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Transcript for FedUni CRCAH

Tell us your name and what you are studying?

Kylie: My name is Kylie Rippon. I'm studying for a PhD.

David: My name is David McGinniss. I'm studying a PhD in History.

What do you like about your research?

Kylie: My research challenges me.

David: History's always been something that I've really been fascinated with. I've studied it at school and I've studied it at university before and it was always something that I always had a feeling that would come back to at some point.

Tell us about your supervisors?

Kylie: I've had a really unique experience this time because I've actually had supervisors that have wanted to be involved in my research.

David: I've got a really great relationship with – I've got two supervisors – one in the History department and one in the Business department so it's great to get different perspectives.

Why did you apply to study for CRCAH?

Kylie: It was really interesting for me because my research is from a welfare background. There wasn't a lot in CRCAH for welfare but I'm feeling that's an area that I can actually help build and bring to it as well, but it's the collaborations that are coming through that will then further expand my research.

David: I was just really excited by the CRCAH programme when that came out, and this idea of collaborative research, it just kind of went off like a bit of a light bulb for me.

What are the advantages of researching under CRCAH?

Kylie: I'd have to say the collaborations. Not only for my own research, but also to give me different perspectives on other areas, because you just never know what's going to jump out that may actually be something that can have an influence on where your research goes or the content of where your PhD is.

David: The idea -- it's in the name -- the idea of collaborative research I think is very much a way in which history research is going to be going, well it has been for some time, and will be in the future.

What research opportunities are available with CRCAH?

Kylie: It's being able to build those networks under that banner of CRCAH within the broader community, and then just having the opportunity to hear other speakers, and again the other areas that can actually play in. When you look at welfare and you look at families, you're not just looking at the structure of them, you're looking at the broader perspectives and the broader impacts and CRCAH provides that opportunity: to be able to listen to speakers in a range of areas that can have that same sort of impact as well.

David: You're connected into a network of a number of libraries around Australia and New Zealand and I love being able to order off your copy and it arrives a few days later and you come and pick it up. It's, I don't know, you're able to be pretty flexible in the way that you study and research.

What do you enjoy about researching at CRCAH?

Kylie: It's that when you sit in an ordinary university where you've got your supervisory team and they give you all the input, CRCAH actually gives us broader perspectives, it gives more opportunities in things that I'll be able to access as well, now and also for the future.

David: It's been really useful to actually have that historical perspective leading into my professional life and I certainly value where I work and I'm given a lot of support and encouragement to pursue historical studies as a way of getting a better context to that current and future strategic environment as well. Professionally it has certainly helped me and it's something that I'm very much encouraged to pursue in my work.

Any advice for new students considering CRCAH?

Kylie: If you've really got that passion go with it, if you know that's a desire of your heart run with it. You'll make it work if you really want to do it.

David: Be sure that it's something that you're really interested in and are going to be able to sustain. But also, don't be afraid to change your mind as you are going through.

What is it about studying with CRCAH that you really like?

Kylie: Research opportunities in other areas that possibly could come up, also things if there's conferences, a lot of other skill sets that I think will come out of it that will develop as CRCAH grows.

David: One thing that really encouraged me to actually go ahead and start the PhD here was that you are really able to set your own timeframes – within limits, and within frameworks, there are deadlines, and there are things that need to get done – but you're in control.

Kylie: It's just going to add a whole new element to how my PhD will look at the end.

David: I really like it.

Passionate about researching Australian History?

Contact Dr Fred Cahir to discover how you can enrol in an Australian history research project at CRCAH with the aid of partner research organisations' archival resources.

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