Faculty of Graduate Research

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PhD Orientation

Date: 25 August 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM102, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

Our orientation programme is designed to get your PhD study at VUW off to the best possible start.

Day 1. This session is compulsory for all new PhD students. In the course of this day we deliver crucial information about PhD candidature at VUW and help you to understand the process of undertaking a PhD.

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International PhD Orientation

Date: 28 August 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: KK203, Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus

Our orientation programme is designed to get your PhD study at VUW off to the best possible start.

Day 2. This half-day session is compulsory for all new international PhD students, focussing on being a new PhD student in a new country and a new culture, as well as introducing VUW, Wellington and New Zealand to you more generally.

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Workshops

Managing the Pressures as a Graduate Research Student

Date: 1 July 2015

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: KK202, Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus

Undertaking a Master’s degree or a Doctorate involves a commitment that tests most people’s resources. The demands of such study are great, influence many areas of a student’s life and can sometimes seem overwhelming. Understandably, then, achieving the goal is a cause for great celebration.

This workshop is about practical approaches that can help postgrad students to deal with the demands of such long-term projects. They can make life easier both in relation to the work itself and to the student’s personal life.
During the workshop, the six general areas below will be considered:
• maintaining motivation and commitment over a long period
• balancing work, study, research and family needs
• developing positive relationships with supervisors
• time management and dealing with procrastination
• completion – getting it finished
• the aftermath

There will also be ample time to discuss the particular concerns of participants

In order to ensure we have a secure environment in which to discuss sensitive subjects everyone will be asked to keep all discussions during the workshop confidential.

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Combatting the Thesis Doldrums

Date: 15 July 2015

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

At some point in the course of your PhD candidature, you are likely to go through an emotional and motivational slump. This slump is so common that higher education community has given it a name: the “thesis doldrums.” In this workshop, we’ll discuss why this phenomenon is so common, and provide strategies and guidance to help you if you do find yourself in this situation.

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Publishing in academic journals: secrets and strategies

Date: 20 July 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

This workshop aims to help first-time publishers as well as those looking to ‘up their game’ and target high(er) status journals. It will cover issues such as selecting journals, reasons for rejection, how to read reviewers’ criticisms (without it destroying your academic wellbeing or changing your paper into something unrecognisable!), and how to respond effectively in writing to editors. The emphasis is on concrete strategies, with lots of real examples. A modest about of pre-workshop preparation is expected of all participants.

We are running this workshop twice so please register carefully to ensure you enrol for the correct chosen date/time.

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Writing good abstracts, and using them to target the best journals, increase your readership, and citations to your work!

Date: 20 July 2015

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

This workshop will introduce a formula for writing good abstracts, and more importantly, for the thinking that goes behind writing a paper that speaks to a particular audience and delivers a strong argument. The formula will be explained, and examples provided of abstracts that use it. Participants will bring their own abstract, and will get feedback on it in relation to the formula. This also gives everyone chance to work with the formula and make sense of it in a way that works for them. A modest about of pre-workshop preparation is expected of all participants.

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Supervision

Date: 21 July 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmis Building, Kelburn Campus

This workshop will introduce a number of different paradigms for supervision, and encourage PhD students to engage with these paradigms in order to understand their own supervisory relationships better. A modest about of pre-workshop preparation is expected of all participants.

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Publishing in academic journals: secrets and strategies

Date: 21 July 2015

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

This workshop aims to help first-time publishers as well as those looking to ‘up their game’ and target high(er) status journals.  It will cover issues such as selecting journals, reasons for rejection, how to read reviewers’ criticisms (without it destroying your academic wellbeing or changing your paper into something unrecognisable!), and how to respond effectively in writing to editors. The emphasis is on concrete strategies, with lots of real examples. A modest about of pre-workshop preparation is expected of all participants.

We are running this workshop twice so please register carefully to ensure you enrol for the correct chosen date/time.

More information & registration

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