HDR mentoring events and workshops

HDR Mentors run events and workshops to share knowledge and experiences on key areas and topics that are important to HDR candidates.

Collage of photos of different HDR mentoring events

Upcoming events

Peer Panel Discussion Forum: PhD Thesis Submission Challenges and Life after PhD 2020

Confused about planning, organising and formatting of your thesis? Wondering how the examiners’ nomination process goes? Uncertain about what happens next after thesis submission?

This is a peer-to-peer sharing forum designed to address all challenges centred on PhD thesis planning, preparation and submission, and post PhD challenges

This is a peer-to-peer sharing forum designed to address all challenges centred on PhD thesis planning, preparation and submission, and post PhD challenges

Date: 10 December 2020

Time: 2- 3.30pm

Zoom Link: will be shared with the registered participants only

RSVP Link: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZTKPqu81gKfOTP


Dealing with uncertainty in research

Dealing with uncertainty in research is not a rare phenomenon among HDR candidates. Often, we need to switch to plan B or C if plan A did not work! Moreover, interruptions caused by COVID-19 are making many of us concerned about the completion and quality of our work. To address this issue, HDR Mentors is organising a peer panel forum where our HDR Mentors will share their personal experience on how they dealt with uncertainty and their coping mechanism for personal and academic recovery and when to create plans B/C if plan A did not work.

The zoom link will only be shared with registered participants.

Date: 16 October 2020

Time: 12.00 – 1.30pm

Register for Dealing with Uncertainty in Research


Wellbeing workshop - Overcoming procrastination

Are you the master of your procrastination or does it dictate your schedule? Can you identify your type of procrastination? Want to learn the strategies to overcome procrastination?

If the answer to any of the above questions was yes, then the upcoming Overcoming Procrastination Workshop is ideal for you!

HDR Mentors is once again ready to collaborate with Student Wellbeing to address an issue close to HDR candidate's heart: overcoming procrastination! This Zoom workshop will be led by Ashwin Singh (Psychologist, Student Wellbeing).

The zoom link will be provided to registered participants the day prior.

Date: 14 August 2020

Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm

Register for Wellbeing Workshop - Overcoming Procrastination


MRes year II panel discussion: Thesis submission challenges

HDR Mentors will be holding their annual Year 2 MRes Panel discussion on Thesis Submission Challenges. This informal event allows you to ask any burning questions, and to hear from former MRes students on how they survived the final months before thesis submission. The panellists will share their personal experiences and challenges, offer guidance, and answer any questions you may have. This peer-to-peer support panel will take place via Zoom.

Date: 16 July 2020

Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

PhD panel discussion participants huddle for a group photoPhD panel discussion: Thesis submission challenges and life after PhD

Clueless about how to go about planning your thesis? Wondering how to format your thesis? Confused about the examiners’ nominations process? Uncertain about what to expect in the final stages of your PhD? Then stay connected because HDR Mentors are planning to organise a panel of experienced PhD HDR Mentors from a variety of faculty who recently submitted their thesis; ready to address these questions and any other doubts you might have.

Date: 18 October 2019

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: 9 WW, Room 102

Panel members: Dr. Samiya Tabassum and Dr. Mohasinul Haque (Faculty of Science & Engineering), Dr. Uche Ngwaba and Ms. Phillipa Belmore (Faculty of Arts), Dr. Oluwatoosin Agbaje (Faculty of Science & Engineering) and Dr.Rabia Bashir (chair) (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences)


MRes Year II Thesis panel sitting in front of an audienceMRes year II panel discussion: Thesis submission challenges

HDR Mentors are organising a peer to peer interactive panel discussion for current MRes year 2 candidates on thesis submission challenges and how to overcome them.

Date: 16 August 2019

Time: 12.15pm – 2.00 pm

Venue: 75 Talavera, Continuum, Level 3

Organiser committee: Kath (chair), Chole, Jennifer, Mina and Olivia (Panel members)


Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 Panel Discussion: Thesis Submission Challenge

Date: 24 August 2018

Time: 2.15pm – 4.00pm

Venue: 75T 3. 75 Talavera Road, Level 3, Continuum


Master of Research (MRes) Year 1 Panel Discussion 2018

To assist you with your BPhil/MRes Y1 journey, we have created a panel of MRes Mentors who will discuss important and relevant topics you - may face during your MRes first year.

Topics include:

  • Balancing coursework and research: Finding time in Year 1 for both your coursework study and research thesis planning
  • Finding a supervisor and developing your research topic: Finding an area of interest and narrowing it down to a Research Question can be tough, but if you find the right supervisor at the right time, you can handle this process much more easily.
  • Time management (life/study/work/ balance): Addressing how we can balance a full time study with our family life and work, by discussing effective strategies.

There will also be a Q&A session.

Come along and hear from those who have just experienced it! Bring along your own questions, concerns, and worries! This is a fun, exciting and open atmosphere for you to feel part of our community here at Macquarie. Bring along your fellow HDR friends! The more, the merrier!
This program aims to create a supportive environment where students can help each other normalise feelings and concerns about their adjustment. Our Mentors can offer their knowledge and share their student experience to create a fulfilling and enjoyable research community.

Date: Friday, 20  April 2018

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00 pm

Venue: 17WW Theatre 1


Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 Panel Discussion: Thesis submission challenges 2017

Date:  10 August 2017

Time: 2.15pm – 4.00pm

Venue: 75 Talavera Road, Level 3, Continuum

Facilitators: HDR Mentors


Panel Discussion: Submitting your Thesis with Confidence 2017

Date: 30 May 2017

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Venue: 75 Talavera Road, Level 3, Continuum

Facilitators: HDR Mentors


Panel Discussion: Starting Your Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil)/ Master of Research (MRes) Journey 2017

Date: 4 April 2017

Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Venue: C5CT1 Theatre

Facilitators: MRes Mentors


Introducing MRes Mentoring Program at Central Commencement Program 2016

Date: 22 February 2016

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Venue: Macquarie Theatre (W.24A)

Facilitators: Kim Tan, Head, HDR Mentors & Mo Haque, Project Assistant, HDR Mentors


Panel Discussion: Starting Your Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil)/ Master of Research (MRes) Journey 2016

Date: 31 March 2016

Time: 1pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Lecture Theatre (1.200)

Facilitators: MRes Mentors


Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 Panel Discussion: Thesis submission Challenges 2016

Date: 4 August 2016

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: 75T3. 75 Talavera Road, Level 3, Continuum

Facilitators: HDR Mentors


Appreciation Day 2016

Date: 12 September 2016

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: C5C 209

Facilitators: HDR Mentors