In accordance with the Research Student Handbook “Certification of Thesis for Examination” and
“Appendix 2 Responsibilities of the Supervisors”, supervisors are required to comment on the content and drafts of the thesis and, at the
time of submission, recommend that the thesis, prima facie, is worthy of examination both in terms of its content and its presentation
relative to the Academic Program Rules for the degree.
In compliance with this requirement, supervisors are required to certify in writing that they have read their student’s completed thesis
and are satisfied with the content and technical presentation and that the thesis, therefore, is worthy of examination. Technical
presentation may include appropriate footnoting, referencing, arrangement of chapters, presentation of charts and figures, appropriate
notation, absence of obvious grammatical and typographical errors, etc. The Research Education and Development Committee takes the
view that the thesis belongs to the student who ultimately has responsibility for the intellectual content. Note, however, that submission
of a thesis which is poorly presented or not of the standard required for the degree will not be permitted. Where a supervisor deems this
to be the case, they must recommend that the thesis is not acceptable for examination in its current form and prepare a statement outlining
the reasons why this is the case. See also Dispute Resolution below.
In accordance with Research Student Handbook “Presentation of the Thesis and Editing Assistance”, assistance in editing the thesis
(paid or otherwise) should comply with the policy developed by the Australian Graduate Research Council collaboratively with the
Council of Australian Societies of Editors regarding the editing of research theses by professional editors and this editorial assistance
must be acknowledged in the thesis. The editorial policy is available at: www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/current-students/your-
The attached certification must be submitted when a student submits their thesis. The certification must be completed and signed by the
Head of School or Discipline /Postgraduate Coordinator and the Principal supervisor. The Principal supervisor, in consultation with the
other supervisors, shall sign the certification on behalf of all the supervisors.
Certification of Thesis for Examination after the student has lapsed in Candidature
A student who has lapsed in candidature, for not more than twelve months, may subsequently submit the completed thesis for
examination provided that the thesis has not departed from the field of study being pursued before the candidature expired and provided
that the School or Discipline concerned is satisfied that the thesis is, prima facie, worthy of examination both in terms of its content and
its technical presentation.
By certifying/endorsing that the thesis is worthy of examination the Principal Supervisor and School/Discipline, in the case of a lapsed
candidature, are also certifying/endorsing that the completed thesis has not departed from the field of study which was being pursued
prior to the candidature lapse date.
The approval of the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC) is required for the resumption of a candidature under
any other conditions.
In the event of a dispute; for example when a student does not agree with the supervisor’s adverse recommendation about the readiness
of the thesis for examination, it is expected that the dispute will be dealt with at the local level by the Head of School/Discipline or
Postgraduate Coordinator in the first instance. If the dispute cannot be resolved at the local level, the matter shall be referred to the Dean
of Graduate Studies, either by the Discipline or the student concerned. All relevant documents must be forwarded to the Dean at the
same time. The Dean will deal with the matter in consultation with the Convener of the appropriate Faculty Higher Degrees Committee
and the Head of School or Discipline/Postgraduate Coordinator concerned, if required.
If the Dean’s decision overrides that of the School or Discipline, the Dean will determine whether or not examiners should be informed
of the dispute and what information should be disclosed to examiners. At all times, the independence of examiners must be preserved.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the certification is appropriately completed, signed and submitted, together their
thesis, to the Adelaide Graduate Centre.
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