The University's expectation is that problems will be resolved on an informal basis without resort to formal procedures. Candidates who consider that they have a problem with any aspect of their candidature should first discuss the matter with their supervisors and attempt to reach a solution with the supervisory team.
Candidates should acquaint themselves with the Griffith University Candidate Charter, the Code of Practice for the Supervision of Higher Degree Research Candidates and the information about resources and facilities made available to HDR candidates by their element of enrolment. Familiarity with this information may clarify misconceptions about roles and entitlements that sometimes lead to dissatisfaction.
If it is not possible to reach a solution with the supervisory team, the following University staff may be approached for advice.For academic issues:
- Higher Degree Research Convenor
- Head of Element
- Dean (Research)
- Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School
HDR Advocates will listen, provide information, offer options, seek explanations, make referrals, and provide informal advice regarding rights and responsibilities involving HDR candidature from a neutral perspective.
The Advocate roles do not replace any current University service, and may involve referring individuals to another university office where appropriate.
Griffith Sciences HDR advocates:
- Prof Eddie (Shanqing) Zhang (Gold Coast campus)
- Dr Jim Smart (Nathan campus)
- Assoc Prof Chris Brown (Nathan campus)
Griffith Health HDR advocates:
- Prof Sharon Dawe (Mt Gravatt campus)
- Assoc Prof Graham Bradley (Gold Coast campus)
- Prof Anne McMurray (Gold Coast campus)
- Prof Lewis Adams (Gold Coast campus)
Policy on candidate review and appeals
In the event that informal interventions are not feasible or are unsuccessful, the University has general review and appeal procedures to be used in most circumstances. For further information refer to the Student Review and Appeals Policy and Student Review and Appeals Procedures.