Meeting 1 2024

Date: April 2024

Location: University of Adelaide


ACGR April 2024 National Meeting 

ACGR welcomed all members and their nominated colleagues to our first national meeting of 2024 on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 April 2024. Co-hosted by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, this immersive two-day meeting was held in the Adelaide Medical and Health Sciences (AHMS) Building at the University of Adelaide.

A conference dinner was held on Monday evening at Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.

Key topics of discussion at this meeting included:

  • Supervisor training and professional development
  • Approaches to fostering industry engagement
  • Psychosocial safety prevention and responses
  • AI literacy in the context of graduate research
  • Approaches to HDR complaints resolution
  • Selecting HDR candidates

The full program from the event is available here.

Registrations were free for one primary representative of each full member organisation and $600+ GST (if applicable) for additional delegates and all associate members. Registration included day catering on both days and the conference dinner on Monday evening. Places were limited to no more than three delegates from each member institution.

We were delighted to see members for two days of connection, empowerment and learning. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to strengthen support networks amongst peers, hear the latest news and updates from the world of graduate research, and spend valuable time with key network groups and special interest groups.


Session 1—Looking ahead: Higher education and graduate research post-Australian Universities Accord
Chair, Professor Clive Baldock

The Australian Universities Accord: Implications for research training, Professor Andrew Norton

Session 2—Supervisor training and professional development, Chair: Professor Chris Abbiss

Growing Effective Research Supervision Cultures, Professor Jeanette Fyffe, Deakin University
Graduate Research Supervisor Training at Monash, Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis & Professor JaneMaree Maher, Monash University
Graduate Research Supervisor Training: Context and Opportunity, Associate Professor John Rees, University of Technology Sydney

Session 3—Fostering industry engagement: why and how, Chair: Professor Wendy Wright

Fostering Industry Engagement: Why and how, Professor Carolin Plewa, University of Adelaide
Fostering Industry Engagement: Why and how, Key features of Federation University, Professor Andrew Barton, Federation University
Fostering Industry Engagement, Professor Phil Parker & Michelle Lopez, Australian Catholic University

Session 4—Psychosocial safety and its importance in Higher Degree Research, Chair: Professor Louise Sharpe

Psychosocial Safety Climate: Importance in Higher Degree Research, Dr Amy Zadrow and Dr Daniel Neser with Professor Maureen Dollard, University of South Australia

Australian University Staff 2020 – 2023 Work, Digital Stress and Wellbeing Survey Overall Report

Session 5—Research Study in the Era of AI, Chair: Professor Justin Zobel

Session 6—Special Interest Groups Chairs: Professor Ann Evans, Professor Imelda Whelehan, Professor Clive Baldock

HDR candidates wellbeing, Professor Ann Evans

Review and governance of agreements, Professor Imelda Whelehan

Developing a National Researcher Development Framework, Professor Clive Baldock

Session 7—Challenging conversations, mediation and HDR complaint resolution – sharing best practice, Chair: Professor Imelda Whelehan

Challenging conversations and HDR complaint resolution, Professor Sandra Orgeig (University of South Australia), Professor Jeremiah Peiffer (Murdoch University), Professor Imelda Whelehan (University of Western Australia) and Diana Reed (University of Adelaide)

Session 8—Selecting HDR Candidates, Chair: Professor Ann Evans

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