Academic Resolutions for a Productive 2018

Welcome back! AUT is back up and running for 2018 after the summer break, and we’re excited for another year of exciting postgrad research.

As we gear up for the year, it’s natural to start thinking of what we want to achieve. Like the rest of the world, setting (and then breaking) resolutions to drink more water or go to the gym, we in academia can set resolutions for ourselves. Here are mine:

  1. Organise EndNote library and delete duplicates
  2. Actively engage in online professional groups, instead of just observing
  3. Start all conference presentation PowerPoints from scratch instead of adapting old slides
  4. Take peer review comments as constructive criticism, and stop getting irrationally mad at them
  5. Drink more water and go to the gym

I’m not sure how realistic these are, especially since my EndNote library has been spiralling out of control for the better part of a decade, but hey – I can try.

If you’re planning some slightly more immediate professional development in 2018, you might want to check out the workshops on offer over the next few months. Here are some highlights – follow the links for more information and to book (you’ll have to log in to CareerHub).


25 – Workshop: Preparing for your Doctoral Oral Examination


8   – Workshop: Research Proposal for your Confirmation of Candidature (PGR9)

27 – Workshop: NVivo Core Skills


2   – Webinar: Analysing Qualitative Data

6   – Workshop: Interviewing Skills

14 – Workshop: Working with your Supervisors

22 – Workshop: Introduction to Research

27 – Workshop: Preparing for your Doctoral Oral Examination

Looking ahead

  • Writing retreats are scheduled for:
    • 9-12 April (closing date for applications: 2 March)
    • 5-8 November (closing date for applications: 28 September)
  • The annual Postgraduate Symposium is scheduled for 17 August (closing date for submissions: 22 June)


About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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