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Careers and Research Training Scheme HDR Workshops

The Careers and Research Training Scheme (CaRTS) program is specifically designed to suit the needs of HDR students in the Faculty of Arts.

The Commencing Series is aimed at getting students off to a good start in the first semester of study. Building Research Skills offers a range of workshops to help through later stages of candidature and beyond. Along the way, thesis writing groups and writing retreats provide continuing support and motivation in a collegial atmosphere.

  • Commencing Series
    Commencing Series
    Starting well, finishing on time How can you get what you need from supervisors to ensure the smooth progression of your candidature? Research shows that a good relationship between HDR candidates and their supervisors is central to successful completion of a research degree. This workshop explores practical communication strategies to establish and maintain clarity in the supervision relationship during the course of your degree.

    When: Wednesday 15 March
    3.00 pm-5.00 pm
    Where: Level 6 Seminar Room, Nexus 10

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    Reviewing literature - Arts

    Strategies and tips for getting organised and managing the process of locating the relevant literature, reviewing it with a critical eye and presenting the resulting critique in an appropriate document.

    When: Wednesday 22 March
    3.00 pm-5.00pm
    Where: Napier 210

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    Effective writing strategies - Arts

    Ever wondered why some writing is so easy to follow, when some is almost incomprehensible? This interactive workshop provides practical guidelines to ensure clear written communication through logical flow and cohesion.

    When: Wednesday 29 March
    3.00 pm-5.00 pm
    Where: Napier 210

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    Preparing for the CCSP - Arts

    What is important for completing the first major milestone in your candidature? This session will discuss the research proposal, the other requirements of the CCSP (ethics applications, budgets, safety management plan, minimum resources, etc.), as well as ideas about presenting your research seminar to the Department.

    When: Wednesday 3 May
    2.30 pm-4.30 pm
    Where: Napier 210

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    Time management - Arts

    The process of the PhD is often both exciting and daunting. This workshop will offer strategies and ideas to help you along this journey. Key aspects such as procrastination, study-life balance, and getting back on track will be explored to help you deal with the ‘ups and downs’ of the PhD process.

    When: Wednesday 17 May
    2.30 pm-4.30 pm
    Where: Napier 210

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  • Thesis Writing
    Thesis Writing
    Thesis structure and examiner expectations

    What does a doctoral thesis look like in your discipline? What will your examiners be expecting to see? Discussion focuses on the overall structure of the thesis, identifying differences between traditional format and theses by publication, and exploring issues related to formatting requirements and options. Thinking ahead about the structure of your document and what you are trying to write can help identify the best way to present your particular project.

    When: Thursday 4 May
    10.00 am-12.00 pm
    Where: Napier 210

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    Abstracts, introductions and conclusions

    This workshop explores the structure of abstracts and introductions, identifying the similarities and differences between these forms and their purposes. Discussion includes the various levels of introductions that occur in a thesis. The content of conclusions is then considered, emphasising that the thesis conclusion must be more than simply summary of what has gone before. Finally, the importance of matching introductions and conclusions is emphasised.

    When: Thursday 11 May
    9.30 am-11.30 am
    Where: Napier 210

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    Argument and voice

    This workshop focuses on constructing persuasive arguments and the common errors or logical fallacies that can disrupt effective argumentation. It also explores the idea of authorial voice, an issue that is posited as a ‘threshold concept’ in doctoral education. Participants use examples from their own disciplines for the hands-on exercises.

    When: Thursday 18 May
    9.30 am-11.30 am
    Where: Napier 210

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    Editing your own writing

    One of the big challenges in research writing is editing your own work. This hands-on session helps you develop some effective processes for self-editing. We will explore systematic strategies for concentrating on document-level organisation, signposting, consistency, clarity of expression, grammar and punctuation. Participants use their own writing for the hands-on exercises.

    When: Thursday 25 May
    3.00 pm-5.00 pm
    Where: Stretton Room Napier 420

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    Research methods seminar series

    This series explores a variety of research methods that are employed in the arts, humanties and social sciences disciplines. Current HDRs will present their own research methods and discuss the practicalities of doing various kinds of research.

    When: Tuesdays 1.00 pm-2.00 pm
    Where: Napier 823

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  • Beyond the Thesis
    Building Research Skills

    Making your PhD WORK – Arts Careers Day

    Thinking about your career after finishing your PhD can be overwhelming, especially if you are not sure where to start. This interactive careers day will cover: personal branding, LinkedIn profiles, employer perspectives, resumés and cover letters, interview skills, job hunting and networking. The workshop will be facilitated by the Careers Service and Arts CaRTS Officer.

    When: Wednesday 1 February 2017
    Where: TBA

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    Publishing your research - Arts

    The world of scholarly publishing can be rather opaque at first. This workshop explores some of the issues that can arise for authors: how to identify a ‘predatory’ journal; impact factor, h-index and all those other metrics; co-authorship; books vs journals; preparing manuscripts; electronic submission systems; dealing with reviewers’ comments. While negotiating all of this, of course, you need to have something to write about that will be of interest to others in your field, and present it in a way they’ll understand.

    When: Wednesday 14 June
    10.00 am-12.00 pm
    Where: Marjoribanks 128 Bank SA Teaching Suite

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    Creating an ePortfolio

    During the course of a PhD, candidates develop a huge range of research skills. Potential employers need to know what you can do, and see some evidence of how well you do it. This hands-on workshop is designed to help you set up an ePortfolio to record your professional development and achievements throughout candidature. It will include suggestions about how to organise the material and how to demonstrate your research skills.

    When: Wed 28 June 10.00 am – 12.00pm
    Where: BankSA Teaching Suite

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    Digital capabilities

    The session will introduce the Digital Capabilities Framework, and then participants are invited to identify examples of their own capabilities and perform a needs analysis to inform their own professional development.

    When: Wed 28 June 12.00pm – 1.00 pm
    Where: BankSA Teaching Suite

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    Introduction to university teaching – Arts Faculty

    This two-part workshop is designed to introduce new university teachers to some of the basic principles underlying contemporary pedagogical practices. Participants will explore practical strategies for working with small groups, student diversity, and common challenges that arise in university teaching. The workshop will also consider theories of learning and issues around assessment and feedback.

    When: Wednesday 21 June and Thursday 22 June
    10.00 am-1.00 pm
    Where: Marjoribanks 128 BankSA Teaching Suite

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    Preparing your pre-submission review

    As part of the Annual Review near the 36-month point of doctoral candidature, you are asked to provide a short document to be used in reviewing your research  in the lead up to submitting your thesis. This workshop will get you started on writing the 2000-word summary of where you are up to with your project.  The session will include structured writing exercises that can be used for your thesis Abstract and for the pre-submission review.  Please bring your laptop and/or other writing materials to use during the workshop.

    When: TBA
    Where: TBA

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  • Writing Groups and Retreats
    Writing Groups and Retreats

    Online Writing Group

    Shut up & write! is a weekly writing group that gives you some structure to write with (virtual) company. You work from your own computer, at home, in the office or somewhere else that you can concentrate, knowing that there are others busy writing alongside you in other spaces.
    By planning ahead and announcing your goal for each session, you will be ready to sit down and write for the 2-hour timeslot (50 minutes + 50 minutes, with a short break in between). Committing the time to writing on a regular basis will ensure productivity and progress. Surprise yourself with how much you can achieve in 2 hours of focused writing!

    For information on how to sign up, please contact Cally Guerin.

    When: Every Tuesday
    9.30 am-11.30 am
    Where: You chose!

    Arts writing boot camp - Kick-start your writing year

    The New Year is born, and over the summer you’ve had a break from the stresses of work and study. Kids are back at school but university teaching has not yet begun. This is the perfect time to kick-start your writing year with a Writing Boot Camp. To help you get back into your research and establish useful writing habits for 2016, we will meet four mornings this week to write.

    When: 6-9 February 2017
    Where: TBA

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    Autumn Writing Gathering

    The Autumn writing retreat provides a space to reflect on your writing goals and settle into some serious writing. As the days become cooler and shorter after the equinox, HDRs can focus in on their writing. This is a time to harvest the fruits of your past labour, to be courageous instead of melancholy, to make the most of the rhythms of the academic year, and to complete some of your writing tasks. Enjoy the company and energy of like-minded, productive HDRs for a full day of focused writing. By the end of the day you'll have made good progress to spur you onto yet more as the year continues. Create a writing plan now for the rest of the year (and I'll stop with the autumn references now!).

    When: Thursday 27 April
    9.00 am-5.00 pm
    Where: Level 7 Seminar Room, Ingkarni Wardli

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    Winter Writing Retreat

    As the days draw in and the weather gets colder and darker, conditions are perfect for settling into writing. The Faculty of Arts has organised a mid-winter writing binge for HDRs to re-energise and gather the strength needed to carry us through to the end of the year. Some might call it a retreat, others might call it a boot camp or think of it as a feast—but the main aim is to set aside time to get together and do some writing. You can finish the day with a sense of progress and a plan for what you'll write tomorrow.

    When: Thursday 6 July
    9.00 am-5.00 pm
    Where: Level 7 Ingkarni Wardli

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    Spring Writing Festival

    September marks the beginning of Spring in Adelaide, when the sap is rising and new life and energy are bursting out around us. Grab some of that energy and put it into your writing. The Faculty of Arts Spring Writing Festival offers you a chance to maximise your writing potential and show yourself what you can produce in one day. Call it a retreat, a boot camp, or a festival of writing—the main aim is to set aside time to get together and do some writing. You can finish the day with a sense of progress and a plan for what you’ll write tomorrow.

    When: Friday 29 September
    9.00 am-5.00 pm
    Where: Level 7 Seminar Room, Ingkarni Wardli

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    Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo)

    Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? Luckily, November is academic writing month! All around the world, scholars are focusing on writing this month, promising themselves a specific level of writing production each day. Join Cally Guerin in an online writing community, set your own writing goals and have some company along the way to help you succeed in meeting those goals

    When: TBA
    Where: TBA

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    Summer Writing Bonus

    The last day of November marks our move into Summer – teaching and exams are over, the holidays are not far off, and there’s just one month left to complete that writing you planned for 2016. The Faculty of Arts Summer Writing Bonus is the ideal opportunity to make sure you feel good about reaching your annual writing goals. Treat yourself to a writing bonanza by making writing your priority for a full day. Draw on the energy of other writers around you and see the evidence of your own progress as you head towards completing the writing year. If you’ve been participating in the November Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo), this will cap off a month of intensive writing and propel you into the New Year.

    When: TBA
    Where: TBA

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    Thesis Writing Groups

    Do you need to get on with your writing? Would you like to improve your writing skills?
    One way to do this is by joining a Thesis Writing Group. Whether you are following a traditional thesis format, writing a thesis by publication, or preparing a combination, a writing group can help you stay on track and get it written.
    A writing group will help you

    • work alongside people who understand your research and know what you are trying to do
    • find strategies to improve your own writing
    • create some deadlines that you really CAN stick to
    • stay motivated
    • develop your research communication skills
    • become part of the collaborative community of your discipline

    Cally Guerin will facilitate the first five sessions and provide input relating to: writing introductions and conclusions; linking and cohesion; structuring arguments and understanding “voice”; peer review and feedback; examiners’ expectations; and thinking ahead to the final product. Participants then continue to meet as a group on a regular basis, providing critique and/or writing together.

    When: TBA
    Where: TBA

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