Below you'll find information about our targeted training and professional development programs offered to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates.
All JCU HDR candidates must complete Compulsory Components, which are outlined in the Professional Development Program (see link below). In addition, PhD candidates must also complete Elective Components based on their professional development needs. Please refer to the RD7003 Professional Development subject guide.
Conditional Components are required for some HDR candidates, including international candidates who must complete the Skills for International Postgraduates (SKIP) program during their first 12 months of candidature. Please see link below.
HDR candidates are expected to undertake a program of transferable professional skills training as part of their degree program. Each candidate should complete the HDR Professional Development Audit and Plan in collaboration with their Advisory Panel as soon as possible after commencement of candidature to reflect their research training needs and career aspirations. The Professional Development Program is a JCU funded training and skills development program that includes compulsory components for all HDR candidates in response to the HDR Confirmation of Candidature degree milestone. PhD candidates are also required to undertake elective components during the first half of their candidature. The Professional Development Program handbook provides a one-stop reference for advice relating to workshops, modules and other activities that are offered by the Graduate Research School. HDR candidates should ensure that they are familiar with the Handbook when planning their professional development program.
For more information visit the 2017 Professional Development Program webpage.
SKIP is compulsory for international Higher Degree by Research candidates during their first year of candidature and runs twice a year in both Townsville and Cairns. In Townsville the course involves a three-hour seminar each week for six weeks, followed by an extended consolidated workshop. In Cairns the course is run as a monthly intensive over two months, generally at the end of the month, plus two additional workshops on critical thinking and writing for journals, then an extended consolidated workshop at the end of the year. All international HDR candidates are entitled to up to three hours of one-on-one thesis editing assistance from the SKIP convenor each year. If students require additional editing assistance, this may be arranged for them with an external provider at a cost to be negotiated. To successfully complete SKIP, students are expected to provide a sample of their work (such as a research proposal or literature review) for appraisal and participate in a presentation during the SKIP Student Conference (usually a rehearsal of the Confirmation of Candidature seminar). During 2017 in Singapore, SKIP will be taught as a one-week intensive during June.
For more information visit the SKIP Webpage.
A postgraduate research degree is awarded not just for the results of the work, but also for the quality of the thinking and writing expressed in the thesis. In 2017, the Academic & Thesis Writing Workshops series will consist of six one-hour workshops that will offer practical tips and strategies to produce a coherent, logical and articulate thesis. The ATWW series is run twice each year and is open to all JCU postgraduate and Honours students, as well as staff. Note that individual editing assistance cannot be offered through this series.
For more information visit the Academic & Thesis Writing Workshops page.
The Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA) is an academic writing test that is designed to gauge the academic writing abilities of research degree candidates who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). Research suggests that international EAL research candidates often encounter diverse and greater challenges in their postgraduate research experience than their native English speaking counterparts, particularly in developing their academic writing skills in English to meet the demands of thesis writing. Inadequate English skills put research candidates at risk of delayed or non-completion, or of significant stresses and obstacles throughout candidature. The PELA is designed to pick up on these potential problems early, and put in place effective measures to avoid complications later. JCU is committed to offering targeted and practical support to EAL research candidates, and PELA is part of this process. The test is free, and compulsory for certain international research candidates.
For more information visit the PELA page.
The Graduate Research School provides one-day workshops for aspiring advisors of Higher Degree by Research candidates as well as refresher courses (Advanced Advisor Training) for experienced advisors who wish to update their knowledge of JCU research supervision policy and procedures. For more information visit the HDR Advisors page.
The JCU Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Professional Development Program is designed to assist new JCU academics to become independent, productive and competitive researchers. A comprehensive range of workshops, seminars and courses are available. Download the 2016 ECR Professional Development Program Handbook for more information.
To register for ECR training please complete the online registration form.
|Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2017 (includes Advisor Training on Monday 10 July)||JCU Halls of Residence Conference Centre|
|Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017 (includes Advisor Training on Monday 27 November)||TBC|