Plan your development as a researcher

Find out more about planning your researcher development while you're studying at AUT and how the AUT Researcher Development team can help you develop your research skills.

Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner​​: view development opportunities

The Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner​ m​aps out AUT’s research skill development opportunities (workshops, support groups, resources and so on) according to the research stage and research activities they support.

The particular skills you need to develop will vary across the life of your research programme. Early on, you need to understand how to critically read others’ research and go through the ethic​s approval process; later, you need to know how to disseminate your findings and communicate your research impact.

How to use the planner

Use this planner to plot out your development across the duration of your programme. It’s hyperlinked so that you can go straight to the website or booking page for your chosen development opportunity.

Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner​

​​AUT Researcher Development Team

The Researcher Development team in the Graduate Research School provides support to postgraduate researchers and their supervisors. We offer seminar series, workshops, and events to help you build your research skills.

Dr Anaise Irvine, Portfolio Leader: Researcher Development


Anaise oversees the Graduate Research School's postgraduate researcher development programme. Along with Annalise Davidson, she plans the Postgraduate Seminar Series, the annual PG Research Symposium and 3 Minute Thesis competition, writing retreats, and doctoral inductions. She also edits the Thesislink blog for postgraduate research students, facilitates workshops on research communication and presentation skills, and acts as a staff ambassador to the Research Students' Peer Group network.  Anaise has a research background in science and narrative. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic technology as a social justice issue. She has previously researched fictional representations of evolution and quantum mechanics.

Thesislink blog

Annalise Davidson, Researcher Development Coordinator


Annalise is the organisational wizard who coordinates the Graduate Research School's postgraduate researcher development programme. She organises and promotes all of the GRS' postgraduate events and workshops, answers enquiries, and is the friendly face greeting guests at our events. She can answer virtually any postgraduate student question on where to go, who to see, and what to do to make the very best of your AUT postgraduate experience.  Annalise also organises the GRS supervision workshop series, and can assist supervisors with their training and development needs.

Contact us

Graduate Research School
Phone: +64 9 921 9907
City Campus: Level 5, WU Building

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