Higher Degree Research Office Newsletter
Macquarie University
HDR Support & Development
Fostering critical, reflexive practice in research training
2019: Research Resolutions
Message from the Dean, HDR - Prof. Nick Mansfield
The New Year is often a time of renewed energy where you're looking around for new ideas and opportunities. It's a good time to have a think about which programs and resources the university offers might help you. Many are outlined in this newsletter.

Attending workshops and seminars does take time out of your research but they also inspire you and give you skills that will help you target your goals more clearly and plan your progress better. It's definitely a case of doing more now can make for less work in the long run! Besides, they also offer social opportunities and the kind of accidental advice or information that can alert you to new horizons for your work.

Get engaged and connected in 2019!
2019 Semester One Dean's Welcome

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Invitations for the 2019 Dean's Welcome have now been issued to all new Bachelor of Philosophy, Master of Research, and PhD candidates via their student emails.

The Dean's Welcome is for new HDR candidates to Macquarie, and is an opportunity to learn about the HDR environment, MQ community, and the resources and opportunities available throughout your time here. Meet the HDR Support & Development team, and network with both peers and HDR university staff.

The Semester One Dean's Welcome is to be held on Thursday 14 February, and registrations are essential. If you are a new HDR candidate at Macquarie, and have not received your invitation, please contact [email protected]
Sharing ideas - Angela Rooke, University of Waterloo, Canada
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Angela Rooke with the HDR Support & Development team

On 14 December 2018, we welcomed Angela Rooke, Manager of Professional Skills and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Waterloo in Canada, to Macquarie University. Angela was travelling to Australia to learn about partner institutions’ programming and practices that promote a vibrant doctoral student experience. We were very glad that Macquarie University was one of six Australian institutions Angela chose to visit.

The University of Waterloo has for 27 years running been named Canada’s most innovative university, so you can imagine how eager we were to learn from and share information with Angela about high-impact practices and programs that enhance the doctoral student experience.

As a team, we shared with Angela the range of resources we have developed for Macquarie’s HDR candidates through our learning skills, professional skills, industry engagement, and mentoring programs. In turn, we learned a great deal from Angela on the many exciting and creative events her team organises at Waterloo – like visualising your thesis (which they call ‘Grad Flix’), or where candidates from different disciplines debate a topic or theme from their research perspectives (‘Grad Talks’) – events and activities we hope to adopt in the days to come, so stay tuned!
Resolve to sharpen your skills in 2019
HDR Learning Skills is here to help!

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The beginning of the year is a great time to conduct a personal skills audit to identify what training you need and to plan when you should take it.

No doubt you’ve seen HDR Learning Skills courses on the myRDC that you may have questions about. What’s the difference between the Science, Social Science and Humanities Research Writing Courses? When should I take the Thesis Formatting Workshop: at the beginning or end of my degree? Will practising Mindfulness benefit my research?

Should I take the NVivo workshop before or after I’ve collected my data? What if I’m off-campus during business hours: are there other ways I can access the training? Can I get advance notice of new courses? Do they cost anything? Can I take a workshop multiple times throughout my degree?

Or perhaps you have a specific need like writing for publication but are at a loss how best to meet it: go on an HDR Writing Retreat, see a Peer Writing Assistant, join a Research Writing Group, or take a research writing course???

Wonder no more! Just contact your HDR Learning Advisor who can help tailor a 2019 skills development plan just for you. And if we don’t currently offer a course to meet your specific need, we will do our best to find one for you.
Join the HDR Mentors at the 2019 Welcome
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In 2019, HDR Mentors will continue to bring our HDR community together, making the HDR research journey more engaging and memorable. Our enthusiastic and friendly mentors can’t wait to share their experiences and provide peer-to-peer support. Together we can normalise the ups and downs of the research journey and build a stronger HDR community.

We strive to enrich your HDR experience with events and activities. We provide support across BPhil, MRes and PhD programs by offering Peer Writing Assistance, monthly meet up sessions, academic events relating to thesis submission, presentation and communications skills development, as well as social events and outreach activities. We also work closely with other HDR support services including the HDR Learning Skills, HDR Professional Skills and Campus Wellbeing to ensure the best peer support for you!

We’re kicking the year off with a “Welcome Lunch” for all new HDR candidates. Please keep an eye on your inbox for the invitation from HDR Mentors!
Want to connect with us or to know more about us, please email us at:  [email protected] or visit our website: HDR Mentors Connect with us via Facebook and Twitter.

HDR Mentors wishes you a new year filled with happiness and new inspiration!
PhD Career Development - Dr. Alexandre Lehmann, McGill University, Canada
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How to plan when we don't know what's around the corner

During February Dr. Alexandre Lehmann will be a guest of Cochlear. Alexandre is located within the Centre for Research on Brain Language and Music (CRBLM) at McGill University and has a strong interest in building the career development capabilities and employability of HDR candidates - Master of Research & PhD.

Alexandre has delivered a number of workshops for PhD candidates focussing on career development and employability in Canada and the USA and was also one of the advisors on the Canadian PhD TRaCE project T = Track, R = Report and C = Connect, E = Exchange (knowledge and knowhow).

Alexandre has kindly offered to deliver a one hour lecture with Q&A for Macquarie University HDR candidates under the auspices of the HDR Professional Development program. ( The date and venue are currently being negotiated and the details will be added to MyRDC as soon as possible)

Where does a PhD take you in 2019? (1h lecture) Apart from the 20% who become academic professors/researchers, what do the majority of PhDs actually end up doing? What are the competencies acquired by PhDs and how do they align with job market needs? We will address these questions by presenting the results of quantitative and qualitative research studies that were conducted on over 5000 PhDs. Based on expertise in training and hiring PhDs in North America and Europe, we will discuss how this impacts best practices for PhD career management in the twenty-first century.

APR Intern Pilot Scheme -  $5.5k Grants for Academic Supervisors
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Do you have relationships with external organisations? Would they like to work more closely with PhD candidates at Macquarie University?

APR Intern are delivering a pilot internship scheme focused on existing university relationships with external organisations. Organisations can receive a 50% government funded rebate on internship costs and academic supervisors who assist in the development of the internship project with the partner can avail of a grant of $5.5k. More information for academic supervisors on the program is available here.

ARC LINKAGE GRANTS The Australian Research Council (ARC) counts APR.Intern internships as a track record for ARC Linkage Grants. An internship can also assist in identifying potential ARC Linkage Grant projects after an internship has concluded.
The total cost of an APR.Intern project for an external organisation are laid out below:
* $3,000 per month is received by the student as a stipend for the duration of the internship
* $5,500 is paid to the Academic Mentor for their participation in the project
* $5,500 is paid to APR.Intern for administration of the internship and case-management

Staff and PhD candidates from any discipline are welcome to express interest in this pilot internship scheme.

PhD candidates can also apply to other internship opportunities regularly advertised on their website.
If you are interested in connecting PhD candidates and your industry contacts through this opportunity please contact Catherine Ennis, HDR Industry Engagement and Placements Manager, E:  [email protected]  T: 9850 7821.
The light shines on our first Research Supervision Associate Fellows
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Dr. Joel Fuller (Lecturer, Physiotherapy, Department of Health Professions) Dr Rae-Anne Hardie (Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research), Dr Emily Don (Lecturer –Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research, Department of Biomedical Sciences)

Joel Fuller, Emily Don and Rae-Ann Hardie share their experiences of the Research Supervision Associate Fellowship program …

The Associate Fellowship deepened the reflective practice about supervision, leading each of us to collect evidence and, engage with the literature around supervision practice.

The convenor, A/Prof Bill Ashraf’s passion for the Associate Fellowship program is evident and his one to one advice was extremely valuable. There was a real sense that Bill wanted us all to succeed and there was clear focus was on how we could help our candidates - not just a box ticking exercise - It was a valuable process to discover and share evidence as well as individual stories and the case studies helped in giving direction and to understand what good supervision practice looks like.

Emily Don said that - as scientists we recognise that training can be very focused on benchwork and producing papers and the Associate Fellowship helps build leadership skills and is a positive solution to creating the next generation of scientists who have technical and people skills. We can set the example as researchers and leaders with integrity.
Resourceful HDR Podcast
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The Macquarie University HDR Professional Development team have created the ResourcefulHDR podcast to explore experiences of HDR (Master of Research & PhD) candidates, academic supervisors, Early Career Researchers, other staff in the HDR ecosystem  as well as Macquarie University HDR alumni and employers in a range of sectors.You will hear different perspectives, learn from insights, steal some strategies and discover the different career paths that HDR (Master of Research & PhD) candidates and graduates, have followed.

Important aspects of resourcefulness include being able to draw from knowledge and experiences, learn from others as well as being brave enough to ask for help and generous enough provide it, when needed.

If you are interested in being part of the ResourcefulHDR podcast or have some suggestions for themes and/or content please contact Sally Purcell E: [email protected] T: 0298508725

Listen to the ResourcefulHDR podcast Two episodes available, so far - Dr Agnes Bosanquet and Prof. Nick Mansfield

Twitter: @resourcefulHDR
Important Notices
The MQRF Showcase 

The MQRF Showcase will celebrate Macquarie University research talent supported by the Macquarie University Research Fellowship scheme.

Twelve current Macquarie University Research Fellows will present their research projects and participate in panel discussions discussing their experiences with the fellowship from application through to managing their programs of research since

The MQRF Showcase will be an opportunity to celebrate the high quality and diverse research supported by the Fellowship. It will also offer postgraduate students, ECRs, and potential supervisors of MQRFs extra insight into the process and the value of the scheme.

To register click on this link 

Key Thinkers Key Concepts panel discussion

The Faculty of Human Sciences will be running its 5th Key Thinkers Key Concepts panel discussion. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking, this event provides candidates and staff with opportunities to think across discipline boundaries. This year's topic is The Researcher and the Researched: Listening to researched voices in human sciences research.

Research is a complex interaction between the researcher and the 'researched' requiring a mindful balance between the needs of the researcher and research participants. Increasingly we are seeing shifts toward a greater 'voice' for research participants and stronger advocacy and inclusion of the 'vulnerable' researched person in our research agendas. In this panel discussion, we ask where is that human voice in research in the human sciences? How are research agendas shaped by including such voices? Importantly, what advantages or 'risks' does this hold for the research process and how might this shape the impact and outputs of research in the human sciences?

All welcome. The panel session will be held on February 7th 2019, Level 1 Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub from 10am-12 noon. Registration details can be found here: Key Thinkers Key Concepts

The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Supervision Fellowship: NEW Specialisation – Supervision in the Digital Age

The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Supervision Fellowship: NEW Specialisation – Supervision in the Digital Age
As part of our commitment to ‘support the candidate to develop digital literacies as part of their research training for real-world engagement’ from mid – February 2019, we will be offering opportunities – Associate Fellow (Training pathway) only – to be recognised as a specialist HDR Supervisor in the Digital Age.

If you would like to learn more, please email: Dr Bill Ashraf



APR.Intern is driving innovation through short-term 3 to 5 month PhD industry internships. A new Australian Government rebate is now available to all Australian businesses through the program. Through these internships, APR.Intern aims to support industry-based training of PhD research students, giving them the opportunity to apply their research skills in an industry setting.

If you or your academic supervisor are connected to an external organisation you may like to consider if they would be interested in hosting a student on an internship facilitated by APR.Intern and Macquarie University.

Internships from other organisations are regularly advertised on their website. Eligibility criteria for the internships can differ so please review individually.

If you would like any further information on the scheme at Macquarie University please email: Catherine Ennis, HDR Industry Engagement and Placements Manager [email protected]

HDR Statistical Consultancy Service

Just a reminder that you can access advice on all things statistic from the HDR Statistical Consultancy Service!

Associate Professor Peter Petocz from Macquarie’s Department of Statistics is happy to have a look at your data and analyses and to discuss with you what the numbers seem to be saying. You’re also welcome to bring your supervisor along to the consultation!

The HDR Statistical Consulting Service is available on Wednesdays 10am - 1pm in Room 609, 12 Wally’s Walk. Bookings are preferred (email Peter), or you can just turn up and wait to be seen.

Email  A/Prof Peter Petocz or call him on Wednesdays on 9850 9174.

Fulbright Future Scholarships: Information Session for Research and Study in the United States in 2020

About: The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages (postgraduate, postdoctoral, professional, associate and full professor). Awardees take part in a bi-lateral academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life in the United States of America, and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
A Fulbright Award is more than a Scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

Applications will be open from  4 February 2019 , closing on 15 July 2019. Applicants should be prepared to commence their program in the following U.S. academic year (between July and the following June – e.g. apply in 2019 to start after July 2020, before end June 2021). This workshop will describe the various scholarships on offer, the benefits of becoming a Fulbright Scholar, selection and eligibility criteria, and the application process.

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Time: 10:00-11:30
Location: Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Level 1, Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Tara Hawley (Australian-American Fulbright Commission) and Michael Donovan (Walanga Muru)
HDR:Behind the Scenes
Michelle Jamieson, HDR Learning Adviser, Faculty of Arts

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What has been your favourite project at MQ?
Last year I created a new course for HDR students called The Mindful Researcher, which brought together my interests in mindfulness practice and assisting research students in finding more balance, focus and joy in their work. It seems to have turned into a project without me realising it, and is giving life to offshoots including a meditation practice group and a blog. I'm excited to see where it goes.

Before working at MQ, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Restoring industrial antiques for a furniture designer/restorer (i.e. using an electric sander).

What is your motto or personal mantra?
Get interested in the life you have right now.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor. A PhD in Sociology counts, right?
Find all HDR Workshops Here
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The Actuator Start-up Masterclass: 1. Start-up 101
Thursday 10 February 2019, 10.00am-10:45am

The Actuator will be on campus to provide Masterclass workshops. Register for all three or individual sessions.

10 - 10.45am - Start-up 101 - Learn what the first steps are to turn your idea into a commercial product/service.
11 - 11.45am - Market Analysis and Due Diligence. 
12 - 12.45pm - How to Pitch
Light refreshments will be provided.More information on sessions to follow.
You will need to register for each session that you wish to attend 

Register: Start-up101, Market Analysis, How to Pitch

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2019 PGRF Grant Writing Workshop
Friday 15 February, 10:00am-12:00pm

Macquarie University Higher Degree Research candidates are able to apply for funding from the Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF). Candidates may apply for up to $5000 for activities that add value to their research project. Examples of such activities include a trip to make a conference presentation or visit to a laboratory or archive. 

This workshop is only for HDR candidates who are applying for the MQ Postgraduate Research Fund. 

Register Here

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Mindfulness meditation practice sessions
Commencing 18 February 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm
This event is for anyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation or practicing regularly with a group. These fortnightly sessions offer instruction in insight meditation, guided practice and time for questions. Join us for a healthy pause in your work day.
When: 2-3pm on 18 February, 11 March, 25 March, 8 April, 22 April, 6 May
Click here to register
Enquiries: [email protected]
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Science Research Writing Basics
Tuesdays from 19 February to 16 March 2019, 2.00pm-4:00pm

This 6-week course introduces students to the basic conventions required for writing up science research. It is aimed at Science MRES and PhD candidates who are either from an ESL background or who have recently returned to university. The course focuses on academic language and text construction at the word, sentence and paragraph level.

Click here to register

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Science Research Writing Basics - Online
Fridays from 22 February to 29 March 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm
***This is an ONLINE version of the Science Research Writing Basics Course***
This 6-week course introduces students to the basic conventions required for writing up science research. It is aimed at Science MRES and PhD candidates who are either from an ESL background or who have recently returned to university. The course focuses on academic language and text construction at the word, sentence and paragraph level.

Weekly lectures will be held through Zoom. Students will be sent additional information once registration has been confirmed
Click here to register
HDR Dynamic Duos
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Dr. Raul Brens

How did you come to know each other?
We were introduced by my undergraduate supervisor, who thought we would be a really good match. When we officially met at a conference in San Francisco, Tracy made me feel very comfortable and welcomed. It was then when I knew that not only would she would be a good supervisor she would also be a great mentor.

What are your shared interests?
We both have a passion for earth sciences, knowledge, travel, and good food!
We also have the shared experience of having moved around and from the US to pursue science and education. This adds to our relatability to each other.

What do you each bring to the professional relationship?
Honesty, Respect, Sense of Humour, and Curiosity.

What do you appreciate most about Tracy?
I think any good mentor should make answering this question difficult. Tracy possesses numerous qualities I look up to and singling one out is too difficult. To highlight a few are her enduring encouragement, positivity, approachability, genuineness, wisdom, and compassion. Tracy has always been in my corner and this has allowed me to grow and develop on a professional and personal level.
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Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer

How did you come to know each other?
I heard about Raul from his undergraduate supervisor. She was so supportive of Raul and when we met in San Francisco, it was clear we would make a great team!

What are your shared interests?
We both have passion about what we do and we shared that together. Even during tough times, like thesis writing, I always looked forward to our meetings because our discussions were fruitful and fun!

What do you each bring to the professional relationship?
Honesty, Transparency, Respect and a deep Engagement in what we have chosen to do.

What do you appreciate most about Raul?
I appreciate how motivated Raul is in his career and life. His choices are made with deep thought about where he wants to be in the future. He also has great compassion and understands the global nature of our work and how it can be translated into different career paths.

Interested in being featured in HDR Dynamic Duo?

The HDR Support & Development team is seeking contributions to the HDR Dynamic Duos section of our newsletter. The people featured might be… HDR candidate & supervisor, HDR Mentor & HDR Mentee, HDR Candidate and Industry placement supervisor.

If this is of interest to you, please head to our website for further information on how to contribute.

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