QUT PhD alumnus Dr Kirstin Ferguson nominated as ABC’s acting chairperson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson, PhD alumnus from QUT’s Business School, has stepped into the role of ABC chairperson after a tumultuous week at the national broadcaster.

As described by ABC news,

“Dr Ferguson has sat on the ABC board since 2015, and is an experienced director with 10 years’ experience on the ASX100 and ASX200 boards as well as private company and government boards. She was the creator of the social media campaign #CelebratingWomen, which saw her nominated for the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for best use of social media.”

Read the full ABC article.

Dr Ferguson was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her thesis ‘A study of safety leadership and safety governance for board members and senior executives‘ was an investigation of the fields of leadership and corporate governance in the context of workplace safety.

Scholarship for Health ECRs

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarship Program is a six week program based in Canberra at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, that gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build  expertise in an area relevant to health services research
  • contribute to the AHHA and its work
  • interact with policy makers and practitioners
  • produce a health policy issues brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national significance
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship

Early career researchers (< 5 years post-PhD) are welcome to apply.

Further information including the Program Summary and answers to frequently asked questions can be on the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research website.

Pitch your idea to an audience of global business leaders and influencers

Perfect your pitch and apply to PItch@Palace by September 30 for your chance to pitch your business idea, connect with CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and potential business partners.

Visit www.pitchatpalaceaustralia.com. You can enter with a startup business or social enterprise – even of it’s an idea on paper, MPV or prototype. The pitching competition starts November 27 with a Pitch@Palace On Tour event (e.g. at the Gold Coast, Queensland). Forty-two progress from tour events to Pitch@Palace Australia Bootcamp, being held in Brisbane, on November 28.  The Pitch@Palace Australia 2.0 event will be held 30 November 2018. If you win, you may progress to represent Australia, pitch in a palace, and gain international exposure and contacts.

Details:
Apply by September 30
Australian Pitch events are held in late November
Find out more.

PhDs in Industry: Geremy Farr-Wharton

Geremy Farr-Wharton did a PhD because he wanted to change the world by solving real problems.

He says his role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CSIRO enables him to do just that: use the research skills developed through his PhD to create life-changing solutions to real-world problems.

“I made the choice to pursue impact and I do a lot of really exciting things at CSIRO. I’m lucky enough to work with amazing colleagues on some really life-changing projects, from (re)designing our Australian cities for the coming future, to shaping the role of technology in healthcare, liveability and well-being. I even get to play a role in reshaping the futures of young Australians through artificial intelligence and machine learning. I get to work closely with industry, with different levels of government, and with tech start-ups to drive solutions for a better future.”

Read more about Dr Farr-Wharton’s professional journey and his advice for PhD graduates interested in industry careers.

“A cross-disciplinary tool box” – the value of a PhD in industry

“The real value of a PhD is the methodological tools. I grew in my ability to manage and manipulate ideas, frameworks and data from various disciplines. My problem solving skills are much, much more refined now.

For me the greatest value of the PhD has been to draw upon diverse problem solving methodologies from different disciplines to address the very challenging problems that sometimes arise”.

Dr Matthew Turnour embarked upon a PhD in the QUT Business School after 15 years working in industry. Read our Q&A with Dr Turnour for his thoughts on the value of a PhD outside of academia, plus advice for doctoral graduates interested in pursuing careers in industry.

Publishing from your thesis: tips, advice and resources

After submitting his thesis for examination, Dr Stephen Vincent prioritised publications and produced five papers from his PhD research. He describes:

“Not only is it important to share your findings with the wider community, but this will help to boost your research profile and demonstrates a tangible long-term project outcome to potential employers.”

Dr Vincent is a 2011 QUT PhD alumnus. Read more about his career post-PhD and his advice for new graduates, including tips for boosting publications.

PhD Alumnus to explore MOOCs and digital literacy at MIT

Digital Learning professional and 2013 QUT PhD alumnus Dr Anitza Geneve has been awarded the 2018 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education & Training (VET) and will spend three months with her host organisation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States. Dr Geneve says:

“I’m looking forward to driving a conversation within the Australian VET sector on how the digital literacy and employability needs of learners can be supported within an Australian and a global context through the use of emerging technology.

Read the full Q & A.

Proactive, Focused, Brave: the key to a successful academic career

In 2011, Dr Kim Johnston received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD Thesis. After graduating she focused on publishing, networking, and using the skills and knowledge she’d developed through her PhD to benefit real-world organisations.

Seven years post graduation, Dr Johnston is a senior lecturer and researcher in QUT’s Business School, and a contributing author and editor of numerous prestigious journals and books. She says being proactive, focused, and brave are key to developing a successful career in academia.

Read more about Dr Johnston’s professional journey and her advice to early career researchers.

Copyright matters everywhere, in all our communications

The need to observe the rights and obligations of copyright continues beyond QUT.

Beyond the vast array of books and journals that QUT offers, there are many “open’ resources available on the internet. Resources with broad re-use rights are licensed using Creative Commons (CC)  licences. That means they are openly available on the internet- not behind paywalls; and free to re-use.

More information about Creative Commons

Find images, music and more using CC search

Find open access journal articles using BASE or in PLoS

QUT is part of the Creative Commons Global Network. Got a question about copyright or Creative Commons? Contact us!

Apply to become a Visiting Fellow with QMomentum

We’ve just launched QMomentum here at QUT, and a lot of our recent PhD graduates are curious to know how becoming a Visiting Fellow will benefit them.

If you wish to continue your research independently at QUT, with a view to publishing and advancing your research, you can apply to become a Visiting Fellow and receive:

FULL library access – borrowing, databases, etc.

Staff card access – to library rooms, staff parking, and staff discounts

Access to a huge range of QUT services and support, including:

  • Grant writing advice and assistance
  • Research development workshops, news, and events
  • Research partnerships advice and assistance
  • Commercialisation opportunities, events, and advice
  • Networking with researchers, academics, and industry

Joining is easy. All you have to do is download the Visiting Fellow Application Form, fill it out and have your former supervisor or QUT mentor sign it, and return it to us. (If you have any trouble finding someone to support your application, just contact us.)

You can read more about the benefits of joining QMomentum and how it can help kickstart your career on our webpage, or by emailing us at askqmomentum@qut.edu.au