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Meet your HDR Student Officers

Hi! I'm Arash, I’m an Engineering PhD; and I’m Gemma, I'm a disabled PhD researcher in the School of History and Philosophy of Science. 

Together, we're your HDR Student Officers. Welcome to SUPRA – we're here to represent and advocate for you as HDRs.

You can follow the SUPRA HDR Network on Facebook. Alternatively, to join us on Microsoft Teams, please email from your Uni email address, using the subject line: 'Sign me up to the SUPRA HDR Network'. 

We hope you get a lot out of this, the first HDR edition of Grad Post for 2023!
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BlakOut journal launch party

Friday 3 March
Courtyard Restaurant and Bar
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SUPRA invites you to the launch of the first issue of BlakOut: An Anthology of First Nations Students’ Scholarship, a journal created by the SUPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network. A peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary publication, BlakOut showcases the work of five First Nations students from the University of Sydney. 
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all about the event: 
On behalf of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, we hope to see you there!

The journal will be available to download digitally from the launch date, and a limited number of printed copies will also be available. If you would like us to post you a copy, let us know.
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SUPRA HDR welcome

Friday 24 February
11am (Sydney time)
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Join our online welcome event for HDR candidates. Experienced PhD candidates on SUPRA Council will share their experiences and discuss the range of candidature support available. Read full program.
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Managing your research data to maximise research impact

Thursday 23 February
2pm (Sydney time)
Register now (use your Uni email)

Presented by the Research Data Consulting team and SUPRA, topics covered include:
  • principles of good research data management
  • managing research data
  • security classifications for research data
  • support and resources available to you.
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Med students: seeking help with your mental health 

HDRs in the Medical School and those studying in allied health fields can feel reluctant to seek help with their mental health, out of concern of being reported AHPRA. 

The Black Dog Institute has prepared FAQs about these mandatory reporting requirements. 

Chat with one of our caseworkers if you're struggling with your mental health.
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HDR Wine & Cheese

Thursday 23 March 
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Join us for the first HDR Wine & Cheese for 2023! An opportunity to meet your HDR Student Officers, network, make new friends, and enjoy a relaxing drink or two.
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Managing your supervisor

Tuesday 28 March
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You relationship with your supervisor will have a huge bearing on your HDR experience. Find out about:
  • dealing with different supervisory styles
  • differing expectations
  • how to use meetings to help you make progress
  • asking for and dealing with feedback
  • dealing with difficult situations.
Presented by SUPRA HDR Equity Network and ithinkwell. All Usyd research students welcome. Contact with any questions or accessibility requirements.
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Financial and other aid

Support is available to HDR students throughout their candidature. The University offers financial bursariescounselling, and scholarships. Some scholarships can be applied for mid-candidature. If in doubt, talk to your supervisor or your postgraduate coordinator, and you can also get in contact with SUPRA’s casework service for help.

Read more about scholarships, resources and funding.
Fun Fact

Sunekosuri, meaning ‘shin rubber’, are small spirits from Japan who appear on rainy nights in streets where people travel. They run up behind people to rub against their shins unexpectedly. That's all they do.

Other things to know about


The HDR Hub is a space on our website dedicated to HDRs – you'll find advice articles, news, and other resources.

Get organised with our postgrad wall calendar!
Our popular postgrad wall calendar contains important Uni dates and plenty of space for you to make notes and plan your year. Complete this form and we'll send one to you, or drop by our office during opening hours to pick one up.

SUPRA free fitness classes – registrations open today!
We've partnered with SUSF to bring a range of free fitness classes for our members. Check our events page for details. Be quick – spaces are limited.

Interested in setting up a startup, or commercialising your research? 
The Sydney Knowledge Hub, located on Darlington Campus, is an incubator for research-based startups. To learn more about commercialisation opportunities, subscribe to their newsletter or follow them on LinkedIn. Upcoming events include the session 'What is angel investing and is it for me?', 12–1pm Thursday, 23 March, lunch provided.
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Due to COVID-19 SUPRA staff and council are working from home, but we can still help you. Contact us for help.
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