Who Should Enrol

Who Should Enrol

eGSA courses are specifically designed to provide higher skills for:

  • Postgraduate research students
  • Researchers
  • Research administrators
  • Research managers
  • Commercialisation/tech transfer staff
  • Future leaders in the research environment

Why Enrol

Employers in the research sector are now seeking staff with skills beyond their technical expertise:

  • Learn professional skills in real world practices
  • Build your CV
  • Support your future career goals
  • Access resources relevant to research professionals
  • Build networks

What's Special About These Courses

  • Fully online so accessible anywhere with reliable internet
  • Easy to complete and flexible
  • Designed for busy researchers and professionals with other commitments
  • Collaborative environments that allow participants to network globally
  • Inexpensive

What Do Participants Think of these Courses?

"I was offered another position (to set up a new research project) within the organisation and received a pay rise which I believe was in direct response to having completed the module." - QUT student

"I thought through my PhD in precise detail – something which was VERY necessary even though I thought I’d already thought it through! With the PM module I was able to think about things that I didn’t know how to think about before. It was a structure for excellent planning and preparation which will lead to chances of success." - QUT student

"I think project management is a fundamental key to understand when first embarking on a PhD. It (the module) really makes you take into consideration all the aspects that will need to be considered in the next 3 years." - UTS student

"It helped me distinguish between project management and the actual research. I now have some tools to define and plan the general project without referring to the content." - RMIT student

"I really appreciated doing this Policy Subject because it was immensely useful to me in contextualising my PhD research into climate change policy. Particularly the part of the subject dealing with evidence-based policy, which I have extended a great deal into many aspects of my work (evaluating deductivism, induction and the objective theory of evidence)." - UTS student

"It helped me to take my research into another context. This gave me ideas of how to approach a proposal in future. The focus on stakeholders, and the decision matrices were particularly good, because it led me to identify obstacles and come up with solutions of how to overcome them." - RMIT student

"I have learnt more insights into sustainability aspects, such as the important role a community/consumer plays within sustainable development, the importance of sustainability education, various approaches for solutions (e.g. decentralise modern service provision systems), the importance of critically thinking. Being an economist I found it interesting to rethink about economics and its concepts and to think about economics as a means to improve society (not grow or destroy)." - UniSA PhD student

"I did this in combination with project management and these can be used together to determine if an idea is also an opportunity and how to plan for it to be developed." - UTS PhD student

"I learnt about different types of entrepreneurship that I had not thought about or considered before. The humanitarian and community based approaches are more appealing to me than the traditional focus on profit." - Wollongong PhD student

"I am looking to start my own business after I complete my PhD, I now have better skills in which to develop my business." - Curtin student

"As a final year PhD student, I just wanted to do a module that was different from a physics and mathematics. I am glad that I chose to do entrepreneurship as it has taught me valuable lessons about business that I believe will be helpful for the future." - Curtin student

"It made me realise that I probably need to find a proper mentor as well as realising that I could start mentoring some younger people." - Swinburne student

"The module was a great eye opener for me. There were issues i had regarding being a leader which i hadn't really thought about but through this module I've started addressing them." - UniSA student

"I have picked up some valuable skills to help me organise and prioritise my time more efficiently, something I desperately need to do at this stage of my PhD." - Curtin student

"I now have a better idea of which aspects of my research have the potential for commercialisation." - UniSA Student

"The course has forced me to think about what I have been doing and to know how can I approach commercialisation . Particularly, the IP that was a very discrete issue for me. It has been good to learn about the patents, copy right and more." - Curtin student

"The module made me think about commercial aspects of my research and how I may pitch the idea/concept and how I may acquire funding." - RMIT student

"It would be very useful to include this subject Research Commercialization in research method courses conducted for students at the beginning of their journey to become a researcher." - RMIT Student

"Now I have realised that the IP issue is not that simple and I need to plan well ahead of time to get the most out of my research." - QUT Student

"I am realising now that this (understanding/learning about research IP) is one of the most important exercises for a researcher." - UniSA Student

"A good example of how to work with theory and practice at the same time, without being blatant about it. The weekly tasks asked the major questions that all doctoral candidates should think about, yet gave good background through carefully chosen readings, in how we might address these questions. There was plenty of food for thought, if you wanted to explore an area further." - UTS student

"The questions in the online discussion forums opened up a space for concisely articulating essential ideas, plans, pre-conceptions and theories that will affect the overall research. I had to look at my positioning as a researcher with a heightened awareness of my current processes and how these might inform my creative writing in the future." - UTS student

"This course and posting my thoughts has definitely added more clarity to my thinking." - USC Student

"The tasks were small but specific, which forced you to articulate particular aspects of your research project carefully and succinctly. Dan's (the moderator) approach and the general tone were friendly and relaxed, which meant even when you felt unsure, you were willing to have a go. Likewise, his feedback was constructive and supportive, even when being critical! Also, it was helpful and enlightening to be able to read others' posts and Dan's responses." - UTS student

"It was useful to express my research in new ways to a new audience." - RMIT student

"It helped me prepare for my confirmation of candidature." - USC Student

"This course has helped me to reflect on and consolidate my aims and expectations, research questions, literature reviews, contextual review, the precursors and influences, the purpose of my research, implementing and completing the research and the future plans for this research. I've found this course a really valuable learning experience." - UTS Student

"I'm finalising my candidacy at the moment and being able to work through the issues in the course has helped me a lot." - Curtin Student

"The course and discussions drew my attention to a difficult part of my work, a part I'd been avoiding: its context and structure, far from resolved, but now approachable. Thank you for the course, for the encouragement and the openness of the group. This was really worthwhile." - RMIT Student

"It has been invaluable in assisting me to refine my research design/methodology, and has clarified some issues I had with how I might go about expanding my research program for articulation to PhD." - QUT Student

"I have enjoyed this module, reading what others have written has helped me shape and improve my understanding.  Writing something for everyone to see, when I am not entirely certain the answer is correct has also been a good experience for me." - QUT Student

"This workshop helped to improve my methodology and my research practice, Thank you." - RMIT student

"I believe the strength (of the module) lies in the opinions and the discussion within the participants." - QUT student

"The modules really changed the way I think about creative thinking." - UniSA student

"Since completing the module I have been able to be more critical of my own work, and more creative in terms of overcoming research problems." - UniSA student

"Some great tips to develop my critical and creative thinking further in order to implement this into my PhD thesis." - RMIT student

"It gave me a new insight in terms of my understanding of critical and creative aspects of thinking. Also how to apply this new insights into my own doctoral study project especially in research writing." - UTS student

"I have become a very critical and creative thinker now and this has been observed by my colleagues in the laboratory I do my research in." - Curtin Student

"I will use some of the tools for writing up my PhD thesis. It is also great for analysing the structure of the thesis and the writing process." - UniSA student

"The facilitator was the best online tutor I have ever experienced. She contributed and pushed students, clearly spent time on the course, and offered new insights. The course materials were detailed, thought provoking and engaging in many ways." - UOW student

"I think the whole module was brilliant and certainly changed my whole way of thinking." - UniSA student

"I could take this course one hundred times and still learn something new. For now, however, it helped me develop my critical and creative thinking and writing skills. I am now writing papers based on my thesis. I’ve been able to critique other papers I refer to, with a bit more maturity and confidence, also, I have been able to critique my work a little better - especially in terms of stating my assumptions, etc." - QUT student

"I was in NZ for a conference, but had access to the internet to complete the module." - QUT student

"The articles etc got me thinking and it was great to relate this back to what I am doing for my research. Now that I am writing, it has made me take a step back and think about it all again." - Curtin student

"Forces you to think about your own strengths and weaknesses, what sort of career you want in the future and how to get there." - UTS student

"Information on aspects of a career that one rarely thought of, e.g. consideration of one's interests and values." - Swinburne Student

"Now I have an algorithm for evaluating my strongest skills and successfully present them to potential employer." - RMIT student

"Learnt a lot more about my skills and attitudes to work - this was something that I found difficult to do but is very useful on reflection. It emphasised the importance of being prepared, and helped me to think more about myself and my qualities when going through the process." - UniSA student

"It forced me to have an inside look at my skills, ambitions and plans for my future. I have learnt so much about the world of job searches, but more than that, about myself as a future employee and the direction and path I'll aim my career at." - USC student

"Enabled (me) to think about my skills and values point by point, I have never thought about my capability this way." - USC student

"Some very useful planning tools." - RMIT student

"Has opened my eyes as to what my potential is and the different areas I can consider." - QUT student

"I feel like I have more tools to tap into now when it comes to the job hunt." - QUT student

"It has expanded my horizons and given me a new outlook on where and how I can best find work." - UTS student

"I found out about new concepts related to my occupation and field of study, learnt how to enhance my ability to be the best, know about some important factors that I never thought about before." - UTS student

"I feel more confident about my strengths and more organized in my ideas to present in future interviews, curriculums etc." - USC student

"Real life examples and very pertinent discussion in the discussion forum." - USC student

"(I now) realize there is so much networking to do to be more employable." - UniSA student

"I now have a better idea of what I need to do during my PhD (ie. experiences, networking etc) in order to have a better chance of getting the career I want in the future." - UTS student

"Some great reflective questions and good resources provided that should come in handy as I journey on." - QUT student

"It is flexible, I could finish the weekly requirement anytime anywhere that suits my lifestyle." - RMIT student

"A lot of helpful tips on the discussion forum. The topics covered were really helpful." - QUT student

"I have learned a lot from this Effective Supervisory Practice despite of 15 years of supervisory experience. It is a good refresher course for me. I like the self-review cycle the most because it reassures me that it is good to keep up to date with my supervisory skills to be a better supervisor every day."

"I must confess, I was a bit reluctant to commit to a self-directed training program and one that required on-line discussions. ... I now have to admit that I am really enjoying it, and have to restrain myself from writing too much and spending a lot more time reading and commenting on what other participants are saying."

"I have found the last 2 weeks SOOOOO helpful in their content and it has helped me totally reposition my thinking about my role as a supervisor."

"Content: comprehensive and appropriate weekly workload. Presentation: effective but not distracting. Discussion Board: invaluable forum for learning from others."

"The amount of information to work through each week was manageable, well organised and reinforced with the discussion board activities."

The information was clearly set out and explained and there were good links provided to other information sources. The topics of each week were interesting and relevant, they really made me think back to my own experience and forward to the kind of supervisor I wish to be.

"The ability to read other colleague's experiences - … was really helpful and provided real world scenarios that presented great learning opportunities."

"I have had a chance to reflect on my supervisory practice and learn of the practices and experience of others. It's good to know that I'm not alone in this process."