Undertaking a research degree is a huge commitment and requires many skills. Gaining an understanding of these techniques and strategies early, will assist you to complete and submit your thesis efficiently. 

Useful links

  • Advice by Student Services: Working with your advisor
  • Short excerpt on PhD Survival 
  • The PhD Survival video : Doing a PhD is meant to be challenging, and most doctoral students feel overwhelmed by the task at times. But many find that their work - and their lives - are compromised by feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety. The consequences can be abandoned PhDs, disrupted careers and damaged mental health.
  • The Thesis Whisperer: PhD support blog by A/Prof Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development, ANU
  • Patter: PhD and writing support blog by Prof Pat Thomson, School of Education, University of Nottingham
  • Postgrad Forum: An extensive forum of PhDs from all over the world discussing life, work, research, career, and anything PhD
  • The PhD Forum: A Twitter-based social support group, online writing lounge, collaboration directory

The seven secrets of highly successful research students [online]

15 May 2023 9:00am24 July 2023 5:00pm
This 10 week online program from 15 May to 24 July looks at seven key strategies that help research higher degree students finish on time and enjoy the process more. REGISTRATION CLOSES 8 MAY AT NOON.

Mental Health First Aid [St Lucia]

19 June 2023 9:00am20 June 2023 4:30pm
Want to gain the mental health first aid skills to help yourself and others in mental distress? Want to gain the MHFA accreditation that you can put on your CV? Join our 2 full-day MHFA accreditation training offered to HDR students at no cost to you! Please do NOT sign up unless you can commit to attending both days in full. Registration closes 14 June at 12pm.

Effective time management [webinar]

18 August 2023 10:00am11:30am
Discover strategies for effective time management which can be applied in your research degree.

R U OK - Building your skills [webinar]

11 September 2023 10:00am11:30am
R U Ok Day is a national day of action to encourage conversations with those who may be struggling. This workshop will build skills on mental health awareness, ways we can have difficult conversations with each other and ways to access support.

Making the most of the advisor/student relationship [webinar]

18 September 2023 10:00am11:30am
Learn how to develop a close working relationship with your advisors.

Pondering procrastination productively [webinar]

9 October 2023 10:00am11:30am
Are you plagued by procrastination? Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today? Learn tools and strategies to get you started in making change, feeling in control and creating new, more productive habits.

Perfection not required: Managing perfectionism [St Lucia]

23 October 2023 10:00am11:30am
This workshop will dispel the common myth that perfectionism is a good thing that is a characteristic of high achievers, and use a cognitive behavioural approach to overcoming perfectionist behaviours and thought processes.

Optimising Wellbeing throughout your HDR Journey [Gatton]

20 November 2023 10:00am11:30am
This workshop aims to assist HDR students to manage stress, to open conversations about wellbeing and to access UQ support services and resources.

Three Ss of Resilience [St Lucia]

24 November 2023 10:00am11:30am
Learn strategies to improve resilience in order to better manage the stresses and strains of life, both during the candidature and in your future professional life.

The 'imposter' syndrome [webinar]

8 June 2023 1:00pm4:00pm
Although you are doing well, you may still feel like an imposter. Learn how to manage these feelings.

Resilient researcher: Becoming a Resilient Researcher [Webinar]

2 May 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Build your resilience for your research degree and beyond.

Resilient researcher: Resilience when remote [Webinar]

7 February 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
This webinar is designed to assist HDR candidates researching in remote locations. For instance, this may occur when you are away collecting data or are based interstate or even overseas.