A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Further information

For more information about current and planned events please contact the Research Development team at [email protected].

All researchers at UWA are provided with opportunities for training, including information sessions, seminars, orientation programs and support.

Information on what you might like to attend is provided by topic area below. Please click on the associated link to see dates; venues etc., and for enrolment details.

Graduate Research School

Graduate Research School welcome

  • A full day program with introductions by the DVC(R) and Dean of the Graduate Research School, followed by several interactive seminars by guest speakers on topics such as communication your research, research ethics and integrity, finding and managing information, and support structures for graduate research students.

Research Integrity forum

  • An information session on promoting good research practice.

Postdoc orientation

  • Our Postdoc orientation provides a guide on how to make the most of your postdoc period. It highlights the most important things you need to know as you start your postdoctoral appointment.

Postgraduate writing retreat

Qualitative Research Skills Development Program

  • A program that offers seminars, workshops, master classes and a set of resources in the use of qualitative data collection and analysis methods.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Research Blitz

  • A networking event to “speed date” ECRs across the campus to promote networks and cross disciplinary collaborations.

Survival Skills for Scientists

  • A two-day workshop focussed on the essential professional skills required for a successful career in the broad areas of science and engineering; including scientific careers, research ethics, scientific communication, the peer review system and finding funding for research.

Research & Writing Skills Workshop Series

  • Kick start your Research
    An overview of the research process that will provide you with skills and strategies to facilitate more effective progress through your candidacy
  • Writing your Research Proposal
    Will consider the role of research proposals in the research process, identify the key components of a UWA research proposal and identify the elements of an effective proposal
  • Managing & Reviewing the Literature
    Will discuss some methods for keeping track of your literature, identify the elements of a good literature review, and examine strategies for writing a good literature review
  • Conceptualising your Research
    Designed to encourage you to think about how you may manage the process of your research training during candidature and how you may wish to develop your thesis.
  • How to Write a Better Thesis
    An overview of the features of a good thesis and how experienced examiners assess research theses.
  • Principles of Academic Writing
    Considers how to structure academic writing so that it is clear and communicates effectively with the intended audience.
  • Academic Writing in Practice
    Addresses the writing process as an ongoing part of research work. Considers strategies for generating new material and approaches to revising and refining it.

Further information and Enrolment details for all the above Research and Writing Skills workshops

Strengthening Your Research Track Record and Career Options:A post-PhD Workshop

  • A workshop on preparing for employment following the award of your PhD.

Research Development and Innovation

ARC/NHMRC Grant Planning and Writing Workshops

  • Grant Planning Workshop: 
    This two-day workshop will provide you with the tools to plan a successful grant. Hear from experienced grant writers as well as College and Panel members who will share their knowledge and insights.
    Grant Writing Workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Please check back for details.

ARC and NHMRC "Pitch your Project" Sessions

  • These interactive sessions provide an invaluable opportunity to pitch an early stage or resubmitted project idea to a panel of experts before preparing your application for funding to the ARC and NHMRC.

    Feedback sessions are divided into two categories: Round 1 for new applications (closed) and Round 2 for resubmitted applications (November 2014)

Other ARC and NHMRC Grant Seminars

We also offer a range of one-hour seminars explaining specific grants, rule changes, or specific processes to assist applicants with their application. For 2014, these include:

  • NHMRC and ARC Fellowship Seminar
    ECF, CDF and other NHMRC Fellowships rules and eligibility will be explained with successful UWA Fellows providing tips and advice. ARC DECRAs will be explained with successful DECRAs discussing their application. The difference between project grants and fellowships will be explained.
  • Collaborating with Industry: NHMRC Development Grant Seminar (Date TBA)
    Grant rules and eligibility will be explained with successful UWA researchers providing tips and advice.
  • Collaborating with Industry: ARC Linkage Grant Seminar (Date TBA)
    Grant rules and eligibility will be explained with successful UWA researchers providing tips and advice.
  • "Making the Links" Roundtable: Building Research Teams and Partnerships in the Humanities and Social Sciences:
    Some of the University's most successful ARC Linkage grant winners from the Faculties of Arts, Business, Education and Law will discuss how they developed multi-partner projects and built collaborative relationships both within and outside academia. Members of the Research Development team will also present an overview of the ARC Linkage program and answer questions regarding the program guidelines. (August 2014)
  • Rebuttal-Rejoinders 2014 (Dates scheduled shortly after release of rebuttals/rejoinders)
    Learn how to write your rebuttal/rejoinder to maximise your success. College and Panel members will discuss the process and provide tips and pointers.

Other Funding Opportunity Seminars

The Research Development and Innovation Team will host occasional speakers from other countries and institutions to discuss other grants and organise seminars on various national and international grants and funding sources. If your Faculty or School is interested in a particular opportunity, let us know and we may be able to organise a seminar event for you.

Inter-Faculty Networking Opportunities

These multidisciplinary events are designed to link UWA researchers from various disciplines together in a single research theme. The format varies but provides opportunities to hear and share research ideas. Collaborators with funds or potential applications will be invited to present and/or partake in the brainstorming. When possible, funding for new ideas to be further developed into grants will be offered. If your Faculty or School is interested in hosting an event on a particular theme, let us know and we may be able to organise it for you.

Intellectual Property for UWA Researchers

  • Information session to learn about IP protection and commercialisation, and to think about how researchers projects might be commercialised.
  • A bi-annual seminar discussing the use of IP to leverage funding. (May and October)

Research Grants

Research Budget forum

  • An information session on costing research budgets, pricing research and the Commonwealth research block funding returns to the University based on our research performance.

Research Integrity

Gene awareness

PAWES courses

Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Research Supervision Professional Development Program

  • In collaboration with the Graduate Research School, the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) runs a Professional Development Program for staff supervising research.

Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS)

Staff development program

The staff development program is now available at

UWA provides a range of resources to assist staff in all areas during their time at the University. These development opportunities cover all aspects of life at UWA, from professional development to health and wellbeing, and diversity

Courses are free to UWA staff and affiliates and PhD students, except where a fee is indicated. Non-UWA participants are charged $100 per hour, and can attend courses, subject to availability. Staff working in other universities receive a 20 per cent discount.

Please don’t hesitate to contact OSDS on (08) 6488 1504 or email [email protected] if you have any queries.