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Welcome to your higher degree by research candidature at Deakin University. You are embarking on a journey that will be challenging, fascinating, full of twists and turns, at times exciting, at times frustrating. You will venture into the unknown, you will discover new knowledge, and you will emerge as an independent and respected researcher. Along the way you will develop highly advanced skills in matters such as problem-solving, time management, and communication. Ultimately, you will present a thesis that describes your contribution to knowledge, and that will be one of the most rewarding things you have ever done. For most people, completion of a research degree is the launching pad to an enjoyable and satisfying career.
Deakin supports its HDR candidates in a number of ways, starting with expert supervision, backed up by School and Faculty staff and by a number of research activities, and central resources including an excellent library. The Division of Student Life provides various pastoral support services, and the Institute of Research Training provides a number of training workshops in specialised and generic skills that help you along the way to completing that thesis. And our statistics show that over 98% of Deakin HDR candidates who hand in their thesis for examination will be awarded their degree.
I wish you every success in your research, and I hope that your time at Deakin will be deeply fulfilling and thoroughly enjoyable.
Professor Roger Horn
Director of Research Training