Amendments to TCSI higher degree by research (HDR) end-user engagement packet
On 15 December 2021, the amended Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017 will implement the 2021-22 Budget measure Growing industry internships for research PhD students through the Research Training Program.
This measure adds a new Research Training Program (RTP) weighting of 2.0 for each research doctorate student that is reported as having completed their HDR from 1 January 2022, having also completed an eligible industry internship during their course.
TCSI is changing to allow the collection of data required to determine eligibility for the RTP industry internship weighting.
TCSI element 593 is being streamlined and a new element 798, capturing ‘days of engagement with a research end-user’, is in development. From 1 January 2022, element 593 will be temporarily paused while the TCSI development team makes changes. The DVC(R) for each affected organisation was notified by email on 14 December 2021.
These changes are expected to be live for reporting by March 2022.
There will also be a minor amendment to the definition of a ‘research internship’ and two new definitions, ‘days of engagement with a research end-user’ and ‘full-time equivalent day’, will be introduced.
As reporting for the RTP internship weighting commences in 2022, higher education providers (HEPs) should collect end-user engagement information for HDR students completing their course from 1 January 2022, to report once elements 593 and 798 are live.
HEPs will have until January 2023 to report 2022 HDR end-user engagement data.
More information on changes to HDR end-user engagement TCSI reporting will be available at 2022 Higher Education Data Collections reporting requirements.
A Ministerial Notice update will be issued detailing changes to data HEPs should collect and report.