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Research & Research Higher Degrees September/October 2009

Release of Research Funds

The University, through the Office of Research and Finance Services, has updated the policies and procedures in relation to the release of research funding to ensure that it is meeting the terms of its funding agreements.

The University enters into annual funding agreements with the NHMRC and the ARC. The Deed of Agreement between the University and the NHMRC states that the project should not commence until all required Ethics clearances have been obtained. The ARC funding agreements state that all ARC grants require a research management agreement to be in place, as well as all necessary ethics and other approvals, before a project commences. No ARC funds can be spent until this occurs. If a Project commences without appropriate approvals and clearances, both agencies can demand repayment of the funds.

It became apparent last year that these conditions of grant have been breached in some instances. As a consequence, changes have been made to practice and policy in relation to the release of research funds. The Office of Research will now be the only source of authorisation for the release of research funds. This authorisation will be given once the Office is satisfied that the requirements of the funding agreements have been met. In most cases, this is in line with current practice.

The Office is, however, aware that there are circumstances in which this procedure can be problematic. In exceptional circumstances the DVCR(R) or the EDA are authorised to approve the release of funds prior to these conditions being met. Such circumstances might be:

  • where the research project does not require ethics approval until some time after the project has started and where this is obvious through the proposal (the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee has developed procedures for the seeking support from SBREC for early release of funds (see the ethics committees pages
  • NHMRC Fellowships
  • where the research project does not entail any ethics approvals and the OoR can affirm that all contract negotiations are complete (even though not all parties have returned executed documents)
  • in the case of equipment grants, where the above conditions are met and the exchange rate has an significant impact.

In cases that do not require ethics approvals, the Office will liaise with the DVC(R) and/or the EDA to approve the early release of funds on receipt of certification from the relevant Faculty that it will underwrite the release of funds pending the receipt of fully executed documents.

The Office of Research will provide the Grants Finance Office with authorisation to release funds. The requirements in relation to funding sources other than ARC and NHMRC vary and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Researchers who are concerned about the ongoing appointments for staff funded by research projects should talk to their Faculties about processes to ensure continuity of employment.

For further information contact Katrina Hall, Manager Research Services. You can view the entire post by clicking the following link
http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/research/2009/09/01/release-of-research-funds/

 

Research Grants

Congratulations to the following recent grant recipients

Associate Professor Murray Drummond, School of Education and Associate Professor Michele Slatter, Flinders Law School

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Grant, $15,000

Project: Future Voices: Developing youth-focused policy and practice at the intersections of voicelessness and homlessness

This is especially exciting not only because the issue (youth voicelessness and links to homelessness) is a complex and challenging issue to explore with people who have themselves experienced youth homelessness but also because it's the first time  'housing' researchers here have worked with the National Children's and Youth Law Centre and YACSA. It's great to build on our established relationship with Anglicare-SA and also to strengthen our links with USyd though the involvement of A/Prof Judy Cashmore, an acknowledged expert in matters of youth and family disputes.

Other participants in the project are: Professor Andrew Beer, Acting DVC (Research), GPEM; Associate Professor Judy Cashmore, University of Sydney; Ms Jennifer Duncan, Director, Youth Affairs Council of South Australia; Mr James McDougall, Director, National Children’s and Youth Law Centre; and Mr Simon Schrapel, Executive Director, Strategy, Policy and Services, Anglicare SA.

 

Ms Jennifer McKinnon, School of Humanities (Archaeology) and Dr Toni Carrell

National Park Service American Battlefield, US$49,995

Project: WWII Invasion Beaches Underwater Heritage Trail

August 2009 – December 2010

This project will identify and document selected submerged archaeological remains of the battle of Saipan for the creation of an underwater maritime heritage trail.

 

Research Higher Degree Completions since January 2009

Masters

Student Name

AOU

Principal Supervisor

Co-Supervisor

Thesis title

Comments

Faye BLANCH

Education

Professor Gus Worby

Dr Barbara Kameniar & Ms Simone Tur

Nunga rappin': talkin' the talk, walkin' the walk: Young Nunga males and Education

Completed 16/3/09

Aikaterini GIOTOPOULOU

Humanities/Modern Greek

Professor Michael Tsianikas

Dr Maria Palaktsoglou

A comparison between the teaching of literature in secondary school in Greece and South Australia: The last year

Completed 25/8/09

Andrea STYLIANOU

Humanities/Modern Greek

Professor Michael Tsianikas

Dr George Frazis

Greek Cypriot Diaspora in Australia: Their inolvement in the justice process for Cyprus

Completed 17/2/09

 

PhD

Student Name

AOU

Principal Supervisor

Co-Supervisor

Thesis title

Comments

Gregory BRETT

Theology

Rev Dr Denis Edwards

Dr Richard Lennan

The theological notion of person: A conversation between the theology of Karl Rahner and the philosophy of John Macmurray

Completed 27/3/09

Benjamin CHANDLER

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Professor Jeri Kroll

Dr Ruth Starke

Creative Writing: Flight of the Dragon: A Comparative Study of Heroes in Japan and the West as Represented in Modern Fantasy Genre Fiction

Completed 15/3/09

Gillian GRIFFIN

Theology

Associate Professor Stephen Downs

Dr John Fleming

Duty and Virtue in Military Ethics

Completed 13/1/09

Samuel HAREN

Humanities/Drama

Professor Julie Holledge

Dr Jonathan Bollen

Falling into Place: Place and its Imaginary in Making Performance

Completed 24/2/09

Graham HILL

Theology

Rev Dr Andrew Dutney

Dr Graeme Chatfield

An Examination of Emerging-Missional Ecclesiological Conceptions: Missional Ecclesiology and the Ecclesiologies of Miroslav Volf, Joseph Ratzinger and John Zizioulas

Completed 24/3/09

Karen HUGHES

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Professor Gus Worby

Dr Vicky Haskins & Professor Richard Maltby

My Grandmother on the Other Side of the Lake

Completed 19/1/09

Rex HUNTER

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Associate Professor Rick Hosking

Professor Graham Tulloch

Creative Writing: Tom Tomsen's Talisman and other Adventure Stories / Novel: Tom Tomsen's Talisman

Completed 23/3/09

Anton KOZLOVIC

Humanities/Screen & Media

Dr Mike Walsh

Dr Julia Erhart

Behold his mighty hand!: A critical examination of the biblical cinema of Cecil B De Mille: A popular culture approach to religious education

Completed 27/3/09

Dianti KUSUMAWARDHANI

Education

Professor Mike Lawson

Dr Ngurah Darmawan

Students' Conception of Learning, Learning Motivation and Learning Strategy: Implication for Determining the Use of Self-Regulation Strategy in Indonesian Senior High Schools

Completed 25/5/09

Denise MACLEOD

Humanities/Spanish

Dr Maria Elena Lorenzin

Dr Fiona Taler

The Avatar in Panama: Doubles and Doubling in Enrique Jaramillos' World of Duplicaciones

Completed 25/5/09

Azizan MARZUKI

Humanities/Tourism

Professor Jane James

Professor Iain Hay & Dr Gouranga Dasvarma

Public Participation in Tourism Planning: The Case of the Langkawi Islands, Malaysia

Completed 27/3/09

Margaret MERRILEES

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Professor Jeri Kroll

Dr Jill Golden

Creative Writing: Blame: Seaching for Redemption in the Australian Story

Completed 23/3/09

Daniela ROSE

Humanities/Italian

Professor Des O’Connor

Associate Professor Diana Glenn

Making Connections: A study of Australian Migrants from Caulonia (Calabria) with Special Reference to South Australia

Completed 8/9/09

Michael SAVVAS

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Associate Professor Rick Hosking

Dr Ruth Starke

Creative Writing: The Crime Novel as a Vehicle for Reconciliation

Completed 27/3/09

Emily SUTHERLAND

Humanities/English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

 

Professor Jeri Kroll

Professor Graham Tulloch

Creative Writing: Framing the Portrait: Finding the balance between imagination and research in the creation of an historical novel

Completed 16/2/09