Skills development program

The Graduate Research School is introducing a new HDR Candidate Skills Development Program (SDP) at Federation University Australia (FedUni).

The current Graduate Centre Program for first year candidates will be replaced by the new SDP. PhD and Masters by Research candidates will be required to complete the core and optional requirements of the program as described below.

Goals and objectives of the program

The HDR Skills Development Program supports PhD and Masters by Research candidates to timely completion; and assists them to develop and document a suite of transferable skills, useful across many fields of endeavor. Sessions will be identified as focusing on one or both of these goals. The program will also facilitate networking opportunities among our HDR candidates.

The objectives of FedUni’s HDR Skills Development Program are to:

  • Support the successful and timely completion of our candidates’ higher degrees by research
  • Provide a mechanism by which HDR candidates can identify gaps in their own skill sets and work towards filling these gaps during their candidature.
  • Provide opportunities for HDR candidates to develop skills that they have identified as useful either for their candidature or for their future employment prospects.
  • Provide a mechanism by which HDR candidates can recognise and articulate the transferable skills which they develop throughout their candidature.
  • Facilitate networking and the development of communities of practice among the HDR cohort.
  • Address the University’s responsibility for providing HDR candidates with the best possible preparation for their future roles whether within academia or other sectors.
  • Support Schools in developing HDR candidates’ transferable skills.

Core and optional

The HDR Skills Development Program includes a mix of compulsory and optional sessions. Sessions identified as compulsory are designed to support HDR candidates to meet their academic and personal goals, including timely completion. Compulsory sessions also reflect the University’s obligations according to the Higher Education Standards Framework and best practice guidelines from the Australian Council of Graduate Research.