Research degree student induction and orientation

First weeks and beyond

Welcome to the University of South Australia. This section will help you ease into life as a research higher degree student.

The induction to your research degree consists of a number of activities designed to ensure you have a positive start to your research degree, and have all of the information to be an effective, safe and responsible research candidate.

To complete your induction you are required to undertake the following:

  •  Meetings with key people in your Academic Unit
  • Completion of your induction checklist
  • Complete Orientation Online, available here (Registration key HDROrientation2020).


The following resources will help you meet the requirements of this milestone.

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You might need:

Research students may commence at different times throughout the year. See below for a guide to what is available in various months to help you get started.

Your first days / month

Checklist – first days at the University of South Australia

You will have received the Checklist for first days at the University of South Australia (PDF file, 296kb) with your enrolment information. This checklist asks you to make sure you have:

  • received or accessed key information
  • met key University staff members
  • attended the Orientation Session

The checklist includes a list of key actions for international students.

International students with school-aged children: some types of scholarship/sponsorship will exempt you from paying tuition and administration fees for your children's public schooling. For further details, see the school children of SA government endorsed scholarship holders webpage.

Welcome meeting and Research Induction Plan

One of the main goals of the welcome meeting is to negotiate the activities you will undertake and discuss your respective expectations.

These expectations will be around:

  • your supervisors' involvement in elements of the thesis writing
  • agreement on the important matters of plagiarism, intellectual property (IP) and authorship on publications – this may also require a Student Project Participation Agreement

This is a good time for your supervisors to be clear about their responsibilities as principal and co/associate supervisors of your candidature.

The Research Induction Plan (PDF 148KB) ensures that important matters have been covered during this meeting and at other local induction sessions.

Statement of Agreement

Use the Statement of Agreement (PDF 169KB) as an opportunity to maximise your research education experience. It forms the basis of your Reviews of Progress.

Please also refer to Information about the Statement of Agreement (.doc, 95KB).

The guidelines for the Statement of Agreement can be found here


International students

As a new international student, we invite you attend the International Welcome Reception which is usually held in February and July each year. This is a social event and a great opportunity to meet other international and domestic students. You are also encouraged to attend an International Arrival Briefing delivered by the Student Adviser (International) team who will inform you of the dedicated support services for international students. If you are a sponsored student, you also need to attend the Sponsored Student Briefing to receive information about sponsorship requirements, sponsor liaison and where to go for help.  More information about these events can be found HERE

Research degree orientation

The University of South Australia offers an orientation for new research degree students. Orientation is compulsory for all students commencing a research degree. In 2020, Orientation is delivered virtually via Orientation Online (Registration key HDROrientation2020).  Questions may be directed to


Research degree orientation

The University of South Australia offers an orientation program (Registration key HDROrientation2020) for new research degree students. These sessions are compulsory for all students commencing a research degree. 

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