Welcome from the Dean of the Graduate Research School

Professor Kate Wright

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a higher degree at The University of Western Australia.

You're at the start of an incredible journey that will see you learning new skills and uncovering new knowledge.

The transition into a graduate research degree involves a much higher level of independent thinking, planning and activity than many students expect. Most students find the process both challenging and exciting. The Graduate Research School provides assistance and a range of professional development opportunities to help you meet those challenges and make the most of your time with us.

By pursuing a graduate research degree, you are taking a unique opportunity to follow an area of interest, focus on this for several years and make an important contribution to the development of knowledge in your chosen area.

Your capacity for innovative, independent research, for critical thinking, and your time, project management and problem-solving skills will be challenged. You will also need to have, or to develop, excellent skills in the organisation and communication of information.

You will experience few greater senses of achievement than the day you graduate with your higher degree. I encourage you to stay focused on your goal and wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.

Professor Kate Wright
Dean of the Graduate Research School

GRS Induction

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There are many resources to help you settle into your studies and get you started on your research.

All postgraduate research students will be invited to a GRS induction within a month of enrolment. These inductions aim to provide information about the first few months of candidature, including

  • how candidature is managed
  • where to find information
  • central resources
  • GRS support

Domestic students will receive an email invitation to a lunchtime induction meeting. Students requiring more information after this induction are welcome to book an individual induction with a Graduate Education Officer. No registration is required for the domestic induction meeting and the induction meeting notes can be found here:

International students will receive an email invitation to a group induction meeting that builds on the domestic induction meeting by adding some information relevant to international students. This induction is part of the FIRSTatUWA program that supports international students to transition into their studies at UWA. More information about FIRSTatUWA can be found here. Students requiring more information after this induction are welcome to book an individual induction with a Graduate Education Officer.

GRS Welcome

A formal GRS welcome is held twice a year at the University Club. All students will receive an email invitation to register and all are expected to attend in the first year of candidature. The welcome explores the entire course of candidature, from enrolment to graduation.

You can register to attend the GRS Welcome here.

Postgraduate student almanac

Almanac cover - webRead our guide to postgraduate research life at UWA, covering everything from candidature, resources, training and facilities. The Almanac is provided in the GRS Welcome Bag at enrolment.

Download the Almanac below or obtain a free hard copy from our office.

Academic conduct essentials

All new students at UWA are required to complete the online Academic Conduct Essentials unit within the first 10 weeks of enrolment.

Going online

From StudentConnect you can check your enrolment status, change your personal details and check your research milestones and due dates for your paperwork.

The library can help you get online at UWA, including setting up your Pheme account and your internet access, accessing your email and connecting to the wireless network, Unifi.

Research skills workshops and other training opportunities

The Graduate Education Officers offer support and training for research students, including a series of Research Skills workshops for postgraduate research students early in candidature. Other special events, workshops and seminars throughout the year can be found in the GRS Calendar of Events.

GRS Newsletter

Each month you will be send a GRS Newsletter with updates to policies and practices, upcoming events, research opportunities and a student profile. Past copies of the GRS Newsletter can be found here.

Connect with other students

To meet other postgraduate research students join LACE, join a UWA Guild social or sporting club, or attend a PSA event.

Additional resources