Research students deserve to be supported to complete their degrees, not penalised. GSA are calling on the University to do the right thing.

Research Higher Degrees (RHD) Completions

The University of Melbourne has changed its policies around RHD course duration, introducing a hard cut-off date for students to submit their theses.

Increasing timely completions is a great goal, but this new system is unnecessarily harsh and negatively impacts currently enrolled research students.

That is why the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is calling on the University to amend its policies and invest in solutions that will help students complete on time.

Join GSA and UniMelb research students to fight for fair policies and a University that supports its graduate researchers.


Our petition calling on the Academic Board to amend the Graduate Research Training Policy has recently closed to be submitted to the Academic Board. But you can still subscribe to stay up to date on our work on this issue.



What now?

We are awaiting a response to our petition – and under the university's Academic Board Regulation, the Board is required to give a response to a petition from a recognised student organisation such as GSA.

But we’re not done yet. We’re coordinating a group complaint that we’ll take to the Academic Registrar’s Office through the Student Complaints and Grievances Process.

If you’re a current research student who will be negatively affected by these changes, we invite you to join the group complaint. This process is another way to make the University understand how damaging these policy changes are for current research students, and to call on them to make sure that no students are disadvantaged.

Join the group complaint