Murdoch was one of only seven Australian universities – and the only one in Western Australia – to be awarded the top five-star rating by the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) in its latest study of resources provided to postgraduate students.
The Minimum Resources for Postgraduates 2010 study examined universities’ policies on the provision of resources to postgraduate students. The resources covered range from basics such as sole-use desks and chairs and access to laboratory spaces, to funding of research costs and training and development opportunities.
Murdoch University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Gary Martin said that the five-star rating confirmed Murdoch’s commitment to providing a rewarding and intellectually stimulating experience for its postgraduate research students.
"We are acutely aware of the need to resource our postgraduate students to ensure that their research experience can be highly productive," Professor Martin said.
"But physical resources alone will not provide the experience we want for research students.
"It’s the availability of resources combined with student interaction with experienced academic research supervisors which really makes for a first class experience at Murdoch."
CAPA believe the provision of adequate resources is vital to the effective delivery of postgraduate programs, and for the production and dissemination of quality research.