Humanities research

Graduate Research Hub

The Humanities Graduate Research Hub is a fully equipped facility designed to foster a supportive and collaborative research environment for our higher degree by research (HDR) students. The Hub consists of two working areas (rooms 118/119 and 136), a printing area, two meeting rooms and a common room. It’s equipped with fast wi-fi connectivity, multifunction copying and printing services and storage lockers.

The Hub is located on Level 1 of Building 209 on the Perth campus and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is managed by the Faculty of Humanities.

Hub access

If you’re a Humanities HDR student you can apply for general access to the Hub, which will allow you to use most of the common facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you’re based overseas, interstate or regional and you plan to visit the Perth campus, you can apply for general access to the Hub for the duration of your visit.

To apply for access, email

Hot desks

Workspaces in the Graduate Research Hub are available to all Humanities HDR students on a hot desk basis only. No workspace is allocated for the exclusive use of an individual student. All workspaces are available on a first come/first served basis.

Students can’t reserve space in these areas, and they can’t leave their belongings on a hot desk in order to ‘claim’ a space for extended periods, beyond taking reasonable short breaks.

Room 136 is equipped with monitors, Lenovo and Dell docking stations, keyboards and mice at all workspaces. Room 118/119 has no computer equipment and is suitable if you prefer to work only on your laptop.

Storage lockers

We provide individually lockable storage units so you can store your study materials securely. Storage is allocated by the Faculty for a period of one year, with the option to renew.

Be aware that although the lockers are near the hot desks, the location of the locker doesn’t entitle the occupant of that storage space to the nearest hot desk.

Locker Guidelines

  • If you’re on a leave of absence or on extended fieldwork, notify so we can make arrangements regarding your storage space.
  • Once you’ve submitted your thesis you should vacate the storage space.
  • If you no longer need your locker please leave it locked.
  • An allocated storage space must be used on a regular basis. Storage not used on a regular basis will be allocated to someone else.
  • It’s your responsibility to keep your locker locked.
  • Please don’t write on the lockers or place stickers on them.
  • All food items must be kept in the cupboards in the common room.
  • The black coin operated lockers are for casual use only.

To apply for a storage locker or to let us know of any problems with them, contact

Meeting rooms

There are two bookable meeting rooms in the Hub, both with swipe card access:

  • Room 209:104 (located inside the common room) with seating for 10, teleconference and projection equipment
  • Room 209:107 with seating for 8, teleconference and video-conferencing equipment

The two meeting rooms are available to all Hub users and Humanities staff. Meeting Room 209-104 can also be accessed casually whenever it’s free, as long as it’s vacated for bookings. These meeting rooms are not intended for solo work or primarily social activities, and work-related use by groups will take precedence over casual users.

Bookings are managed through Humanities Graduate Studies, generally on a first come/first served basis.

For bookings please contact Prior to the commencement of your booking you’ll need to sign out the key from room 209.215 (through the glass doors opposite the lift on level 2).

These rooms can book out so it’s best to book them well in advance if possible.

Common room

The common room is for the use of Humanities HDR students and staff. The area is equipped with:

  • Microwaves
  • Fridges
  • Sandwich maker
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Storage cupboards for food
  • Couches
  • Tea, coffee and milk (supplied by the Faculty for student use)

All regular users of the Hub are expected to volunteer to help with the tea, coffee and milk supplies and to keep the area clean. A call for volunteers will be posted in the common room every four months and students are rostered on a monthly basis.

The common room cannot be booked for functions/events except at the discretion of the Dean.


The hot desk areas within the Hub are scholarly work areas, and we ask that you respect the quiet working environment. These dedicated workrooms are mobile-free zones. Noise levels in these areas should be kept to a reasonable minimum, and everyone should ensure that non-work activities are conducted in such a manner and in such locations as to prevent disturbance to anyone else.

While scholarly progress is often favoured by a degree of peace and quiet, people do sometimes make noise when they get together and collaborate. As a general matter of mutual respect, requests to keep it down or take it elsewhere should be made without rancour, and honoured with good grace.

In contrast, the meeting and common rooms are intended for group discussion and creative interaction. Users should still ensure they do not interfere with the productivity of colleagues in other areas of the Hub.

Curtin takes personal safety and wellbeing very seriously and has a zero tolerance policy for violence, harassment and discrimination. Everyone has a right to feel safe in the Hub. All of the policies, laws and regulations that apply generally on campus apply within the Hub as well. Failure to observe these, as well as egregious or repeated breaches of common courtesy, will result in exclusion from access to the Hub.

Contact details

In case any issues arise please contact responsible areas directly.

ProblemArea responsibleContact details
Printers CITSext 9000
Laptops CITSext 9000
Paper for printers 209.215
Docking stations CITSext 9000
Maintenance problems, such as: short circuiting of electricity, flickering lights, air conditioning, plumbing issues, etc Curtin Properties ext 2020
After hours maintenanceSafer Community Team ext 4444
Problems with insects/pests, microwaves, fridges, etc

School contacts

For enquiries about Milestone applications, enrolment, study leave, funding, computing issues, sessional teaching and mobility opportunities, contact the Director of Graduate Research for your school.

Faculty librarian

To get help finding and accessing research articles and referencing material, contact the Faculty of Humanities librarian.