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Higher Degree Research End User Engagement Reporting
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) has introduced a number of new reporting requirements for all Higher Education Providers to improve monitoring of the research training system. Research end-user engagement is now included in the required data that all universities must collect and report to DET. It is now compulsory for all Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to report on their own engagement with research end-users.
A general example of research end-user engagement is an experience or activity where a HDR student has undertaken paid or unpaid placement, internship, fieldwork, training, scholarship funding or joint-supervision arrangement where their research will benefit a research end-user organisation via intellectual property or commercial gain.
The new indicators for reporting can be found here.
DET has provided a set of definitions for different types of external engagement activities. There are five components that must be reported on:
- Research internships with a research end-user.
- Joint supervision by a research end-user.
- Jointly funded or fully funded by a research end-user.
- Formal training on industry engagement.
- Other commercialisation and engagement activities.
What is a 'research end-user'?
Research end‑user is defined as an individual, community or organisation external to academia that will directly use or directly benefit from the output, outcome or results of the research.
Examples of end‑users includes businesses, governments, non‑governmental organisations, communities and community organisations.
Specific exclusions of research end‑user are: other higher education providers, organisations that are affiliates, controlled entities or subsidiaries of a higher education provider (such as Medical Research Institutes).
Research internship is defined as a temporary position with a research end‑user where a student has undertaken research and development (R&D) related to their higher degree by research (HDR). A research internship must be for a period of at least 30 days, can be either paid or unpaid, and can form part of the enrolment or be undertaken during a HDR period of interruption. Examples of a research internship:
- Working in a research capacity for an end-user such as businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations.
Jointly supervised by a research end-user
Jointly supervised by a research end-user is defined as a HDR student that has at least two HDR supervisors, with at least one supervisor from a research end‑user organisation. The supervision arrangements must be endorsed by the HDR student's HEP and the research end‑user supervisor must be actively engaged in the student's HDR. Examples of joint supervision by a research end-user:
- external supervisor who comes from a government research agency such as DPI, CSIRO or a non-governmental organization that undertakes research.
Jointly or fully funded by a research end-user
Jointly funded or fully funded by a research end-user is where a research end‑user contributes financially to the cost of a HDR student's research, stipend for general living costs or other costs associated with the research. The arrangement must be awarded specifically in relation to a HDR student rather than a general HEP research project that a student may be involved with. Examples of where you would answer 'Yes' to the question on Funding support and enter the details in the form:
- living stipend, sponsorship for training or conference attendance provided by an end-user.
Formal training on end-user engagement
Formal training on end‑user engagement is defined as any formal training recognised by the HEP that focusses on preparing a student for work with a research end‑user. This includes intellectual property, management/leadership, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research commercialisation. Training can be administered by a research end‑user organisation or by the HEP. Examples of where you would answer 'Yes' to the question on Formal training and enter details in the form:
- completed training provided by Southern Cross University (including Orientation or other HDR workshops on topics such as intellectual property, collaboration, research commercialisation).
- completed an external training course or workshop on the above.
Other commercialisation and engagement activities
These activities can be paid or unpaid, and no minimum amount of learning days applies. The activities exclude research internships unless they are shorter than 30 days, and exclude joint funding arrangements.
Other commercialisation and engagement activities is defined as an arrangement with a research end‑user that enables experiential learning related to the student's HDR. This includes practicums or performances, R&D consultancy work, R&D commercialisation work, entrepreneurship, community engagement/outreach, and research extension work either with or for a research end‑user. Examples include:
- a research publication or book produced from collaboration with a research end-user, as long as the engagement meets the requirements for one of the activities above.
- paid or unpaid position (i.e. research internship) under 30 days in duration.