September 25, 2013

Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Forum

This week 77 higher degree by research (HDR) students and staff from the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University met in Bathurst for the HDR Forum. We learned from Dr Brian Hemmings, Subdean of graduate studies, that the faculty has 100 HDR students, with 67 enrolled part time. In 2013 there will be at least 10 graduands and 6 more students have their thesis currently under review, including my PhD student, Kate Crowe.

It was great that I could spend time with all of my current PhD students in the one location. It was the first time that Suzanne Hopf had come to CSU Bathurst (from Fiji) since beginning her PhD. My other PhD students, Sarah Masso and Sarah Verdon, presented their PhD research at the forum.  

On the first day we heard from Professor Sid Bourke from the University of Newcastle who said that in a study of 803 PhD thesis examinations only 12.4% were accepted with no changes, 46.4% required minor changes, 36.3% required major changes, 3.6% were invited to revise to be re examined and 0.1% failed.

We also enjoyed listening to the finals of the 3 minute thesis competition. On the last day, professors from across the Faculty of Education discussed what they wish they knew when they did their PhD. 

Thanks to Lisa McLean and Brian Hemmings for organizing a simulating, supportive, friendly, and informative forum. 

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Sue Thomas and Suzanne Hopf
Sarah Masso presenting information about her PhD
The CSU HDR Forum
Kangaroos looking at us through the windows during the HDR Forum
Spending time with my PhD students: Sarah Verdon, Suzanne Hopf, Sarah Masso