How to join a Candidature Committee
You may however be invited to join a Candidature Committee as a non-advisory member. Each IMB postgraduate candidate is required to have a minimum of two non-advisory committee members, at least one of which must be an IMB staff member. The IMB staff member will serve as the Chair of the Milestone Interview, and will co-sign the Milestone Assessment with the Principal Advisor (via Pebbles Senior)
IMB Lab Heads, Postdoctoral Fellows and Professional Staff (as well as comparably qualified researchers within and external to UQ) are authorized to be non-advisory Candidature Committee members.
Although such a commitment does not attract a formal FTE advisory load/candidate, it is a serious responsibility. In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities outlined below, members are expected to read and review all Milestone Reports, and to attend and participate in all Milestone Oral Presentations and Interviews, and contribute to the Milestone Assessment. It's wise to manage your cumulative Candidature Committee load so you can offer the best possible support to a limited number of IMB postgraduate candidates. If in doubt, please contact the IMB Postgraduate Coordinator for advice.
IMB Candidature Committee members can monitor the progress of candidates online via Pebbles Senior.
Candidature Committee membership responsibilities include:
- Providing an independent evaluation (at Milestones) of the ability and performance of the candidate.
- Providing an independent evaluation (at Milestones) of the effectiveness of the Advisory Team, and its relationship with the candidate.
- Providing an independent evaluation (at Milestones) of the suitability, feasibility and progress of the candidate's research.
- Providing access to project critical methodology/technology/knowledge not available in the candidate's host laboratory (optional).
- Mentoring the candidate on RHD related matters between milestones.
Although there are no universally agreed golden rules to being an exceptionally successful member of a Candidature Committee, this should not prevent you from inventing your own, and aspiring to be the very best you can be.