Every full-time research student (MPhil, PhD, DrPH) enrolled in the School is expected to make a research-in-progress presentation at least once per year. Part-time students are expected to make such a presentation at least once every two years.
The timing of these presentations in the duration of candidature can vary. There are several points in the career of a research project where such feedback is most beneficial:
At the beginning - when the project is still crystallising, and when wide input is valuable to help with planning. Note that it is a Faculty of Medicine requirement for all enrolled research students to present their research in progress within the first twelve months of candidature.
At the mid point - when discussion may be invaluable in assisting students to clarify research problems that have arisen, or to identify the best ways of approaching the analysis.
At the end - when exposure of the results to a fresh set of minds may be useful in identifying other conclusions.
The aims of the presentation are:
- to provide a supportive and constructive environment for each student to receive guidance and feedback from other students and staff on their work
- to gain practice in presenting research-in-progress to peers
- to provide another School forum for the exchange of ideas
- to generally contribute to an increased spirit of collegiality in the School
Each supervisor will be responsible for ensuring that each of their research students makes at least one of these presentations each year and the presentations made will be recorded as part of the annual student review of progress.
Students may present their research at conferences (including the College of Health Sciences biennial conference), at the School of Public Health Research Presentation Day (held every 18 months) or at other seminars or workshops organised by the School or the students' place of work (eg area health services, research centres or groups).
If there are no opportunities for a student to present their research to their peers on an annual basis, the student should raise this issue with their supervisor and ask for assistance to organise a venue and time and to advertise the event. All interested individuals, particularly those working in related methods or content areas, should be actively encouraged to attend.
Associate Professor Susan Quine
Postgraduate Coordinator (Research)