Get ready!

Uni is starting and your assignments are coming!

Great! You’re here!

You’re enrolled, you’ve got your student card, your password and email is set up, your tutorials are organised, you’ve met some new classmates, and you’ve found the Library, the Student Guild Bar and the best coffee on campus…

So, what next?

Now is when you have time – time to plan your weekly schedule, organise your readings, and to learn some important new skills so you can stay ahead with your study all semester. Once time starts to run out, uni can get really hard to manage if you haven’t started right.

Convinced? Good!

Then here are some things you can do now, while you have some time:

Ok then!  These are our suggestions but, just in case you need more convincing, check out the top ten tips of QUT students who are almost ready to graduate.

Just remember!

Now is not time to waste. Now is the time to accelerate your learning and race ahead with your studies. So – get on it – the clock’s ticking until your first assignment.

Oh – and one last important thing … welcome to QUT!

National funders mandate open access

As of 1st January 2013, two of Australia’s major research funding bodies —the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC)—have both implemented open access policies which are now in effect.

The NHMRC’s policy was announced in 2012 and requires that journal articles, accepted after 1st July 2012 and arising from an NHMRC supported research project, are to be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a 12 month period from the date of publication.

This means articles accepted anytime after 1st July 2012 are subject to the NHMRC’s policy, regardless of when funding was granted.
The NHMRC understands that some researchers may not be able to meet the new requirements initially, because of current legal or contractual obligations.
The ARC’s policy, which has taken effect from 1st January 2013, requires that any publication arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within 12 months from the date of publication.

It is important to note that the ARC’s policy:
• Applies to all publications (not just journal articles)
• Will take effect on publications arising from 2013 funding grants

QUT’s institutional repository, QUT ePrints, can assist authors in complying with these new policies by storing open access copies of their publications and ensuring they are discoverable. For more information about QUT ePrints and open access, contact your Liaison Librarian.

Find Kate Miller-Heidke at the Library

Internationally recognised contemporary singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke graduated from QUT with a Master of Music.

Her career includes a switch from opera to contemporary with a number of acclaimed albums including Little Eve, Curiouser and the most recent Nightflight which have collectively earned her nine ARIA and APRA nominations. They can all be found in the QUT Library collection.

Keep an ear out for her multi-platinum singles Caught in the Crowd and Last Day on Earth.

In recent years, Kate has returned to opera with celebrated appearances in Jerry Springer: the Opera and The Death of Klinghoffer, which she will reprise with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 2014. In 2012 she won a QUT Outstanding Alumni Special Excellence Award for exceptional achievement in music. Read the full story here.

Discover more of Kate Miller-Heidke’s music and performances in the library collection. New releases will continue to be added and some DVDs of her live performances are currently on order.

Be informed, be part of The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent website of Australian news, reportage, analysis and critique written from the academic and research sector.

Originally founded by a collaboration of CSIRO, Monash, University of Melbourne, UTS and UWA, with an endorsement from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; The Conversation provides Australians with a free source of localised intelligent commentary and critique – more newsy than an academic journal but with more depth than a newspaper. Free online content from Salon, Slate, The Guardian, the New York Times, London Review of Books and The New Yorker (amongst many others) have brought good journalism and essay writing to a broader audience but a focus on more localised Australian issues is useful and pertinent.
The Conversation has sections on Business and the Economy, Health and Medicine, Environment and Energy, Politics and Society, Science and Technology and a Jobs Board. Recent topics and articles look to the future of the public service and who should pay for undergraduate education.
Researchers (and only those affiliated to an academic or research institute) can become authors by filling out a brief submission form. Newsletter, Twitter and Facebook interfaces are all available.

Enter The Conversation here:

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