2022 HDR Spring School

WHEN: Friday 4 & Saturday 5 November 2022

WHERE: Geelong Waterfront Campus


About Spring School

This two-day event encourages candidates to explore their intellectual expansiveness while connecting and networking with peers, colleagues, and academics. It is an opportunity to come together, engage, and reflect on the big ideas shaping contemporary research, whilst supporting and learning from one another.

Sharing our Research | Friday 4 November

Day one will focus on expanding your thinking and will connect you with your peers and academics through a series of curated workshops, break out session and reading groups. Structure your day and select sessions that align with your research and candidature phase. Take this opportunity to grow, work with new mentors and be enlightened by content that enriches and challenges you.

Ways of Thinking | Saturday 5 November

Day two is our HDR student-led conference which encapsulates the interconnections and divergences of thought across fields of research in Arts and Education. It will encourage you to consider the very idea of thought, its conditions, conceptualisations and manifestations in theory, society, and the individual. Presenters will discuss the theme from the position of their research projects, which span the areas of education practice and ideology, film, media, philosophy, health, literature, creative writing, history and more.


Sharing our Research | Friday 4 November and Ways of Thinking | Saturday 5 November

Download the final HDR Spring School program (PDF)

Please check back for the latest version prior to the event.


Registration are now closed.

If a conference place becomes available and you are on the waitlist we will contact you with further details.


The Faculty will reimburse road travel and accommodation expenses incurred for attending this event, up to $600 per eligible candidate. Attendees will need to book their own accommodation and transport (if required) and seek reimbursement after the event.


  • Travel will only be reimbursed for Victorian remote and interstate candidates
  • Candidates based in Geelong and Melbourne cannot claim travel reimbursement
  • Claims are accepted for bus or train fares and private vehicle (65¢ per kilometre) up to a maximum of $300
  • Taxi fares and hire car expenses will NOT be reimbursed
  • Airfares will NOT be reimbursed.


  • Victorian remote and Melbourne based candidates are eligible for 1 night reimbursement up to a maximum of $200
  • Interstate candidates are eligible for 2 nights reimbursement up to a maximum of $200 per night
  • Breakfast, dinner and parking costs will not be reimbursed


  • Reimbursements can only be claimed after the event
  • Reimbursements must be submitted by Friday 18 November. Late reimbursements will not be paid
  • Attendees will need to send their ad-hoc request form to artsed-hdr@deakin.edu.au for approval prior to submitting on DeakinUniFi
  • Reimbursements will only be issued to attendees that attend both (4 & 5 November) Spring School days
  • Receipts relating to your expenditure must be provided in the DeakinUniFi system for reimbursements to be paid
  • ATM/EFTPOS receipts, bank statements, booking confirmations and unpaid invoices will not be accepted.

Accommodation options


Attendees are required to book their own accommodation. The following are some suggestions for accommodation close to the Waterfront campus. This is a list of options but is in no way exhaustive or recommended by the university. Candidates are responsible for selection their own accommodation and any risks associated with this.


For those who will need to store their luggage, we will have a dedicated room allocated on Friday and Saturday on campus. Leaving items in this room will be at your own risk.


Catering will be provided on both conference days.

Geelong has a vibrant café scene with many cafes and restaurants located along the Waterfront and in small laneways. If you are looking for somewhere to dine out, check out some of these websites:

Getting to campus


The Geelong train station is 400 metres from campus. V/Line trains operate throughout the day on the Geelong–Melbourne line and take just over an hour from the Melbourne CBD.

You can check out the Vline timetables here.

The campus is well-serviced by suburban bus lines that operate across Geelong and outer regions. The main bus interchange is in Moorabool Street – 700 metres from the Waterfront campus. However, there are several bus stops close by depending on your route.


It is approximately a one-hour drive from Melbourne's CBD, depending on traffic. Parking on campus is limited and requires a valid permit. Alternatively, there is plenty of public parking options surrounding the campus.


If driving to the campus on Friday, you will find all-day on campus parking available for students in the Deakin Waterfront carpark. You will have to pay to park on-campus.

How to pay for parking at Waterfront

  • Casual parking can be purchased by the hour or by the day through our pay-as-you-go system. It costs $1.60 per hour or $6.40 for the day. Get a ticket through the CellOPark parking app, which is free to download.
  • You'll need to use the relevant CellOPark zone number for registration. Geelong Waterfront is 1040200.

You can find more public parking options on the City of Greater City Geelong website.

If driving to the campus on Saturday, parking will be free in the Deakin carpark.


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