Training and support

Support for your research journey

When studying a Higher Degree by Research at Southern Cross University, we’ll support you along the way. From orientation to our facilities and resources, to fostering interests on and off-campus, we cater to your needs.


As early as possible in your candidature, you will be required to attend an HDR Orientation. This mandatory event will allow you to set up your peer support networks (especially important for students studying in isolation). Having a solid support system allows you to maintain accountability for your research goals; receive support for publication, and continue to foster passion and interest in your research. Orientation is held twice a year, in February/March and August. The Graduate School also hosts a number of workshops each year to assist higher degree researchers with their writing, research and data management.

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2021 Higher Degrees Research (HDR) Orientation

The next mandatory HDR Orientation is scheduled to be held in February 2021. Currently, the dates are the 25 and 26 February 2021, however, confirmation of the format for HDR Orientation will be confirmed closer to these dates.

The Orientation Program is an important event in your candidature. Getting the right start to your research program is likely to save you time and energy at later, more critical, junctures. The Program offers key information, tips and strategies on how to navigate your candidature.

Candidates are reminded that, unless individually exempted by the Dean, Graduate Studies, attendance at an HDR Orientation Program is a mandatory milestone requirement of your candidature and is normally considered a prerequisite for confirmation of candidature.

If you require further information please contact the HDR support team.

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Research Support Toolkit

The Southern Cross University Library Research Support Toolkit is specifically designed to be a one-stop-shop for all our research students.

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Research support

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research provides support for research ethics, research funding applications and IP.

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Southern Cross Postgraduate Association

For domestic and international postgraduate students, the Southern Cross Postgraduate Association advances and fosters your interests on and off campus.

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Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges research students to explain their thesis and its significance in just three minutes.

Counselling and psychological support services

Balancing the many things that life throws our way is not always easy. But getting help is. Whether it’s study, work or relationships Southern Cross University offers counselling and psychological support services.

Receive support to:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • Build your mental health and wellbeing
  • Access free groups and programs on campus or online.

See our counselling and psychological support services

Students can also reach out to the Graduate School if they have any issues related to their candidature, supervision or research.

Higher Degree Researcher Workshops

NVivo allows researchers to simply organise and manage data from a variety of sources including surveys, interviews, articles, video, email, social media and web content, PDFs and images. Coding your data allows you to discover trends and compares themes as they emerge across different sources and data types. Using NVivo memos and visualisations, combined with the ability to integrate with popular bibliographic tools, you can get your research ready for publication sooner. 

When: Friday 30 October 2020
Time: 11.00am to 2.30pm AEDT

Register here 


The Graduate School is offering a workshop for all Higher Degree Researchers via Zoom on how to stay well, be productive and keep focused in light of COVID 19 and other hurdles that each of you may be experiencing as a result of recent events and how these affect your can.didature.  

When: Tuesday 6 October 2020
Time: 9:15 am – 12:30 pm AEDT

Register here.

Contact the Graduate School

Manager, Graduate School

T: +61 2 6626 9426


For general queries:

T: +61 2 6626 9186

T: +61 2 6620 3705


Dean, Graduate Studies

T: +61 2 6620 3742


General contacts:

For general contact details please visit our contacts page.