Graduate research support
Behind every great research student is a comprehensive support network. That’s why UTS offers a range of academic, health and wellbeing services to support you throughout your research candidature.
Your supervisor/s should be your first port of call for research advice and support. They provide project guidance, work with you to set goals and monitor progress, and oversee all stages of your research degree.
Your faculty or research centre provides academic and administrative support for your research project. This includes researcher development opportunities, student engagement activities, and candidature management procedures, including assessments. Your main contact in the faculty will be the Responsible Academic Officer (RAO).
Access Faculty research contacts.
Graduate Research School
The Graduate Research School is the central support unit for graduate research at UTS.
The GRS team:
- plays an administrative role during the application and admission stage of your degree
- provides skills development opportunities during each stage of your degree
- assists with candidature management, scholarships and study queries
- organises social events to help you settle into the UTS research community.
Research Degree Candidature
The research environment and support services in place for Graduate Research students are outlined in the following guidelines, rules and policies:
Graduate research programs at UTS are structured in accordance with the Graduate Research Education Framework (GREF).
The UTS GREF is a university-wide initiative that involves Faculties, research centres and the GRS. The framework has two main aims: to support the advancement of knowledge through original graduate research and to develop the graduate research student as a researcher prepared for a career in academia or industry.
This framework articulates the support they will receive and are expected to engage with while undertaking a graduate research degree at UTS.
The UTS Graduate Research Education Framework:
- Involves a panel of supervisors;
- Is guided by a Graduate Research Study Plan (GRSP);
- Comprises three formal candidature stages including assessment;
- Is monitored on a session-by-session basis through a Review of Progress (ROP);
- Includes mandatory and optional training components;
- Involves undertaking a program of research that adheres to research management best practice;
- Culminates with the submission of a final thesis for examination;
- Provides a supportive Research Environment.
As a graduate research student, you will be supported throughout your candidature with a wide range of learning and skills development opportunities. There are many courses and workshops offered across UTS, including those facilitated by the Graduate Research School, faculties, schools, research centres and the UTS Library.
Guided by the GREF and MAPARC frameworks, you and your supervisors will use a Graduate Research Study Plan (GRSP) to identify areas of development focus that will assist you to transition from HDR student, to research leader and beyond.
UTS Research Office
The UTS Research Office provides expert advice on funding opportunities, research contracts and partnerships, and administrative processes, including data collection and ethics applications.
The UTS Library runs a series of workshops to help you build fundamental research skills. These include finding information, managing data and referencing, to name a few. The library is also home to research databases and software, as well as an extensive collection of resources both in print and online.
For more information on academic support, please refer to the Graduate Research Environment Guidelines.
Health and wellbeing
Physical and mental health plays a significant role in your research success – being well lets you focus on your studies without distractions.
UTS offers bulk-billed health and counselling services for all students, as well as cost-subsidised Chinese medicine and psychology clinics that are open to the public. Multi-faith chaplaincy services are also available if you’re in need of somewhere to worship or access spiritual support.
Read more about student support services at UTS.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
The Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education provides additional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including support with the application process. Once you start at UTS, Jumbunna will become an important resource for academic, social, emotional and cultural connection throughout your degree.
Read more about the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education.