Training and Support
As early as possible in your candidature you must attend HDR Orientation, which is a requirement for all candidates.
One of the most important aspects of your candidature discussed at Orientation is setting up peer support networks, especially for students who are studying their degrees in isolation. We strongly encourage you to form a group that meets regularly. The main benefits are to support each other on your postgraduate research journey, to maintain accountability to your research goals, to get support for publication, and to maintain passion and interest in your research.
Orientation is held twice year in February/March and August. For more information please contact the Graduate School staff.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
SCU Library Research Support Toolkit
Specifically designed and built to be a research library one-stop-shop for all our research students. Go to the Library Research Support Toolkit.
Research at SCU
The Office of Research provides support for research ethics, research funding applications, IP and project management.
Southern Cross Postgraduate Association
Southern Cross Postgraduate Association (SCPA) advances and fosters the interests of on and off - campus, domestic and international postgraduate students who are enrolled with Southern Cross University. Please refer to the Southern Cross Postgraduate Association website for more information.
Professional Doctoral Students seeking more information
Academic Writing Workshops Narrative Ninja – August 2018
Academic Writing Workshops (Narrative Ninja) – August 2018
The Graduate School will be hosting an Academic Writing workshop in August 2018 at all three campuses conducted by Dr Maria Gardiner from iThinkwell. The details of these workshops can be found below and on the Graduate School website.
This workshop will show you why narrative is so important and how to construct a narrative. There will be demonstrations of creating a narrative and opportunity to practice creating your own narrative for either a part of your work or your whole work.
In this workshop you will learn: why narrative is so important; where you will find the narrative; the power of the 10-year-old, and if that doesn’t work, the border collie; how language gets in the way of narrative; how to recognise narrative in others work; and how to write the narrative of your own piece of work.
Dates and locations:
1. Coffs Harbour campus: 6 August 2018 12.30pm - 3.00pm Register here.
2. Lismore campus 7 August 2018 12.30pm - 3.00pm Register here.
8 August 2018 1.00pm - 3.30pm Register here.
3. Gold Coast Campus 10 August 2018 1.00pm – 3.00pm Register here.
Please contact the Graduate School if you have any enquiries.
HDR Digital Research Program Webinars
The Graduate School has been working closely with Intersect in the development of the HDR Digital Research Program, a learning program specifically designed to equip you with competencies in key digital research techniques. The Program complements your postgraduate research degree by broadening the digital expertise you acquire when studying at Southern Cross University. The Program is localised to the SCU environment, ensuring you gain awareness of local resources available to you during your candidature.
The Program focuses on a series of fundamental webinars, applicable to both humanities and science higher degree research students. The Graduate School encourages you to attend the following webinars which will also provide the skills that are designed to be transferable to any future workplace.
Introduction to Digital Research - 14/8/2018
This course introduces students to the exciting potential of digital research. Participants will learn what new methodologies digital research features and how these are used to complement and enhance the traditional research process.
Your Digital Footprint - 21/08/2018
This course highlights the importance of developing and curating a strong digital public profile. It also provides benefits to the researcher such as a means to engage the public in the research, and a competitive advantage in career advancement.
Research Data Management - 28/08/2018
The Research Data Management course is invaluable to anyone managing digital information. In particular, research data often possesses characteristics that make management challenging - approaches and technology options to help participants be more productive in their research activities are described.
Citizen Science - 04/09/2018
The Citizen Science course introduces participants to the concept, describes how the approach impacts on research and community and highlights what platforms and projects have achieved in advancing areas of research.
Big Data Research - 11/09/2018
This foundational course caters for students across a range of research areas, demonstrating the prospects and challenges of Big Data research. Topics ranging from capturing, cleaning, integration and analytics will be covered, as well as tips on how to get started.
Database concepts - 18/09/2018
This Database Concepts course is aimed at researchers who have little database expertise so as to equip them with the skills required to effectively use databases.
For further information on these upcoming webinars please contact the Graduate School staff.