Welcome Back! What’s On in Jan?

Nau mai, hoki mai, and welcome back for another year of postgrad research at AUT! We hope you’ve had a relaxing break… even if the weather for those here in the North Island didn’t exactly make it easy.

The university’s summer shutdown has now ended and many services are back to normal (with some slowly ramping up to normal). The Graduate Research School is open, and our postgraduate events and workshops are starting for the year.

This month, we have a special focus on writing skills. Whether you are just starting your postgraduate research, or you are well into the write-up, you can always benefit from strengthening those writing muscles. A couple of hours in a workshop can be time very well-invested if it saves you dozens of hours in unfocused drafting. So do join us and pick up some new skills!

There are also workshops on the doctoral oral exam and PGR9, for those of you who are nearing those milestones.

Read on for a full round-up of the workshops on in January. This month, they are all being held online. Click any title to book; and as always, you can browse our full workshop listings via elab.

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Bringing in Literature
Discusses writing strategies and reasons for bringing in past research to support your own arguments. Participants will practice precise language that changes the extent to which you may agree or disagree with the views of others.
OnlineMon 16 Jan, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Preparing for a Doctoral Oral Examination
Engage in this informative session where you will find out about the doctoral oral examination process, how to prepare for it and what to expect. The facilitator will lead the discussion and answer any questions you may have about the process.
OnlineWed 18 Jan, 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Tools for Editing your Writing
Introduces ProWritingAid as a tool for editing. Focuses on using statistics to examine draft writing. These statistics are related to choices about paragraph structure, and where to condense your writing or elaborate. Participants will have time to use the tool to edit their own work.
OnlineThu 19 Jan, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Connecting your Research
Explores how writers use language to connect to both past and future research. Participants will have time to analyse examples relevant to them and practice using common language patterns to clearly show readers how new research fits in to the wider field.
OnlineTue 24 Jan, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Highlighting Research Significance
Explores where and how you can make your research findings stand out. Participants will consider ‘what matters’ and ‘who cares’ and where this information goes across a thesis or research output.
OnlineWed 25 Jan, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thesis Writing: Introductions
An overview of the structure of an Introduction section of a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
OnlineThu 26 Jan, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presentation Skills for your PGR9
This workshop is designed for students who are preparing for their PGR9 presentation. It will cover the principles of presentation skills, with a particular focus on the unique requirements of the PGR9 presentation.
OnlineThu 26 Jan, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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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