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Current Projects & Updates

Through CaRST, the University of Adelaide is broadening the research training experience for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and we in the Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) are committed to creating a high quality and contemporary training program.

Current projects include:

  • Expanding HDR training to take into account a variety of career destinations and skills development needs
  • Providing a whole-of-University approach to HDR training and collaborating with cross-University teams including the five Faculties and other central professional services units
  • Expanding online provision for students who are remote, part-time, or located on other campuses
  • Using various communication methods to educate students and staff about the new CaRST requirements
  • Undertaking a CaRST Feedback Survey
  • Procuring a centralised system for planning, tracking and recording CaRST activities online

What has influenced and shaped these projects?

There are a number of policies, strategies, and stakeholder feedback that have helped shape the CaRST program. These include:

*The top ranked transferrable skills development needs identified from 180 responses received from the AGC Skills Development Survey were:

  1. Communication skills, report writing and understanding your audience
  2. Leadership and understanding of people’s abilities
  3. Management
  4. Project management
  5. Team management
  6. Career pathways and career planning

**The most frequent training requests from 167 responses received from post-workshop feedback surveys fall into the following broad RDF subdomains:

  1. A1: Knowledge base (39%)
  2. D2: Communication and dissemination (17%)
  3. D1: Working with others (11%)
  4. C3: Finance, funding, and resources (9%)
  5. B3: Professional and career development (7%)

Progress to Date

  • Expanding HDR training to take into account a variety of career destinations and skills development needs

    Since the inception of CaRST in 2016, we have introduced the following activities:

    • Communication (Research):
      • Communicating the Impact of Your Research
      • Escaping PowerPoint Purgatory (2016 only)
      • Media Training for Scientists
      • Presenting Your Research with Confidence
      • Stand up, Speak Up and Persuade
      • Turbocharge your Writing
      • Coordination of the University’s 3MT competition
    • Leadership, Management, Project Management, and Team Management:
      • Develop your Leadership Skills as an HDR
      • Handling Difficult Conversations Well
      • Improving your Financial Literacy
      • Leadership and the Art of Influence
      • Negotiating for Positive Outcomes
      • People Skills for Rewarding Relationships
      • Strategic Thinking and Planning
      • Introduction to Project Management (AdelaideX MOOC)
      • (Coming soon) 3-part ‘Emerging Leader’ series
    • Career Pathways and Career Planning:
      • Beyond Academia – Career Planning for HDRs
      • How to Plan Your PhD
      • How to Navigate an Academic Career
      • How to Successfully Manage a Career Break
      • Persuasive Personal Brand
      • Strategic Networking
      • Transferring Research Skills into Career Options (2016 only)
      • Using Social Media in Your Career
      • (Coming Soon) 3-part ‘Transitioning to Industry’ series
      • Pilot of an online course ‘Career Control for Researchers’ for possible introduction in 2018
    • Research Methods*:
      • Creative Tools You Can Use
      • Research Methods (online) - Epigeum
      • Statistical Methods for Research (online) – Epigeum
    • Personal Effectiveness:
      • Resilient Researcher Series (4-part series)
      • Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students
      • The Balanced Researcher
      • The Imposter Syndrome
    • Research Management & Impact:
      • Commercialisation: Are You Ready?
      • Engaging with Industry
      • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
      • Introduction to University Teaching
      • IP 101
      • Winning Research Grants in the Health and Medical Sciences
      • Writing Research Grants and Fellowships for Postgraduate Students

    In addition to the above, there are also many more activities available to HDRs that have been ‘accredited’ with CaRST.

    *We hear that students want more discipline-specific training. As it is not reasonable or feasible for this kind of training to be delivered centrally, we are working with local academic areas to identify and accredit training that will cover discipline-specific subject matter, methods, and techniques.

  • Providing a whole-of-University approach to HDR training and collaborating with cross-University teams including the five Faculties and other central professional services units.

    In 2016 we instituted an accreditation process to officially recognise training from across the University as part of the CaRST program. We have established a Training Register where students can easily access information about activities eligible for CaRST credit. There are currently 165 accredited activities on the training register, which is available online here.

    As part of these efforts, we have successfully collaborated with all five Faculties and the following central units to accredit/deliver training for CaRST:

    • Adelaide Enterprise
    • AdelaideX
    • Biobank
    • Bioinformatics Hub
    • Careers Service
    • Counselling Service
    • Human Resources
    • Library
    • Office of Research Ethics, Compliance and Integrity (ORECI)
    • Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)
    • Research Services
    • Technology Services

    We also selected an internationally recognised skills development framework that allows for individual assessment and personally relevant skills development. All training activities are mapped to this framework. This enterprise-view of training permits us to assess our areas of strengths, locate the gaps, and identify opportunities for development.

  • Expanding online provision for students who are remote, part-time, or located on other campuses.

    To date we have:

    • Established a CaRST MyUni Course where HDR students can view prerecorded workshops, answer questions about the content, and receive credit towards CaRST. There are currently 9 modules available for credit
    • Adopted two online research skills training packages from Epigeum, a leading provider of online training for Universities. These include ‘Statistical Methods for Research’ and ‘Research Methods’
    • Partnered with AdelaideX to offer online courses in project management and coding to HDRs for free
    • Successfully live streamed three CaRST workshops
  • Using various communication methods to educate students and staff about the new CaRST requirements.

    To date, we have:

    • Developed a new CaRST website (2016)
    • Added information about CaRST in all relevant AGC documentation, including the online induction (2016)
    • Instituted a welcome email for new students and their supervisors
    • Delivered information sessions, which have been recorded and are available online
    • Offered weekly drop-in hours
    • Implemented a fortnightly newsletter
  • Undertaking a CaRST Feedback Survey

    A CaRST Feedback Survey was developed and distributed in August 2017 to current students and supervisors. The survey closed 29 September 2017.

  • Procuring a centralised system for planning, tracking and recording CaRST activities online.

    This work is in progress as part of the 2017 Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP)-funded project ‘Enterprise Training and Learning Management’. The project proposes to implement a new online solution in 2018 that would replace current methods.

Updated September 2017

Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) Unit
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Adelaide Graduate Centre
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA

Contact

T: +61 8 8313 5882
F: +61 8 8313 5725
carst@adelaide.edu.au