Embarking on an HDR degree is a big undertaking, and at times HDR candidates can feel overwhelmed. There are many resources and services at UNSW Medicine to provide the support HDR candidates need to suit their own unique circumstances.
Candidate Higher Degree Committee
The Faculty organises quarterly Candidate Higher Degree Committee meetings with candidate representatives from all schools. These meetings provide a forum to allow candidates to provide feedback directly to the Faculty, as well as a way for the Faculty to share with them key aspects of the Faculty’s strategy to support their candidature.
The Candidate Higher Degree Committee runs candidate-led initiatives addressing affairs across multiple UNSW Medical Schools.
Representatives share the information with all HDR candidates within their school via their HDR candidate society and by utilizing appropriate communication channels within their schools.
Postgraduate Coordinators and Administrators
Each of our Schools and Centres has a Postgraduate Research Coordinator and a Postgraduate Research Administrator.
Your Postgraduate Research Coordinator is here to provide advice, guide you through the process and ensure you feel supported throughout your candidature.
Policies and Procedures
Forms, Procedures and Policies for Research Candidates can be found on the Graduate Research School website.
Town Hall Sessions in Schools
The Director of Postgraduate Research in Medicine offers Town Hall sessions in your school to provide HDR candidates with information on new HDR initiatives at UNSW and in Medicine, Candidature Management and Faculty Support Services.
Undertaking an HDR degree is stressful and there will be times when issues arise that cannot be addressed by your supervisor or Postgraduate Coordinator.
The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW. A range of services are offered to assist students to make the most of their university experiences, such as:
- individual counselling
- specific programs, workshops and seminars for skills development
- self-help resources so that students can help themselves to information and resources that promote wellbeing and adjustment to university life.