Research development

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences runs a number of informative seminar programs aimed at assisting our PhD and master's by research students develop their research skills and advance their theses.


HDR candidate seminar program

The school recently launched a regular higher degree by research (HDR) seminar program. The program lets candidates hear their colleagues’ approaches and present their work in progress to peers and academic staff.

Candidates make one public presentation per year of full-time study. Provisions are made for candidates who live some distance from campus.

Seminar formats

The seminars are designed to encourage comment, which will be helpful in progressing towards completing your thesis. Seminars take the following forms:

  • statement of intent (for candidates in the initial stages of their research)
  • work-in-progress (for those at the mid-point)
  • research findings (for those in the final stages).

Professional research development seminar series

Each year, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences holds a seminar series delivered by more senior members of the faculty from across various disciplines.

Each seminar focuses on different aspects of the research process and what’s involved in professional life as a research academic.

The seminars are held at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, with video link availability to a Geelong meeting room.

Previous seminar presentations

Assessing a PhD thesis: the examiners perspective

Professor Louise Johnson, 29 April 2015
Read the presentation (PDF, 77KB)

Professor Jack Reynolds, 21 May 2014
Read the presentation (PDF, 73KB)

Giving academic presentations and building networks in different fora

Dr Anthony Ware, 18 March 2015
Read the presentation (PDF, 1.7MB)

Dos and don'ts in job applications and job interviews

Professor Matthew Clarke, 17 September 2014
Read the presentation (PDF, 294KB)

Post-docs and grant applications

Professor Andrea Witcomb, 27 August 2014
Read the presentation (PDF, 5.7MB)

First conference, first paper and beyond: giving academic presentations and building your networks in different forums

Associate Professor Yin Paradies, 19 March 2014
Read the presentation (PDF, 473KB)

Contact us

Please forward any enquires about the seminars to the Associate Head of School (Research) or the HDR Coordinator.

Associate Head of School (Research)
Professor Jack Reynolds
+61 3 9244 3870
Email Professor Reynolds

HDR Coordinator
Dr Costas Laoutides
+61 3 9251 7766
Email Dr Laoutides