Category Archives: Postgraduate study

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.

The Academic Skills Centre run workshops to help postgrad students throughout the year, see what’s on>

Introductory Data Analysis Workshop Using R

The Statistical Consulting Unit is having another run of its popular ‘Data Analysis Using R’ workshops.

The workshops are free and primarily directed at postgraduate students and members of staff, who need to improve their data analytic skills.

The next Introductory Data Analysis Workshop will take place on Wed-Thu 18-19 July, 2018 (10am-4pm), and will cover fundamental statistical concepts, such as sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, p-values and confidence intervals, as well as introduce linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). No prior knowledge of R is required.

To register or for further information, please write to Daniel Gerhard at

GradFest – it’s for postgrad students

Autumn Gradfest is 11 – 15 June and features a variety of sessions to help you on the thesis journey. You will also have opportunities to meet other postgrad students during the breaks and at the welcome social and showcase awards.

Many of the sessions are designed to give you practical tips about different aspects of the research and writing process. For example, you can learn more about note-taking and writing your literature review.

When you need to read and understand large amounts of material, it’s important to make the best use of your time. At GradFest you can also learn how technology can help you stay up-to-date and be more efficient.

Other sessions are focused on careers and cultural communication. These can help prepare you for applying and interviewing for jobs, as well as interacting with people from different backgrounds. There is also a new session where postgrad students discuss what helped them the most during their studies.

Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your thesis, there is something you’ll find helpful at Gradfest.

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