Workshops and events

The Graduate Research School provides quality training opportunities for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates across the differing stages of candidature.

We collaborate with HDR candidates, academic and professional staff members, and support services to engage and support HDR candidates throughout their journey. Please see below the range of initiatives offered by the Training and Development Team. If you have any questions, please email us

The Spring 2023 HDR Training Program has been developed by the Graduate Research School's Training and Development Team in collaboration with Dean Professor Simon Moss, Deputy Dean Professor Honglin Chen, HDR candidates, academic and professional staff, and key UOW support services.

The Spring 2023 HDR Training Program has four key streams: The Accomplished Writer, The Strong Communicator, The Methods Master, and The Successful Researcher

HDR Training Program Schedule - Spring 2023

HDR candidates have access to the following Moodle sites for HDR information and training information:

Graduate Research Students Resource and Information Hub

On this site you will find

  • General information about the GRS and key contacts
  • Information on HDR support at UOW (e.g. Mental health, accessibility, research support, English language support, etc)
  • Information about getting started at UOW

Resource and Information Hub

HDR Training Program Resources

On this site you will find

  • HDR Training Program Recordings (e.g. research workshops, support service workshops, drop in sessions)
  • HDR Orientation Recordings

HDR Training Program Resources

Epigeum: Research Skills Toolset

On this site you will find self-paced online Research Skills modules for HDR candidates complete covering topics such as research ethics, literature reviews, and research methods.

Epigeum: Research Skills ToolsET

How to access

Moodle can be accessed via SOLS after you have logged in, by clicking on the ‘eLearning’ tab.

If you have any issues accessing these Moodle sites, please contact

We aim to create an inclusive and supportive environment at UOW where you can spend time with other HDR candidates studying and completing any work you may need to get done. To keep up to date with activities organised by the GRS, please regularly check your student email for key information. HDR candidates are automatically subscribed to the GRS email list where you will find out more about our events and ways to connect. 

Peer mentoring

The HDR International Peer Mentor Program connects existing HDR candidates with early stage HDR candidates who are either moving to Australia or have commenced their candidature from abroad. The International Peer Mentor Program runs for a five-month period in both Autumn session and Spring session.

A call for mentors and mentees for the next program will take place prior to the commencement of each session. Please continue to check your email for more information.

Write and Connect

Write and Connect workshops for HDR candidates are offered during recess breaks and in between sessions. These workshops focus on writing and encourage HDR candidates to learn from UOW academics about different writing processes and skills, connect with one another, and have dedicated time to write your PhD in a supportive space.

Social activities

Faculty and School HDR student committees or groups offer social activities for HDR candidates.

These activities are usually posted on each Faculty or School Facebook or Twitter page. If you would like further information, please contact your Head of Postgraduate Studies or School HDR Representatives.

HDR Facebook Community

The UOW HDR Community Facebook group aims to strengthen the HDR community at UOW and encourage candidates to connect, collaborate, encourage and support each other. We want to generate a culture of knowledge sharing among HDR candidates and GRS will from time to time use the group to share events and initiatives for HDR candidates.

Upcoming workshops & events

There are currently no events for this period

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