You might already know that the University Postgraduate Centre, the Student Learning Centre, and the Library run workshops for postgraduate students – but did you know that there are over 350 different opportunities across AUT to help you develop your research skills? (361 as of today, to be precise.) Workshops are just the tip of the iceberg. There are also research seminars, conferences, online resources, courses, writing retreats, appointments for one-on-one assistance, and much more.
There’s a new online tool to help you navigate all these options. It’s called the Researcher Development tool, and it brings information on research happenings all over the University into one place.
Say you’re working in one School, but your research overlaps with another field – you can search for research seminars in other Schools and Faculties. Say you’re working with quantitative data, but you’re interested in branching out – you can search for workshops on qualitative methodologies. Say you’re looking for someone to help you with data mining, or EndNote, or the PGR9 process, or even 3D printing – just look it up!
Load the tool (in Internet Explorer for the best experience) and enter your AUT username and password to get going. It’s open to staff too, so be sure to use the “Tailored to” box to specify that you’re a postgrad student. From there, you can search by keyword, faculty, school, campus, and more. You can also search by date to see a calendar of events coming up in the next few weeks or months.
If you’d like a copy of the User Guide, or you have any questions or comments, you can contact the Researcher Development Project team via the project leader Jennie Billot and the project coordinator Anaise Irvine.
In the meantime, happy searching!