HDR candidates FAQs
These FAQs provide up-to-date advice for Bond University HDR students regarding our precautionary response to the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are therefore subject to change. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.
Will the university be offering enrolment in 2022 and 2023?
Yes - currently we will be offering enrolments. International students will be required to travel to Australia for the commencement of their studies.
I am an international student with an offer for HDR candidature but currently I can’t come to Australia because of travel restrictions. What should I do?
You can choose to defer your offer for a later semester. You must contact admission to formally request a deferral
Am I able to work on campus?
The University is open but when on campus you are required to follow any social distancing protocols that may be in place in regard to your colleagues, supervisors and anyone on the campus.
I am worried about not being able to practice physical distancing at the campus. What can I do?
Specific provision for HDR students will be made to allow room for social distancing if it is required. Where current HDR facilities are unable to provide this then students will be required to move to alternative spaces provided. Where there is preference for remaining in the existing space priority will be given to students who have essential software on their allocated PCs.
Can I access the library?
The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student ID Card is required for access. Please monitor Opening Hours via the Library website and Library news
Electronic resources – databases and online books are available as usual
Library Search – online resources available as usual, with new option to limit search to ‘available online’ resources
Chat with a Librarian - look for the "Need Help" button on every web page
Library Research Guides – topic and subject specific resources, curated by the Faculty Librarians
What if I can’t access my laboratory to do my work or I can’t access subjects for my research project?
The University is open, and students are able to attend on campus for normal business. Should restrictions be required that may impact on your access to resources, your faculty will assist you with these issues where possible including ways to have social distancing in place or changing your research methods. If it is not possible to get around these issues you could consider applying for leave of absence for a period.
My life has been disrupted by the impact of COVID 19 issues and it has affected my mental health.
We understand this is a very difficult time and you may be feeling worried about your own health, or the health of your loved ones. We also understand this constantly changing situation may be stressful. The university has counselling and medical services on campus and you should contact these services for assistance.
What if I have coursework requirements but I can’t come to campus?
If you are enrolled in a faculty with coursework requirements and COVID related matters prevent you from coming to campus for your classes, your Associate Dean of Research will work with you and your supervisors to adjust your study plan. This could involve undertaking subjects at a later date.
I have my confirmation coming up soon. Will that continue?
Yes, confirmations will usually be face to face though it may be online if you have off campus approval. In some circumstances confirmations may be postponed or moved online if matters associated with COVID-19 has impacted on your confirmation.
COVID 19 has had a negative impact on my progress? What should I do? Will I have to pay fees?
The University will consider an extension of candidature with 100% fee waiver for an eligible student if a student is:
a) otherwise making satisfactory progress; and
b) the grounds for the extension relate to the student’s course of study being materially adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Eligibility is limited to students that were either enrolled
a) as at 1 March 2020; or
b) prior to 1 March 2020 and on a suspension or leave of absence as at 1 March 2020.
An extension of candidature is up to six months
To apply for an extension of candidature with 100% fee waiver students must submit their request using the Extension of Candidature form in WorkflowGen before the 1st December 2022. Supporting evidence including supervisor reports and evidence of the impact of COVID-19 to demonstrate any material adverse impact should be attached to the form. You can access the workflow portal here
I am about to lodge for examination – do current circumstances mean that will not occur?
Currently as examination is primarily a paper documentation process, this should not impact on the progress of examination from the university perspective though the broader impact of COVID-19 may impact on the availability of examiners and time to complete examinations.
Will I still be able to graduate after examination is completed successfully?
The University is acutely aware of the importance of Graduation Day. They are liminal moments that represent the culmination of years of hard work and application.
Bond University will hold in-person on campus ceremonies this year. We believe it important for as many students as possible to experience their own graduation in front of friends and family. However, any changes to COVID-19 related health and travel restrictions may necessitate a changes to the venue or program. We will notify you if the situation changes.
For further information, please refer to the Graduations webpage.
I am an International student. If I need to take LOA due to COVD-19 do I have to leave Australia?
International students should first seek advice from the International Students Team Coordinator in the Student Business Centre about visa conditions and implications before commencing a leave of absence during candidature.