Workshops, seminars, training and events

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.

Please see below the range of HDR initiatives offered by the Training and Development Team. If you have any questions, please email us

The Training and Development team coordinate HDR orientation twice a year at the beginning of Autumn session (February) and Spring session (July).

The Spring HDR Orientation session was held on Wednesday 20 July 2022. The recording and slides from the session have been uploaded to our HDR Training Program Resources Moodle.

If you have any questions about HDR orientation, please contact

The Spring 2022 HDR Training Program has been developed by the Graduate Research School's Training and Development Team and Deputy Dean Professor Honglin Chen.

The expanded 2022 program has been developed in collaboration with HDR candidates, academic and professional staff, GRS staff members, and HDR support services across UOW.

The program includes a wide range of training sessions organised into seven key themes:

  • Navigating the HDR Journey
  • Research Ethics & Integrity
  • Research Methods
  • Literature Search & Review
  • Academic Writing
  • Research Communication & Impact
  • Career Development

You can find more about individual sessions and how to register on our new training platform.

Moodle is a learning management system that is used by the University. Moodle can be accessed via SOLS after you have logged in, by clicking on the ‘eLearning’ tab.

HDR candidates should access the following Moodle sites for HDR information and training resources.

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

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.

Further information about the program will be communicated via email.

HDR Social Activities

The GRS Training and Development team plan to run regular social activities during Spring semester. These activities will be announced via email and the HDR Facebook community group.

HDR social activities are also run by HDR student committees or groups within each Faculty and/or School. These activities are usually posted on each Faculty or School Facebook or Twitter page. If you would like further information about social activities in your School or Faculty, please contact your Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Facebook Community

The aim of the UOW HDR Community Facebook group is to strengthen the HDR community at UOW and encourage candidates to connect, collaborate, encourage and support each other. We want it to generate a culture of knowledge sharing among HDR candidates and increase lines of communication from the GRS. We also want it to be a safe and informal space for candidates to share and help one another.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience with the assistance of one powerpoint slide.

The 2022 UOW 3MT Final will be held virtually on Wednesday 10 August from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Learn more and register.


Excellence in Research Supervision

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision recognises ongoing commitment and dedication to successful research student supervision.

Nominations for 2022 are now closed, learn more about the awards.


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Big Ideas festival research event 2017 Professor Pauline McGuirk presents