Ready, set, launch: get involved in Deakin’s 3MT/VYT research communication skills program

Calling all Deakin’s rising research stars! The Three Minute Thesis/Visualise Your Thesis research communication skills program is about to kick off for 2023.

From helping your family and friends understand what you do at work, to convincing funding bodies why your project deserves their money, to engaging with industry and media – knowing how to communicate your work to a non-specialist audience is a vital skill for all researchers.

Deakin’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competitions and supporting communication skills program are a chance to learn how to do just that.

Tune into the 2023 Deakin 3MT/VYT research communications skills program and competitions virtual launch on April 13 2023.

Date: 13 April

Time: 2-3pm

Location: online

Find out more and register for the event.

Do you engage with stakeholders?

Having the ability to build quick trust, understand your stakeholder needs and develop strategies to manage interactions with stakeholders to optimise collaboration is a practical skill to have.

Deakin’s organisational development team has some great training freely available to all staff, and it’s well worth taking the time to attend.

The next sessions of the Interpersonal Stakeholder Engagement training are on 27 April at Deakin Downtown and 21 August via Zoom. The session runs for 2.5 hours, is interactive and facilitated by an external provider with a wealth of evidence-based tips and practical suggestions. You can book into a session via the Deakin Learning Portal.

Members of the IHT ops team along with many others from across the university attended the session on 28 March.

Amy said: “The session gave me practical strategies to build rapport and work with stakeholders which I am already applying in my work and life. The presenter was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to and engage with. It was also nice to meet new people from across the university. I would encourage other members of IHT to attend this valuable training.”

Positive and Ethical Supervision in Practice (Workshop for HDR Supervisors)

The interactive workshop provides participants with additional skills and resources to engage with issues of power and privilege; hold difficult conversations and create and maintain respectful and ethical supervisory relationships. Participants will be invited to apply their supervisory knowledge and skills in practice through case scenarios and role-plays. The workshop is suitable for current and future HDR Supervisors.

Facilitator: Dr Lee FitzRoy, Coordinator-Primary Prevention, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Date: 28 April

Time: 1-2pm

Location: online

Please register via Eventbrite to obtain webinar link

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) Surf Coast Nurses Forum

Dr Adam Searby, IHT member and President of Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA), has been successful in obtaining IHT Partnership Event Funding to support the DANA Surf Coast Nurses Forum. This is a great opportunity for all nurses and midwives to seek inspiration from, and connect with, esteemed colleagues.

The event will bring together nurses in the Surf Coast region of Victoria and provide a forum to explore research projects, particularly related to problematic alcohol and other drug use in the region, workforce sustainability, and the ramifications of the Royal Commission into Mental Health for nurses in the region. The event will also engage nurses in conversations around higher degrees by research, provide two ‘masterclasses’ designed to improve the care provided to individuals who use alcohol and other drugs in the Surf Coast region, and extend the nursing research relationship and capacity for mental health nursing research between Barwon Health and Deakin University. Dr Adam Searby will also disseminate his Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship results at the event.

If you are interested in attending this event or want further information, check out the DANA website or contact Dr Adam Searby ( And if you are interested in accessing the IHT Partnership Event Funding for your own work, please visit the IHT Members Portal or contact Amy Brown, IHT Strategic Programs Manager (

Date: 28 April

Location: Waurn Ponds Estate

Register on Eventbrite

Career tips from the winners of the 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award

Join the winners of the 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence to learn about how they set their research programs, developed their track records to advance their research and careers, and get recognition.

Learn about strategies to consolidate your research program and develop your track record; approaches to research collaborations and external funding bids, and tips for evidencing the impact of your research outcomes as well as the wider impact of new knowledge such as developing intellectual property, research commercialization and/or contributions to policy or practice and community engagement.

Date: 5 May

Time: 12-1pm

Location: online

Please register via Eventbrite to obtain webinar link

S1 Supervising at Deakin and S4 Supervising to Completion (combined)

S1 Supervising at Deakin covers supervision procedures and practices and administrative support of HDR students at Deakin. This workshop is suitable for all new staff at Deakin, including people with supervision experience elsewhere. It is also mandatory for staff on the Fast-Track Supervisor Training Program and new supervisors who can commence supervising new students according to clause 43 of the HDR Supervision Procedure.

S4 Supervising to Completion covers supervisory practices related to the final stage of the HDR candidature: thesis completion, submission and examination.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Daniela Kaleva, Program Manager, Researcher Development, Graduate Research Academy.

Date: 19 May

Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm

Location: online

Please register via Eventbrite to obtain webinar link

Deakin Media and Corporate Affairs – Media Training Sessions

Deakin’s Media and Corporate Affairs team regularly facilitate a suite of virtual and in-person media training sessions designed for academic staff and HDR students throughout the year, with topics ranging from introductory webinars to more advanced interview workshops.

Introductory media training

This virtual one-hour workshop provides an introduction to how media engagement is facilitated at Deakin, what media engagement involves, and how individuals can get the most from media opportunities. Participants are given the opportunity to learn from the experiences of colleagues, discuss media engagement tactics and learn a range of new tips and tricks to help prepare for future dealings with the media.

Next Zoom workshop: Friday 23 June 2023 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Register.

Broadcast interview workshops

These small group workshops are aimed at those wanting to improve their media interview skills and become more comfortable in front of a microphone. In these 2.5 hour, face-to-face broadcast interview workshops held regularly at the Burwood and Waurn Ponds campuses, participants are given the opportunity to practice and hone their interview skills in front of the camera, followed by review and group discussion. These sessions are suitable if you have some experience speaking with media or would like to capitalise on strong media interest in your field of study.

Next in-person workshop: Please email the Deakin media team if you would like to find out more information about our interview workshop dates for 2023 and/or register for an upcoming session.

The Conversation editor talks

If you are interested in learning more about writing for The Conversation, this one-hour Zoom session delivered by an editor from The Conversation will cover:

  • the benefits of writing for The Conversation
  • what sort of ideas the editors are seeking
  • how to pitch an idea
  • how editors decide what pitches to accept
  • what happens if you get accepted/rejected
  • how to write for The Conversation’s non-academic readership

Next Zoom workshops

  • Friday 28 April 2023 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Register.
  • Monday 3 July 2023 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Register.

The Conversation also hosts regular Pitching and Writing Masterclasses. Visit The Conversation website to find out more information about these classes, the cost and how to register. If you would like further advice about engaging with The Conversation, please email the Deakin Media and Corporate Affairs team.

Tailored media training

If you have a media training request that sits outside these regular sessions, please email the Deakin Media and Corporate Affairs team to further discuss your needs.

For more information and future workshop dates visit the Media Training page.