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Your research journey at ECU begins today. ECU has a vibrant research culture that is recognised nationally and internationally and we have unique and innovative programs to support you through your research degree.

Support for HDR Students

As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student, you will be supported throughout your candidature with a wide range of support services at ECU. The information below provides you with key information to support the transition to your research candidature and outlines key services and contacts involved in helping you throughout your research journey.

  • Visit the Getting Started section of the Research Student Journey.
  • Ensure to check your student email for important information about your enrolment, assessments, and research skills development opportunities.
  • Become part of your research community – present and participate at conferences, seminars and workshops, attend social events and networking opportunities.
  • Find out if your school has student-led groups on research skills topics such as; research methods, writing, and publishing.
  • Take advantage of online training content available through the GRS Programs Blackboard, HDR Skills Centre and the ECU Library.
  • Visit and bookmark the Training Workshops and Events Calendar to register for upcoming research skills training and events.
  • Visit the SOAR Centre peer-to-peer service providing support and information on research skills training and career development.
  • Connect with the Student Guild Postgraduate Officer and HDR Academic Society.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest research news, events, awards, scholarships and funding opportunities – sign up to Research Weekly and GRS@ECU Google Group.

Your Supervisors are the first point of call for research advice and will provide you with support and guidance throughout your candidature. It is important to establish an effective working relationship from the start of your degree.

More information about how your supervisor will support your journey can be found in the Supervision section of the Research Student Journey.

Your enrolled school will provide you with a range of support, services and resources throughout the duration of your degree. This will include HDR supervision and assistance with the allocation of office space, specialised equipment, laboratories, and relevant research funding (if provided).

It is strongly recommended that you contact your Supervisor and relevant Course Coordinator to discuss the support provided by the School. In addition, you may contact the Associate Dean of Research within your relevant School should you need.

School HDR Course Coordinators

School Associate Deans (Research)

Be part of the University’s research themes

ECU research focuses on four themes that recognise both our collective expertise and our progressive view of the world. Explore our world-class research, research themes and strategic research institutes and centres.

Student Administration manages all enquiries related to Scholarships. We provide information and advice for prospective scholarship applicants, and current scholarship holders. Scholarships are available to work on specific projects, often in collaboration with industry or community partners.

Visit: Scholarships webpage


The Research Hub is a central support network for HDR students at ECU. Here you will be provided with advice and support on academic and administrative issues related to your research degree, such as;

  • Individualised research student support
  • Understanding responsible conduct of research
  • Research skills training and resources
  • Graduate community development and engagement

The Research Student Support Coordinators are available to help you in person and via email, phone and virtual appointments. Email GRS Student Support to schedule an appointment.

Visit: Research Intranet for Students

As a research student, you will be guided by evidenced-informed frameworks to help advance your skills, knowledge, and competencies required to be a successful researcher in today’s global research environment.

There are many skills development workshops, events and resources offered across ECU, including those facilitated by Research Services, Graduate Research, HDR Skills Centre, Schools, the Library and external providers. Bookmark the Training Workshops and Events calendar and register for upcoming training.

Visit: Research Workshops and Resources


The HDR Skills Centres (JO34.306 and ML3.170) are staffed by highly qualified and experienced HDR Communication Advisers who provide learning support to PhD, PhD–Integrated, Master by Research and Honours Research students. They help to develop research students’ communication skills in the following areas:

  • Writing, such as proposals, thesis chapters, abstracts, and draft journal manuscripts.
  • Oral skills for conference presentations, 3MT and PhD examination skills.
  • English as an additional language skills development in on-campus EAL workshops and online modules called EAL Online.
  • Language chat groups.
  • The COCA at ECU research language phrase bank.
  • Other online resources found in the HDR Skills Centre Blackboard page.

HDR Communication Advisers can be contacted on We work alongside Graduate Research Services, collaborating closely with Research Methodology Advisers and SOAR Peer Advisers, to provide an integrated support service for research students.

ECU has a library located on Joondalup, Mount Lawley and Bunbury campuses where researchers can access print collections and a research-supportive space. We provide extended library information and research services via our online database collections and interactive communication platforms. Our librarians are available to meet with researchers on campus and online. Our digital repository Research Online features research outputs produced by staff and postgraduate students of Edith Cowan University.

The Library-Research Services team provide a range of information resources for the complete research lifecycle. Visit A Research Companion for information on one-to-one consultations, workshops and advice on research databases, information sourcing and referencing, managing your research data, publishing advice and promoting your research.

Visit: Library Services


In addition to the above support for HDR candidates, ECU offers a range of services that you may find useful throughout your candidature. Some key services are listed below. For a full list, visit the Student Intranet.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

  • Kurongkurl Katitjin provides resources in support of current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at ECU.

Student Life

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Counselling & Equity
  • Student Health

Careers and Employability Services

  • Careers Advisers
  • Career Hub

ECU Student Guild

  • Postgraduate information, representation and advice on issues that affect ECU postgraduate students.
  • Student assist, events, clubs and societies, book rooms and equipment.

Digital and Campus Services (DCS)

  • Assistance with connecting research specific devices to the ECU network
  • Research data storage (via a variety of local and cloud storage options)
  • Cloud storage

Alumni Relations

  • The Alumni Relations team support ECU Alumni with a range of programs and activities to keep you connected to ECU and ensure you gain life-long value from your studies.

Upcoming events


Write Smarter: Feel Better

Personal and Professional Development
HDR Students
Write Smarter: Feel Better is a peer mentoring program for Higher Degree by Research students held monthly in 2 hour writing sessions in small groups with an informal, friendly and social environment.

Between writing blocks of 20 mins, discussion is held about common student experiences to support you and reduce isolation.

Participate in person or online via Teams.


Cyber West Summit 2021

Engagement and Impact
Research staff
Higher Degree by Research

The WA AustCyber Innovation Hub (WAACIH) has announced the Cyber West Summit, Perth’s largest cyber security and innovation summit for 2021. Cyber West is the first marquee collaboration between Western Australia’s New Industries Innovation Hubs, and sees the WAACIH partnering with the WA Data Science Innovation Hub and MTP Connect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub for an event that will showcases cyber security as an enabler of industry and our economy.

Confirmed speakers include WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security, Tim Watts MP, and the CEO of MTP Connect, Dr Dan Grant. The full line-up of speakers is still in development and we invite those interested in speaking to register their interest through the event website.

The event will take place over two days, June 24 & 25 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth.


Data documentation and Metadata

Research Governance
Data Management
Research Planning
Research staff
Higher Degree by Research students

Data documentation and the creation of metadata are often overlooked components of data management. Maintain good documentation of your research data is key to ensure its usability in the short and long term and its longevity in the future. With the increase of data repositories and sharing, creating rich metadata aid in the discoverability of your data.

This workshop aligns with the Research Governance domain of the Researcher Professional Development Framework (RPDF).

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