New support tool launched at Postgraduate Conference

Published 15 July 2011

hdrportalThe Faculty of The Professions at the University of New England has held its sixth annual Postgraduate Conference, titled Shared Pathways to Research. Higher Degree Research (HDR) students not only heard keynote addresses from professors but also benefited from the chance to receive training through skills workshops, present their work to – and share ideas with – fellow students, and be part of the launch of a new support system.

On-campus postgraduate students and their off-campus colleagues came together for the conference, which ran throughout last week.

“The conference program supports students in research training and gives them the opportunity to attend specialised workshops and hear expert speakers,” said UNE’s  Associate Professor Terrence Hays. “There is also the chance to offer collegial support to each other and provide feedback, as well as to create critical networks of support. This is particularly important as students need exposure to the research frameworks others are using and against which they themselves can check their own frameworks and methodologies.

“Research does not to take place in a vacuum, and it’s extremely important for people to share ideas and learn from each other. This helps them keep their work on track and ground their connection with UNE. It’s their University.”

The conference also saw the launch of the HDR Portal (accessed through the HDR tab on the UNE Web site’s Home Page). Dr Hays said that the portal combined three strands: information and resources for people shopping around and interested in UNE’s expertise and research offerings, support for current students, and a portal for supervisors to access training and information.

In launching the HDR Portal, UNE’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Annabelle Duncan, said it was “a timely and much-needed media and information resource for all involved in undertaking or supervising higher degree research”.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows Professor Annabelle Duncan and the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, Professor Victor Minichiello, at the launch of the HDR Portal.