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 workshops run by zoom with 20 – 25 participants, and 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.
** This session will open for registrations when the previous session is full.
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.
For advisors looking to identify possible applicants, and support quality applicants through the admission processes. During the session we will clarify the requirements, and related procedures for MPhil and Doctoral applicants. We will also consider scholarship opportunities beyond the JCU Scholarship round.
When: Monday 15 March 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT) via Zoom
For advisors looking to support candidates through the milestone processes. During the session we will clarify the written and presentation requirements, and related procedures. The requirements for MPhil and Doctoral candidates will be considered, as well as strategies for ensuring candidates can meet requirements in a timely way.
When: Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT) via Zoom
For advisors preparing to work with candidates who may need support in framing their research or research skills to ensure successful and timely completion. Questions considered will include: How do you evaluate if progress is sufficient? How do you guide candidates struggling to realise their research expectations?
When: Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom
For advisors looking to support candidates develop a structure and then write a thesis through candidature. During the session we will clarify the requirements for MPhil and Doctoral candidates. We will consider scoping the topic and challenges in critical writing and building a rigorous argument.
When: Thursday 17 June 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom
For advisors working with candidates undertaking practice-led research. We will consider the role of professional and/or artistic practice on the structure of the thesis, and strategies to support development of an exegetical component. The requirements for MPhil and PhD and appropriate scoping and planning to support timely completion will be considered.
When: Friday 13 August 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom
For advisors working to ensure papers are published during candidature. We will consider the JCU thesis requirements, authorship and selection of suitable journals. Share strategies to support candidates in meeting requirements for MPhil and PhD awards, while maintaining timely progress to completion.
When: Monday 16 August 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom
During this session you will be introduced to some collaborative practices that can support you build your advisory capacity. We will explore how that capacity may build over your career before leaving time to explore what those practices and mean for you and your career.
When: Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST / 10:00am - 11:00am SGT via Zoom
Come and celebrate JCU’s latest Primary Advisor of the Year. Join us to hear from Professor Morgan Pratchett, JCU’s 2021 Primary HDR Advisor of the Year. Morgan has amassed many HDR supervisory completions as well as maintaining a high publication and research output. Today we invite him to focus on his advisory practices and hear his views on being an advisor at JCU and the role advising plays in building a successful academic career.
Morgan has broad interests in population and community ecology of coral reef organisms, especially corals and fishes. His current research focuses on major disturbances that impact coral reef ecosystems, with a view to understanding differential responses and vulnerabilities among coral reef organisms.
Morgan has written many papers describing direct and indirect effects of coral bleaching and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, considering impacts on both coral assemblages and associated assemblages of coral reef fishes. He has also conducted extensive research on the biology and ecology of coral reef butterflyfishes.
When: Tuesday 9 November 2021 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: Thursday 2 September 2021 - '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: Friday 3 September 2021 - '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.
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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.
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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: Monday 20 September at 6:30pm to 8:00pm AEST / 4:30pm to 6:00pm SGT via Zoom
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.
The 2021 program will be run in the weeks beginning Monday 19 July and Monday 22 November.
In person, you may have given presentations, possibly to a class or your peers, perhaps a confirmation seminar, a mid-candidature review, or maybe even a conference presentation. However, presenting on-line is a whole different consideration. How do you continue to present effectively, when most times, you cannot see or hear your audience. You still need to engage them and gain their participation. You need to communicate skilfully and with conviction as well as maintain their attention when they have a myriad of tempting distractions.
This workshop will cover:
Knowing your key message and making it relevant to your audience
Preparing materials specifically for an on-line environment
How to structure and link parts of your talk
How to engage your audience and keep their attention throughout your presentation
Using your webcam, what can your audience see
Knowing the other tools available and when to use them
How to handle questions
Dealing with nervousness
Presenting yourself effectively
And it will be interactive and fun!
Who is it for: Anyone who has to present at a conference or give a seminar or a lecture on their area of expertise.
When: Monday 19 July 2021 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm AEST / 11:30am - 1:30pm SGT
Thirty years of the best research in psychology has shown that it is possible to change habits and behaviours that can get in the way of us achieving our full potential. It is possible to change the beliefs that underpin our behaviours and consequently our successes . Despite there being an incontrovertible evidence base for how to improve our thinking and therefore our behaviours, the skills required to do this are not readily available to those wanting to maximise their performance. And this is certainly not available to those who work in universities. This unique workshop will bring you the latest research and practice in cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) and show you have to apply it to your everyday life.
This workshop is an excellent one to do if you have already attended other ThinkWell courses, although it will still be useful for those who are attending for the first time.
In this workshop you will:
Find out what CBC is
Understand the fundamental thinking errors that reduce our performance
Discover how we can use CBC to improve our performance
Develop the skills you need to use it for yourself
Explore other things that CBC is good for – confidence, resilience, work/life balance, good mental health and more!
Who is it for: Suitable for researchers and research students.
When: Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 1:30pm - 4pm AEST / 11:30am - 2pm SGT
Is there something about the PhD (and HDR) that increases the chances of mental health issues? Of course some PhD candidates bring mental health issues into their PhD with them but are the way we structure it (or don’t structure it) and support them (or don’t support them) also factors. It’s always easy to blame the victim but perhaps we’re doing things (often unwittingly) to make it worse?
Hugh Kearns works with thousands of research students all over the world. They often confide in him about the struggles and strains of the experience. They tell him things they would never tell their supervisor or anyone in authority at their university. And some themes do emerge.
In this session Hugh will describe some of these themes and then discuss how deans of graduate schools, researcher developers and support staff can assist in enabling mental health for research degree student.
Presented by Hugh Kearns from Thinkwell. Hugh has worked with thousands of academic all over the world for the past 25 years. He draws on this experience and his background in psychology to provide this practical workshop on how to stay well during your academic career.
Suitable for Deans, ADRE’s, HDR Advisors, Research Developers and Research Education Support staff.
When: Thursday 22 July 2021 at 2pm - 4pm AEST / 12pm - 2pm SGT
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
Suitable for post-docs, early career researchers and mid-career researchers who want to explore ways to stay well during their research career.
When: Friday 23 July 2021 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm AEST / 11:30am - 1:30pm SGT
Would you like to know the secret to high output, high quality, scholarly writing? In academia, because writing is such a big part of what you do, it is often assumed that it comes naturally. However, for most academics, it can be a hit and miss activity, with some days (weeks or even months!) being hard to get started. And when you do get started you might sit there for hours and not produce many words. Finally, when the words are on the page, you may wonder why you bothered since what you have written isn’t very good.
This workshop draws on the overwhelming body of research (and experience with thousands of writers). This research shows that there are very clear and practical evidence-based strategies that can greatly increase your writing quality and quantity. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.
This workshop will help you to understand:
why it can be hard to get started
how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
the principles of quick starting
why snack writing is generally more productive than binge writing
how to deal with the internal committee that slows down writing
how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
how to greatly double (or more) the number of actual words you produce
how to clarify your thinking and improve the quality of your work
Who is it for: Researchers and research students
When: Monday 22 November 2021 at 2pm to 4:30pm AEST / 12pm to 2:30pm SGT via Zoom
Do you know the single most important thing that determines the quality of a piece of academic writing? You might think it is the data that you have. Or perhaps it is the literature on which you base your research question. Maybe it is the theory you choose. While all these things are important, none of them is as important as the narrative that you construct in your writing.
This workshop will show you why narrative is so important and how to construct a narrative. There will be demonstrations of creating a narrative and opportunity to practice creating your own narrative for either a part of your work or your whole work.
In this workshop you will learn:
why narrative is so important
where you will find the narrative
the power of the 10 year old, and if that doesn’t work, the border collie
how language gets in the way of narrative
how to recognise narrative in others work
how to write the narrative of your own piece of work
Who is it for: Researchers, Academics and HDR candidates at any stage of their candidature
When: Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 10am to 12:30pm AEST / 8am to 10:30am SGT via Zoom
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 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
The importance of feedback on the narrative
Varying your type of feedback depending on the candidate's stage
How to provide criticism without crushing the recipient
A few pages or a whole chapter
When they don't listen to your feedback
How to make your life easier and at the same time make your student happier (and learn better!)
Who is it for: HDR Advisors
When: Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm AEST / 12:30pm to 2:30pm SGT via Zoom
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
Who is it for: Academic/research staff wishing to increase their research output.
When: Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 10am to 12:30pm AEST / 8am to 10:30am SGT via Zoom
It's tempting to think that if you are clever and work hard then people will notice and shower you with rewards. Tempting, but probably not true. As well as being clever and working hard you also need to be able to promote yourself. In this workshop you will learn strategies for: putting yourself out there, asking for what you want, taking responsibility – not waiting for it to happen, developing your one minute pitch and presenting yourself effectively for promotions, grants, awards
This workshop will look at:
Asking for what you want
Why waiting isn’t enough
Why it is hard to self promote (and why you need to)
Using convincing language
Developing a convincing pitch
Media and other methods to communicate
Who is it for: Academics and Researchers
When: Thursday 25 November 2021 at 10am to 12:30pm AEST / 8am to 10:30am SGT via Zoom
It is sometimes called the curse of the high performer. How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat". Academia is full of high performers and even more full of situations that might make you feel like a fraud (ever heard of reviewer 2?!).
The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes.
At the end of this session you will:
know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
understand what situations provoke feelings of being an imposter
be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings
Who is it for: Academics, researchers and HDR candidates
When: Thursday 25 November 2021 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm AEST / 12:30pm to 2:30pm SGT via Zoom
Please join us for an informal and interactive information session to learn more about Rhodes Scholarships, the world’s oldest and arguably most prestigious international scholarship program.
The Rhodes Trust funds over 100 scholars annually, providing opportunities for outstanding all-round students to study at the University of Oxford. Scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. Each year nine Australian Rhodes Scholars are chosen: one for each state, and another three from 'Australia-at-Large’. These Scholars join a worldwide community of Rhodes Scholars and a tradition in Australia that started in 1903.
Applications for the 2022 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship open on 1 July 2021 and close on 10 September 2021.
The Queensland Rhodes State Secretary and former Rhodes Scholar Professor Stan Hurn will host the information session with guess speaker Rhodes Network member Associate Professor Jan Strugnell, JCU Marine & Aquaculture Sciences on 1 June 2021 and interested students are encouraged to register here.
When: Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT)
Where: Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus – 25-001 and Zoom
Meet three researchers presenting on their Higher Education Research. Each will present for 10 minutes on their current research work and focus.
Professor Liz Spencer
Head of Law,College of Business, Law & Governance
Topic - Progressing women’s participation in higher education
Liz holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Biology from Trinity College, Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona and Ph.D. from Bond University.
Dr Ailie McDowall
Coordinator, Indigenous Education and Research Centre
Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) Program
Topic- Indigenous Higher Degree Research Support
Ailie is an education and Indigenous Studies academic. She is currently teaching undergraduate and postgraduate coursework, and coordinates the Indigenous Education and Research Centre’s Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) program.
Associate Professor Meryl Churchill
Cohort Doctoral Studies program, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine
Topic -The effect of a Cohort program on PhD student publishing and progress
Meryl has over twenty years of experience working as a teaching and research academic across different disciplines. She is currently based in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine where she works for the Cohort Doctoral Studies Program. Her current research focuses on improving the postgraduate research student experience and outcomes.
After the three 10 minute presentations join a breakout group to meet one of the three researchers and share information and ideas.
Participants from other universities are encouraged and consider nominating to run a similar event at their university, so that the network can be sustained, with events held every two months over the year.
When: Thursday 10 June 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST (10:00am - 11:00am SGT) via Zoom