The candidate action and support plan (CASP) (PDF 125KB) covers why your candidature has been flagged as at risk of unsatisfactory progress, 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 at risk meeting including the date, the mode of the meeting, why your candidature has been flagged as at risk 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.

Section 3 is the section of the CASP that you get to complete. You can outline the issues that you have faced during your candidature and the support that you think you need to move forward with your research.

Your HDR Coordinator 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 Research Candidate Progress Committee (RCPC).

Part A: recommendations for school-based support

Your school must provide support to you if your candidature has been classified as at risk. This can include increasing the frequency of your supervisory team meetings, meeting with your HDR Coordinator 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 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, such as the Study and Learning Centre or the English language development, or wellbeing services, such as counselling, disability support, or accommodation, financial or legal advice services. These services 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; this is usually completed after your at risk meeting, however your HDR Coordinator may ask that this be started at your meeting so that they can provide you with some guidance or specific tasks for your plan.

Your action plan is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have made progress at the end of your CASP period. It should contain cleardetailed 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 have an understanding of 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.

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.

The final section of your CASP, the declaration section is the place where everyone signs to state that they are aware of and agree to the recommendations and action plan documented on your CASP. It must be signed by you, your supervisory team and your HDR Coordinator.