Resources and Support

Embarking on an HDR degree is a big undertaking, and at times HDR candidates can feel overwhelmed. There are many resources and services at UNSW Medicine to provide the support HDR candidates need to suit their own unique circumstances.

Candidate Higher Degree Committee

The Faculty organises quarterly Candidate Higher Degree Committee meetings with candidate representatives from all schools. These meetings provide a forum to allow candidates to provide feedback directly to the Faculty, as well as a way for the Faculty to share with them key aspects of the Faculty’s strategy to support their candidature.

The Candidate Higher Degree Committee runs candidate-led initiatives addressing affairs across multiple UNSW Medical Schools.

Representatives share the information with all HDR candidates within their school via their HDR candidate society and by utilizing appropriate communication channels within their schools.

Postgraduate Coordinators and Administrators

Each of our Schools and Centres has a Postgraduate Research Coordinator and a Postgraduate Research Administrator.

Your Postgraduate Research Coordinator is here to provide advice, guide you through the process and ensure you feel supported throughout your candidature.

Get in touch

Policies and Procedures

Forms, Procedures and Policies for Research Candidates can be found on the Graduate Research School website.

Town Hall Sessions in Schools

The Director of Postgraduate Research in Medicine offers Town Hall sessions in your school to provide HDR candidates with information on new HDR initiatives at UNSW and in Medicine, Candidature Management and Faculty Support Services.

CAPS (Counselling and Psychology Services)

Undertaking an HDR degree is stressful and there will be times when issues arise that cannot be addressed by your supervisor or Postgraduate Coordinator.

The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW. A range of services are offered to assist students to make the most of their university experiences, such as:

  • individual counselling
  • specific programs, workshops and seminars for skills development
  • self-help resources so that students can help themselves to information and resources that promote wellbeing and adjustment to university life.

Staying up to date

HDR in Medicine: Join this Yammer group to stay up to date with relevant events, workshops and seminars, prizes, scholarships and updates to policies.

Graduate Research News: A great resource to find out latest information on upcoming events, seminars, awards and achievements.

Researcher Development eBulletin

Theme newsletters:

Find out more about the Medicine Themes and subscribe to newsletters for updates on opportunities, news and events across the research networks:

Cancer

Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction

Non-Communicable Diseases

Triple I (Infectious disease, Immunity & Inflammation)

UNSW Medicine Induction for new candidates

UNSW Medicine invites newly commenced HDR candidates to attend the twice-yearly HDR Induction Day, usually held in Term 1 and Term 3.

The Induction is a separate event from the Orientation events organised by the Graduate Research School and the school inductions.

During the event new HDR candidates can meet various UNSW representatives who could provide support services throughout their candidature, including:

  • Postgraduate Coordinators & Postgraduate Administrators
  • Themes Executive Officers
  • Mentor & Mentee from HDR Peer Mentoring Program
  • Alumni
  • Library
    UNSW Library Research consultations connect researchers to the information and skills needed to support their research, to have specific research queries answered, locate relevant information tools and develop research strategies tailored to their individual or group needs.
  • Stats Central
    Stats Central is able to offer consulting services for free to postgraduate research candidates. They can provide you with free advice on the design of your study - preferably from the beginning! They also offer short courses and monthly seminars.
  • The Learning Centre
    The Learning Centre offers academic skills support to all postgraduate research candidates enrolled at UNSW.
  • Careers and Employment
    Careers and Employment provides guidance and practical tools in how you can take your research skills and putting them into industry and academic positions.
  • Counselling and Psychological Services
    CAPS provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW. A range of services are offered to assist students to make the most of their university experiences, such as:
    • individual counselling
    • specific programs, workshops and seminars for skills development
    • self-help resources so that students can help themselves to information and resources that promote wellbeing and adjustment to university life.
  • Equity Diversity and Inclusion
    Get in contact to get answers and find out about initiatives and support services relating to LGBTIQ, Disability, Cultural Diversity, Gender and other EDI topics.

Registration: Registration information will be emailed to you directly and via your school.
Contact: med.dgr@unsw.edu.au