Faculty of Graduate Research

Events

Information Events

PhD Orientation

Date: 6 May 2014

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM101, 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 (full day) 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: 9 May 2014

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

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

Day 2 (half day) is compulsory for all new international PhD students. This morning session will focus 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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Staff Events

Discussing Supervision @ Vic: Providing Good Feedback

Date: 7 May 2014

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: OK501, Old Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus

Students both want and need critique and feedback that will help them to develop their work, but simultaneously often struggle with the perceived criticism of their work that this critique implies. Supervisors can experience the inverse of this anxiety, worrying that the critique that they must offer as part of their responsibility to the student will cause problems for the student’s wellbeing.

So, what approaches can supervisors take to that they can ensure clear, constructive and timely critique for their students? Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences related to giving feedback, both in terms of issues that they have encountered and solutions that they have found.

Our special guest facilitator for the session will be Hugh Kearns from Thinkwell and Flinders University.

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Briefing for Chairs of PhD Oral Exams

Date: 19 June 2014

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade (KP24/103), Kelburn Campus

The FGR is establishing a pool of senior academic staff members holding the role of Associate Professor/Reader or Professor (not in an adjunct role) who are prepared to chair PhD oral examinations. Other academic staff also welcome provided they have the approval of their Head of School.

The briefing will include:

  • the PhD examination process
  • material to support the role of the chair
  • a panel discussion with experienced chairs.

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Orientation to Postgraduate Supervision at Victoria

Date: 29 July 2014

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

The orientation is designed for those new to supervision and for experienced supervisors who are new to Victoria.

The orientation will include:

  • PhD and Master's thesis policy
  • postgraduate research supervision - policy and procedures
  • the doctoral examination process
  • practical support available for postgraduate research
  • culturally aware practice.

Completing the orientation is a minimum requirement for all Victoria postgraduate research supervisors.

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Workshops

Time for Research

Date: 7 May 2014

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: HMLT103, Hugh MacKenzie Lecture Theatre, Kelburn Campus

Do you feel like you never have enough time to get to your research, particularly the writing part? And that other things like administration, committees, emails, project management etc demand all your time? This workshop shows you how to guarantee you spend high quality time on your research outputs. It covers prioritising, goal setting and managing competing demands in a university context. If you want to increase your research output without compromising your work/life balance, then this workshop is for you. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in our article in the journal Nature.

This workshop will show you how to:
• take control of your time
• prioritise
• stop procrastinating and stay motivated
• avoid distractions
• say NO (and understand why it is so hard to do so)
• balance competing demands
• manage email and paperwork
• work the slightly less hard way
• think more realistically about your research productivity
• find time for writing

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Editing

Date: 21 May 2014

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: AM101, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

This workshop will equip participants with effective strategies for editing their own transactional writing (theses, articles etc). Starting by considering the purpose of editing, the workshop will cover different levels of editing and strategies for editing. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply some of the strategies to their own writing. Participants should bring a paragraph or two to edit and a can-do attitude.

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