JCU has several methods of systematically capturing the experiences of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates' research education.
Every year recent graduates are invited to complete the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ), which is part of a nation-wide Australian Graduate Survey owned by Graduate Careers Australia.
In even numbered years, JCU HDR candidates are invited to undertake an online survey based on the PREQ (the PREQ Survey). Individual candidates or their advisors are not identified through this process.
In odd numbered years, candidates are invited to participate in focus groups conducted by an expert consultant who is independent of the GRS.