SKIP (Skills for International Postgraduates) Program
What is the SKIP Program?
SKIP is compulsory for all international research students in their first year of research higher degree candidature.
SKIP is designed to help International HDR candidates finish their thesis on time by equipping them with experience in professional academic writing, including training in critical thinking, research presentation and writing for journals. SKIP is also the only postgraduate support program to provide individual editing assistance. SKIP participants are entitled to up to 3 hours of one-on-one thesis editing from the SKIP Convenor each year, free of charge. If additional editing assistance is required, arrangements can be made with an external editor at an hourly rate, to be paid for by the research student.
SKIP is not an English language program. English language support is provided separately for those who need it, primarily through the PELA program.
The SKIP program is offered in both Townsville and Cairns, and as required in Singapore. As part of SKIP, participants will have the opportunity to prepare for the Confirmation of Candidature seminar, including taking part in a student conference involving fellow SKIP students. At this event, participants will be able to practice their seminar presentation with an audience who will then provide detailed feedback.
Further Information and Registration
International HDR candidates are encouraged to read the HDR Skills for International Postgraduates (SKIP) Program Procedure prior to registration.
For further information or to discuss your registration, please contact the SKIP Program Convenor directly:
Associate Professor Liz Tynan
Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator, Research Student Academic Support
Graduate Research School