What we learnt at GradFest

This week was GradFest. Each session brings a new perspective and helpful information for postgraduates at all stages of study, and the June programme provided awesome opportunities for learning and sharing.

Those of us making research ethics applications to the ethics committee learned several useful tips from Professor Jane Maidment. She discussed how thinking about ethics should happen throughout the project, not just at the beginning. She also reviewed common oversights and how and why to use simple language because the committee includes people from a range of expertise areas.

In another session on preparing for the PhD oral exam, Professor Bryce Williamson clearly outlined the process and gave us points to consider when reviewing examiners’ feedback. He reminded us that it is their job to be critical and we need to be confident but not defensive.

Associate Professor Tammy Steeves introduced us to the Kindness in Science initiative that is working towards fostering diversity, respect, and inclusiveness in the science community. She gave us ample opportunity to discuss what kindness means with fellow postgrads and think about how to build kindness into other disciplines. We left feeling encouraged and hopeful that change is indeed possible.

Look out for the next GradFest happening in November.

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