Welcome from the Dean of the Graduate Research School

GRS Dean Imelda Whelehan

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 Imelda Whelehan
Dean of the Graduate Research School

First Steps

When you come to the Graduate Research School to enrol, you will be provided with a 10-step guide to getting started.

10 Step Guide

Within two months of enrolling, you will be invited to a face-to-face GSR Welcome. In between enrolling and attending a welcome, please complete the GRS online induction.

GRS Online Induction

Please read the following induction units prior to registering for a GRS Welcome. The units provide an overview of Graduate Research Training at UWA, from enrolment to graduation. Refer back to these units at any time in your candidature if you have any questions.

In the units, links are provided to webpages and youTube videos. If you would like these links to open in a new window, you may need to change your Browser settings. In Google Chrome, if you hold down the CTRL button while clicking on the link, the link will open in a new window.

GRS Welcome

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the GRS Welcome is now offered as a Zoom meeting.   

GRS welcomes are throughout the year. You will receive an email invitation to register, although you are welcome to register before this email is sent to you. You are expected to attend early in the first year of your candidature. The welcome provides an opportunity for you to meet other newly enrolled students and ask the GRS staff any questions you may have about your candidature. Upcoming GRS Welcome events are listed in the GRS Calendar of Events and the GRS Newsletters. If, after the induction and welcome, you have unanswered questions, please feel free to book an appointment with a Graduate Education Officer.

Register here

Postgraduate Students' Almanac

In 2020, the GRS induction replaced the GRS Almanac. Later in 2020 a revised Almanac will be developed. Until then, the 2018 -2019 Almanac will be available to download. Hard copies will also be available at the GRS front reception.

Additional Information

  • All new students are required to complete the online Academic Conduct Essentials unit within the first 10 weeks of enrolment.
  • All HDR students are required to complete DELNA Screening within the first 10 weeks of enrolment.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet other postgraduate research students at LACE, the UWA Guild social or sporting clubs, or PSA events.
  • Explore the UWA student experience