Remote assistance and support

Macquarie University provides Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students access to a range of online resources via iLearn and subscription-based video tutorials to help develop their academic writing skills.

Use your Macquarie OneID to self-enrol in the Graduate Research Development (GRD) iLearn unit to access recordings and slides from HDR workshops and seminars which have been presented at Macquarie University. Announcements of new courses and workshops are also made from this unit.

How Do I…? Guidelines provide succinct, user-friendly advice for MQ research candidates that is consistent with best practices and MQ Policy and Procedures at the time of writing.

Use your Macquarie OneID to self-enrol into the Academic Literacy for Research Students online unit to access resources which will help improve your academic writing skills. While the focus of this unit is on writing in the social sciences, this content will also be useful to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates in the humanities and sciences.

  • Vitae: Realising the potential of researchers: These resources provide advice and courses related to completing a PhD, supervising a PhD or working as a member of research staff.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): This site provides accessible instructions and online activities to help you improve your academic writing.
  • Epigeum’s Research Skills Toolkit (RST) is a suite of comprehensive training programmes that build the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a first-class researcher.  Currently available to all Macquarie University students and staff, the RST includes the following five self-directed programmes:
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    To access the RST for the first time, follow these instructions:

  • Go to and complete the registration form using your MQ email address. When asked for a token, enter 390f6223
  • Check your MQ email inbox for an account activation email, and click on the link therein to activate your account.
  • Once you have activated your account, log in using your chosen username and password combination. You will be shown the Epigeum programme in the My Courses screen.
  • Click on a programme to see a list of available courses, and on a specific course to launch it.
  • If you encounter any issues, please consult the help page or contact Epigeum's customer support team via this webform.

The Macquarie University Library holds a subscription to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of thousands of "how to" video courses on all sorts of skills, many of which are useful for research candidates.

Each course is composed of several short (typically 3 to 8 minute) video tutorials, and is self paced, so you can schedule the tutorials around your research and teaching commitments.

To access LinkedIn Learning and peruse the collection of courses, visit

Popular courses for research candidates include: