Developing the next generation of researchers

This session presents UQ's approach to candidate development.

Developing the next generation of researchers showcases the Candidate Development Framework as a framework underpinning the skills and development of research candidates.

Event details: 
Date: 1-3pm AEST, 11 October 2022
Target Audience: Doctoral thesis advisors and supervisors

Registrations are now closed.

This workshop will cover:
  • The UQ research degree
  • Changing expectations of research training
  • UQ's candidate development.


Kate Swanson, Senior Manager (HDR Development), is a member of UQ’s Graduate School Executive Team. Her role provides leadership around the development and delivery of Higher Degree by Research candidate development. Kate is a strong advocate for Higher Degree by Researcher (HDR) development and the links to industry that can provide both for research outcomes, and candidate growth. Her passion centres around research management, specifically building an awareness of the role HDR candidates play in industry engaged research and understanding the new complexities that can bring in terms of navigating sanctions, foreign interference, and added regulatory frameworks. Kate’s approach focuses on navigating new legislation and policy to facilitate research partnerships and collaborations.

Kate spearheaded UQ’s shift to engage HDRs strongly with research-end-users by implementing one of the first non-cognate HDR placement programs in Australia. She was also a recipient of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training award for Programs that Enhance Learning as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (2016) for her work leading the team that manages the internationally recognised Three Minute Thesis competition, a science communication program for HDR candidates. Kate has presented on HDR development at numerous conferences and seminar series and was on the organising committee for the 2020 ARMS Virtual event – Never Waste a Crisis.



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For more information on any of the Enabling Partners Scheme (EPS) workshops, contact the Global Strategy and Partnerships team. 

About Graduate School

At UQ, Graduate School has responsibility for the policy framework pertaining to research training, managing admissions, providing research scholarships, supporting students during their candidature, and facilitating the examination of theses. 

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