Skills Training for Research Higher Degree Candidates
RHD candidates will be sent an email to their student mail address when new seminars are scheduled. Information on Endnote training, IT skills training, animal ethics and counselling services are also available below.
The Office of Graduate Studies has deisgned and developed the Success @ Confirmation for research higher degree (RHD) candidates in their first year of their program. The program assists RHD candidates to develop their research and professional skills for success at confirmation, the first checkpoint of a RHD.
The Success @ Confirmation program has three components:
For detailed information on the workshop program please click here.
For more information please contact Susan grimes at RHDSuccess@newcastle.edu.au
Introduction to Academic Publishing
Date: Monday 17 June 2013
Time: 10.00 am - 12 noon
Place: McMullinTheatre (near the Great Hall)
This two-hour workshop is aimed at research students who have never published before and who want to learn about publishing articles in professional journals. It will address why academics should publish, where and when they should publish, and who they should publish with. It will cover different publication types, journal impact factors, open access journals, publication strategies, thesis by publication, authorship requirements, the peer review process, self-archiving, and tips for promoting publications.
Presenter: Dr Mark Rubin is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology. He has authored 27 research publications, including 25 journal articles and 2 book chapters. His work has been cited over 1,500 times and he has an h index of 10. For more information about Dr Rubin's research, please visit his research webpage at http://bit.ly/UaEzM7
To RSVP please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AcademicPublishing
This workshop will be recorded and available through Blackboard after the event.
Writing Circles for RHD Candidates 2013
Being an effective writer is a key component of research. The writing process not only communicates your work, but helps you refine your thinking. You can develop the clarity and quality of your writing by sharing feedback in a small supportive writing circle run by Learning Development. Writing Circles are for all students, at any stage of candidature. For information on how to apply, please click here.
English Language Support 2013
RHD Grammar Workshops
These workshops are for RHD students from all faculties, at all levels of their program who would like help with grammatical structure. The workshops are held weekly at 3pm on a Friday. For information on how to apply, please click here.
For more information, please contact Nicholas Collier Nicholas.Collier@newcastle.edu.au
RHD Speaking sessions
These sessions are designed especially for research students. You can practise your speaking skills at an advanced level, and benefit from feedback and advice from an ESL specialist teacher. This is not a fixed sequence of lessons; the teacher will respond to students' needs. For details, please click here.
To register, please contact Helen Thursby Helen.Thursby@newcastle.edu.au.
DAELT (Diagnostic Academic English Language Tool)
We recommend that all Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) students take the DAELT. You may be aware of your existing strengths and weaknesses, but the DAELT will give you an objective report to help you target your efforts effectively. The DAELT assessment is offered at the start of each trimester and semester, and involves assessment of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will receive immediate feedback on your performance, and we do not report your results to anybody. For registration details, click here or go to the Learning Development Blackboard.
After you have done the initial DAELT assessment, you can attend follow-up workshops. You can choose which workshops to attend, so you don't have to go to all of them. For details go to Learning Development Blackboard.
Speech Intelligibility Clinic
This service is offered by the Speech Pathology unit. It helps NESB students to develop their English speaking in terms of sound production, speed of speech, and intonation. You can have a free assessment of your speech inteligibility, and up to 12 weeks of individual support. There are also group programs focusing on rate of speech, body language and intonation. The clinic is open from 9.00 - 4.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please click here.
To make an appointment, please contact Helen Blake Helen.Blake@newcastle.edu.au
The Highly Effective Researcher Series
Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner of Flinders University visit Newcastle each year to run their 'Highly Effective Researcher Program". Hugh and Maria have developed a national reputation for working with researchers and RHD candidates to increase their research output. First introduced in 2006, Hugh and Maria now also run their program in the USA, UK, Ireland and Spain. Maria was here in May 2013 to run their successful seminar series.
The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students
Presenter: Maria Gardiner
What do research students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation and doubt and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? Do you find that you engage in anything but work on your thesis, constantly telling yourself that tomorrow you'll organise a meeting with your supervisor or get started on your data analysis? And do you find you are highly productive when it comes to organising the postgrad symposium, but not so much when it comes to things related to your research higher degree? Are you really busy and doing a lot of things, but just don't seem to be making as much progress as you would like?
This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your research higher degree. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.
This workshop will help you to understand how to:
- take (at least some) responsibility for your relationship with your supervisor
- improve the supervisory experience
- structure your study time so you get more done in 2 hours than 8
- overcome perfectionism
- get the help you need when you are stuck
- deal with multiple commitments
- keep on going when the going gets tough
Who is it for: Research students at any point in their candidature.
This workshop was recorded with Lectopia and is available from the RHD Blackboard site.
Turbocharge Your Writing
Presenter: Maria Gardiner
Would you like to know the secret to high output, high quality, scholarly writing? In academia, because writing is such a big part of what you do, it is often assumed that it comes naturally. However, for most academics, it can be a hit and miss activity, with some days (weeks or even months!) being hard to get started. And when you do get started you might sit there for hours and not produce many words. Finally, when the words are on the page, you may wonder why you bothered since what you have written isn't very good.
This workshop draws on the overwhelming body of research (and experience with thousands of writers). This research shows that there are very clear and practical evidence-based strategies that can greatly increase your writing quality and quantity. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.
This workshop will help you to understand:
- why it can be hard to get started
- how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
- the principles of quick starting
- why snack writing is generally more productive than binge writing
- how to deal with the internal committee that slows down writing
- how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
- how to greatly double (or more) the number of actual words you produce
- how to clarify your thinking and improve the quality of your work
Who is it for:Researchers and research students.
This workshop was recorded with Lectopia and is available from the RHD Blackboard site.
These workshops are offered as part of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Highly Effective Researcher Program.
The care and maintenance of your supervisor
Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner - the presenters of the 'Highly Effective Researcher' Seminars including 'The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students' have recently had three articles published in the prestigious science journal 'Nature'. 'The care and maintenance of your supervisor', 'Waiting for the motivation fairy' and 'Turbocharge your writing' can all be viewed on line. To view the articles, go to http://www.nature.com/ and type Hugh Kearns into the search function.
Training in the use of the Research Information Management System (RIMS) is available for RHD candidates who need to lodge an ethics application for both human and/or animal based research.
The training will cover the following topics:
How to navigate the system and identify the modules such as My Human Ethics, My Animal Use and My Proposals
How to find and view research grant proposals and ethics protocols
How to make an online submission to Human and Animal Ethics
RHD Students who are not staff members should contact David Richards directly to register for training on 492 17360 or David.Richards@newcastle.edu.au This also applies to Ourimbah based staff and students.
RHD students who are also staff members should register using HROnline (the Training and Development Calendar in HR on-line (Introduction to eforms-Research Info Mgmt Systems))
Training sessions in the use of the RIMS system will be available on the following dates:
28 May 2013, 2-3pm Callaghan Campus
22 July 2013, 11am- 12 Callaghan Campus
27 August 2013, 2-3pm Callaghan Campus
Off campus students
For students located off campus, Learning Development has a Blackboard site with many online resources. Please log in to Blackboard and select Learning Development from the 'My Courses' list. Once there, select the 'online resources' button.
Pre-confirmation students have access to the Success@ConfirmationBlackboard site and there are a number of resources located there. If you require further information on this program please email RHDsuccess@newcastle.edu.au
Where possible, seminars run by the Office of Graduate Studies will be recorded with Lectopia and can be viewed from the Research HIgher Degree Candidates 2013 Blackboard site.
Supports and Services
NUPSA organises training sessions for its members - please check the NUPSA Blackboard site for details.
The Library contains useful resources for RHD students on successful RHD study. We recommend: Doctorates downunder : keys to successful doctoral study in Australia and New Zealand, edited by Carey Denholm and Terry Evans;
By Hugh Kearns:
The 7 secrets of highly successful PhD students
Defeating self-sabotage : getting your PhD finished
The PhD experience : what they didn't tell you at induction
What is EndNote?
EndNote allows you to record and organise personal databases of searchable references to books, journal articles, conference papers and other publications. You can create your bibliographies automatically by inserting references from your Endnote library into a Word document. Endnote formats the bibliography for your paper in the reference style that you choose. Endnote training is organised by the Library. For details of online training and workshops please visit:
There is a separate training program on Animal Ethics provided by Research Services. Full details are available at the Animal Ethics website.
General Skills Training
A range of general skills training is available to research higher degree candidates at the University of Newcastle.
ITskills is a suite of "learn-it-yourself" training modules which are free to access. There are over 100 interactive online modules for the PC or Macintosh environments, in topics such as Microsoft Office, project management, Dreamweaver and basic computer skills.
The Careers and Employment Office of the University provides assistance or workshops on CV writing, interview techniques and writing job applications.
The University's Counselling website has many resources to help you clarify and resolve a range of issues, which might otherwise interfere with academic or personal effectiveness.?