HDR Summer School 2015

20-22 February

Deakin University
Geelong Waterfront Campus


Writing Workshop

18-19 February 2015
Deakin University
Geelong Waterfront Campus

About Summer School 2015

Summer school is an opportunity for Faculty of Arts and Education Higher Degree by Research candidates to immerse themselves in a research environment from Friday morning until Sunday lunch time.

Each summer school participant will be asked to give a two minute presentation of their work to the relevant school groups. These will be informal oral presenations with no powerpoint. Only late phase candidates will be invited to reply to the call for papers to undertake a 20 minute presentation.

The poster session will be open to all candidates to showcase their work, please consider this as an alternative to a formal presentation. A poster presentation allows your peers to take their time with the information presented and ask you questions at greater length. It also enables you to spend more time with the colleagues who are most interested in your field of research. You can download tips for assisting with your poster presentation.

Candidates are asked to sign up for their preferred workshops at the time of registration. Changes to preferences can be made using the same registration system

There are multiple reading groups which will accommodate all participants in small working groups. The reading groups have been organised by members of the Faculty to cover a range of different interests. Each reading group has a theme and a short reading or reading/s that all people attending the group will be expected to have read. You can select your preferred group during the registration process, don't be afraid to stretch yourself into areas you are unfamiliar with.

You will also have the chance to commence building your own eportfolio and social media presence. You can create a 3 minute about your research. Adam Brown from Media Studies will film informal conversations with any students who are interested in learning how to communicate their research topic in an accessible way. No prior preparation is needed. This is not as intimidating as it sounds! Adam will follow up on this theme in Friday's presentation on 'The Future of Research'. If you are interested, please email abrown@deakin.edu.au to book a time.

Program Information

The final program will be available in mid November. The draft program will be updated as sessions are confirmed. Final copies of the program will be available on the first day of summer school.

Keynote speaker


Guest speakers




Special rates have been negotiated for Deakin Summer School participants with the Mercure Hotel in Geelong. You must contact the Geelong Mercure directly and you must confirm the rate when booking using the code provided by the Faculty office.

Vue Apartments have also offered a 10% discount on accommodation. The two bedroom apartments are an economical option for people who are willing to share and they are located within easy walking distance to the campus. Please contact the research office for the promotion code to receive the 10% discount. The Quality Hotel Bayside (formerly the Chifley Hotel) located on the beachfront is also an easy walk to Deakin and has reasonably priced accommodtion.Other accommodation options are available online.

As always, please book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops / Reading Groups

Each reading group is repeated to provide an opportunity to participate in two groups. Please select your first two options carefully as these are the ones you are most likely to be allocated. Make sure you also select at least two other options as allocations will be made on a first in basis. You will find a full listing online once registrations are open. It is expected that all Summer School attendees participate in the reading groups.


Call for expressions of Interest in Presenting: Presentations for 2015 will be restricted to late phase candidates in the first instance and then candidates who have completed their data collection who are in a position to present (preliminary) findings. Among the criteria to be used in selecting presentations will be potential for the presentation to be advanced toward Journal publication.

Presenters will have 30 minutes - 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Submissions should take the form of a 250 word abstract. Please include the Identification of a Journal that a fully prepared manuscript (emanating from the presentation) could be sent to.

It is the intention of the Faculty to provide support for presenting candidates to have their paper prepared to submit for publication to the relevant journals.

Writing Workshop

This workshop will be at the Waterfront campus. There may be some preparation work required prior to the commencement of this workshop. Interested participants should register as part of the summer school online registration. Further information will be sent to those attending.

Registration - not yet open

Please complete online registration form, including all requested details. To assist in providing timely materials to reading group and workshop participants you will need to register for each workshop and reading group. Full outlines are available by selecting the workshop tab at the top of the page. Allocations will be made as registrations are received. Once the group is full, you will be unable to select it online. Thank you for your cooperation.


Robyn Ficnerski
HDR Officer

Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong VIC 3220

Ph +61 3 522 72226
Email: robyn.ficnerski@deakin.edu.au or artsed-research@deakin.edu.au

Reimbursements will only be processed prior to summer school for candidates who are arranging travel, ie airfares. The remainder will be processed after summer school.



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