Faculty of Graduate Research

Events

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PhD Orientation

Date: 26 August 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. 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 2014

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Room TBC, Kleburn 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

Writing Productively

Date: 6 August 2014

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: AM103, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

The experience of writing both forms and reinforces writing behaviours. This experience can lead to “writing rules” which can be enabling or disabling. In the first hour of this workshop, we’ll discuss how to identify these behaviours and “rules” and how to use them to your advantage. In the second hour, we’ll try out a popular writing strategy: the Pomodoro technique. Bring along something specific that you’d like to write and something to write it on/in.

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Research Abstracts

Date: 20 August 2014

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: AM101, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus

There are many circumstances in which you will need to produce a short description of your research. You’ll need one, for example, for your thesis, for any journal articles you publish, for funding applications, and for calls for papers. Despite their ubiquity and the important job they have to do, abstracts are often overlooked and undervalued. They become something to be banged out once the real work is done, or a short offering designed to placate the gods of research funding/conference participation.

In this workshop, we’ll look at how to get the most out of those few words, whatever the circumstances. You’ll need to bring along something that needs an abstract and something to write with/in/on. You might bring:
 -a proposal of some kind (call for papers, grant application)*
 -something you’ve written (such as a journal article; your thesis might be a bit much)
 -someone else’s paper (just to practice on)
*If you’re writing an abstract for a proposal, the guidelines for the proposal might also be useful.

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