Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Sub-Deans (Graduate Studies)

Sub-Deans (Graduate Studies)

Associate Professor Peter Pocock
Sub Dean (Graduate Studies)
Faculty of Arts & Education 02 6272 6260

Associate Professor Ramudu Bhanugopan 
Sub Dean (Graduate Studies)
Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences 02 6933 2696

Dr Sandra Savocchia
Sub Dean (Graduate Studies)
Faculty of Science 02 6933 4341

Responsibilities of Sub-Deans (Graduate Studies)

  • Membership of Research Advisory Committee and HDAC.
  • Convening the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Dealing with student grievances and complaints.
  • Student managing through Higher Degree forms (admission, application etc).
  • Assisting the Research Office in order to provide Quality Assurance to the management of HDR students across the University.
  • Interpreting examiners reports for students and supervisors.
  • Membership of the University Thesis examination committee for examination of theses scoring outside 1 and 2 grades.
  • Membership of the Admission and Progress Committee.
  • Liaising with external supervisors.
  • Reading research proposals from the Faculty and providing feedback to students and supervisors.
  • Providing comments and critique on all University research proposals as part of the University Quality Assurance mechanism.
  • Resolving differences among examiners.
  • Admission enquiries and advice within the Faculty.
  • Conduct Faculty based Post Graduate training sessions - (for example in Science and Agriculture this involves running the Seminar and Workshop day - equivalent to a conference with 4 concurrent sessions).
  • Advising the Dean on Faculty examination matters.
  • Convening meetings re examinations within the Faculty and managing this within Faculty processes associated with examinations.
  • Appointment of supervisors in conjunction with Heads of Schools and Dean.
  • Improving completion rates by pro-actively working with students through research presentations seminars, maintaining regular contact with all students, encouraging our off-campus students to come on campus more regularly, regularly maintaining contact with on-campus students.
  • Advising students on regulations, leave, scholarships and annual reports.
  • Ethics and project management issues and training.
  • Work directly with HDR students by reading draft chapters where situations are problematic and to support supervisors.
  • Becoming the principal supervisor of students when other supervisors are absent.
  • Maintaining and developing supervision register for the Faculty by working with staff retraining courses.
  • Monitor research methods and research proposal subjects.
  • Involvement with Honours students and Honour programs as part of maintaining and encouraging entry to HDR programs.
  • Assisting students and supervisors with budgets related to research support.