General support services
Deakin provides a wide range of support services to help you succeed in your studies.
Following is information on what type of support is available for research degree students.
Your main source of academic support will be your supervisor(s). In addition, the University provides a range of additional academic skills support through areas such as:
- Dean of Research Training - training workshops on induction, completion of requirements to monitor progress, academic writing, presentations, networking, publishing, completing a thesis, preparing for life after completion and many other topics. A full program of workshops (PDF, 126.6 KB) and presentations can be found in Higher Degrees by Research module within CloudDeakin.
- Division of Student Life - assistance with study skills and writing in English.
Deakin offers students a range of services and advice relating to careers and employment.
Support to attend conferences is normally provided through Faculties, Schools or Institutes. You should contact the HDR Coordinator in your area.
The University also offers support through the prestigious Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award and Medal. Each year the two candidates with the best refereed journal paper receive travel funding.
Deakin eSolutions (DeS) provides core information and communication technology (ICT) services and support to the Deakin University community. Visit the research degree IT top tips webpage for loads of useful IT information for research degree students.
Division of Student Administration
The Division of Student Administration is the central administrative division of the University, with responsibility for admissions, enrolments and records, fees, assessments, graduations, and customer service.
Division of Student Life
The Division of Student Life supports students in a number of ways, including:
- Study support
- Career support
- Counseling and personal support
- Medical services
- Financial support
- Religious services
- Disability support
Doctoral Partnerships Scheme
Doctoral Partnerships Scheme students include DIRI (Deakin Indian Research Initiative), TERI (The Energy Research Institute) and other international In-Country students. Living allowance and conference travel details differ to those of other international students.
Answers to questions relating to the optional Australian visit can be found on the Doctoral Partnerships Scheme FAQs (frequently asked questions) page.
Equity and Diversity Unit
Staff in the Equity and Diversity Unit can provide advice and information about concerns relating to equity, and resolving complaints about discrimination, harassment and bullying.
International Student Advisers provide a wide range of advice including help with personal issues, taking a break from studies and general visa queries.
The Australian Government has developed a National Code, commonly referred to as "ESOS" (Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000), which is part of Australian law to protect international students. It has a number of standards, regulating how universities market their courses, select students, enrol and support students, monitor their progress and deal with any complaints or concerns. For all queries on the Code or concerns arising from it, we recommend you talk to an International Student Adviser first.
A range of support is available for international research degree students including advice about relocating to Australia. You can also visit our international compliance and visas page to find valuable information and answers to commonly asked questions.
Deakin's Library offers extensive support to research students, including the assistance of Liaison Librarians to assist you with finding materials relevant to your project.
Minimum resources for research degree students
Deakin provides research students with the resources they need to undertake their project.
Funding is available to support travel to conferences and for other research-related activities. This is mostly provided by faculties, schools and institutes. For information on the support available and how to apply:
- check with the appropriate faculty, school or institute.
- contact the HDR Coordinator in your faculty, school or institute.
All students who are traveling overseas on University business are required to arrange overseas travel insurance. Overseas Travel Insurance is comprehensive insurance that includes cover for medical expenses and extends to cover items such as cancellation expenses and personal belongings. Cover under Deakin's travel insurance policy can be arranged by submitting an online overseas travel insurance request through the Overseas Travel Insurance for Students webpage. This will automatically generate an email to the Insurance Risk Officer. An email will then be sent confirming insurance if applicable.