Confirmation of candidature: an autoethnographic reflection from the dual identities of student and research administrator

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Bartlett, Cristy L. and Eacersall, Douglas C.. 2019. "Confirmation of candidature: an autoethnographic reflection from the dual identities of student and research administrator." Machin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-56
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Confirmation of candidature: an autoethnographic reflection from the dual identities of student and research administrator

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleTraversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators
AuthorsBartlett, Cristy L. (Author) and Eacersall, Douglas C. (Author)
EditorsMachin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range29-56
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages28
Year2019
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030237301
9783030237318
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_3
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_3
Abstract

The confirmation of candidature is a significant milestone in Higher Degree by Research programs. As research administrators, and as doctoral candidates ourselves, we have observed and experienced many different approaches to the confirmation of candidature process. In this chapter we describe the confirmation of candidature process at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) with a brief comparison to other institutions’ processes. We use an autoethnographic approach to discuss the positive aspects of the confirmation of candidature process for research candidates with the aim of providing a rationale for the process and to answer the ‘why do I have to do this?’ question we are often asked in our research administrator roles. The chapter includes a set of useful and practical strategies that will assist research students to successfully complete the confirmation of candidature milestone. It is hoped that this information will be useful to research students, supervisors of research students, and the academic and administrative staff that are involved in the confirmation of candidature process.

Keywordsconfirmation of candidature; research training; higher degree by research; doctoral
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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