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.

Orientation

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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2020 Higher Degrees Research (HDR) Orientation

The Graduate School wishes to advise that HDR Orientation will be a slightly different format for the August 2020 program due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be conducted via Zoom. The next mandatory HDR Orientation is being held on Thursday 13 August 2020.

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.

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.

Research support

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

Southern Cross Postgraduate Association

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

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

The Graduate School, in conjunction with Dr Hugh Kearsn from Thinkwell, will be conducting a workshop on Presenting your research with confidence workshop via Zoom on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Supervisors and students are encouraged to attend.

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020
Time: 1.00pm for a 1.15pm start

Register here

If you're a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It's tempting to get up and just read your paper but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skillfully and with conviction. We've all been to dull presentations, so it's worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.

This workshop will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you can use again and again to give high-quality presentations. It will cover:

  • How to make your message relevant to your audience
  • How to structure and link parts of your talk
  • Preparing materials, notes, handouts, PowerPoint
  • Practising
  • Delivery
  • How to handle questions
  • Dealing with nervousness

Who is it for?

Anyone who has to present at a conference or give a seminar or a lecture on their area of expertise.

The Graduate School, in conjunction with Dr Hugh Kearns from ThinkWell, will be conducting a workshop on Fundamentals of postgraduate research supervision via Zoom Thursday 13 August 2020. New HDR supervisors are encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday 13 August 2020
Time: 9.15am for a 9.30am start

Register here

Becoming a research supervisor for the first time can be a daunting experience. The research student expects you to know what you're doing, but you are learning the process yourself. Of course, you can learn by trial and error, but there are some fundamentals that you can learn that make the experience less daunting for you and more supportive for the student.

If you're a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It's tempting to get up and just read your paper but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skillfully and with conviction. We've all been to dull presentations, so it's worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.

Topics covered include:

  1. Why supervise
  2. Finding the right student
  3. Before they start
  4. Getting off to a good start
  5. Clarifying expectations
  6. Meetings
  7. Understanding the relevant policies and procedures
  8. The personal side of the relationship
  9. What to do if things go wrong

Who is it for?

This is aimed at new or inexperienced supervisors or staff who are about to become supervisors for the first time.

The Graduate School, in conjunction with Dr Hugh Kearns from Thinkwell, will be conducting a workshop on HDR Supervisor Masterclass via Zoom on Wednesday 12 August 2020.

Date: Thursday 12 August 2020
Time: 9.15am for a 9.30am start

Register here

This masterclass is aimed at experienced supervisors. It will look at how to help both the supervisor and the student get the most out of the postgraduate research experience. It draws on the facilitator's experience of working with thousands of research students and research supervisors across the world, and there is also the opportunity for supervisors to share their experiences of what works and what doesn't.

If you're a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It's tempting to get up and just read your paper but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skillfully and with conviction. We've all been to dull presentations, so it's worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.

It will cover issues such as:

  • Dealing with different types of students
  • Getting students to write
  • Getting students to show you their writing
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Students who write too much
  • Students for whom English is not their first language
  • Motivating stalled students
  • Problem situations

Who is it for?

Experienced research supervisors who want to update their practice and share supervisory approaches.

This training will be accepted as your attendance at HDR supervisor training as required by the HDR Register of Supervisor's policy providing you have already attended a previous presentation on Supervisor Training given by the Dean, Graduate Studies at an earlier date. To be clear if you have previously attended supervisor training conducted by the Dean, Graduate Studies, this workshop will satisfy the requirements in terms of supervisor developmental workshops for your HDR supervision renewal application for a further three-year period.

You will still be required to submit a renewal of supervisors form to complete your renewal.

The Graduate School and Intersect are pleased to offer you a live coding workshop where we write programs that produce results, using the researcher-focused training modules.

Date: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August 2020
Time: 9.30am - 12:30pm

Register here

R is quickly gaining popularity as a programming language of choice for statisticians, data scientists and researchers. It has an excellent ecosystem, including the powerful RStudio development environment and the Shiny web application framework.

But getting started with R can be challenging, particularly if you've never programmed before. That's where this introductory course comes in.

Join us for a live coding workshop where we write programs that produce results, using the researcher-focused training modules from the highly regarded Software Carpentry Foundation.

Larning Outcomes

  • Programming concepts and techniques
  • Basic syntax, control structures and data types in R
  • How to load external data into R
  • Ways to visualise data
  • How to use factors for category data
  • Best practices for writing code in R

Who is it for?

Experienced research supervisors who want to update their practice and share supervisory approaches.


Contact the Graduate School

Manager, Graduate School

T: +61 2 6626 9426

E: helen.wolton@scu.edu.au

For general queries:

T: +61 2 6626 9186

T: +61 2 6620 3705

E: gradschool@scu.edu.au

Dean, Graduate Studies

T: +61 2 6620 3742

E: les.christidis@scu.edu.au

General contacts:

For general contact details please visit our contacts page.

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