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SRC HDR Workshop


Brown paper bag lunch

10 April 2019

Outcomes - SRC HDR WORKSHOP, Tuesday 9 April


Tips about HDR studies for other students

Use linkages with other universities to help bring on good supervisors with expertise in areas we don’t have.

Think big, make your research your own.

Use all uni resources available: library, tech support – meet them face to face for quality interaction

If you need to add or change supervisors, keep in mind that a new supervisor can bring a fresh look to your work.


How can SRC better support HDR students

Use the SRC interactions, resources, support, lunch-time discussions, comfy chairs, every-Tuesday BBL and discussions to nurture sense of belonging.

Let’s have discussion topics on Tues when we don’t have scheduled BBL speakers. Have rotating leads for discussion topics.

Importance of preliminary preparatory process of planning and defining research proposal – be more prepared in advance of submitting your research proposal application and be willing to adapt your research as you progress – learning by doing. e.g. just because you’ve completed your literature review, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to go back and add to it at a later date; same applies to your Research questions.

Further HRD workshops: consider focussing on specific common themes; engage more with SRC staff (attendance!); allow time for questions; have clear structure/ format: Context, methodology, progress to allow time for questions.

SR Centre and its operations affect HDR students:

We need an agreed strategic direction of SRC in USC; articulate SRC values and purpose; develop a Business Plan.

Consider developing SRC thematic programs – each with multiple projects – researchers share common goals

Build SRC – local – national – international links, and links with other Research Centres and networks – NRM groups, Regional University Network, CRCs. Also given international and disaster interests, make links with organisations such as Red Cross.

Promote profiles of the staff and student researchers on website and database. Have a link to each student profile with an abstract or topic of their thesis.

Make more of visiting researchers, not just as speakers but to provide guidance

Harness the multiple disciplines within USC.


Immediate Action Items

Miguel to prepare background information on vision/goals of similar research centres; lead a discussion on SRC vison, goals, values at the next Tues that has an opening for a one hour discussion.

Lisa to prepare and lead a discussion on a research topic at another opening for a Tues discussion.

All associated SRC staff/supervisors give a BBL on a recent research project – Tristan, Bill and Patrick. Include adjuncts.


Additional follow-up information contributed by HDR students


From Miguel - This website is a very interesting source for PhD students willing to undertake systematic reviews:

It is focused on the quantitative approach, but I think it is a good way to start exploring the method, even if you decide later to go for a qualitative or mixed-method approach.


From Patrick - To follow up on links with other Research Centres, Patrick ( has sent information about the centre he is part of at Federation Uni, Ballarat.


‘As mentioned, below are some examples of the web portals developed by CeRDI if you would like to send around to your colleagues and students.’ He is helping to facilitate further discussion with CeRDI about collaboration opportunities. So have a look; you may have some ideas.


CeRDI overview


Documentary film on ‘Data Democracy’ (features Dr. Gillian Sparkes, Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability)


Web portal examples in the Natural Environment Research Program

Natural Resource Management Planning Portal

Soil Health Knowledge Base


Web portal examples in the Hazard and Resilience Research Program

CCMA Flood Portal

South West Climate Change Portal


You can find many other examples at FedUni Spatial.



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