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Monitoring and submitting progress reviews

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) progress reviews are a compulsory requirement for all HDR students who have been confirmed in their program. This is an important indication of your progress and may be referred to later in your candidature, particularly in the event you request a variation to your candidature.

When do I complete an HDR progress review?

Confirmed students are required to complete their annual HDR progress reviews by the due date.  Students can check the due date by going to their Student Centre in UConnect, clicking the Research tile and opening the Candidature Overview page.

Who completes an HDR progress review?

Students who are confirmed in a Higher Degree by Research program should submit an HDR progress review.  

If you are on an approved leave of absence you may complete your progress review when you return from leave.

Completing the HDR progress review

You and your supervisors are strongly encouraged to discuss progress prior to submitting your HDR progress review.

For information on how to complete your progress review please follow the Progress Reviews instructions.

Once you complete the relevant sections of the HDR progress review you will be required to submit it online which will automatically send the HDR progress review to your Principal Supervisor, on behalf of the supervisory team, for feedback. When the Principal Supervisor has have completed his/her sections it will be returned to you for submission to the Graduate Research School.

Confidential reviews

If you wish to submit any confidential comments (i.e. not seen by your supervisory team) regarding your progress to the Graduate Research School, please email

Failure to submit an HDR progress review

Failure to submit an HDR progress review by the due date will result in a student being placed on Conditional Academic Standing

Outcome of the HDR progress review

If it is noted in your HDR progress review that you are behind schedule the university will implement a performance management process to assist you to get back on track.