COVID’s impact on HDR students

The impact of COVID-19 on Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, is the subject of an investigation by an interdisciplinary research team at Macquarie University.  

The purpose of the study is to explore the factors which impacted HDR student wellbeing, including personal factors and university support. The study is anonymous and comprises a 40-minute survey with questions about your demographics, wellbeing, and the impact of the pandemic on you and your research.

Participation is open to anyone who was studying for a higher research degree in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those who complete the survey, there is an opportunity to enter a draw to win a gift card as thanks for your participation.  As a HDR student, you are invited to participate if you wish – this is purely voluntary and there is no requirement for you to complete the survey.  

As part of the study, tailored reports about student impacts at individual universities will be provided – these will help inform the response and support provided at Deakin in future.

The study has been approved by the Macquarie University Human Ethics Board and Associate Professor Kay Bussey is the Chief Investigator.  If you have any questions about this study, please contact the research team at Macquarie University at [email protected].

To take the survey, go to:
If you need any help or support, please reach out to [email protected], or to any of the Deakin support services, including –


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