Committees groups and networks

Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC)

The Research Higher Degrees Committee is responsible for advising the Academic Board on all matters of policy relating to graduate research degrees (courses in which the research component is at least 66%), including the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Masters by research.

Further information is available here.

Research Training Advisory Committee (RTAC)

The Research Training Advisory Committee coordinates the delivery of research training across the University and serves as a forum through which Research Chancellery engages with faculties and graduate schools on strategy to strengthen research outcomes.

Terms of Reference and Membership

Terms of reference are available for download here.

2017 Meeting Schedule

22 February

10 May

14 June

2 August

6 September

25 October

6 December

For more information please contact Amanda Davis.

Graduate Research Managers Advisory Group (GRMAG)


To function as an advisory group, to provide input to, and feedback on, RTAC and RHDC's proposed strategies and policies, consider their implementation in relation to resources and planning and act as a conduit to faculty general managers on research training matters. GRMAG was established originally as the RHD Managers Group in September 2008.

Terms of Reference & Membership

Full terms of reference and details of the group's membership can be downloaded here.

GRMAG Meetings for 2017

(All meetings are held on a Friday 10.30am–12.30pm, unless otherwise stated)

10 February

24 March

5 May

2 June

14 July

25 August

6 October

24 November

For more information please contact the group's Executive Officer Jutta Besold.

Graduate Research Administrator Network (GRAN)

GRAN is a forum for professional staff across all areas of the University who work with graduate researchers; including Academic Division and University Services staff. The network meets once a month to collaborate on and share best practice across all aspects of research training administration.  Meetings are relaxed and friendly, guest speakers and workshop topics are kept timely and relevant for the graduate research administration work cycles.

Network meetings for 2017

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday or Thursday (alternating) of the month between 11.30am – 1pm unless otherwise advertised.




Thursday 23 Feb

Gradudate Research (University Services)

  • Planning GRAN for 2017
  • Role Discovery Pilot
  • Training feedback focus group

Wednesday 22 Mar


  • Approaches to promote student wellbeing

Thursday 27 April

Victorian College of the Arts and 
the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

  • Bridging the gap between different disciplines/campuses

Wednesday 24 May

Business and Economics

  • Growing pains: increasing cohort numbers, handling higher volumes of applications, space management, and academic staff workload

Thursday 22 June

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • TBA

Monday 24 July

Graduate Research (University Services)

  • GRAN Role Discovery Forum

Thursday 24  Aug

Graduate Research (University Services)

  • Business Improvement for Graduate Research Examinations Showcase

Wednesday 27 Sept


  • TBA

Thursday 26 Oct


  • TBA

Wednesday 22 Nov

Architecture, Building and Planning

  • 2017 in review
  • Planning for GRAN 2018

For enquires please contact Graduate Research (University Services).