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HDR Learning skills

Macquarie University provides a range of learning skills support and training to assist research candidates in developing essential skills in academic literacy, research methods and professional development. Most of these resources are free for current MQ HDR candidates; for those which attract a fee, interested candidates should consult their Faculty HDR Office about funding options, eg using HDR research training funds.

In addition to seeking advice from their supervisors, HDR candidates should explore the options below.
Enquiries regarding HDR training courses and support should be directed to HDR Learning Skills.

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Online Resources

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Use your MQ OneID to self-enrol into this web-based resource designed to help HDR candidates improve their academic writing. While the focus is on the human sciences, the content may also be highly relevant to HDR candidates across campus.

Other online resources for research candidates

Vitae: realising the potential of researchers: This set of resources on the Vitae website provides advice, courses and communities related to doing a PhD, supervising a PhD or working as a member of research staff.

Elsevier Early Career Resources: This set of resources features webinars, short videos and text information covering many aspects of research writing and publishing, and also advice on research career planning.

Research writing groups

Participating in a Research Writing Group is an excellent way to improve your academic literacy, increase your ability to read critically and peer review, and keep motivated in your research writing

If you'd like to start or join a Research Writing Group with other HDR candidates in your department, email HDR Learning Skills

Other HDR Training Opportunities

Statistical Consulting service 

Statistical advice should be sought early in your candidature to minimise the occurrence of later problems. Advice on data analysis and interpretation is available from MQ's Department of Statistics.

An HDR Statistical Consulting Service is available on Mondays 11am - 2pm.
Bookings preferred, or just turn up and wait to be seen: E4A Room 529. Contact A/Prof Peter Petocz ( 9850 9174).

Faculty/Department support

Your faculty has an HDR team which arranges research training events and resources specifically for conducting research in your discipline.   

Library support

Research Librarians
Each faculty has a liaison librarian, who can advise you on how to locate and keep informed of the best and most recent sources of information in your research area.

Library Research Training
The Library offers additional services and facilities to support your research, academic investigations and thesis preparation.

Teaching support Many HDR candidates are asked to teach (lecture or tutor) during the course of their studies. The Learning and Teaching Centre offers a range of free on-campus and online workshops both for those new to teaching and for those seeking to improve the way they teach. There are also workshops for setting up and managing online units using iLearn, Macquarie University's learning management system.