Semester Two 2018

Thursday 25 October


Time Presentation Venue
4-5pm Conference paper presentations Check program on the day
5-6pm Conference paper presentations Check program on the day 
6-7pm Announcements and keynote Lecture Theatre 424
7-8pm Refreshments Staff Common Room 401

All rooms are in the Education Building A35.


Associate Professor Ruth Phillips

FASS Associate Dean Research Education

6pm Lecture Theatre 424

The University of Sydney higher degree by research (HDR) environment has changed markedly over the past four to five years. This has been driven by both internal policy changes aimed at ‘modernising’ the PhD in particular, and shifting HDR into the education portfolio, away from its historical home of research. It has also been part of the organisational shift toward centralisation of all student services based on stated efficiencies and the drive to ensure a consistent student experience across the diverse disciplines within the university. The second driver for the overall change to HDR is the policy of the Australian government where it has slowly begun to assert very specific expectations on the value and purpose of HDR. These forces have combined to produce an increasingly institutionalised neoliberal subjectivity for anyone undertaking a higher degree in research. This paper explores the nature and direction of this process and interrogates the current and future impact on both students and HDR supervisors from an insider/administrative point of view.

Ruth Phillips has been the Associate Dean for Research Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for nearly two years and was in a similar position for 1.5 years prior in the then Faculty of Education and Social Work. Ruth has as her service to the university, been involved in higher degree by research administration for nearly 10 years. She has supervised 20 HDR students to completion and teaches in Social Work and Policy Studies. Her research is in social policy, global social policy, third sector research and feminism.

Call for papers

Presenting at a Research Students Forum is a great opportunity for higher-degree-research students to present in a friendly and supportive environment. Many students have said this is a great way to practice for an international conference.

As a faculty higher-degree-research student, it's also a requirement of your candidature that you present at a Research Students Forum.

Click here for details about your candidature presentation requirements

You can present a:

  • 25 minute conference paper (15 minute presentation with 10 minutes discussion)


  • poster presentation (poster presenters are required to be available for discussion at the forum).

Registration to present closed on Sunday 14 October 2018.

Best Research Paper Award

The Best Research Paper Award is a yearly event. Students who presented in semester 1, will be eligible to submit a paper for the award in semester 2 (there is no need to present again in semester 2). The winner will be announced after the keynote at the forum.

Submissions for the Best Research Paper Award closed on Thursday 4 October 2018.


Please contact, if you have queries regarding the Research Students Forum.