Academic Literacy

Research candidates need high-level, discipline-specific academic and research literacies, and related professional skills. Most don't begin their candidature with all the academic literacies they need.

The Academic Literacy Coordinator offers professional development that is targeted, diverse and flexible. Our programs are here to help you develop the essential academic and writing skills and literacies needed for research excellence.The Academic Literacy Coordinator provides the following support for research candidates:

Academic literacy programs

Our academic literacy programs are designed to guide you in your professional development as a researcher. We offer over 50 workshops, sessions, and programs each year in face-to-face, blended and online modes, allowing you to engage with other HDR candidates, experts, and research and professional communities.

How our programs benefit you

Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs like the PhD are globally recognised qualifications. The HDR program is a transformative journey: personally, professionally and academically. The academic literacy and professional training programs you engage in will help you to develop and refine your writing and other research skills throughout your candidature.

Our academic literacy programs are designed to build your confidence and capability as an independent researcher and enable you to:

  • progress your academic and research literacy, including writing capabilities, skills, knowledge and experiences that are the central focus of research.
  • develop transferable skills needed for research training (for example, critical thinking and project management).
  • mature your skills, knowledge and experience for personal development (for example, communication, presentations, time management).
  • develop research writing and other academic literacies needed for research (for example, how to write a research proposal, how to write a literature review).
  • develop career focused skills and competencies needed for academia, industry and a range of employment sectors.

How we support you

The Academic Literacy Coordinator provides support for research candidates through teaching, consultation, and a range of online resources. We offer four opportunities to develop literacy



Academic Literacy Resources site

Join the Academic Literacy Resources site in Interact2 for examples of research writing, recorded workshops, links to online tools, guides and handouts, and event announcements. (See instructions to join below.)

Writing Groups.

Regular writing group meetings, such as Writing Bootcamps, ‘Shut up & Write!’ (SUW!) and peer writing circles. Email the Academic Literacy Coordinator for more information about joining or starting a writing group.

Professional Development

Visit the Professional Development calendar for opportunities to develop your research skills, such as writing a literature review, overcoming procrastination and writing more clearly. Most workshops are online and recorded, so you can join from anywhere with a computer and internet connection.

Individual consultations

Email Academic Literacy Coordinator to discuss your writing drafts, skills or strategies for your candidature. Meetings may either include supervisors, or just the research candidate. Consultations can be conducted via email, phone, Skype or Zoom.

Research Writing Resources site

Academic Literacy Resources is a site in Interact2. Anyone who is a student or staff member can join. Access these resources and receive email announcements about upcoming workshops. Here are the steps to join:

  1. Login to Interact2
  2. Click on Organisations in the top menu
  3. Look under My Organisations to see if you're already a member of Research Writing Resources
  4. If not, search Academic Literacy Resources
  5. Then hover over the title code (O-RWR) and a drop down arrow button will appear
  6. Click on this arrow and select enrol
  7. After this, it will show up in 'My Organisations' whenever you click 'Organisations'

More Information

For any questions, please contact Academic Literacy Coordinator.