HDR candidate news – February

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HDR candidate welcome and induction – first session for 2019

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The first HDR Candidate Welcome and Induction session is happening on Thursday 28 February, 2019. Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to register for this session.

These sessions are highly recommended for new candidates commencing in 2019 and provide essential information about getting started. Attending an induction session is also part of the probationary conditions for candidature.

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If you are planning on taking leave for session 1, 2019 please get your Application for Leave form in as soon as possible. It is important that this is submitted at least 2 weeks prior to census date, which is 29 March, 2019. If you have any questions about the process please contact Hayley Gifford.

March census date – thesis submission

If you are intending to submit your thesis by census date, please ensure examiners are finalised as soon as possible in order to avoid delays in the examination process .

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Although candidates should not know who their final examiners will be, they should initiate a discussion with their supervisors early on to identify researchers with expertise in the field who could provide a fair and balanced assessment of the work.

Candidates are also encouraged to state who they would not want as an examiner, for example where they are known to have strongly opposing views, methodologies and/or practices.

The Principal Supervisor is then asked to contact potential examiners and complete the Notification of Readiness to Submit Thesis & Appointment of Examiners form and forward to the Sub-Dean Graduate Studies Associate Professor Ramudu Bhanugopan for review.

For any questions regarding the process please contact the Graduate Studies Liaison Officer, Hayley Gifford.

HDR professional development workshops

There are a number of online workshops scheduled in February and March that are specifically targeted to new and early-stage Higher Degree by Research candidates:

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  • Basics of Thesis Structure – Part 1 – Tuesday 5th Feb, 12:30-2pm
  • Basics of Thesis Structure – Part 2 – Wednesday 6th Feb, 12:30 – 2pm
  • Survive your Research Degree 2019 – Thursday 7th Feb, 12pm – 1pm
  • Structuring a literature review – Part 1 – Tuesday 12th Feb, 12:30-2pm
  • Structuring a literature review – Part 2 – Wednesday 13th Feb, 12:30-2pm
  • Structuring a literature review – Part 3 – Thursday 14th Feb, 12:30-2pm
  • Overcoming procrastination – Monday 18th Feb, 12pm – 1:30pm
  • Reading the literature critically – Thursday 21st Feb, 12pm-1:30pm
  • Writing a research proposal – Thursday 7th March, 12pm-2pm
  • How and why researchers should join a writing group – Tuesday, 19th March, 12pm-1:30pm

For more details and registration, please visit the Professional Development Calendar

Professional development in Canberra

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If you are in Canberra, or able to get there, you have free access to some useful professional development sessions and writing events, at the University of Canberra. Some are targeted to supervisors, others to researchers more broadly, and others to research students.

Topics include:

All events marked with an *asterisk* in the calendar are open to CSU staff and students:
The calendar is updated every month or so, so bookmark this and check regularly.
Questions are welcome to Cassily Charles, Academic Literacy Coordinator in the Research Office.

  • Getting your relationship with your supervisor off to a good start, presented by Dr Margaret Kiley
  • How to maximise the impact of your research, presented by Dr Helen Alexiou
  • Weekly face-to-face ‘Shut Up & Write’ events, and lots of others…

Shut Up & Write in 2019

If you want to protect your writing time in 2019, join us for Shut Up & Write and book it into your calendar.

No need to register – just turn up ready to work.  

Times are below:

  • Monday 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday 10.30am – 12:30 pm
  • NEW Wednesday evening  7:30pm – 9:30pm  (From 6th of February)
  • Thursday 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday 11 am – 1pm

Groups are small and friendly, mainly academic staff and doctoral candidates – everyone is welcome. Questions are always welcome to the Academic Literacy Coordinator, Cassily Charles – ccharles@csu.edu.au

Link to enter the room: https://connect.csu.edu.au/shutupandwrite

February & March bootcamps … plus bonus

Get organised for the start of the year… the Research Writing Bootcamps for February and March have now been scheduled.

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February is one day: 

  • Friday, 22nd of February, 9am-5pm – Online OR face-to-face in Albury

March is two days, with BONUS optional pre-bootcamp workshops:

Day 1 – Monday, 11th of March – Online

  • 8am-9am optional workshop (Quantity Writing)
  • 9am-5pm bootcamp

Day 2 – Thursday, 14th of March – Online OR face-to-face in Albury

  • 8am-9am optional workshop (Paragraph Labelling/Reverse Outlining)
  • 9am-5pm bootcamp

If you would like a calendar invitation with the full schedule, location and links, or if you have any questions, please email ccharles@csu.edu.au

About the optional workshops:

Quantity Writing will be useful for planner-type people, who tend to think and plan first and writer later, and sometimes find it tough getting lots of words onto the page.

Paragraph Labelling / Reverse Outlining will be useful for drafter-type people, who tend to write first, and organise later, and sometimes find it tough to develop a clear structure.

Everyone is welcome. We will start promptly at 8am, to be finished at 9am for bootcamp.