Manual of Policies and Procedures

D/1.2 Research structures

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Office of Research Services

Approval Date

17/07/2015

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

30/07/2018

1.2.1 Policy principle and application
1.2.2 A four-tiered structure
1.2.3 Establishment, approval, operation and closure of research structures
Related Documents
Modification History

1.2.1 Policy principle and application

QUT's strategies and priorities in relation to research, research training and commercialisation are outlined in the QUT Blueprint and supported by Faculty, Institute and Divisional Plans.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance around the University’s requirements in relation to the development, establishment and management of its research structures.

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1.2.2 A four-tiered structure

QUT recognises four tiers of research activity.

Tier 1 - Institutes – multi-faculty partnerships

An institute is a University level entity established in an area of research strength to deliver high quality multi-disciplinary research and research training. The primary aim of an institute is to strategically aggregate, coordinate and focus critical mass and supporting infrastructure to deliver enhanced research and research training outcomes that could not be delivered by a single faculty or institute in isolation.  Underpinned by an interdependent partnership model across faculties and institutes, the prevailing principle of institutes will be mutual recognition and mutual attribution.

Institutes will be of larger scale than centres.


Tier 2 - Externally funded research centres

An externally funded research centre is typically a faculty level entity established in an area of strategic importance to the university in collaboration with other organisations. A centre must receive support from either a domestic or international funding agency through a competitive, peer review process or via a substantial cash and in kind investment from industry, government or not for profit organisations. Examples include Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence and federally funded Cooperative Research Centres.


Tier 3 - Faculty research centres

A faculty research centre is typically a faculty-based entity established to provide a focus for research consistent with the strategic plan for research and research training of the faculty involved and to strengthen QUT's reputation for high quality and high impact research.

Faculty research centres should have as their primary focus the conduct of high quality research and research training, although they may also engage in consulting activities, continuing education and the provision of other services related to their research activities. Faculty research centres normally contain a minimum of three research programs.


Tier 4 - Research groups / nodes / laboratories / programs / domains

These are smaller research groupings, established by a faculty or institute, and recognised by the University. These entities are aimed at supporting the development of the research experience of staff, including early career researchers, and for discipline based, problem focused and/or thematic research.

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1.2.3 Establishment, approval, operation and closure of research structures

Research structures are to be established, approved, operated and closed in accordance with MOPP Appendix 3 Schedule of Authorities and Delegations, A/4.1 Principal officers and organisational structure and the QUT Research Structures Criteria and Operating Guidelines (QUT staff access only).

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Related Documents

MOPP A/4.1 Principal officers and organisational structure

MOPP B/4.2 Selection and appointment

MOPP Appendix 3 Schedule of Authorities and Delegations

QUT Research Structures Criteria and Operating Guidelines (QUT staff access only)

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Modification History

Date

Sections

Source

Details

17.07.15

All

University Academic Board

Revised policy to incorporate rescinded policies D/4 Research structures (including centres). Content also moved to the QUT Research Structures Criteria and Operating Guidelines

27.03.09

All

University Academic Board

Policy reviewed – minor editorial changes only

01.07.05

All

University Academic Board

Revised policy consistent with new Institutes policy; renumbered to D/1.2 (formerly D/4.1)

16.11.01

All

University Academic Board

New centres policy (effective immediately)

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