Learning resources for research students
These resources, provided by areas across Curtin as well as some external sites, cover a wide range of topics from research and writing techniques to making the most of the library resources, academic writing, professional development, and personal wellbeing.
Careers and Employment Career Planning,; employment and opportunities, job application support, UniHub, training seminars/online learning
The Careers and Employment Centre at Curtin has specialist Career Development Consultants who work with postgraduate students at Curtin University. One to one careers appointments are available. From this page you can visit
Job Application Support for help on resumes, selection criteria, interviews and making the most of digital media to enhance your professional brand.
Curtin’s Course & Career Planning for information on career planning, improving your employability.
UniHub (login using OASIS details) and browse events for a variety of training and events in Career Skills ; Employer Events and Presentations; Leadership Skills; Research Skills; Study Skills and more. UniHub also includes job vacancies and downloadable careers resources to help you with topics such as resumes, job interviews and finding a job.
CBS Communication Skills Centre CBS students - improve your academic writing, critical thinking and communication skills
The CBS Communication Skills Centre have classes and resources to help students improve their academic writing, critical thinking and communication skills. Postgraduate students can arrange for individual consultations. For more information about the workshops and resources please contact email@example.com
Counselling (University Counselling and Health Services) A variety of workshops to improve your personal well-being and life skills.
Counselling programs for students are FREE group workshops for Curtin University students on various topics including Procrastination Skills Group; Relaxation, and Assertive Communication.
Curtin Institute for Computation Visit the CIC homepage and the CIC Events page for information on upcoming seminars, events and Hacky hours.
The Curtin Institute for Computation runs a number of seminars on the theme of data and computation, including hands-on training sessions in software carpentry, data carpentry, coding, R, Python.
The CIC research seminar series is aimed at a general audience under the umbrella theme of Introduction to Data and Computation and introduces researchers to the different areas of research in the institute. The seminars are open to the whole University as well as the wider community, and thus present a good opportunity to get your research out to the wider Curtin community.
The Curtin Leadership Centre offers programs to help you learn valuable study skills, boost your employability and get you involved in your community. They run face-to-face workshops – register via UniHub (Tips on Working Effectively in a Team; Strategies for Resolving Conflict; University Scholars Leadership Symposium)
Curtin Learning Institute - Professional Learning Essentials (PLE) curriculum If you are a staff member involved in learning and teaching activities, these four modules will be of interest.
The Curtin Learning Institute offers 4 PLE modules (available through iPerform)
- Introduction to Professional Learning Essentials (Pilot v.01) 30-40 minutes
- Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Culture @ Curtin (Pilot v.01) 20-30 minutes
- Academic Integrity: Copyright for Staff:
- Academic Integrity: Contract Cheating 20-30 minutes
Curtin Student Guild The Curtin Student Guild offers a range of services, clubs/departments and opportunities for student representation
Visit the Curtin Student Guild website for information on:
- Student Assist (Academic, financial, personal)
- Postgraduate Mentor Program
- Postgraduate Students Committee including their initiatives
- Equity Departments (e.g. Women’s Department; Students with Disabilities; Queer; International Students; Indigenous)
e-Grad School (Australian Technology Network (ATN) Choose from nine different online modules run throughout the year, five weeks duration with moderated group discussions
The e-Grad School (Australia) is a virtual graduate school providing fully online high quality training and professional development relevant to the needs of post-graduate researchers. eGSA is joint collaboration of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (Curtin, RMIT, QUT, UniSA and UTS) and its modules are FREE for Curtin students.
ADVANCE modules – skills that help you consider, critique and contextualise your research: Critical and Creative Thinking; Global Sustainability; Practice-led Research
LEAD modules – skills that help you lead project, people and careers: Leadership and Communication; Project Management; Developing Your Career.
ENGAGE modules – skills that help you engage with innovation, end-users & industry: Research Commercialisation; Entrepreneurship; Public Policy
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Curtin’s eGrad School page for module dates and registration information.
International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) - A Guide for International Candidates Enhancing the experience & outcomes of international higher degree research candidates
The IEAA has published a Guide for International Candidates. This Guide outlines six good practice principles for international HDR candidates who seek successful and positive experiences within the transnational field of higher degree research. These principles describe the actions and behaviours international students can follow to help them develop the skills needed to negotiate cultural differences and multiple cultural, professional and personal adjustments.
Curtin Library provides a wide range of essential services for researchers – from the homepage these are some of the resources you can link to:
- Research Support (including contacts for Faculty Librarians)
- LibGuides (online tools) for a wide range of library resources including Endnote; Google Scholar; Library Skills interactive Tour; eBooks; Referencing
- espace (Curtin’s institutional repository – an open access digital collection containing the research output of Curtin staff and students).
NVivo Qualitative Analysis Workshops NVivo11 is text analysis software designed for qualitative researchers.
NVivo11 is text analysis software designed for qualitative researchers. As a data management tool, it has coding, linking, querying, searching and modelling capacities.
NVivo Qualitative Analysis Workshops provide a practical, ‘hands on’ introduction to NVivo11. Contact Anne Whitehouse via email@example.com for further information. The workshop covers:
• General introduction
• Creating a project
• Importing documents in a range of formats
• Importing webpages and datasets
• Creating nodes and node folders
• Coding data
• Working with literature
• Simple querying of data
• Visualisation of data
• Generating reports and exporting from NVivo
Planning Your PhD by Hugh Kearns - Online resource All the tools and advice you need to finish your PhD in three years
Hugh Kearns – consultant, researcher, author. Hugh has a distinguished reputation as an expert in the field of higher degrees by research. He has authored numerous publications, one of which, “Planning Your PhD”, has been licensed by Curtin for you to access, via the Library. To view, follow these steps:
- Library link
- Click on the Online Resource tab
- Enter your student ID and OASIS password
Thinkwell website – where you will find more resources and tips for doing your research by Hugh Kearns.
Postgrad Futures is a digital and print publication strongly aligned with the National Innovation and Science Agenda, promoting cross-disciplinary research through postgraduate placements within industry and institutions and the benefits of developing agile skills across science, health, data, business, marketing, IT and law.
It’s about translating STEM skills into innovation skills. To meet the needs of an innovation economy, Australia will need graduates skilled in development of research, translating and visualizing big data, in corporate and IP law, entrepreneurship and market knowhow.
With inspiring stories, corporate grad programs and internship opportunities, and an in-depth interactive directory of Australia postgrad options, Postgrad Futures give students the tools to make the decision that suits them best.
Postgraduate Futures Masterclass gives tips, tricks and insights on transforming degrees to careers.
Publons - online Peer Review training Curtin has partnered with Publons to provide our students, faculty and staff with exclusive access to the Publons Academy.
Curtin has partnered with Publons to provide our students, faculty and staff with exclusive access to the Publons Academy. The Publons Academy offers a practical peer review training course designed for early career researchers. You can view the Publons Academy video for a short introduction.
This peer review course has been developed together with expert academics and editors in order to give you the core competencies and skills needed of a peer reviewer.
Through 10 short modules, designed together with internationally renowned researchers, editors and Nobel Laureates, you will:
- Master the core skills of peer review
- Practice writing reviews of published papers in your field
- Get personal feedback and advice from your supervisor
- Hone your writing skills and improve your chances of getting published in top journals
- Graduate with your supervisor’s endorsement as an expert peer reviewer and be ready to connect with, review for and impress editors at elite journals
- Build your profile as an expert peer reviewer on Publons – the global scholarly community’s peer review platform.
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisors can find out more via https://publons.com/community/academy-supervisors
The Learning Centre (within the Library) Online programs and workshops to improve your academic writing, communication, presentation skills and much more.
The Learning Centre provides a range of free online programs and workshops to help you towards success with your study. See their website for:
- StudySkills online programs
- Workshops and seminars (e.g. Time Management, Effective Reading)
- Communication & presentation skills and resources
- Writing skills and resources
- Study skills and resources
- English Language skills and resources
- HDR skills and resources (download study guides in Presenting to an academic audience; becoming a researcher; writing a research proposal; student-supervisor relationships; Scholarly writing; Literature review for research students).
The UniEnglish website provides information and resources to help you develop your ability to use English
in an academic context. UniEnglish includes English language self-assessment tasks, as well as
activities and advice about how you can continue to work on developing your use of academic
English while you are studying at Curtin.
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University.
PhD2Published features hundreds of blog posts on various aspects of academic publishing (writing book proposals; journal articles and reviewer comments; presenting at conferences; publishing with open access journals)