Candidate action and support plan
If you need to complete a candidate action and support plan (CASP) due to your research being impacted by COVID-19, please use the HDR COVID-CASP form (PDF 511KB).
The candidate action and support plan (CASP) (PDF 125KB) covers why you have been nominated for action and support, what you think has been impacting on your research and recommendations for support from your school.
It also requires you to develop a detailed action plan with your supervisors.
This section contains your name, student ID and basic enrolment information.
This section of the CASP has information about the action and support meeting, including the date, the mode of the meeting, why you have been nominated for action and support and whether or not you have had a previous CASP.
The end date of your CASP is also listed in this section - this date is one of the most important parts of your CASP, as your progress against your action plan will be reviewed on this date. Your CASP end date will be within 3 months of the date you develop your CASP.
Your HDR Delegated Authority (HDR DA) and senior supervisor will complete this section of your CASP after reviewing and discussing section 3 with you. There are three parts to the recommendations - at least one part of this section must be completed.
You will need to refer to these recommendations when you are developing your action plan (section 5). It should also be noted that if you do not follow the recommendations in this section, you may be asked to explain this if you are later referred to a College review and Research Candidate Progress Committee (RCPC).
Part A: recommendations for school-based support
Your school must provide support to you if you have been nominated for action and support. This can include increasing the frequency of your supervisory team meetings, meeting with your HDR DA during your CASP period and/or developing a communication plan to ensure that you and your supervisory team are on the same page about the mode of communication (e.g. email or telephone/skype), how often you will make contact and who is responsible for minuting your meetings and providing those notes to the other attendees.
Part B: recommendations to vary candidature
Part B contains recommendations to vary your candidature to assist your progress. This could include variations such as changing study load, applying for leave or transferring to another HDR program. These are recommendations that you should consider carefully, and that you will need to submit separate applications for.
It should be noted that you are not required to make the recommended changes to your candidature, however if you do not make a change that has been recommended and you are later referred to a College review and RCPC, you may be asked to explain why you did not follow the recommendations documented on your CASP.
Part C: recommendations for general academic and other support services
Recommendations and referrals to other RMIT services will be listed in this section. These can be for academic support services or wellbeing services, such as counselling, equitable learning, or accommodation, financial or legal advice services. These services are free and confidential and can also refer you to services external to RMIT, if appropriate.
Along with the recommendations, this is the most important (and useful) part of your CASP. You must develop your action plan with your supervisory team and HDR DA.
Your action plan is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have made progress at the end of your CASP period. It should contain clear, detailed and specific tasks with reasonable deadlines that are understood by everyone involved with your CASP; in fact, anyone in your discipline/school should be able to look at your plan and understand what you are required to do and the date by which you have to do it. The more detailed and specific the tasks on your CASP, the easier it is for you to demonstrate that you have completed the task at the end of your CASP period.
If you are unclear about the tasks on your CASP, please seek clarification from your supervisors and/or HDR DA as soon as possible.
It should also be noted here at your action plan does not just have to contains tasks for you to complete - if there are specific tasks and deadlines for your supervisors, these can also be listed on your action plan. The most common task for supervisors is the provision of feedback within a set period of time, so that you can move onto your next task (if you have to finalise one task before you can move onto the next) and/or to ensure that you are heading in the right direction.
You should also ensure that any periods of leave, for you or for members of your supervisory team, are documented on your action plan and deadlines take the leave into consideration.