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Research training and resources

The Graduate Research School offers cross-discipline training and resources to all higher degree by research candidates and honours students.

Our interactive workshops provide you with strategies for a successful research journey; appropriate research design and methodology; timely completion of your research; and effective writing and communication.

We also offer access to a range of online training courses, research software and literature databases.

Research training workshops

Our workshops are run across all campuses and aim to develop the skills and capabilities you’ll require to deliver quality research with impact.

The program includes regular and annual workshops, as well as special events with guest presenters.

Our workshops are divided into themes:

  • Starting your research journey
  • Designing and undertaking your research
  • Writing and presenting your research
  • Special events

Some training is offered online, including:

  • Graduate Research Induction Program
  • Working with your supervisor
  • Epigeum Research Integrity modules
  • HDR Supervisor Compliance

Materials from some workshops and SOAR sessions are also available online for students unable to attend events.

The Graduate Research School runs a comprehensive training program to support and empower you to achieve a successful research project and to enhance your future career. Our workshops are primarily aimed at Doctoral and Masters by Research candidates, however honours students and ECU staff are also welcome to access training.

The Research Training program includes a mix of workshops, seminars, special courses and retreats that are facilitated by a range of experienced speakers including:

  • GRS trainers
  • External consultants
  • Library staff
  • Qualitative and quantitative research consultants
  • HDR communications advisors
  • Research Services
  • Academics from a range of disciplines
  • Special guest speakers from industry, government and community bodies

Update regarding COVID-19

Due to concerns around COVID-19 and in the interest of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, our workshops will no longer be running face-to-face for the remainder of Semester 1, 2020.  Where possible all workshops will be available as self-paced modules online, under the GRS Programs Blackboard site, or via an alternative mode of delivery. We will advise all students as soon as we confirm the alternative arrangements for our workshops and a revised Research Skills Training program will be sent out to all students soon.

All online content is available through the GRS Programs Blackboard site, which all HDR students should now have automatic access to. If you are having trouble accessing this or have any other queries,  please email

Software and databases

We give you access to software and databases that will help you develop your research skills. We also provide an extensive range of literature resources and other information.

This includes:

  • survey design and plagiarism software; and
  • database access to eBooks, journals and theses


Our YouTube video playlist offers resources and handy hints for new and continuing research students.

Videos include:

  • Preparing your proposal presentation;
  • The student-supervisor relationship;
  • Ethics application tips; and
  • Preparing a literature review.
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