The school has recently been presented with the results of the survey initiated by the student rep group, and via Lyle as head of school had a discussion with the student representatives. Firstly, it is good and helpful to have data of this nature, without which much of our planning may be based on anecdotal feedback (or consensus by volume of noise). We hope to see more surveys (and run a few this year also). One of the areas that seems to be a common concern for students is the third day programme of student presentations; presenters have their own concerns, while more widely the feedback was that this day could be re-considered. We are, via the School HDR Committee very prepared to discuss the structure, seek to clarify the purposes of research school and what we believe to be the value add these events can bring. However, at this stage we have decided to cancel the seminar programme for day three of this Augusts research school.
In doing so, please be aware that time away from work can be difficult to arrange, so we hope very much that you treat this as a study day. There is a large amount of space in JBI, with fully networked, resourced computers and we would be delighted to see as many as possible of you in JBI on the last day, continuing your research. I apologise for the late notice, however, having recently seen the survey feedback, and needing to discuss it at executive, this was the earliest available time to get the message out. For those looking for an opportunity to develop their research presentation skills, and otherwise engage, please do register for the faculty research symposium in September (http://health.adelaide.edu.au/research/conference/program/)