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The research journey has its up and downs. Join us for a regular panel event led by research students as we unpack and find solutions!

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Are you having second thoughts about your research journey?

Do you feel that you want to get more done in less time?

That you could communicate better with your supervisors?

Do you wish someone could share with you a magic recipe that will make everything better?

Being a research student is stimulating and exciting, but, as we are building our future careers, it is normal to become anxious about our journey.

We are NOT alone

Western Sydney University's Research Continuity Student Council invites panel members to discuss with research students topics that are crucial for our development.

Whilst no one has a magic recipe, we are inviting those further along in the research journey to share their experiences.

These include:

  • What does it mean to have life balance throughout Post-Grad degrees
  • Why is it important to have a good working relationship with your supervisor?
  • What are the struggles of Post-Grad students?
  • How can we address these problems? What steps can we take? Short term and long term?
  • What resources are out there and where can we help? (for example food banks, financial, mental-health, free apps and online databases of wellbeing resources)

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  • Monday, 11 January 2021 1:00 pm: Maximising my skill-set
  • Monday, 8 February 2021 1:00 pm: To teach or not to teach
  • Monday, 22 February 2021 1:00 pm: How to approach public speaking
  • Monday, 8 March 2021 1:00 pm: Burn out and the need for ‘RnR’
  • Monday, 22 March 2021 1:00 pm: Where to next? Academia or industry?
  • Monday, 12 April 2021 1:00 pm: How not to feel isolated and the importance of being social
  • Monday, 26 April 2021 1:00 pm: How to stay motivated throughout candidature
  • Monday, 10 May 2021 1:00 pm: When my supervisors give me conflicting advice
  • Monday, 24 May 2021 1:00 pm: Time management and goal setting to maximise progress
  • Monday, 14 June 2021 1:00 pm: When do I start writing?
  • Monday, 28 June 2021 1:00 pm: How to network through my post-grad

Previous events:

Previous recordings can be found on our Youtube playlist.

  • Monday, 1 June 2020 1:00 pm: Preparing for supervisory meetings
  • Monday, 15 June 2020 1:00 pm: Working with my panel
  • Monday, 6 July 2020 1:00 pm: Leading my CoC / PoP
  • Monday, 20 July 2020 1:00 pm: What happens when things go wrong
  • Monday, 3 Aug 2020 1:00 pm: How to work when intimidated by supervisor
  • Monday, 17 Aug 2020 1:00 pm: Preparing for my first public engagement
  • Monday, 7 Sept 2020 1:00 pm: Looking for the next step
  • Monday, 28 September 2020 1:00 pm: Leading my first paper
  • Monday, 12 October 2020 1:00 pm: Working as an academic
  • Monday, 26 October 2020 1:00 pm: All that Graduate Research School (GRS) has to offer
  • Monday, 9 November 2020 1:00 pm: Managing life balance through a post-grad
  • Monday, 23 November 2020 1:00 pm: How to make the most of the library and literature resources
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