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Research support staff

It's important for you to seek help early in your research journey, or as soon as issues arise. There are many dedicated staff members across ECU who can provide advice and support on academic and administrative issues related to postgraduate research.

Research Consultants

Research  consultants help you make the transition to the culture of research. The aim of this service is to support you in developing the skills to effectively plan and carry out your own research.  Consultants will  discuss topics such as:

  • planning research projects and keeping on target;
  • choice of methods to suit research questions;
  • research design;
  • data management and analysis;
  • interpretation, reporting and presentation of findings; and
  • conceptual issues in producing a final thesis or exegesis.


Dr Neil Ferguson
Research Consultant
Learning Support, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Location: Mount Lawley campus
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6047

Research Writing Consultants

The Research Writing Consultants  assist research students improve their ability to communicate their research. This is a normal part of the journey to becoming independent researchers and is essential for both English speakers and students whose first language is not English.

You can make initial contact with the Research Writing Consultant who has been assigned to your School. They will discuss your needs and determine how best to assist you:

Dr Amanda Harris (works Mondays, Fridays and alternative Thursdays)
Research Writing Consultant
Schools: School of Arts and Humanities (Psychology and Criminology only), School of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Location: JO8.426
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5125
Mobile: 0410 861 366

Dr Helen Renwick (works Mondays, Tuesdays, and alternate Wednesdays)
Research Writing Consultant
Schools: School of Engineering, School of Science
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5191

Dr Jo McFarlane (works on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)
Research Writing Consultant
Schools: School of Education, WAAPA
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6966

Research Ethics

This office provides information, support and guidance about:

  • preliminary reviews of research applications for ethics approval;
  • feedback to applicants prior to application submission;
  • liaising between Ethics Committees and students; and
  • ensuring that all approved research projects are effectively monitored.

For more information contact Research Ethics.

Library Services

The library can provide you with a wide range of services to facilitate postgraduate research.

Make an appointment to discuss search strategies, key subject databases, tracking new publications, referencing, Document Delivery and EndNote, researcher information such as research impact, researcher IDs, publication metrics, research data management and publishing options.

For more information, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Research Assessments

Provides information and advice about:

  • research progress reports;
  • changes to your supervisors;
  • confirmation of candidature procedures; and
  • thesis examination.

Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3911

HDR Enquiries

Provides information and advice about:

  • admission to the degree;
  • re-enrolments; and
  • enrolment variations.

Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3434

Research Scholarships

This office provides information and advice for:

  • prospective scholarship applicants; and
  • current scholarship holders.

For more information contact Scholarships.

SOAR Centre

A peer-to-peer service providing support and information with a focus on research skills training and career development.

For more information and appointments contact the SOAR Centre.

Graduate Research School

We provide information and advice about:

  • research training and resources;
  • networking opportunities and social events;
  • higher degree by research policy;
  • peer-to-peer support through the SOAR Centre.

For more information contact the Graduate Research School.

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