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Opportunities for Senior Staff

UniSA’s approach to learning and professional development for senior staff involves a series of interlocking activities which acknowledges the relationship between individual, group and whole of organisation development. Activities include

UniSA also provides for executive development for women through collegial groups and the ATN Women's Executive Development program.


Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian context
Presented by Professor Mandy Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor: Research, Australian National University (ANU)

On Monday 29 June Professor Mandy Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor: Research at the Australian National University (ANU) gave a presentation to UniSA Heads of School, Directors of Research Institutes, Deans: Research and a select group of other senior staff on: Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian context.

The presentation discussed the new national focus on lifting the quality of HDR training through high quality students, supervision, facilities, professional skills development programs and assessment. Questions addressed included: What is the changing role of the PhD in the global setting? Can we better prepare our HDR graduates for the diverse careers they will encounter? What is best-practice globally for HDR training?

Professor Mandy Thomas' PowerPoint presentation is attached for your reference - Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian context (pdf 88kb - download Adobe Acrobat)

Professor Mandy Thomas has broad research and research training responsibilities which include Higher Degree Research (HDR), Research Integrity and Equity.  Professor Thomas is a member of both the University's Education and Research Committees, and works closely together with Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Stanton, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Elizabeth Deane, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Cram, in developing the University's strategic approach to Research and Education. She is also the Chair of ANU's Human Research Ethics Committee.  Mandy Thomas took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor at ANU in November 2006. Prior to this she worked for the Australian Research Council as Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts and as the co-ordinator of the Discovery Projects scheme. An anthropologist by training, she has published widely on political and social change in Vietnam, Asian cultural production, migration and regional cultural traffic.


Details of workshops, seminars and development opportunities available to senior staff can be found each month in the section of the website called Development at a glance.