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Settling in: The Researcher's Guide to Your University

2.3 Building your research networks

Activities set out in the last topics have encouraged you to think about the research network within your local community and to consider how you might build your connections with other professional communities. The following tips may prove helpful as you commence the process of establishing your presence.

  • Ask others who they would recommend as good contacts
  • Find out about local meetings and activities and introduce yourself
  • Consider volunteering onto a state executive of the leading research network relevant to your field. This is a great way to move into the circle
  • Make sure you take the time to attend networking functions and aim to meet at least two new people
  • Encourage your mentor to take you to some functions and introduce you
  • Consider inviting key people to lunch to talk about common research interests
  • Ask advice from your supervisor and mentor.
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