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ECU’s Graduate Research School supports higher degree researchers by providing training, resources, peer-to-peer support, networking opportunities and social events to honours, masters and doctoral candidates and their supervisors.

The School provides services and support through three key areas:

  • Research student support;
  • Research training and resources; and
  • The SOAR Centre.

The GRS promotes high quality in research programs and outcomes through the development of sound policies and procedures and information. The School also fosters good practice in supervision through the provision of training and compliance procedures for supervisory staff.

ECU’s Graduate Research School supports higher degree researchers by providing training, resources, peer-to-peer support, networking opportunities and social events to honours, masters and doctoral candidates and their supervisors.

The Graduate Research School provides services and support through three key areas:

  • Research student support co-ordinators and research advisers;
  • Research training and resources, including the Graduate Research Induction Program (GRIP) and
  • The SOAR Centre

GRS promotes high quality in research programs and outcomes through the development of sound policies and procedures and information. The GRS also fosters good practice in supervision through the provision of training and compliance procedures for supervisory staff.

GRS also works collaboratively with other Western Australian graduate schools to provide training and industry placement opportunities. The Advancing Western Australian Research Education (AWARE) network organises and facilitates the iPREP WA program, ResBaz conference and other joint initiatives. Visit www.waresearch.com.au for more information.

Admissions, Scholarships, Research Assessments and other administrative matters are dealt with in Student Administration. While Student Administration update your records for your candidature, the Coordinator(s) Research Student Support (CRSS) in the Graduate Research School monitors your supervision and progress.

Student Life also provides assistance with housing, financial aid, language and learning skills, counselling, careers and employment, disability liaison and health services. A catalogue of services available to all students can be accessed through the student portal. Access to the student/staff portal is on the ECU homepage.

It is important to find supervisors whose research aligns with your area of interest, and who also inspire you. Check their research history, including journal and book publications, keynotes, collaborations, grants, and other research they have been involved in. Find out if they have a public research profile, social media presence, or if they have been interviewed in the media.

Some areas encourage students to contact any prospective supervisors, to discuss the potential research. This is a good chance to ascertain their supervisory style, and if it will align with your own learning style and personality.

For a list of available Supervisors please contact the relevant School, or visit their staff page.

ECU offers PhD, Master by Research and Honours students opportunities to undertake research projects aligned with school research priorities and attached to grants and larger research programs,

These may be individual projects, or collaborations with institutions or industry partners. In some cases, the projects may also include funding opportunities such as scholarships.

To find out about the research project opportunities in a given school, visit the school project page listed below.

A research doctoral degree involves making an original contribution to knowledge through the successful completion of a research project. The project will involve identifying a topic, conducting research and presenting the outcomes as a thesis, or a creative project with an exegesis. Edith Cowan University offers 4-year doctoral degrees, with flexible study options to support the development of active, engaged researchers. This includes the Integrated PhD, which offers a structured foundation year of research preparation for candidates who do not have prior research experience.

Applying for a Research Degree

The purpose of the research proposal is to guide the Schools in determining whether:

  • the proposed project aligns to the research areas of the School;
  • the project can be matched with expertise within the School;
  • the project is an appropriate scope and level for the degree being applied for, and is likely to contribute to new knowledge and have impact; and
  • the resources, infrastructure, and support required to complete the project are available.

You may consult with a member of academic staff on developing the proposal, however the proposal must be written and referenced by you.

A proposal should be a maximum of two pages in length. There is no set template for writing a proposal, but it should include, as a guide:

  1. Project Title
  2. Project Summary and alignment to the research areas of the School
    1. What is it you intend to investigate?
    2. Describe how the proposed research project links to research in the School. <insert link to each School’s research activity pages>
  3. Project Aims, Significance and Impact
    1. Provide context/background to the project via a short review of existing literature.
    2. Outline the research problem/research questions/hypotheses.
    3. What do you think will be the main contribution to new knowledge?
    4. Why is this important? Are there possible societal, economic or other beneficiaries to the proposed research?
  4. Broad/brief outline of methodology
    1. General research approach (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, creative practice)
    2. Data collection and analysis
    3. Theoretical frameworks (if applicable)
  5. Other factors for consideration (if applicable)
    1. Special resources (e.g. specialist software, equipment)
    2. Ethical considerations
    3. Field work

ECU has signed a number of agreements with foreign governments to offer jointly funded doctoral scholarships. These countries include China, Pakistan, Oman, Zambia and Columbia.

  • China Partnerships (Link)China Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD Scholarship
  • Pakistan Pakistan Partnerships (Link)HEC PhD Scholarship
  • HEC PhD Scholarship

For more information contact the Graduate Research School: grs_strategic@ecu.edu.au

iPREPWA

iPREPWA is an ECU-led initiative to support research collaboration between the universities and industries of Western Australia. The program involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD students, from all five WA universities, working on a six week project with an industry partner during their thesis examination period. Participating industry partners include Fortescue Metals Group, Roy Hill, CITIC Pacific Mining, Department of Health, Department of Culture and the Arts and CingleVue.

ECU doctoral students have the opportunity to spend this time developing valuable workplace skills that will ultimately benefit them as they seek future employment. For more information visit the IPREPWA web site.

ECU Industry PhD Scholarship

The Industry PhD scholarship provides a pathway for PhD candidates to link with an industry partner, community organisation or government agency. Candidates collaborate with a partner organisation for the duration of their degree, allowing them to be immersed in an authentic industry experience, developing creative solutions for real-world problems while still receiving guidance on their research from their supervisors at ECU.

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from supervisors and from potential partner organisations. To apply please download, read and complet the Industry PhD Scholarship Guidelines for Supervisors and Expression of Interest: Industry PhD scholarship.

For more information and to submit your Expression of Interest, email the Graduate Research School.

ECU-CSIRO-Industry PhD Scholarship

The ECU-CSIRO-Industry PhD program is a dedicated 4-year applied research project that has been developed to bring research and industry together. The program addresses three key areas:

  1. Increasing the number of high-calibre STEM PhD graduates in applied research and technology careers
  2. Increasing innovation and industry-focussed, practical research training
  3. Providing more incentive and opportunities for Australian businesses to employ STEM PhD researchers

Candidates work with a team of supervisors from ECU, CSIRO and an Industry partner for the period of study. The program includes professional development for candidates and supervisors, and a 6-month industry internship to enable candidates to develop their business skills experience.

The program specifications can be downloaded from the box on the right of this page. For more information about requirements for industry partners, supervisors and PhD candidates, and to submit your Expression of Interest, email the Graduate Research School.

APR Intern

The APR.Intern program aims to support industry-based training of PhD research students in all Australian universities, to increase employability and broaden business and university collaborations.

The program is open to women and men with an emphasis on gender equity, domestic, regional, Indigenous and disadvantaged PhD students into STEM internships.

Along with their research skills, our PhD students bring perseverance, tenacity and logic to a project.

For more information, visit APR Intern.

The Good Practice Framework

The Good Practice Framework for Research Training provides institutions with a framework and template to help achieve quality research training.

Institutions are encouraged to use the Good Practice Framework to perform a review of quality assurance in their research training. This can be achieved by using a gap analysis template to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. The gap analysis template provides a means of reviewing and evaluating an institution’s practices and processes in relation to the Framework, identify where change is required, if at all, and allow the institution to identify actions to be taken to improve quality in research training.

ECU has developed a gap analysis template. The template can be downloaded, customised and used by institutions to review their higher degree by research practices, policies and procedures against the Framework. This information can further be used to benchmark research training processes and practices between universities to demonstrate areas of good practice and identify areas for improvement in the quality of research training within Australia.

For more information about the framework, contact:
Dean, Graduate Research School
Professor Joe Luca
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3906
Email: j.luca@ecu.edu.au

Improving Supervisor Practice Toolkit

Supervising research candidates is a complex business, and requires a diverse range of skills and information at different stages of candidature. This toolkit outlines a 10 phase supervisor model, with a range of “tools” in each phase to help both new  and experienced supervisors develop solutions to supervisory issues, problems and relationships. The toolkit provides:

  • Over 100 new tools that can help develop and support your supervision practice
  • Clearly defined phases of supervision within the context of a supervisor model
  • Strategies for exploring and using the tools through discussion of common supervisor dilemmas

See also: https://intranet.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/787818/ebookv1_ISP_July2014.pdf

DDOGS Good Practice Guidelines and Resources

For more information on DDOGS Good Practice Guidelines and Resources visit the Deans and Directors of Graduate Research website.

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