This page is for training and development of current research students

Training and development

As a postgraduate degree is quite different from an undergraduate qualification, we offer a range of free workshops and online tools to help you achieve success.

Upcoming Workshops

Hugh Kearns and Dr Maria Gardiner from Thinkwell will return to Newcastle in July and September 2015 to run their popular workshops.

Dates for the workshops are below.  Details and registration instructions.

Seminars in July

7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students - Tuesday 21 July 9.30 – 12.30 pm

Presenting with confidence - Tuesday 21 July 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching for High Performers - Wednesday 22 July - 9.30 – 12.30 pm

Planning for a career in academia - Wednesday 22 July - 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Turbocharge Your Writing For Thesis - Thursday 23 July - 9.30 – 12.30 pm

Seminars in September - Registration will open in August.

Completions Symposium – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September. Please note this symposium is by invitation only.

Mind Mapping – Thursday 17 September – 2.00 – 5.00 pm

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:

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

These workshops are designed for students needing English grammar assistance at an advanced level for academic writing.

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. For questions and to register please contact

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, many online recordings and workshops are available on UoNline, on the Blackboard tab, RHD Candidates course, 2014 EchoCenter. The recordings below are from recent workshops.

This recorded seminar is a two-hour workshop aimed at research students who have never published before and who want to learn about publishing articles in professional journals.

It addresses:

  • why academics should publish
  • where and when to publish
  • who to publish with
  • different publication types
  • authorship requirements
  • the peer review process
  • self-archiving
  • tips for promoting publications

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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