Role of the examiner

Examiners are provided with advice (Notes for the Guidance of Examiners of Doctoral Submissions, Notes for the Guidance of Examiners of Master of Philosophy Submissions and Notes for the Guidance of Examiners - Doctor of Visual Arts) on Griffith University's requirements for the award of the degree. They are asked to provide a report within six weeks of receiving the thesis or of viewing the exhibition, which discusses in detail the reasons for their recommendations.


Role of the chairperson of examiners

The role of the Chairperson of Examiners is to consider the reports of the examiners and in the case of Visual Arts candidate, to also be present at the examination of studio research to guide the discussion between the examiners and candidate. The Chairperson of Examiners will make a recommendation to the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School on the outcome of the examination.

The Chairperson of Examiners will not undertake an independent examination of the thesis, or studio research, although he/she may need to read the thesis in whole or in part in order to make judgments about the comments of the examiners.

The report of the Chairperson of Examiners will include a recommendation on the outcome of the examination, including whether revision or further work should be undertaken, and if so, by whom the revised thesis should be assessed. This report will be provided within five working days from receipt of Examiner's reports.

The Chairperson of Examiners must be a Griffith University academic staff member, usually but not necessarily from the candidate's element of enrolment. It is desirable but not essential that the Chairperson of Examiners be familiar with the field in which the thesis is written.


Role of the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School

The Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School considers the report of the Chairperson of Examiners and determines an outcome for the examination. This decision will be communicated to the candidate, supervisors, the Director, QCA or Faculty Dean, the examiners and Chairperson of Examiners through the Thesis Examinations Coordinator.

A decision to fail the research or award a masters degree in lieu of the DVA or PhD , is taken by the Board of Graduate Research. If the decision is to award a masters degree, no 'Fail' notation will be entered on the candidate's DVA or PhD record, however the record will note that a masters degree has been awarded. Where a fail has been determined, a 'Fail' notation will be entered on the candidate's academic transcript. Candidates will be given reasons why their research was rejected for the award of the degree.