Members were asked to comment on the proposed change to policy. Here is a summary of those received to date. This issue is now on the agenda for Academic Board on 20 September. Please attend if you are able and make your opinion count.
Professor Robyn Owens and Dr Sato Juniper will be answering questions at this UWAASA forum. Information about this proposal from the Graduate Research School is available at the attached links. Oral component of PhD examination and Background information.
The forum is in Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Faculty, from 3pm to 4pm and all are welcome.
Please read the attached feed back received so far here.
The following extract is from an opinion piece by Professor William M Taylor of the UWA School of Design and member of the Academic Staff Association Committee. It is in response to proposed Guidelines for the Oral Defence of a Doctoral Thesis and the full response may be read here.
The draft proposes, more or less, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to the implementation of the oral defence and the justification for the initiative, potential practical and ethical challenges that will ensue implementation troubles me a great deal. I fear, if implemented across the entire University, uniformly and without allowing for alternatives (including the current mode(s) of examination to remain in cases), the policy will imperil initiatives undertaken here, in the School of Design in recent years, to foster and build our HDR program—possibly in other disciplines and professional courses across the University as well.
UWAASA would like to hear your feedback to the proposed policy and this can be sent to email@example.com
The restructure of the academic calendar was debated at the June 21 meeting of the Academic Board, and the motion was passed. However, while the motion was passed, there was a general feeling among members of the board that it was passed without sufficient discussion, without a robust consensus, and without the support of the student representative body, (for whose satisfaction the changes were, ostensibly, being made). A detailed account of the content of the discussion, and the subsequent decision process is available here.
The above account was written by an Academic Board and UWAASA member as their best recollection of what occurred. If readers believe there are factual errors, please let UWA ASA know and we will correct them.
We seek our members’ suggestions and directions for how UWAASA and academics more broadly can be encouraged to engage in a meaningful and effective way on these matters of fundamental interest to all.
MORE ADDED (also read the COMMENTS) – UWAASA recently asked its members to let us know about the untoward (perhaps unexpected) effects of the centralisation procedures of Renewal. Some responses have been summarised here and the Committee will forward them on to the Executive and relevant bodies (e.g. ACC). Please feel free to send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org