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.

Training and support

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

The Library supports research students under the leadership of three dedicated Senior Research Librarians, who offer a number of specialist services and resources, including individual consultations and workshops, 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.

Research students have access to a wide range of research computing related training courses, workshops and events. These courses are run on campus at no cost UON staff and HDR students.

Visit the Research Computing Training and Events page for a list of upcoming courses, or go to the Intersect training web page for a complete list of Intersect run courses.

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:

Graduate Employability: How to prepare for your post PhD career

Presenter: Associate Professor Inge Mewburn

Emerging research on job ads show that employers are looking for an extremely broad set of skills and attributes when looking to hire early career researchers. These range from ‘soft skills’ such as pastoral care, team-work and networking, to highly technical skills in teaching and research. In this presentation Dr Inger Mewburn outlines some of the research around PhD graduate employability and unpicks what it means for you: what should you be doing right now to ensure post PhD career success?

Associate Professor Inger Mewburn is a researcher, specialising in research education since 2006. She is currently the Director of Research Training at the Australian National University. Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in the digital practices of academics.

If you missed the lecture on 6 July 2016 you can read her paper on this topic here

English language support

Communication for Research Workshops are run on Wednesday’s from 2.00 pm.  The emphasis is on international students but all students are welcome to attend.  Each week students will practice effective speaking in a research context.
Check the Calendar of Events for full details.

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.

Workshops are available for students needing English grammar assistance.  Please visit the English Language Support page for more information.

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 2016 and 2015.

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.

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:

Other support services

The Library contains useful resources for HDR students on successful HDR 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