Behind the Scenes at the Graduate Research School 1: Researcher Development

This is the first in a short series introducing you to the teams behind the scenes at GRS. The three teams are:

  • Researcher Development
  • Policy and Progressions
  • Examinations

This first post will focus on the Researcher Development team. The main role of the Researcher Development team is to provide training and development opportunities for researchers at the university. While a lot of our work focusses on research students, we also support a programme of workshops for supervisors, which is overseen by the Dean.

Our programme is guided by established research in the area of researcher development. A key tool we use is the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, which details both subject knowledge and broader generic skills that a researcher needs to develop. We run workshops throughout the year on topics that will be relevant at different stages of the research journey. Our AUT Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner gives a visual overview of the various workshops available, ordered by type of research activity and stage of research. Clicking on a relevant bubble will take you to the booking page for the next iteration of that workshop.

AUT Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner 2021

We also run larger events: regular Mix and Mingles where research students can network and learn from one another; the 3 Minute Thesis competition; writing retreats and our annual Postgraduate Research Symposium. The Postgraduate Research Symposium gives students the opportunity to experience the process of applying for and presenting at a conference, including the peer-review process. Abstract submissions are now open, you can find out more at   

About Graduate Research School (Auckland University of Technology)

The Auckland University of Technology Graduate Research School offers support and resources to all postgraduate students at AUT. Come and visit us on the 5th floor of the WU building.

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