written or oral work (if any), undertaken by a student for the coursework component (if any) of a program for a research award.

[Note: The content of the coursework component of a program for a research award is approved by the Delegated Authority under section 28 (Coursework component).]

credit: see section 8.

Delegated Authority, in relation to a program offered by an ANU College for a research award, means a person who is appointed under section 105 (Appointment etc. of Delegated Authorities) as a Delegated Authority for the program.

in alternative format: a thesis is in alternative format if it includes video recordings, film or other works of visual or sonic arts, computer software, digital material or other non-written material.

person affected:

professional doctorate means a Doctor of Juridical Science or a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

research award: see section 6.

reviewable decision: see section 92.

unit: see section 9.

[Note: For definitions applying to University legislation generally, see the dictionary in the Legislation Statute. That dictionary defines terms relevant to this instrument, including the following:

Part 2—Research degrees

research degree means:

Part 3—Program admissions, enrolments and transfers

[Note 1: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note 2: Giving false or misleading information, or producing a false or misleading document, may be a criminal offence against the Criminal Code.]

[Note: A decision not to admit the applicant to the program is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: The Discipline Rule includes provisions for dealing with misconduct, including making statements to the University, or to an officer or employee of the University, that a person knows are false (including the provision of falsified academic transcripts).]

[Note: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note: A decision not to approve the transfer, or to impose conditions on the transfer, is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

Part 4—Program requirements

[Note: A decision not to grant credit is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision not to approve the student undertaking all or part of the program outside the University is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision to revoke the approval is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision not to reduce the period is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision not to vary, or to vary on the Delegated Authority’s own initiative, the period the student must attend a campus of the University is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision by the Delegated Authority not to grant a period of leave of absence (other than a decision made because of a decision by the Associate Dean not to grant an approval) is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision by the Associate Dean not to grant an approval (see section 98).]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision by the Associate Dean not to grant an extension of maximum enrolment period applying to the student (see section 98).]

standard period means:

[Note: A decision not to approve a student to undertake other studies is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

AQF means the Australian Qualifications Framework as in force at the commencement of this section.

[Note: At the commencement of this section, the framework was accessible at www.aqf.edu.au.]

[Note 1: Under section 22 (Program commences on enrolment), the program commences on the day the student is enrolled in the program.]

[Note 2: A decision determining a particular period under subsection (1)(c) or (2)(c) is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: A decision to reduce the maximum period for completion of a student’s program is reviewable under Division 7.1 (Reviews of reviewable decisions).]

[Note: For the service (however described) of notices and other documents, see the Legislation Statute, section 24.]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision not to grant an extension of the maximum period for completion of the student’s program (including any decision of the Dean, Higher Degree Research) (see section 98).]

[Note: For the service (however described) of notices and other documents, see the Legislation Statute, section 24.]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision to terminate the student’s enrolment (see section 98).]

[Note: The student could, for example, be excluded from the University under the Academic Integrity Rule or the Discipline Rule.]

Part 5—Supervision

Part 6—Assessment

[Note: Material interest is defined in subsection (8). The definition of indirect interest in that subsection applies to the definition of material interest.]

associate, of a person, includes:

executive officer, of a corporation, means a person (however described) who is concerned with, or takes part in, the corporation’s management, whether or not the person is a director of the corporation.

indirect interest: without limiting the kinds of indirect interests a person may have, a person has an indirect interest in relation to the examination of the thesis if any of the following has an interest in relation to the examination of the thesis:

material interest: a person has a material interest in relation to the examination of the thesis if the person has:

[Note: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note: If a single examiner is specified, an assessor must be appointed under section 79 (Assessor for oral examination).]

[Note: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note: For the service (however described) of notices and other documents, see the Legislation Statute, section 24.]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision to fail the student (see section 98).]

required period means:

required period means:

[Note: If a form is approved under the Legislation Statute for this provision, the form must be used.]

[Note: For the service (however described) of notices and other documents, see the Legislation Statute, section 24.]

[Note: The student may appeal against a decision to fail the student (see section 98).]

required period means:

Part 7— Reviews and appeals

required period means:

required period means:

required period means:

[Note: For provisions of the kind mentioned in paragraph (a)(iii), see, for example, section 83(4)(b), (c) and (d) (Decision of Associate Dean following thesis examination).]

Application of section

Appointment of members and chair

Conduct of appeal

Appeal against decision not to extend maximum period for completion

Appeal against decision to terminate enrolment

Appeal against decision to fail person

Notification of appeal decision

Appeal decision final etc.

required period means:

Part 8—Miscellaneous

The Governance Statute and the Legislation Statute contain provisions applying to University legislation generally.

The Governance Statute has provisions relevant to this instrument, including, for example, the following:

The Legislation Statute has provisions relevant to this instrument, including, for example, the following:

notification requirement means a requirement under any of the following provisions:

Part 9—Repeal and transitional provisions

earlier repealed instrument means the Research Awards Rules (No. 2) 2013.

previous instrument means the Research Awards Rule 2015.

[Note: For the service (however described) of notices and other documents, see the Legislation Statute, section 24.]

[Note: A student may appeal against a decision not to grant a modification (see subsection (10) of this section and section 100(1)).]