Valuepostgrads 2020

Value postgraduate students

example-answerThe Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) wants to hear from you Australia’s postgraduate students, about the value of your postgraduate degree.


2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and postgraduate students have been no exception to this. Coming out on the other side, we will be facing the biggest economic challenge our generation has ever faced. We have heard so much about how education and researching will be integral to rebuilding the economy. However, among all of these debates of reform, postgraduates have fallen between the cracks and left behind!

We believe that the value of postgraduate students to their university is more than just the tuition fee used for funding research or low-cost researchers. The real value of postgraduate students is much greater, bringing additional knowledge and expertise into the workforce. In addition, research students also contribute through publications and patents they produce, research grants applied for, teaching, tutoring and other activities they undertake while training at their institution.

We want to remind Australia the value of its postgraduate students and why they need to be supported. So this year, we are relaunching our #Valuepostgrads campaign! You can help by taking a moment to tell us about your postgraduate degree then share our campaign #valuepostgrads with your friends and colleagues. Help us get people talking about research funding and the value of postgraduate students!

To get involved, tell us your answer to the following questions: 

  1. Who are you and what are you studying or researching?
  2. How will your [postgraduate OR research] degree contribute?

You can do this by following three easy steps

  1. Download and print a copy of a poster template [Postgraduate poster template Q1, Research poster template Q2] or Make your own [Introduce yourself. Heading Q1: For coursework degrees, OR For research degreesFooter]
  2. Write down your answer, hold up the poster and have a friend take a picture. We understand that not everyone will have access to a printer, so may also have a photo taken with you computer screen with your typed out answer
  3. Send us your picture using the form below!

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Why are postgraduate students valuable?

Postgraduate students contributed a total of 56% of the R&D effort in Australia’s higher education sector between 2014 – 2016.

Average contribution to R&D 2014 – 2016
ABS figures for Higher Education R&D Human Resources