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Call for participants: HDR non-completions project

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is conducting a joint study on the factors and inequalities that influence students’ non-completions in Australian regional universities (CQUniversity, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast). These factors might be positive or negative. E.g., a student finding a job/moving away or leaving due to financial difficulties.

CAPA’s Research Officer, Dr Lara McKenzie ( is seeking participants for approximately 1 hour-long interviews or focus groups throughout May. She is interested in speaking with:

  1. Professional and administrative/managerial staff in HDR-related roles at regional universities
  2. Academic supervisors at regional universities
  3. Non-completing HDR students previously enrolled at regional universities
  4. Staff with particular experience working with HDR completions and non-completions from across Australia

You can read about the project on our website ( and register your interest in participating ( Please get in touch with Lara (see email above) if you have any further questions. It would be much appreciated if you could share this information with others who may be interested in participating.