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Settling In: The Researcher's Guide to Your University

Topic 1: The research context

It is very important that researchers understand the organisational context in which they will work. This section explores the working context for a researcher working in a research-intensive university within the Australian higher education sector.

Learning outcomes

After completing this topic you should be able to:

  • Describe the national context in which research operates
  • Outline the key features of your own university’s research strategy
  •  Identify the university’s expectations of you as a researcher.

Topic content

Read the following notes.

1.1 Working as researcher in a research-intensive university

1.2 Getting published

Activities – Induction interview checklist

At the end of this module you will be asked to meet with a range of representatives who can assist you in settling in to your local research community. In preparation for this meeting, you will need to think about the questions you would like to ask. There are many likely issues that you may have identified during this first topic. For example, are you sufficiently familiar with the way Australian research works? Have you a sound understanding of the standards of performance expected of you? How does your research fit into the university's strategic priorities?

Now is the time to record any questions you would like to explore more fully with a colleague at the end of this module. Click on the ¡®Induction Interview Checklist¡¯ link below to download an MS Word (or rtf) file. Save it and progressively add your responses to the file as you work through the module.

Induction Interview Checklist (MS Word)

Induction Interview Checklist (rtf format)

Pursuing the topic further

There have been a number of external hyperlinks provided throughout this module. While they are provided to enable you to explore issues of interest further, it is recommended that you simply note their presence for now and come back to them when you need to explore an issue more deeply.


Dr Campbell Thomson, Director, Research Services at UWA contributed to the content of this topic.

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