It is with much delight that I welcome Professor Kate Loveland into the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health as the Head of Post-Graduate Studies. Kate is an internationally renowned fertility researcher, and NHMRC Fellow.
A recent review of Post-Graduate studies across the MMC campus identified the need to unify the management and assessment of HDR students across the Precinct, especially now that all PhD students in the MIMR-PHI Institute are now students of SCS. Kate's appointment, along with the establishment of a supporting committee structure with several Study Area Co-ordinators will provide a clearly defined structure for overseeing the students across the Precinct.
This coincides with the recent implementation of new Monash University guidelines regarding the on-going assessment of PhD students, as a result of which some mandatory coursework and more regular assessment activities must now be managed. SCS is a partner with the other clinical schools in the implementation of a Translational Research PhD coursework option, providing our graduates with additional skills for the highly competitive workforce. Kate will represent the School and liaise closely with the Monash Institute of Graduate Studies (MIGS) as part of this portfolio.
I hope you will join me in looking forward to working closely with Kate, and in anticipation, thank you all for your support as we move towards this new administrative structure.