Leadership and Initiative

The new Leadership and Initiative category of RD7003 Professional Development encourages candidates to engage in professionally beneficial activities during candidature, and have these formally acknowledged on their Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

This category enables candidates to undertake a wide range of activities for which a points system applies. Once candidates reach 10 points, they will be exempted from 40 hours of Professional Development.

Points are available on a sliding scale, where some activities (such as becoming a Respectful Relationships facilitator) attract more points (3 points), than attending a conference (1 point). The activities include but are not limited to:

Participation in a formal internship of 30 days to 6 months7
Establishing and running a writing circle or Shut Up And Write Group3
Establishing and running a journal club3
Chairing a committee to organise and run a conference for peers3
Publishing a journal article3
Being an HDR Ambassador3
Training for and becoming a Respectful Relationships facilitator3
Running skills training (for example, R training) for peers3
Presenting a paper or a poster at a conference3
Being a committee member for a peer conference2
Assisting an academic to organise a conference2
Undertaking official social media activities during an academic conference2
Participating in a JCU 3MT competition, at either College or University level2
Giving a research presentation to an internal College seminar series2
Attending a conference, without presenting1

All activities that demonstrate leadership and initiative are encouraged. Please contact the subject coordinator if you are unsure whether your proposed activities fit into this category.

Subject Coordinator
Associate Professor Liz Tynan