Meet with your advisors

When you commence your candidature we recommend you talk to your advisory team about:

Take ownership of your project and, in the first instance, proactively raise any concerns with your advisor or the postgraduate coordinator in your school or institute.

Organise the essentials

  • Familiarise yourself with your enrolling unit’s milestone process. You should plan ahead for your confirmation milestone from very early on.
  • Ensure you are aware of financial arrangements, for example, conditions of scholarships or internal/external funding, which may affect your project. Speak with the HDR Liaison Officer in your enrolling unit to learn how to order resources for your project etc.
  • Familiarise yourself with UQ's rules and policies as they impact higher degree research students. You should also review the Candidature Charter
  • Seek advice from the UQ Union Legal Service on intellectual property (if required).
  • Liaise with the HDR Liaison Officer in your enrolling unit regarding key and/or swipe access to relevant UQ buildings.

Build your networks

  • Visit the UQ Library website and get to know your UQ librarian.
    • Each UQ school, centre and research institute has a dedicated librarian who is your link with the UQ Library. Librarians work with staff and students to deliver services that support teaching, learning, research and practice at UQ.
    • Find your UQ Librarian.
    • Learn more about UQ Library services and support.
  • Check out UQ Mates and the Association of Postgraduate Students (APS) – social networks in the broader UQ community.
  • Visit the Student Services website and discover the additional support services available to you, including learning services, international student services, counselling, wellbeing and disability services. 
  • Attend a health and safety workshop with Student Services. This is compulsory for international students and relates to OSHC and ESOS Code requirements. This session does not replace any health and safety sessions with your enrolling unit. 
  • Visit the Student Centre on your campus.
  • Familiarise yourself with Student Help on Campus (SHOC); a free, independent support service for all UQ students.