Professional skills: training and resources

These are programs to support you in gaining professional skills for careers within or external to academia.

Communication, publication and authorship

Publishing and presenting

How to Write a Good Paper 21 November 2018

Peer Review training through Publons (online course)

Curtin students have access to the Publons Academy, which offers a practical peer review training course designed for early career researchers. The course has been developed together with expert academics and editors in order to give you the core competencies and skills needed of a peer reviewer. Visit the Publons Academy website for more information.

PhD2Published (blog)

PhD2Published is an academic writing and publishing support community. It features hundreds of blog posts on various aspects of academic publishing such as writing book proposals, journal articles and reviewer comments, presenting at conferences and publishing with open access journals.

Authorship – Who Writes the Papers? (slides and video presentation)

Echos/iLectures (14 May 2018)

Presenting Your Research with Confidence, by Hugh Kearns (slides, handouts and video presentation)

Publishing Tips and Strategies – Librarian’s Perspective (slides and video presentation)

Seminar 15 June 2017

Presentation competitions

Three Minute Thesis competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) is a great way for PhD students to learn to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes.

Falling Walls Lab Australia competition

In this competition organised by the Falling Walls Foundation, participants are given three minutes to present their research work, business model or initiative to a broad audience from science and industry, including a distinguished jury who selects the most innovative and promising idea.

FameLab live science communication competition

Famelab is a research presentation competition where entrants must explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just three minutes.

Finance, funding and resources

Engagement and impact


Industry Doctoral Training Centre by the Australian Technology Network (training program)

The ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) is a research training program which focuses on research projects that help solve industry problems. It’s a joint collaboration of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (Curtin, RMIT, QUT, UniSA and UTS).

Advancing Western Australia Research Education (various training programs)

Advancing Western Australia Research Education (AWARE) is a collaboration between the five WA universities involving the research higher degree areas of each university (Curtin University, ECU, UWA, Murdoch and Notre Dame). The program aims to provide higher degree by research students in WA with opportunities to develop their research and professional skills. Two main initiatives are offered: the INSPIRE conference and seminar series, and iPREPWA, an industry based six-week internship that gives small teams of HDR students the opportunity to work in small teams to develop solutions for industry projects and problems.

Visit the AWARE website website to find out more about these and other initiatives and events.

E-Grad Engage

e-Grad School by the Australian Technology Network (online courses)

The e-Grad School (Australia) is a virtual graduate school providing fully online high quality training and professional development for post-graduate researchers. It’s a joint collaboration of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (Curtin, RMIT, QUT, UniSA and UTS) and its modules are free for Curtin students.

The modules are five weeks duration and include topics to help you consider, critique and contextualise your research; lead projects, people and careers; and engage with innovation, end-users and industry.

Visit the eGSA Online modules website to view the timetable and download the flyer.

Creating Impact for Research through Social Media Media Engagement Services explain their unique strategy to generate impact through the creative use of social media by researchers

Creating Impact for Research Through Social Media covers:

  • How to set up a social media network to create impact for research

  • How to identify potential end-users for a network and how to include them

  • How to attract new, unknown potential end-users to a network

  • How to conduct a network to keep potential end-users engaged with the research

This is a seminar that every researcher from any discipline must see if they want to maximise impact for their research.

Research management

Data management

NVivo Qualitative Analysis Workshops (face-to-face workshops)

NVivo11 is text analysis software designed for qualitative researchers. As a data management tool, it has coding, linking, querying, searching and modelling capacities.

NVivo Qualitative Analysis Workshops provide a practical, ‘hands on’ introduction to NVivo11. The workshops cover:

  • Creating a project
  • Importing documents in a range of formats
  • Importing webpages and datasets
  • Creating nodes and node folders
  • Coding data
  • Working with literature
  • Simple querying of data
  • Visualisation of data
  • Generating reports and exporting from NVivo

Contact Amma Buckley on for more information.

Research Data Management (video presentation)

Recorded Presentation November 2017

Research Data Management Libguide (online guide)

The Curtin Library has a comprehensive guide to research data management.


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