This page is for training and development of current research students

Training and development

We offer a range of workshops and online resources to help you achieve success in your research degree. Workshops are listed in the Calendar of Events.


Other training and support

Learning Development offer student consultations.

Any student can book a consultation to work with a Learning Adviser. You can have an individual consultation, or you can bring 2 friends if you like. We encourage you to talk with other students and if you have similar questions then book one consultation time and then all come together. For further information please visit the Learning Development Blackboard site at:

https://uonline.newcastle.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_2027865_1&course_id=_1375407_1&mode=reset

Training in the use of the Research Information Management System (RIMS) is available for research higher degree students who need to lodge an ethics application. You should discuss this in the first instance with your supervisor.

Students who are staff members should register using HRonline.

Students who are not staff members should contact Terina Vale to register.

The Library offers a range of information skills training.

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 training is organised by the Library.

There is a separate training program on Animal Ethics provided by Research Services.


English language support

Workshops designed for students needing English grammar assistance at an advanced level for academic writing will be run every Wednesday, commencing on 16 September 2015. Additional information can be found here.

The Weekly Advanced Speaking Series has been designed to provide opportunity for international students to practice speaking skills necessary for academic situations and to prepare and give a presentation with feedback and advice from an ESL specialist teacher.

The next series will be run every Tuesday, commencing on 29 September 2015. Additional information can be found here.

The DAELT helps you self diagnose your ability in reading, writing, listening and speaking. We recommend that all non-English speaking background students take the DAELT.

Offered by the Speech Pathology unit, this clinic helps students to develop their English speaking, specifically sound production, speed of speech and intonation. You can have a free assessment of your speech intelligibility and up to 12 weeks of individual support. There are also group programs focusing on rate of speech, body language and intonation. For more information, please see the Speech Intelligibility Clinic webpage.


Online resources and recordings

For students located off campus or those who cannot make a workshop, online recordings and workshops are available on UoNline, on the Blackboard tab, RHD Candidates course, Seminar recordings 2015.

Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner of Flinders University visit each year to run their 'Highly Effective Researcher Program'. Hugh and Maria have developed a national reputation for working with researchers to increase their research output.

The series includes:

  • The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students - This workshop describes the key habits of your research and helps you with ways to quickly and easily complete your research higher degree.
  • Turbocharge Your Writing - This workshop shows that there are very clear and practical evidence-based strategies that can greatly increase your writing quality and quantity.
  • Presenting with Confidence - This workshop will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you can use again and again to give high quality presentations.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching for High Performers - This workshop brings you the latest research and practice in cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) and shows you how to apply it to your everyday life.
  • Planning for a Career in Academia - This workshop will discuss what is involved in a career as an academic. Please note that this workshop provides general advice and that the information provided is not specific to a career in academia at UON.
  • Shameless Self Promotion - In this workshop you will learn strategies for asking for what you want and presenting yourself effectively for promotions and grants.

You can also view articles by Hugh and Maria in the science journal Nature:

Learning Development has a Blackboard site with many online resources. Please log in to UoNline, and go to the Blackboard tab and select learning development from the My Courses list. Select 'online resources' in the left navigation.

QSR International, the provider of NVivo software provides free e-demos, online training (at a small cost) and face to face training (fees apply) in capital cities.

Please visit their website to view the different options.

http://www.qsrinternational.com/default.aspx


Other support services

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
  • The 7 secrets of highly successful PhD students by Hugh Kearns
  • Defeating self-sabotage : getting your PhD finished by Hugh Kearns
  • The PhD experience : what they didn't tell you at induction by Hugh Kearns