MNHS Communication Skills Development

MNHS Communication Skills Development

The Faculty is committed in providing high quality support to our PhD students and supervisors. In keeping with this, we have been working in collaboration with the Library, Student Academic Success and English Connect to develop a suite of offerings designed to facilitate and enhance the writing and communication skills of our PhD students.

The suite of available Student Academic Success (SAS) offerings are categorised below:

  • Student Academic Success Programs
    • Thesis/Publication Writing Group (semester long, with reserved places for referrals)
    • Intensive Writing Course for Science Communication(semester long, with reserved places for referrals)
    • Managing the literature review in STEMM (workshop)
    • Managing Literature Overload and Developing Critical Thinking (workshop)
    • One-on-One consultations

The suite of available MNHS-Library offerings are as follows:

  • MNHS Library Workshops
    • Systematically Searching the Grey Literature
    • Maximise Your Citation Metrics and Research Discoverability
    • Integrating Endnote & Covidence for Systematic Reviews
    • Systematic Literature Searching Techniques
    • Publishing strategies, open access and copyright

You may also register for the following programs run by English Connect:

  • Starting in Australia Online
  • Intercultural Engagement
  • Building Strong Supervisor Relationships

Together these activities provide support to graduate research students with improving writing skills, engaging with and presenting research, and overall communication skills. We would particularly like to highlight two of the Student Academic Success programs above, which are semester-long activities and run in each semester, aimed at building and refining written communication skills especially targeted at thesis writing:

  • Thesis/Publication Writing Group (run fortnightly)
  • Intensive Writing Course for Science Communication (run weekly)

Importantly, these semester-long activities will include “reserved places” for PhD students who have been specifically referred by their supervisor/s as needing extra support (recommendation can also be via a panel milestone review recommendation). We strongly encourage supervisors to make note of this specialised service for current and future students.

For any enquiries, please email: med-research.degrees@monash.edu