PReSS Account Policy and Procedures


Application


Doctoral candidates and those University staff members who administer and/or approve the use of PReSS accounts.

Purpose


This document outlines the policy and procedures to be followed in relation to the use of PReSS accounts at the University.

Policy


1.    Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) funding is provided by the University to assist with the provision of financial support for doctoral research that is not funded by other sources.

2.    Candidates for the PhD, DocFA and MD degrees will accrue PReSS funding in a PReSS account for each month of enrolment up to four years of full-time equivalent enrolment, subject to satisfactory reviews of candidature and timely payment of University tuition fees.

3.    Candidates for the EdD, DClinPsy, DMA and DMus degrees will accrue PReSS funding in a PReSS account for each month of enrolment up to three years of full-time equivalent enrolment, subject to satisfactory reviews of candidature and timely payment of University tuition fees. 

4.    The level of full-time equivalent annual funding is determined at the time of enrolment in accordance with the doctoral subject as categorised in TEC’s funding bands (see the Appendix below) and pro-rated in accordance with the candidate’s enrolment status.

5.    In exceptional circumstances, the Dean of Graduate Studies may approve a different funding band. 

6.    PReSS funding may be expended only in accordance with the procedures below.

7.    Doctoral candidates must budget PReSS funding to cover costs throughout their programme, and academic units must monitor local processes for compliance with this policy and associated procedures.

8.    The School of Graduate Studies will oversee the use of the funds and will liaise with the Dean of Graduate Studies regarding their administration.

9.     The academic unit in which the candidate is enrolled is responsible:

a) for any overspend of PReSS accounts inadvertently or otherwise approved by supervisors and/or the Academic Head

b) for reimbursement to candidates where a supervisor and/or Academic Head has approved advance expenditure (on a reimbursement basis) that is not compliant with the procedures below

c) for reimbursement to the University of any PReSS account deficit at the time of account closure (see clause 31).

Procedures


General provisions

10.    A PReSS account will be established for each doctoral candidate within one month of initial enrolment in the doctoral programme.

11.    Funding will accrue in the account subject to clauses 2-5 of the above policy.

12.    Except where fixed academic unit charges apply in accordance with clause 17 below, all PReSS expenditure requires the approval of the candidate’s main or joint supervisor and the consent of the candidate. Some expenditure is also subject to the approval of the Academic Head and/or the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Dean’s nominee, as stipulated in these procedures.  

Note: Only positions within the School of Graduate Studies nominated by the Dean of Graduate Studies may serve as the Dean of Graduate Studies “nominee” for the purposes of these procedures.

13.    All PReSS expenditure and reimbursement is subject to the availability of unexpended PReSS funding in the candidate’s PReSS account, except as approved in accordance with clause 14 below. 

14.     PReSS accounts may go into deficit only

a) as approved by the Academic Head in accordance with clause 23 and/or 24 and/or 25

and

b) where the candidate has been enrolled for less than 36 months FTE

and

c) where the total expenditure for the account, including the proposed deficit amount, is less than 36 months FTE of PReSS funding for the account. 

15.    PReSS funding may be expended only towards the costs permitted under clauses 17-30.

16.    Except as allowed under clause 30 below, all costs for which PReSS funding is sought must be incurred prior to submission of the thesis for examination.

Operational research costs 

17.    Academic units may establish fixed charges against PReSS accounts to cover research consumables and other operational research costs as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

18.    PReSS funding may be expended towards the following operational costs of required doctoral research, or towards equivalent required operational research costs as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) subject to clauses 19-22:

  • research equipment user charges and research software licences
  • research consumables including animals (and their disposal costs)
  • research travel and associated accommodation costs
  • reimbursement of reasonable expenses for research participants and/or gift vouchers/koha for participants and/or cultural advisers
  • specialist computing peripherals as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee)

19.   Equivalency under clause 18 is determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) in accordance with clauses 20-22. Where a candidate wishes to expend PReSS funding towards operational research costs under the equivalency provision of clause 18, the candidate must confirm the eligibility of the spend with the School of Graduate Studies in advance of expenditure. 

  • Details of the proposed expenditure, including the rationale for the necessity of the research cost, must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the candidate and endorsed by the supervisor.  

20.   PReSS funding may not be used to fund the conduct (by a party other than the candidate) of research-related tasks that the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) determines should be undertaken by the doctoral candidate, or to cover operational costs that the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) considers should be funded from another source, or where the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) is not satisfied with the rationale submitted under clause 19.

21.   PReSS fund expenditure on the purchase of research equipment requires the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) and is limited to the purchase of minor items of equipment, which are essential and specific to the research and not available through academic unit funds, standard ITS support or research grants. 

Note: any such equipment remains the property of the University; “minor” is subject to determination by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee).

22.  PReSS funding is not permitted to fund the following operational research costs:

  • books, DVDs (or equivalent), digital and journal subscriptions and other material to which access may be arranged by the University Library
  • University tuition fees
  • publishing subventions, including charges for open access publishing
  • research (including writing) space
  • travel to meet with supervisors
  • travel for required campus attendance 
  • general office running costs
  • depreciation

23. Any expenditure approved in accordance with clause 17-22, which would result in the account going into deficit, is subject to final approval by the Academic Head. The Academic Head may grant approval only where: 

a) the requirements of clause 14 are met

and

b) the proposed operational research costs are essential, cannot be met through any other means, and are specific to one or more of the following: 

  • project set-up requirements
  • research that must be conducted at the start of the programme 
  • research that is time-dependent or seasonal in nature
  • research necessary for timely progress

and

c) the Academic Head undertakes to reimburse the University for any account deficit at the time of account closure (see clause 31).

Conference costs

24.   PReSS funding may be expended on conference costs (including travel, accommodation, registration fees and visas) up to a maximum of $4800 over the total period of eligibility for PReSS expenditure. Expenditure that would result in the account going into deficit is subject to final approval  by the Academic Head. The Academic Head may grant approval only where

a) the requirements of clause 14 are satisfied

and

b) the Academic Head is satisfied that exceptional research circumstances apply 

and

c) the Academic Head undertakes to reimburse the University for any account deficit at the time of account closure (see clause 31)

Training costs

25.   PReSS funding may be expended towards tuition costs for required research-related training that is either not available at the University or not available without charge at the University.  Expenditure that would result in the account going into deficit is subject to final approval by the Academic Head. The Academic Head may grant approval only where

a) the requirements of clause 14 are satisfied

and

b) the Academic Head is satisfied that exceptional research circumstances apply

and

c) the Academic Head undertakes to reimburse the University for any account deficit at the time of account closure (see clause 31)

Business cards

26.   PReSS account funding may, subject to clause 27, be used to pay for official University of Auckland business cards.

27.   Business cards must be ordered from the University’s preferred supplier, must state that the student is a doctoral candidate, and are only available to candidates who have been confirmed in the doctoral programme.

Carer responsibilities

28.  The Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) may give approval for the use of up to $4800 of PReSS account funding towards the cost of cover for carer responsibilities (for pre-school and/or school-aged children; care of an ill or disabled family/whānau member or eldercare) incurred through a GST-registered service to:

i) facilitate conference attendance during the candidate’s enrolment, provided the candidate is presenting on their doctoral research at the conference 

and/or

ii) facilitate submission of the thesis, provided that the candidate is no more than three months away from submitting the thesis for examination.

  • To be approved, applications must include a satisfactory statement from the candidate, endorsed by the supervisor, as to the candidate’s circumstances and timeline for submission of the thesis, and (where the candidate is applying under 28(i)) as to the relevance of the conference presentation to the advancement of the research.

Proofreading (exceptional circumstances required)

29.   In exceptional circumstances only, and subject to approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee), up to $1000 of PReSS funding in total may be expended towards the cost of proof-reading of the final draft(s) of i) the thesis and/or ii) parts of the thesis that have been accepted for publication. Applications must include a statement from the supervisor as to why the proof-reading is considered necessary and the case for exceptional circumstances. Approval may be granted only where:

Post submission of the thesis for examination

30.   After submission of the thesis for examination and prior to the closure of PReSS accounts under clause 31, expenditure from the PReSS account is restricted to the following:

a)    Where the provisions for PReSS expenditure under clause 28 have not previously been exhausted, the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) may approve the expenditure of PReSS funding towards the cost of carer responsibilities (for pre-school and/or school-aged children; care of an ill or disabled family/whānau member or eldercare) incurred through a GST-registered service, where warranted by:

i)  conference presentation within four months of submission of the thesis for examination 

or

ii)   the scale of thesis revisions required by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate). 

For the avoidance of doubt, the maximum combined PReSS expenditure that may be approved under this clause and clause 28 is $4800.

b)    Proof-reading approved under clause 27, except that no expenditure on proof-reading parts of the thesis that have been accepted for publication will be approved after the thesis has been submitted for examination. For the avoidance of doubt, the $1000 limit at clause 29 applies to the total cost of all proof-reading of final drafts pre and post submission of the thesis for examination and regardless of whether a candidate has been required to revise and resubmit the thesis for examination.

c)    For candidates governed by a PhD Statute other than that which came into effect on 1 October 2020, or by the 2016 General Regulations for Named Doctorates, up to $500 of PReSS funding may be expended, in total, on the printing and binding of the thesis for final submission post examination. 

d)    PReSS funds may be expended for costs associated with conference presentations that take place within four months of submission of the thesis for examination, provided that the provisions for PReSS expenditure for conference costs under clause 24 have not already been exhausted. 

For the avoidance of doubt, the maximum combined PReSS expenditure that may be approved under this clause and clause 22 is $4800.

Note: primary expenditure (e.g. payment of travel costs) should have occurred prior to submission of the thesis for examination.

Closure of PReSS accounts

31.  

a) Accounts will close one month after the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) for the final submission of the thesis post examination, except where one of the following occurs prior to final submission of the thesis:

i) termination of candidature or registration

ii) withdrawal from the programme

iii) expiration of candidature

Accounts will close one month after the date on which confirmation of i, ii or iii occurs. 

b) All claims for reimbursement must have been completed within the timeframe for account closure specified at (a).

Reimbursement

32.   Expenses already incurred may, subject to the requirements of this policy and procedures, be retrospectively approved and reimbursed until one month after the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) for final submission of the thesis post examination. 

33.   All claims for reimbursement for New Zealand goods and services must be accompanied by the official GST receipt.

34.   Expenditure incurred or claimed after the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) for final submission of the thesis post examination, or after the date of termination of candidature/registration or programme withdrawal or expiration of candidature, will not be reimbursed.

35.   PReSS funds may not be used to reimburse any expenditure that does not comply with the requirements of the above policy and these procedures. 

Reports

36.   Candidates are required to submit their Provisional/Confirmation or Annual/Continuation report each year, which:

  • must be approved as satisfactory before funds will continue to be credited to PReSS accounts. Failure to lodge such a report, or lodging a report that fails to be approved, will result in a freeze on PReSS funding availability
  • must include an indicative budget each year. The budget must indicate planned expenditure for the balance of the research and be developed in consultation with, and have the support of, the main or joint supervisor.

Appendix: Annual Allocated funding according to subject area

Subject Area

Faculty/LSRI

Band

Annual Funding

Accounting

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Anaesthesiology

FMHS

C

$2,900

Anatomy

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Ancient History

Arts

A

$1,200

Anthropology

Arts

C

$2,900

Applied Linguistics

Arts

A

$1,200

Architecture

Creative Arts and Industries

C

$2,900

Art History

Arts

A

$1,200

Asian Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Audiology

FMHS

C

$2,900

Behavioural Science

FMHS

B

$1,500

Bioengineering

Engineering/FMHS/ABI

C

$2,900

Biological Sciences

Science

L

$2,900

Biomedical Science

Interfaculty

C

$2,900

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Chemistry

Science

L

$2,900

Chinese

Arts

A

$1,200

Civil Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Commercial Law

Business & Econ/Law

J

$1,200

Community Health

FMHS

C

$2,900

Comparative Literature

Arts

A

$1,200

Computer Science

Science

B

$1,500

Computer Systems Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Criminology 

Arts 

$1200 

Dance Studies

Creative Arts and Industries

B

$1,500

Design

Creative Arts and Industries

B

$1,500

Development Studies

Arts

C

$2,900

Economics

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Education

Education and Social Work

A

$1,200

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Engineering Science

Engineering

C

$2,900

English

Arts

A

$1,200

Environmental Science

Science

L

$2,900

European Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Exercise Sciences

Science

C

$2,900

Finance

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Fine Arts

Creative Arts and Industries

B

$1,500

Food Science

Science

L

$2,900

Forensic Science

Science

L

$2,900

French

Arts

A

$1,200

Gender Studies 

Arts 

$1200 

General Practice

FMHS

C

$2,900

Geography

Science

L

$2,900

Geology

Science

L

$2,900

German

Arts

A

$1,200

Greek

Arts

A

$1,200

Health Psychology

Interfaculty

L

$2,900

Health Sciences

Interfaculty

C

$2,900

Heritage Conservation

Creative Arts and Industries

C

$2,900

History

Arts

A

$1,200

Information Systems

Business & Econ

B

$1,500

International Business

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Italian

Arts

A

$1,200

Japanese

Arts

A

$1,200

Korean

Arts

A

$1,200

Language Teaching and Learning

Arts

A

$1,200

Latin

Arts

A

$1,200

Latin American Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Law

Law

J

$1,200

Linguistics

Arts

A

$1,200

Management

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Maori and Pacific Health

FMHS

C

$2,900

Maori Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Marine Science

Science

L

$2,900

Marketing

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Mathematics

Science

A

$1,200

Mathematics Education

Science

A

$1,200

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Mechatronics Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Media, Film and Television

Arts

A

$1,200

Medical Imaging

FMHS

C

$2,900

Medicine

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Molecular Medicine

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Music

Creative Arts and Industries

B

$1,500

Nursing

FMHS/Liggins

B

$1,500

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Operations and Supply Chain Mgmt

Business & Econ

J

$1,200

Operations Research

Engineering

C

$2,900

Ophthalmology

FMHS

L

$2,900

Optometry

FMHS

M

$2,900

Pacific Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Paediatrics

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Pathology

FMHS

C

$2,900

Pharmacology

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Pharmacy

FMHS

C

$2,900

Philosophy

Arts

A

$1,200

Physics

Science

L

$2,900

Physiology

FMHS/Liggins

C

$2,900

Planning

Creative Arts and Industries

C

$2,900

Politics and International Relations

Arts

A

$1,200

Property

Business & Econ

C

$2,900

Psychiatry

FMHS

C

$2,900

Psychology

Science

L

$2,900

Public Policy

Arts

A

$1,200

Russian

Arts

A

$1,200

Social Work

Education and Social Work

A

$1,200

Sociology

Arts

A

$1,200

Software Engineering

Engineering

C

$2,900

Spanish

Arts

A

$1,200

Speech Science

Science

C

$2,900

Statistics

Science

A

$1,200

Surgery

FMHS

C

$2,900

Theology

Arts

A

$1,200

Translation Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Urban Design

Creative Arts and Industries

C

$2,900

Women's Studies

Arts

A

$1,200

Definitions


The following definitions apply to this document:

Academic unit may refer to a faculty, school, department or institute. 

Candidates are students who are enrolled in a doctoral degree at the University

Joint Supervisor refers to the joint supervisor with primary responsibility for administrative requirements

Main Supervisor refers to the lead supervisor with primary responsibility for the supervision of the candidate and primary responsibility for administrative requirements

PReSS accounts are Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) accounts provided by the University to assist with the provision of financial support for doctoral research that is not funded by other sources 

Subject area is the official subject area in which the candidate is enrolled 

Supervisor refers to Main, Joint or Co-supervisor

TEC is the Tertiary Education Commission/Te Amorangi Mātaurange Matua, the Crown Agency that leads the government’s relationship with the University

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

 

Document management and control


Content manager: School of Graduate Studies

Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies

Approved by: Board of Graduate Studies, Senate and Council

Date approved: October 2021

Review date: October 2024