COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 5 May 2022, 3pm (AEST)

Developing as an Advisor

We offer a range of training opportunities for HDR Advisors. For more information please contact

Respectful Relationships for HDR Advisors

JCU Respectful Relationships Workshops – Advisors is a compulsory, practical, interactive workshop that explores issues of gender, power, relationships, consent and ethics in contemporary Australian society, with particular relevance to research supervision.  The workshop addresses sexual harassment and assault, safeguarding practices, and adviser obligations to ensure a safe and respectful research training environment.

The workshop is run by zoom with 20 – 25 participants. You will need a good internet connection, working camera and speaker to participate.

Note: The workshop includes discussion of sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and is designed to be completed by all Advisers.. If you feel unable to complete the workshop for personal reasons, please contact a Sexual Misconduct Officer to arrange a confidential exemption.

Register for this workshop HERE.

Workshop Dates all via zoom

DateTime (AEST)
Friday 3 June 2022 - FULLY BOOKED9am - 10:30am
Tuesday 21 June 202212pm - 1:30pm
Thursday 7 July 20225:30pm - 7pm

Supporting our Supervisors

These optional workshops are intended to provide opportunities for HDR advisors to develop their practice within a community of peers. Off campus attendance is facilitated by a zoom link. An email invitation is issued to advisors via the Graduate Research School.

  • Each workshop includes a 30 minute presentation of case studies and resources followed by a 30 minute practical session.
  • Participants will leave each session with resources they can use when meeting with HDR candidates.
  • During sessions participants are encouraged to work with other advisors to share practices and build networks.
  • Topics will range from advice on use of resources and services, consideration of practices and introduction to new models of advising.
  • Invitations will be sent to all staff when sessions are available, currently only via Zoom.

Hear about data storage plans and IP agreement considerations that may inform work with your HDR Candidates and their projects. Panel members with expertise in data and IP management will join experienced advisors to discuss ways of ensuring the plans and agreements support and enable the research process.

When: Monday 7 February 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT) via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Find out how to work with the library to support your candidates in scoping projects in order to support development of literature reviews. Hear about different types of reviews and resources and the ways your librarian can support you and your candidates’ progress literature reviews.

When: Tuesday 15 March at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT) via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Engage in discussion with experienced advisors on the challenges and opportunities in preparing candidates for completion. Topics covered may include: finalising the thesis, considering transition to work, and progressing research engagement.

When: Wednesday 13 April 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Every research project has its challenges, and experience tells us contingency planning is essential. Hear from some experienced supervisors about how they approach the task and take time to share your approach to addressing HDR student project challenges.

When: Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

It takes a village to transform a HDR students into an independent researcher.  Here from experience supervisors’ roles they have placed in engaging students with peers as well as disciplinary, institutional and professional networks to enable their development.

When: Thursday 14 July at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Part of being an HDR advisor is nominating examiners and also being an examiner for HDR candidates at other universities. Learn strategies for making a good selection for your students and what it takes to be a good examiner.

When: Monday 8 August 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Universities and research institutes continue to be encouraged to engage with industry and ensure that HDR candidates are prepared for careers beyond the academy.  Industry engaged HDR projects is one way to respond to this priority. Advisors with experiences of engagement tell us the good, the bad and the unexpected

When: Tuesday 13 September 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

How do you set up internships and mentorships for your ECRs and HDRs? Learn more from those that have the connections and have done it before. Experienced advisors share what they have learnt and advise how to prioritise and frame this work in the context of your career.

When: Wednesday 12 October 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Hear from award winning advisors from 2022 about what they have learnt.

When: Thursday 1 December 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom

Register to attend here.

Postdoc Training

Presenter: Dr. Kerstin Fritsches

Kerstin is a former research fellow who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on external grant and contract funding, with first-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc affairs and career development. A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found Postdoc Training in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by delivering support tailored specifically for PhD students and postdocs. Postdoc Training delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide, and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Australia and Europe.

‘Take Charge of your Career’ will equip researchers at JCU to be strategic, proactive and effective in planning and developing a career from a base in academic research. The programme will progress from mapping individual career paths based on strengths and preferences, to identifying ‘what’s out there‘, and examining how to build the contacts and capabilities to pursue target options successfully. The workshop will also provide practical advice on how early stage researchers should market themselves, establish networks and develop transferrable skills suited to specific career choices, whether within or outside academia.

Desired learning outcomes: Establish principles, build awareness and provide strategies and tools to enable participants to take effective charge of their own career development. Participants completing the workshop will leave with a clear understanding of how to plan, pursue and develop their preferred career paths. The programme will also create a platform for peer mentoring relationships among participants beyond the workshop.

Target Audience and format: The workshop is designed for mainly early career researchers at different levels of experience. Using the Zoom platform the sessions will be held over 2 half days and contain short presentations alternating with individual exercises and small group discussions via virtual break-out rooms. In preparation for the workshop, registered participants will be asked to complete a short survey on their career aspirations and challenges. This will help Postdoc Training further refine the presentation and guide discussions during the workshop. Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous.

Day 1: 2022 TBC - 'Why and how to plan your career'

from 10:45am AEST

Zoom room opens, please connect a few minutes early for an 11:00am start

11:00 - 11:30am AEST

Introduction and overview of the day
Context: the employment market for researchers and what it means for you

11:30 - 1:00pm AEST

Session 1 - Aim: Know your strengths, know your options

  • Preface: taking charge of your career
  • Exercise Theme A: Capabilities and preferences
  • Exercises Theme B: Exploring your choices

1:00 - 1:15pm AEST

E-tea / coffee break

1:15 - 2:30pm AEST

Session 2 - Aim: Create your career plan

  • Preface: the art of ‘bringing the future into the present’
  • Exercises Theme C: Mapping your career
2:30 - 3:00pm AEST Optional post-workshop Q&A

Day 2: 2022 TBC - 'How to implement your plans'

from 10:45am AEST

Zoom room opens, please connect a few minutes early for an 11:00am start

11:00 - 12:45pm AEST

Session 3 - Aim:  Build your networks, develop your profile

  • Exercises Theme D: Define and strengthen your networks
  • Presentation: how to market yourself and create linkages that get you ahead

12:45 - 1:00pm AEST

E-tea / coffee break

1:00 - 2:10pm AEST

Session 4 - Aim: Develop and sell the skills that win you jobs

  • Preface: Skills and track record requirements for positions in academia, government and industry
  • Exercises Theme E: How to capitalise on transferrable skills
2:10 - 2:30pm AEST Mastermind exercise and clothing
2:30 - 3:00pm AEST Optional post-workshop Q&A

Register your interest via the online form.

Limited places available.

To succeed long term in a highly competitive environment, it is essential that early career researchers develop effective working habits. This 3-hour workshop provides practical advice to help researchers increase productivity by enhancing their current time management practices. The session will tackle common challenges such as prioritising constructively, making time for writing, managing interruptions and effectively running multiple projects at the same time. The highly interactive format of the event ensures that participants leave the session with practical tools and ideas that suit their own working styles and circumstances.

When: 2022 TBC 1 at 11am via Zoom

Register via the online form

Limited places available.

Higher Degree by Research Advisor Organisation

This organisation in LearnJCU contains a range of resources and development opportunities. Modules support advisor registration requirements as detailed in Becoming an Advisor. Events and Resources are drawn from JCU Professional Development Events. Workshop materials are to support you in providing advisor events.

This course contains 9 modules with 8 quizzes and a range of portfolio activities to meet registration requirements.

Epigeum is a UK based publisher of online courses designed to transform the way in which universities and colleges support their core activities of research, teaching and learning.


  1. Introduction: the research higher degree context
  2. Attracting and selecting HDR applicants
  3. Approaching Supervision
  4. Setting your candidate on the right course
  5. Managing Progress
  6. Expectations and preparing for examination
  7. Issues in advising research candidates
  8. Continuing your advisory development
  9. Conclusion: Practise scenarios and full program resources

Written tasks and resources are available here for advisors wishing to elevate from Secondary to Primary; Primary to Primary Advanced and Advisor Mentor.

The material provided will support experienced advisors, approved by their College ADRE, to Chair HDR milestone committees.

Every 4 years advisors can confirm their continuing engagement with JCU's research education culture by completing a short quiz.

Here you will find information and resources about events to support advisor development

A series of materials to inform the individual advisor or to inform an HDR advisor workshop or seminar presentation.

If you have not previously accessed the organisation please email providing your JC number to be added.

  • Open the link to LearnJCU
  • Click on Organisation in the side menu bar

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  • Click on the Higher Degree by Research Advisors icon or title

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Qualitative Research - Professor David Silverman

Professor David Silverman is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College, London, Visiting Professor in the Management Department at King's College, University of London and the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney as well as Adjunct Professor at QUT, Faculty of Education. He has authored 15 books and 45 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis. He has supervised over 30 successful PhD students, three of whom are now full Professors.

Professor David Silverman will be presenting this workshop on qualitative research.

Qualitative research is often regarded as the poor relation of quantitative research: less rigorous and less credible. For instance, in managing the Covid 19 epidemic, governments have largely turned to research which can be expressed in numbers.

To some extent this is understandable. We live in a world where numbers talk. On the other hand, qualitative researchers have not helped themselves by research frequently based on a few interviews with conclusions derived from telling examples rather than detailed analysis of whole datasets.

By contrast, David suggests that qualitative researchers are more likely to convince policymakers and practitioners when they employ rigorous data analysis to study behavior using naturalistic data. Rather than compete with quantitative researchers, this means our work can be complementary to them, studying phenomena unavailable to quantitative methods. David uses some examples from his own research on healthcare settings to illustrate his argument.

David concludes by drawing out some implications for PhD students and early career researchers. He will show how to avoid two dangerous orthodoxies about research and recommend, where possible, delaying consideration of practical relevance until the conclusion of a research project rather than beginning with a set of pre-defined policy aims.

When: 2022 TBC

Register to attend here.

Thinkwell Workshops

Suitable for HDR Advisors, Academics, Researchers and ECRs

Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns have worked as an award winning team for the past fifteen years. They are well known as leading practitioners and researchers in cognitive behavioural coaching. As well as publishing ten books that have sold many thousands of copies, they are regular contributors to Australian media, including a popular segment on ABC radio.

Their particular expertise is in working with high performers and they have a long history of providing specialist services to the medical and academic professions.

For more information visit the Thinkwell website.

Workshops will be scheduled in 2022 during the following weeks:

  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 July 2022 - presented by Hugh Kearns via Zoom
  • Monday 21 to Friday 25 November 2022 - presented by Maria Gardiner via Zoom

Register for these workshops here.

** HDR Candidates must register for Thinkwell workshops via CareerHub, more information here.

This masterclass is aimed at experienced supervisors. It will look at how to help both the supervisor and the student get the most out of the post-graduate research experience. It draws on the facilitator's experience of working with thousands of research students and research supervisors across the world and there is also the opportunity for supervisors to share their experiences of what works and what doesn't.

It will cover issues such as:

  • Dealing with different types of students
  • Getting students to write
  • Getting students to show you their writing
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Students who write too much
  • Students for whom English is not their first language
  • Motivating stalled students
  • Problem situations
Monday 18 July 2022 at 1pm - 3pm AESTZoom

No matter how well you prepare for your presentation, the part that freaks out most researchers is question time.

  • What if there are no questions?
  • What if they ask really tricky questions that I can’t answer?
  • Worse, what if they ask really easy questions that I can’t answer?
  • What do I do if I don’t know the answer?
  • What do I do if I can’t understand the question?

Fortunately, you can prepare for question time. You can predict and get ready for most of the obvious questions. And you can learn strategies to deal with the others.

  • Topics will include:
  • Preparing for questions
  • Inviting questions
  • Dealing with tricky questions
  • What to do if you don’t know
  • Coping with the anxiety
  • Lists of typical questions
  • Asking questions
Tuesday 19 July 2022 at 9:30am - 11:30am AESTZoom

As a busy academic do you feel like you never have enough time to get to your research, particularly the writing part? And that other things like students, administration, committees, emails, project management etc demand all your time? This workshop shows you how to guarantee you spend high quality time on your research outputs. It covers prioritising, goal setting and managing competing demands in a university context. If you want to increase your research output without compromising your work/life balance, then this workshop is for you. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.

This workshop will show you how to:

  • take control of your time
  • prioritise
  • stop procrastinating and stay motivated
  • avoid distractions
  • say NO (and understand why it is so hard to do so)
  • balance competing demands
  • manage email and paperwork
  • work the slightly less hard way
  • think more realistically about your research productivity
Wednesday 20 July 2022 at 9:30am - 12pm AESTZoom

Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

This workshop will help you to understand:

  • why it's hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work
Thursday 21 July 2022 at 9:30am - 12pm AESTZoom

Working in research is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. The excitement of working on something you care about, exploring new ideas and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your research career you will experience times when things aren’t going so well. This workshop draws on evidence-based strategies to help YOU stay well during your research career.

Topics will include:

  • Managing the workload
  • Resilience and finding a balance
  • Learning how to switch off
  • Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
  • Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
  • Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
  • Procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing
  • Disagreements with supervisors and other colleagues
  • Support for more serious mental health issues
  • Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling
Thursday 21 July 2022 at 1pm - 3pm AESTZoom

Many graduate students cite getting and dealing with feedback from their supervisors as one of the most frustrating areas of candidature. Feedback is essential to help the student make progress in their and improve the quality of their outputs. So what can you, as a supervisor, do to ensure they get the feedback they need?

This workshop is for any research supervisor. It covers:

  • The benefits of positive feedback
  • The different types of feedback
  • Varying your type of feedback depending on the candidate's stage
  • Formats: hard copy, track changes, audio, face to face
  • How to provide criticism without crushing the recipient
  • Turnaround time: How long is too long for response time
  • A few pages or a whole chapter
  • When the writing/grammar/expression is bad
  • When they don't listen to your feedback
Friday 22 July 2022 at 9:30am to 11:30am AESTZoom

Other Events

2022 TBC