Higher Degree Research Candidate Orientation and Getting Started

Welcome to your UOW Higher Degree Research Degree and thank you for choosing UOW.

Our aim in the Graduate Research School along with our colleagues around UOW is to provide you with a thriving and inclusive space to learn and conduct world class research through your chosen degree. We want you to aim big, learn from your supervisors and peers, and ultimately make a difference in your community or research area. We hope you have a great experience at UOW and below you will see some of the wonderful support staff and services that can help you in your journey. We wish you all the best and good luck.   


Professor Lorna Moxham 
Interim Dean of Graduate Research 

Autumn Orientation - February 2023

The Higher Degree Research Orientation Session is an essential milestone for each HDR candidate. Orientation provides the opportunity to gain important information to successfully start your research journey at UOW. Candidates who attended the HDR orientation session will hear from the Interim Dean of Graduate Research and representatives from the Library, the Research Integrity and Ethics Unit, and a range of support services.

Each session the Graduate Research School offers a Higher Degree Research Orientation Session to ensure our research candidates are supported as they commence their graduate research journey.

HDR Orientation Autumn session

When: Wednesday 22 February 2023, 9.00am - 11.30am

Where: Building 20, Lecture Room 1

Candidates attending the HDR orientation session will gain essential information to get started and succeed at UOW. Attendees will hear from the Dean and Deputy Dean of Graduate Research, the Acting-Director of the GRS, a Head of Postgraduate Studies, other HDR candidates as well as UOW HDR support services.

Following the orientation presentation, morning tea will be provided and new HDR candidates will have the option of joining a campus tour with existing HDR candidates from your faculty. The tours will start at approximately 11:45 am and finish at 12:30 pm.


If you have any questions about HDR orientation, please contact graduateresearch-training@uow.edu.au

Key information

The Graduate Research School is dedicated to supporting Higher Degree Research candidates by managing all aspects of candidature, from enrolment to thesis submission and examination. We have four teams: 

  • Candidate Liaison  
  • Scholarships and Progression  
  • Training and Development  
  • Systems, Reporting and Analytics  

Meet the team 


Higher Degree Research queries: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au  

HDR Training & Development queries: graduateresearch-training@uow.edu.au  

Helpful hint: When you send the GRS an email, please include your name and student number in the title of the email so that staff can identify your record and assist in a timely manner. We recommend that HDR candidates use their UOW mail account when contacting the University.  



HDR candidates can contact the Graduate Research School on (02) 4221 5452 


Keep up-to-date 

Graduate Research Newsletter 

The Graduate Research School produce a bi-monthly newsletter that is sent to all HDR candidates and Supervisors via their UOW email. The newsletter provides important HDR updates, upcoming workshops and training, HDR news and events. The newsletter is also a space to share the incredible achievements of our HDR candidates  

Facebook group: UOW HDR Community 

All HDR candidates are welcome to join the UOW HDR Community Facebook Group. This is a space where HDR candidates can connect and interact with others, ask questions and share accomplishments. The Graduate Research School will also promote social activities for HDR candidates in this space.  

The Training and Development Team within the GRS aims to coordinate and provide quality training opportunities for HDR candidates across the differing stages of candidature. We collaborate with HDR candidates, academic and professional staff members, and HDR support services to engage and support HDR candidates throughout their HDR journey.

We hope to create a safe, inclusive, engaging, collaborative, and thought-provoking space for HDR candidates to thrive and succeed in their given field. We want HDR candidates to both gain a sense of belonging to the UOW community and create impactful research within the communities in which they work and live.

Explore the range of HDR initiatives offered by the Training and Development Team.

Common UOW acronyms  

There are some acronyms that you will hear regularly throughout your candidature at UOW.  

Here is a list of commonly used acronyms and terms. 

UOW Library

Academic resources, flexible study spaces and knowledgeable staff who provide personalised assistance face-to-face, via phone, email or the Library Live Chat service. 

International Student Support Programs 

Connecting students from all over the world offering opportunities to make new friends, develop skills and link to the local community. 

Mental Health Support 

The counselling service provides confidential counselling support for a wide range of personal, academic, social and psychological issues that may impact your life.  

Disability Support 

Helping students with medical conditions, injuries or disabilities to overcome the barriers they may face in higher education.  

Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Support 

Sexual assault, harassment, bullying and discrimination have no place at our University. We encourage students to report and seek support. 

Careers Central 

Access free Career Chats with our experienced staff to answer your career and employability questions. Careers Central have a range of resources and support.  

Gender, Sex and Sexuality diversity 

UOW is dedicated to providing a safe and respectful environment for the LGBTQI+ community. Join our Ally network. 

Learning Development  

Free resources, seminars and personalised consultations to HDR candidates seeking to improve their research and writing skills. Book a free consultation. 

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC)

WIC provide programs, services and facilities that encourage and support Indigenous Australians from entry to University, through to successful completion. 


For further information, you can access our HDR Resource and Information Hub.