Contacts and help for research students

Who to ask for help

There are many areas that can assist you on your journey as a research student but it  can be difficult to know where to start when you need advice. The information provided below is designed to assist you in finding the right advice as easily as possible.

Course Entry

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Course entry requirementsMehari Tesfamariam, Mike RobertsGRS.FutureStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 1
Applications for admissionMehari Tesfamariam, Mike RobertsGRS.FutureStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 1
Updates on progress of applications for course entryMehari Tesfamariam, Mike RobertsGRS.FutureStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 1
Finding a supervisorSchool Director of Graduate ResearchSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Master of Research courses – applying for entryMehari Tesfamariam, Mike RobertsGRS.FutureStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 1
Questions about Collaborative and Joint HDR programsDean NewmanROC-Excellence@curtin.edu.au08 9266 4301

Scholarships

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Enquiries about available scholarshipsDoreen Phan, Tammy RafalaResearch_Scholarships@curtin.edu.au

08 9266 3337 Option 3
Scholarship policy mattersDoreen Phan, Tammy RafalaResearch_Scholarships@curtin.edu.au

08 9266 3337 Option 3
Scholarship payment issuesDoreen Phan, Tammy RafalaResearch_Scholarships@curtin.edu.au

08 9266 3337 Option 3

Enrolment and Progress

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Initial enrolment in courseMehari Tesfamariam, Mike RobertsGRS.FutureStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 1
Clarification of Milestone due datesZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Updates on progress of Milestone applicationsZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Advice on changing study rate or taking leaveSupervisor, School Director of Graduate ResearchSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Process and rules for taking leave from your studiesZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Process and rules for changing study rateZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Advice on converting to another HDR courseSupervisor, School Director of Graduate Research See 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Process and rules for converting to another courseZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Questions about Annual Progress ReportsJo BoycottGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Accessing and completing Research Integrity TrainingTania LerchROC-Excellence@curtin.edu.au08 9266 4366
Accessing and using TurnItInTania LerchROC-Excellence@curtin.edu.au08 9266 4366
Master of Research courses – requirements for enrolled studentsZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Advice on withdrawing from your courseSupervisor, School Director of Graduate Research See 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Process for withdrawing from your courseZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Process and rules for requesting extensions to thesis submission date.Jo BoycottGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2
Advice on termination and ‘Show Cause’ notificationsJo BoycottGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2

Resources and Facilities

IssueContact Person EmailPhone Number
Advice on funding your researchSupervisor, School Director of Graduate StudiesSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Advice on computing resources and facilitiesSchool Director of Graduate Research, School administrative staffSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Issues with computing resources and facilitiesSchool Director of Graduate Research, School administrative staffSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of Directors of Graduate Research
Access to buildings and facilitiesSchool administration staff
Use of conference support funds for doctoral studentsZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 299 3337 Option 2
Enquiries about the use of Research Support FundsZalila Abdul Rahman, Steven CheahGRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 299 3337 Option 2
Problems using the Concur systemConcur HelpdeskConcurHelpdesk@curtin.edu.au08 9266 2319

Development Opportunities

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Requests for teaching/sessional workSupervisor, School administration office
Seminars, training and professional development for research studentsTania LerchROC-Excellence@curtin.edu.au08 9266 4366
Internships and industry placements during studyKatie FlanaganROC-Excellence@curtin.edu.au08 9266 4248

Thesis Submission and Examinations

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Process of submitting your thesis for examinationCatherine MartinGRS.ThesisExams@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 4
Updates on thesis examinationsCatherine MartinGRS.ThesisExams@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 4
Policy matters related to thesis examinationsCatherine MartinGRS.ThesisExams@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 4

Other Matters

IssueContact PersonEmailPhone Number
Trouble filling out formsSupervisor
Enquiries about the Register of SupervisorsCharmaine CraganGRS.Academic@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3155
Reporting grievances with your supervisory teamSchool Director of Graduate ResearchSee 'Help in your School' below for a listing of School Directors of Graduate Research
Reporting issues with your supervisory team not resolved at the School levelFaculty Dean of ResearchSee below for a listing of Faculty Deans of Research
Complaints and grievances that could not be resolved at the School or Faculty levelDean of the Graduate Research School, Team Leader of the Graduate Research SchoolGRS.Dean@curtin.edu.au; GRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3337 Option 2

Help in your School

Each school has a Director of Graduate Research (DGR) who oversees the management of HDR programs in schools. While most issues should be discussed with your supervisor in the first instance, some of the reasons you may need to contact a DGR for help include trouble filling out forms required, checking on the progress of Milestone application, advice on changing enrolment arrangements or taking leave from your studies, advice on funding sources, assistance with computing resources and issues, requests for sessional teaching work and requests to help you establish mobility opportunities.

See below to find the Director of Graduate Research for your School.

Directors of Graduate Research

Faculty of Business and Law

SchoolDirector of Graduate ResearchEmailPhone Number
School of AccountingDr Harj SinghH.Singh@cbs.curtin.edu.au08 9266 7904
Curtin Law SchoolProfessor Helen HodgsonHelen.Hodgson@curtin.edu.au08 9266 5620
School of Economics and FinanceProfessor Ruhul SalimRuhul.Salim@cbs.curtin.edu.au08 9266 4577
School of MarketingDr Min TeahMKTG.HDR@cbs.curtin.edu.au08 9266 4348
School of ManagementAssociate Professor Paul AlexanderMAN_HDR@cbs.curtin.edu.au08 9266 9666

Faculty of Health Sciences

SchoolDirector of Graduate ResearchEmailPhone Number
National Drug Research InstituteAssociate Professor Nyanda McBrideN.McBride@curtin.edu.au08 9266 1602
School of Nursing, Midwifery and ParamedicineProfessor Gavin LeslieG.Leslie@curtin.edu.au08 9266 2070
School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech PathologyAssociate Professor Robyn MartinR.Martin@curtin.edu.au08 9266 2756
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical SciencesAssociate Professor Cyril MamotteC.Mamotte@curtin.edu.au08 9266 7517
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise ScienceDr Leanda McKennaL.McKenna@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3660
School of PsychologyAssociate Professor Moira O'ConnorM.OConnor@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3450
School of Public HealthAssociate Professor Jonine JanceyPublicHealthResearch@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3807

Faculty of Humanities

School Director of Graduate ResearchEmailPhone Number
Centre for Aboriginal StudiesAssociate Professor Marion KickettMarion.Kickett@curtin.edu.au08 9266 1859
School of Design and Built EnvironmentDr Annette CondelloDBE_HDR@curtin.edu.au08 9266 7855
School of EducationProfessor John WilliamsHUM-ED-HDR@curtin.edu.au08 9266 5814
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social InquiryDr Susanna CastledenMCASIHDRSupport@curtin.edu.au08 9266 2823

Faculty of Science and Engineering

SchoolDirector of Graduate ResearchEmailPhone Number
School of Earth and Planetary SciencesAssociate Professor Ahmed El-MowafyEPS.DGR@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3403
School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical SciencesProfessor Ba Tuong VoBa-Tuong.Vo@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3849
School of Molecular and Life SciencesProfessor Damien ArriganMLSDirGradRes@curtin.edu.au08 9266 9735
WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical EngineeringDr Hussein ZnadH.Znad@curtin.edu.au08 9266 9893
School of Civil and Mechanical EngineeringDr Ranjan SarukkaligeCME-DGR@curtin.edu.au08 9266 3530

The Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School (GRS) oversees high level policy, administration and leadership matters related to Curtin’s HDR programs. You may need to contact the GRS is you are having issues in your course and you have not been able to have these adequately addressed at the School or Faculty level.

You may also come into contact with the GRS if your enrolment status is set to conditional or during your thesis examination.

If you are a current student and need advice from the Graduate Research School please email GRS.CurrentStudents@curtin.edu.au or phone (08) 9266 3337 (and select 2).

Visiting the Graduate Research School

You are welcome to come and discuss your matters with a member of the GRS team in our consultation zone. The GRS consultation zone is located in Building 101 on the Bentley Campus.

Building 101 is a shared working space for a number of Curtin administration teams so please ensure you make an appointment for your visit.


If you are having difficulties with your supervisor

If you are experiencing difficulties with your supervisor you should raise these with your thesis chair.

If you feel it is not appropriate to discuss your concerns with your thesis chair, or you feel your thesis chair has not adequately addressed your concerns, you should raise the matter with the Director of Graduate Research (DGR) for your School.

If you feel it is not appropriate to discuss your concerns with your DGR, or you feel your DGR has not adequately addressed your concerns, you should raise the matter with your Head of School or the Dean of Research for your faculty.

If you feel your concerns have not been appropriately addressed at the School and Faculty level, you should raise your concerns with the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence.

You may also seek advice from the Curtin Student Guild’s Student Assist team. Student Assist is a support and advocacy service. You can visit the Guild at Building 106F on Bentley Campus, call Student Assist on 9266 2900 or email: student.assist@guild.curtin.edu.au.

You may also consider the following:


Student Wellbeing Advisory Service

Struggling with a personal or study issue? Or is something else making life difficult? Maybe you are just confused about the campus or some university paperwork? Contact Curtin’s Student Wellbeing Advisory Service for helpful, caring, confidential assistance.

Important note: In the event of emergency, especially if any person is in danger, call the Police on 000.


Curtin Counselling Services

Curtin’s Counselling Services Team offers students a safe professional environment to deal with any issues affecting work or study. They provide a free and confidential service that focuses on short-term therapy.


Curtin Safer Community Team

The Safer Community Team offer 24 hour service, every day of the year to the Bentley, Technology Park, CBD and Kalgoorlie campuses.

The Safer Community Team offer a range of services and systems to keep our campuses safe and friendly. The team are trained to manage general safety and security issues, in addition to complex crisis issues such as physical and sexual assault.

Phone: (08) 9266 4444 or email: securitycommsoffice@curtin.edu.au