Welcome and orientation
Welcome to your graduate research degree at UTS!
In this series of short induction videos for new research students, you will learn how to get the most out of your research degree. You will learn about the structure of graduate research degrees at UTS, the mechanisms that are in place to ensure that you have sufficient opportunities to develop your skills and obtain feedback as you progress through your degree.
You will also be introduced to research and other relevant services that the UTS Library provides and career development services from UTS Careers. We invite you to enhance your experience as a graduate research student at UTS by exploring this page and taking full advantage of everything that UTS has to offer!
Higher Degree by Research (HDR) induction
At the Graduate Research School (GRS), we support you in your candidature journey by setting expectations for the standards of supervision you receive, guidelines for you to plan your progression and development, and opportunities for you to receive feedback and reflect on your achievements.
Watch the short video below to learn about the UTS Graduate Research Education Framework, the Graduate Research Study Plan, formal candidature assessments, training requirements, and MAPARC: the UTS framework to Manage and Progress a Research Career.
Once you have been through orientation and reviewed the student and supervisor expectations under the 'New Students' section of the website, please visit the 'Current Students' section, which contains information you'll need throughout your candidature. This includes the Graduate research journey (candidature progression; MAPARC framework; funding; making changes to your candidature; and thesis submission), Policies guidelines and forms (all located in one handy place) and Research Education and Development. It also includes information on events, support, internships and contact details for GRS and faculties.
Hi, I’m Tapan Rai, Director for Research Education and Development in the Graduate Research School.
In this presentation, I will talk about the UTS Graduate Research Education Framework and the Graduate Research Study Plan, I will also introduce you to MAPARC: the UTS framework to Manage and Progress a Research Career.
The UTS Graduate Research Education Framework specifies that you will have a panel of at least two supervisors. As a graduate research student, you will work with your supervisors to complete a significant research project which may take up to 2 years if you are a master’s student and 3-4 years if you are working on a doctorate.
The Graduate Research Education Framework also provides several avenues to track and reflect on your progress and to obtain feedback before you submit your thesis:
- First, the Graduate Research Study Plan sets your research milestones and training requirements and monitors your progress to completion;
- Second, you are assessed at each of three stages of candidature; and
- Third, a formal review of progress in conducted annually.
The Graduate Research Study Plan, or GRSP, is a tool that helps you plan for the year ahead. You can use it to set goals for your research and for the development of skills that you will need to manage and progress your degree and your research career. It also identifies a timeline of activities and milestones to thesis completion.
You should complete your initial GRSP in consultation with your supervisor, within the first few weeks of enrolment and revisit it at least once a year. The GRSP is completed through an online form on our HDR Online system and is guided by MAPARC: the UTS framework for graduate research students to Manage and Progress a Research Career.
You can find more information about these on the UTS Graduate Research webpages.
MAPARC, which stands for Managing and Progressing a Research Career, is a unique UTS framework to help you recognise and develop the skills you need to succeed in a research career.
It groups the skills you require into 5 key elements and provides a framework for your development in each element, at each stage of your degree. It is important that you recognise that MAPARC is not a rigid requirement; it serves as a guide to help you develop a flexible, individualised plan for your development.
GRS plays a coordinating role in delivering skills development workshops along the lines of the MAPARC framework. You can find details of these workshops on the Graduate Research webpages and a wider suite of workshops to support your development on the Res Hub website.
Your faculty may also have opportunities for skills development and mandatory research training.
At the central level, there are only two research training activities that all research students are required to undertake:
- The Research Integrity Module, which trains you on the philosophical basis and principles of research integrity; and
- Consent Matters training, which helps all members of the UTS community develop a shared understanding of healthy relationships.
So, what are your first steps now? If you haven't already done so:
- Contact your supervisors. Work with them to develop a Graduate Research Study Plan.
- Complete the Consent Matters training.
- Complete the Research Integrity Module.
- Undertake training for research data management, and
- Begin work on your research!
Make it a point to connect with other students and if you have any questions, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome! The UTS Library is here to support you through all stages of your candidature. As a UTS graduate research student, you have access to all of the Library's collections, including over 200 databases and an extensive list of online tutorials.
In addition to our comprehensive website, you have a team of librarians to provide expert advice on literature searching, including systematic reviews, research data management, publishing advice and using referencing software.
Please watch the short induction video below for further information. You can also visit us at UTS Central (Building 2).
Hello, my name is Paddy and welcome to UTS Library.
UTS Library is here to support you at all stages of your degree. We have collections, services and spaces designed to support researchers, and friendly librarians like myself, ready to help.
As a UTS graduate research student, you have access to all of the Library's collections, including over 200 databases! And, you can borrow an unlimited amount of books, so, uh... go crazy!
In addition to scholarly books and journals, we also provide access to popular fiction, board games, puppets, and video databases like Canopy and EduTV. To organise all the things you find through the Library, use some of our popular referencing tools such as RefWorks and EndNote. If you are looking for a book or an article that is not available on our collection, you can request it using our Interlibrary Loan Service. To learn more, select 'Borrow' on the Library website.
Not only do you have access to all our resources, but a team of librarians are on hand to provide expert advice on literature searching including systematic reviews, research data management, publishing advice, or using referencing software. You can attend one of our workshops or request a one-on-one consultation.
We have an extensive list of online tutorials which you can find on YouTube and a suite of training modules called Heads Up, which are accessible from the main page of the library website. Heads Up covers the basics on accessing the Library, borrowing books, searching for literature, referencing and using referencing software.
So, enough about what we offer... where are we? The Library is located within UTS Central - also known as Building 2. You can find the Reading Room on levels five and six and the rest of the Library is on levels seven to nine. There is ample desk space and power outlets across the Library, as well as bookable rooms that are designed for group work.
When you get to the final stages of your research program, you will also gain access to the Scholar's Centre, which is located on level 10 of UTS Central. This space is available when you reach stage 2 of your candidature and is prioritised for quiet study and writing.
Now that you have a better idea of how the Library can support you, let's finish off with some of our top tips:
- Don't hesitate to reach out to us. It is very easy to get in touch - we offer an online chat through Ask a Librarian, which you can find on the Library homepage
- Choose a referencing management tool. Getting on top of your references early on, will save you hours down the track. If you aren't sure which tool is right for you, have a look at the Heads Up 'Referencing Software' module, or contact us
- Get advice on your literature searching strategy. Start by completing our Heads Up module 'Advanced Literature Searching', then, if you need more help, request a research consultation
- Explore the Library's collections. We recommend Sage Research Methods as a good database for thinking about your project
- And finally, stay up to date with our services by following us on social media.
We wish you the best of luck with your research, and hope to see you soon at UTS Library.
At Careers, we understand that postgraduate students' needs, concerns, and time pressures differ from undergraduate students. So, we are here to support you throughout your studies to achieve your career goals, offering Drop-in, Career Consultations, CareerHub and ways to connect with fellow students.
Below is a brief video explaining our services and you can also visit our dedicated postgraduate student webpage.
Hello everyone and thank you for listening in to this short introduction to Postgraduate Career Services. I'm Candy Jenkins and I'm the Postgraduate Career Coach here at UTS.
I've been at UTS for over three and a half years and my role is to work directly with Masters and PhD students across all faculties to support you in your career journey - whether you're just starting out, whether you're making a big career change, whether you're just thinking about what you need to do to set up yourself and position yourself for the future role once you finish your studies.
I'd like to start by talking a little bit about the process of career development, because we need to be aware of this before we launch into making job applications or looking for opportunities and it starts with yourself - understanding your yourself, having an awareness of your current position and that includes your interests, your values, your strengths, your weaknesses and those things that you can offer out into the market.
Once you know that, you can better identify the opportunities that will match to you, and that's where you start researching: what's out there? who are those target organisations that you're interested in? how do you start building your network in those fields? Then it's about making decisions - in the medium term, is it about getting an internship, or is it just about getting any kind of work to keep you financially stable whilst you complete your degree?
Perhaps you need to set bigger goals in terms of 'what am I going to do when I finish my studies?' and 'what is that full-time role that I'm looking for?'. Then it comes to transitions and this is where you actually move from where you are to where you're going and this is what most people think about when they think about career. It's applying to jobs, it's preparing for interviews, it's creating those opportunities for yourself by reaching out to your network and this is a constant cycle. The process of career development doesn't just happen once - you are reflecting on this throughout your career and it's really important to understand where you are in this process.
At Careers we can help you with a range of questions - some of those might be 'how do Ii explore possible career paths that might be right for me', or perhaps it's as straightforward as 'I need to work on my resume', or particular for postgrads, 'I need to understand how to address selection criteria'. Perhaps you're ready to prepare for a job interview and you would like to get some interview practice, or what about developing your professional brand - that means what is the brand that you're putting out there, whether it be on LinkedIn, on social media, on twitter - how are you making sure that you're making the best impression. Another common one is how do you grow your network, particularly if you're moving into a new field - how do you understand who are the people out there that can be your allies and support you as you move into this new profession.
So the services that we provide at Careers range from Careers Drop-in (which can be done virtually - you can have 15-minute sessions without
recruitment advisors), or you can have a more in-depth career consultation with a Career Consultant. We run workshops and meet-ups for post-graduates, we have employers and panel sessions here on campus, we have a fantastic online resource which you can access at any time of day in terms of supporting you with your career questions. We even have LinkedIn support in terms of helping you to develop your LinkedIn profile and using it to the best effect.
This is the career hub portal: there are job opportunities; there lots of resources and workshops; an idea of the events that are going on; as well as webinars and employer resources as well.
If you'd like to contact us, we are in UTS Central on level 4, in room 221. The best way to contact us at the moment is online via our email address, or our website where you will see all of the postgrad support available to you.
Thank you so much for listening and good luck in your future here at UTS.
Thank you, bye.
UTS Orientation - Spring 2020
Orientation is designed to help you get the most out of your studies and prepare you as a successful professional from day one of your university experience. Explore this site to learn about how the university works, what services are available to support you, and what you can get involved in to make the most of your UTS experience.