June Post Grad Newsletter

We are very pleased to announce that UTC and Camden Theological Library will re-open from Monday July 6! Special measures will be in place to ensure the campus and library is as safe as possible for all. This also means that the next Research Colloquium scheduled for 7 August will take place on site but there will be zoom capability for those who wish to participate online. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Research Colloquium Dates for 2020Onsite at UTC but with Zoom capability:
7 August: Dr DJ Konz (Alphcrucis), Dr Peter Walker and Ryan Buesnel
4 September
2 October and
6 November

Please remember that attendance at the Research Colloquiums is a compulsory component of a HDR students’ candidature and that every effort should be made to attend. Apologies should be sent to me at joannes@nswact.uca.org.au.
2021 HDR Scholarship Round Now Open!
The round includes scholarship opportunities for both domestic and international applicants, and is open to candidates commencing in 2021 as well as those currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research Program.
These scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit; past research achievements and/or professional experience; alignment with Charles Sturt’s Research Narrative; and the quality of the research proposal.
Specific information on the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarships, including eligibility, award value, duration and a link to the online application form can be found here: https://research.csu.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships

Applications for the international scholarships will close at 5pm (AEST), on Friday, 28 August, 2020 and for domestic scholarships will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 30 October 2020.
If you have any queries about applying for scholarships please contact graduateresearch@csu.edu.au
Workshops from the Research Office
To register for any of these online workshops, please go to the Research Office website which can be found here:
 Date Session Details and Registration 22nd Jun
Supervisor Series – Module 1 – Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
Module 1 will explore what should happen in the first meeting including: *Determining the HDR candidate’s research interests *Developing candidate/supervisor expectations, roles, responsibilities *Discussions around resourcing, resource needs, training needs, professional development Module 1 will also explore what should happen in the first session of enrolment including: *Refining the research topic *Commencing the literature review *Developing research aims *Commencing discussions around possible methodologies available to conduct the research.
22nd Jun Human Research Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit. These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.
23rd Jun Supervisor Series – Module 2 – Supervising Remote, Distance and PT HDR’s
The aim of this module is to share knowledge and understanding of how to effectively supervise distance and part-time HDR candidates. This workshop will include a presentation from an experienced HDR supervisor, feedback from Distance and Part-time graduate students, and group discussion.
24th Jun Supervisor Series – Module 3 – Monitoring progress throughout candidature
This module will discuss key issues surrounding candidate progress (both formal and informal) such as: * formal progress activities; * Using timelines and research plans;* Strategies to identify problems or potential issues early * Evaluation of professional development needs * Identifying opportunities to present work at CSU and/or conferences and publication opportunities .
24th Jun Easy Digital Photography for Researchers
The key to a successful feed on most social media platforms is lots of eye-catching images. The better the images you have on your feed, the more likely your audience will engage with your content.  Creating great images that make your feed stand out is easy, if you know how. In this seminar, you will get that know-how!
25th Jun Supervisor Series – Module 4 – Managing problems and difficulties, providing feedback
Module 4 will discuss; Strategies when problems arise, monitoring and managing your own workload, resource problems, equipment failures, necessary changes in the research plan; breakdown of supervision/candidate relationship or the supervision team; managing team changes, providing feedback on potential problems, developing constructive feedback.
26th Jun Supervisor Series – Module 5 – Guiding students through thesis development and the examination process
The objective of this workshop is to discuss the volume and quality of work required for a thesis, different approaches to thesis preparation, how to select examiners and how they may approach the examination process, and how to help student’s respond to the examiners reports.
30th Jun Strategies for Writing Up Results
This workshop uses examples of data analyses to look at different approaches to reducing, synthesising and interpreting data and how to document and justify the results of qualitative data analysis. The workshop discusses questions of generalisation, transferability and uniqueness in qualitative research.
7th Jul Supervisor Series – Module 5 – Guiding students through thesis development and the examination process
The objective of this workshop is to discuss the volume and quality of work required for a thesis, different approaches to thesis preparation, how to select examiners and how they may approach the examination process, and how to help student’s respond to the examiners reports.
8th Jul Databases and SQL, by Intersect
A relational database is an extremely efficient, fast and widespread means of storing structured data and Structured Query Language (SQL) is the standard means for reading from and writing to databases. Databases use multiple tables, linked by well-defined relationships to store large amounts of data without needless repetition while maintaining the integrity of your data. Moving from spreadsheets and text documents to a structured relational database can be a steep learning curve, but one that will reward you many time over in speed, efficiency and power.  The registration link will provide further details.
HDR Operating Expenses – new claim formHigher Degree by Research students are able to submit invoices that require payment relating to their Research Project. Invoices will be paid from your Operating Funds. There is a new streamlined form that students must now use. The link to the online form can be found here:
If there are any questions regarding the use of operating funds, please refer to the Operating Funds Guidelines Policy at this link:
We are pleased to announce a new annual lecture series at the United Theological College: ‘The Havea Lectures in Pasifika Theology and Biblical Studies.’ Each year we will host a prominent scholar working in this field. The visiting scholar will give a public lecture, engage with congregations, and be involved in discussions with UTC students and ministry candidates. Stay tuned for more information about our 2021 lecturer and topic soon!

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