Undertaking a higher degree by research program is a demanding enterprise. To make the most of your time at the University of Newcastle you should take full advantage of the academic, personal and technical support that is available to you.
Your supervisor is your key contact throughout your degree. They will provide guidance on all aspects of your research. You will meet regularly with your supervisor to ensure you are making progress in your degree.
Each School appoints a HDR Coordinator, who is responsible for monitoring the general progress and welfare of research students in that academic area. The Head of School is available as an alternative contact for consultation and the Assistant Dean (Research Training) is the senior academic officer overseeing HDR in your Faculty. Your Faculty's Research Training Officer (RTO) will be able to assist with any local administrative queries you may have. Each Faculty's contacts can be found on the list of responsible officers.
Graduate Research is your central point of contact for information and support on the administration and management of your research degree. As an enrolled student we will subscribe you to the HDR Matters newsletters so you can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Higher Degrees by Research.
Student Peer Advisors
Graduate Research has initiated the Student Peer Advisors (SPA) support scheme, which is available to all current HDR students. The scheme offers free one-on-one sessions for research students to access support and advice from former or senior research students about a variety of topics, from software packages (NVivo, Endnote, MS Excel and more) to adapting to a new academic culture, to professional networking and much more.
To learn more about the SPA scheme and to book at appointment follow the link below. You will be able to see the peer advisors and times available. To learn more about an advisor click on the green square above their name.
The University offers specilaist research computing support to enable powerful new and existing technologies to be applied across all stages of the research lifecycle, from data collection to analysis, processing, visualisation, and data publishing. HDR candidates have access to this support, which is delivered by the Academic Research Computing Support (ARCS) team.
The University has also partnered with Intersect, a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in providing research IT support. Intersect provides expert advice, massive scale storage and analysis platforms, custom software engineering, and training programs to thousands of researchers every year.
For more information on how your research computing needs can be met, visit the Research Advantage page.
Please refer and subscribe to the Research Training Calendar to keep up-to-date on upcoming research training opportunities.
You will find a range of workshops and materials delivered by the Learning Design and Teaching Innovation team via your Blackboard homepage, which is accessed through UONline . Select ‘LEARNING DEVELOPMENT’ under ‘My Other Sites’ and look for resources and workshops available for research students.
If you or your supervisor believe that you would benefit from improving your English language skills you should approach the on-campus English Language Centre for more information on intensive courses and one-on-one programs.
The Library offers a dedicated Researcher Support service with advice and support for undertaking literature searches, systematic reviews, referencing, citation analysis, current awareness, promotion of research, and management of research data. They can also advise on choosing the right publisher, including how to avoid predatory publishers and which publishers offer Open Access publications. Contact your Faculty’s Senior Research Librarian for more information.
The university has a comprehensive program of support services available to all students, including the Careers and Counselling Services (including the After-Hours Crisis Support Line) and the Chaplaincy. There are tailored support services for international students, Indigenous students or those who require disability support.
As a postgraduate student, you are a member of the University of Newcastle Students' Association (UNSA). UNSA supports postgraduate students in a number of ways, including academic and skills-based workshops, social events, clubs and societies, providing a support network and important advocacy work.