SKIP (Skills for International Postgraduates) Program
SKIP is offered both face-to-face and via Zoom. The 2021 schedule will be available soon.
Incoming international candidates who haven’t yet registered for SKIP should e-mail Dr Liz Tynan on Elizabeth.Tynan@jcu.edu.au to discuss options.
What is the SKIP Program?
SKIP is a writing support program designed for international HDR candidates in their first year of research higher degree candidature.
Skills for International Postgraduates (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 research presentation and writing for journals. SKIP provides 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 candidate.
SKIP is not an English language program. English language support is provided separately for those who need it, primarily through the PELA program.
If you have prior experience in academic writing and wish to be exempted from SKIP, please ask your Primary Advisor to outline your reasons in an e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that candidates who opt out of SKIP are no longer entitled to individual editing assistance.
The SKIP program is offered in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore. As part of SKIP, participants will have the opportunity to prepare for the Confirmation of Candidature seminar, including taking part in a candidate conference involving fellow SKIP candidates. 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