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Academic Board Meeting. PRESENTATION BY THE DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES Masud Behnia 14/5/03. Go8 Student Load (EFTSU) 2002. Ave = 20.8%. ASIAWEEK (2000) Top 10 Ave = 24.6%. Go8 Student Load & FTE Staff. Ave = 13.9 2.9. Stanford 10.2 5.4. Go8 Res Student Load & FTE Staff.

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Academic board meeting
Academic Board Meeting

PRESENTATION BY THE DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIESMasud Behnia14/5/03


Go8 student load eftsu 2002
Go8 Student Load (EFTSU) 2002

Ave = 20.8%

ASIAWEEK (2000) Top 10 Ave = 24.6%


Go8 student load fte staff
Go8 Student Load & FTE Staff

Ave = 13.9 2.9

Stanford 10.2 5.4



International comparison
International $ Comparison

Australia Go8 universities 12,341

Canada (UBC, Toronto) 15,376

Korea (Chongnam, Seoul) 17,521

UK (13 leading universities) 21,886

UK (Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL) 32,720

USA (eight state universities) 35,162

Hong Kong (four universities) 37,965

Japan (six leading universities) 56,190

Average = 30,683

Go8 Funding = 40% of Average

Australia’s Go8 Funding

Revenue/student ($US)

Adjusted for purchasing price parity (PPP)


Pg student surveys
PG Student Surveys

  • Postgrad Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ)

  • Sydney Uni pilot survey (2002) for current research students [Student Research Higher Degree Questionnaire –SREQ] 1530 students (48%)

    SREQ focuses on

  • Supervision (e.g. “Supervision is available when I need it”)

  • Infrastructure (e.g. “I have access to a suitable working space”)

  • Climate (e.g. “A good seminar program for postgraduate students is provided”)

  • Generic Skills (e.g. “Doing my research has developed my ability to plan my own work”)

  • Overall Satisfaction












Research students needs
Research Students’ Needs

  • Infrastructure

  • Resources

    • Human

    • Material

  • Climate & environment

  • Processes

    • Policies, rules & regulations

    • Transparency


University resources
University Resources

  • Office accommodation

  • Computer, communication and internet facilities

  • Library facilities

  • Project-specific research facilities

  • Financial assistance

    • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

    • Faculty-level funds

    • Grant-in-Aid

  • Supervisor is the KEY University

    resource provided to research students


Academic board reviews
Academic Board Reviews

  • Generally confirm the findings of SREQ & PREQ

  • High degree of satisfaction with supervision

  • Numerous positive comments in the reports

  • Few recommendations for better serving PG students’ needs in some faculties:

    • Communication

      • Rules & regulations, IP, financial assistance, staff, etc.

    • Integration

      • BroaderUniv community, departments, staff, induction

    • Resources

      • Accommodation, computer facilities, etc.

    • Staffing

      • Supervisor training, associate supervisor


In summary
In Summary

  • In general, the PG research students’ needs are well served by the University (high degree of overall satisfaction in SREQ)

  • There is room for improvement in areas of Infrastructure and Climate

  • There is a need for identifying best practices and implementing them across the University


What is being done
What Is Being Done?

  • Direct communication of rules, regulations, availability of resources, etc.

  • Development of FlexSIS to include all relevant PG student data

  • Co-funded scholarships (>40 for semester 2, 2003)

  • University and department based induction programs for PG students (14 August 2003)

  • Postgraduate marketing


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