What is ‘at risk’?
As a graduate researcher, you are expected to progress well throughout your candidature towards a successful timely submission of your thesis. However, we understand it is not always going to be easy.
If your advisory committee identifies that you may not be able to meet your project milestones and goals, they will intervene to try and get you moving forwards with your research.
At the intervention stage you are considered to be ‘at risk’ of making unsatisfactory progress. This period can sometimes be challenging, but early intervention can be the most effective way to get you past your milestones and to bring you back on track.
If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you access the help available to you.
When can ‘at risk’ be recommended?
‘At risk’ can occur at any point and more than once during your candidature.
It is most commonly recommended by the advisory committee as an outcome of a progress review meeting. The committee will aim to identify (with your assistance) why the progress milestones or expectations were not met and give you the opportunity to get back on track.
How long can I be ‘at risk’?
The length of an 'at risk' period is determined by your advisory committee. The length determined will provide enough time to complete the tasks necessary to make satisfactory progress. In most cases the duration will be around three months.
- Step 1
- You are identified as ‘at risk’ by your supervisors when you are not meeting progress expectations. You will be notified via your University student email account.
- Step 2
- The email notification will outline why you are considered to be ‘at risk’, what you need to do in order to make satisfactory progress, and the length of your ‘at risk’ period.
- Step 3
- You work towards making satisfactory progress before the deadline. Your supervisors are expected to provide you with support during this time.
- Step 4
- Your supervisors will review your progress during the ‘at risk’ period and decide the outcome at a progress review meeting set for the end of the ‘at risk’ period.
- Step 5
- The outcome of the ‘at risk’ period will be recorded in an online progress review form. An email notifying you of the outcome will be sent to your University student email account.
I've been identified as being 'at risk' of making unsatisfactory progress
This page is for graduate researchers who have received a system-generated email advising of the outcome of their progress review, which advises that they are ‘at risk’. If you have received this email already, you will receive an official notice from your faculty soon.
Please note: being registered as ‘at risk’ with Student Equity and Disability Support is not the same as being ‘at risk’ of making unsatisfactory progress.
How am I officially informed that I’m ‘at risk’?
Your faculty will send an email notification to your University student email account. The email will include:
- the tasks you need to complete during the ‘at risk period’;
- the expected standard for these tasks, and;
- the length of your ‘at risk’ period.
If you haven’t received official notification from your faculty about being ‘at risk’ and think you should have by now, contact your local graduate research administrator.
You need to discuss your progress throughout the 'at risk' period with your advisory committee including any successes or problems you encounter.
Being identified as ‘at risk’ can be stressful. You are encouraged to make use of the various support services accessible via Service Finder which are available at any time, including during and after your ‘at risk’ period.
If you have any questions about the process for ‘at risk’ or questions regarding changes to your candidature during the period, contact your local graduate research administrator.
At the end of an 'at risk' period
A progress review meeting will be scheduled at the end of the ‘at risk’ period to discuss and assess whether you have met your progress requirements.
Refer to reviewing my progress for more information about progress reviews.
If you demonstrate satisfactory progress before or at the end of the ‘at risk’ period, your faculty will notify you that your progress is satisfactory and the 'at risk' period has ended.
If you continue to not meet progress expectations and your committee has serious concerns regarding your ability to complete your thesis on time, you will be issued with a show cause notice.
In some cases, if you have demonstrated some progress and you have not reached maximum course duration of your course, your committee may recommend a further ‘at risk’ notification instead. A further ‘at risk’ period will commence with written notification including new instructions and further tasks you will need to complete by the end of this additional period.