2002 – DEST Review of APA Guidelines

12 Oct 02

Attachment: CAPA Submission

CAPA believes that the body responsible for allocation of APAs with stipend to institutions should ensure that scholarships are distributed to institutions in as equitable a manner as possible; institutions with a developing research profile are not disadvantaged in any formula driven allocation process awards are not tied to particular research grants or subject areas. Rather, that they are made available to institutions to distribute on the basis of merit; and institutions in receipt of scholarships provide adequate resources to postgraduate students so that effective research can be carried out.

CAPA believes that criteria for the allocation of postgraduate scholarships should include previous academic achievement, economic disadvantage, merit of project, relevant work and life experience, other relevant training experience, current enrolment in a postgraduate degree and should ensure no direct or indirect discrimination takes place. Selection criteria must be made openly available prior to the application date.

CAPA believes that, as the national representative body for postgraduate students, it should be consulted when any changes to the allocation process are being considered