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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Introduction: the research higher degree context
Attracting and selecting HDR applicants
Setting your candidate on the right course
Expectations and preparing for examination
Issues in advising research candidates
Continuing your advisory development
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.
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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.
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.
** 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
Monday 18 July 2022 at 1pm - 3pm AEST
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
Dealing with tricky questions
What to do if you don’t know
Coping with the anxiety
Lists of typical questions
Tuesday 19 July 2022 at 9:30am - 11:30am AEST
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
stop procrastinating and stay motivated
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 AEST
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 AEST
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 AEST
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