Macquarie University is committed to providing a strong and supportive research culture. We encourage feedback from HDR candidates regarding positive and challenging experiences. 

HDR feedback is crucial to the continual development of our HDR programs, and has resulted in a number of additions to HDR at Macquarie, including the Central Commencement Program and supervisor training workshops.

A number of feedback opportunities exist. Aside from the Annual Progress Report, these are all confidential and voluntary.


The Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ), is a national survey offered to HDR candidates on graduation by Macquarie and Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). Upon graduation, you will be contacted about the survey.


The MUSEQ-R survey is an annual survey for all HDR candidates, seeking to gauge overall satisfaction with Macquarie's HDR experience. Although exact dates differ, the survey often runs during the fourth quarter of each year.

Responses are aggregated by Macquarie Analytics, analysed by HDRO and presented to the HDR Committee with recommendations for action. You can access the survey here.

Previous reports

Other feedback opportunities

Other opportunities for you to provide feedback include the Annual Progress Report, the candidate exit survey (conducted in the event of a withdrawal from studies) and feedback given after the Central Commencement Program.

You can also send feedback directly to HDRO via the Research Candidates Feedback Form page.

If you are unable to discuss certain issues with your supervisor(s), private and confidential discussions can be had with the Dean of your Faculty, or you can request an appointment with Dean, Higher Degree Research, Professor Nick Mansfield:

Building C5C, room 311
T: 02 9850 8718
F: 02 9850 6048


Higher Degree Research Office 
Research HUB - Building C5C (East), Level 3  
Macquarie University NSW 2109  
Phone: +61 2 9850 7987

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