New book guides students through the research journey

Published 20 July 2011

ray-cookseyA new book launched at the University of New England earlier this month is likely to become a “must have” for students considering postgraduate research.

UNE’s Professor Ray Cooksey wrote Surviving and Thriving in Postgraduate Research together with Professor Gael McDonald from Deakin University. The book is published by Tilde University Press.

Designed specifically for Australian and New Zealand students, as well as for international students studying in Australasia, Surviving and Thriving in Postgraduate Research contains practical advice and a guide to resources in an accessible, plain-language style.

It helps the reader through the postgraduate research process and the planning and production of a thesis, and assists in addressing the challenges along the way. “The book focuses on the effective design and management of a postgraduate research project – from its inception and the commencement of a relationship with supervisors through to the submission and examination of the dissertation,” the publishers say.

“We wrote the book to answer all those questions that emerge for students during their postgraduate research journey,” Professor Cooksey said.

Ray Cooksey (pictured here), from UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, is also the author of Illustrating Statistical Procedures: For business, behavioural and social science research (Tilde University Press, 2007) and Judgment Analysis: Theory, methods, and applications (Academic Press, 1996).

Professor Annabelle Duncan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNE, launched Surviving and Thriving in Postgraduate Research during the sixth annual Postgraduate Conference of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions.

Professor Alison Sheridan, Head of the School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, said at the book launch that Professors Cooksey and McDonald had been presenters at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management’s doctoral workshops for many years. She said that they had brought to the writing of their book “a breadth of experience, and the ability to connect with students, that makes Surviving and Thriving in Postgraduate Research a particularly valuable resource for all students embarking on their research careers”.