Resources for ECRs and Students

The following resources and templates may be useful for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and students.




  • Mullins, G and Kiley, M 2002, "'It's a PhD, not a Nobel Prize': how experienced examiners assess research theses", Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 27, No.4 (online from Web of Science), available from


Elsevier have a webpage dedicated to supporting ECRs.  A number of guides and recommended reading can also be found here


Research networks: exploring social media 

Creating and maintaining research networks is a key element in career development. It's not always easy but you may be better at it than you think. 

Hear from Prof Ross Mckinnon and Prof Mark Taylor as they share their knowledge and experience on the importance of networking, particularly through the use of social media, how to do it and how to make it work for you.

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(note: the actual presentation starts 8mins into the video so please use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to move the video along)

View a (PDF 801KB)  version of Mark's PowerPoint presentation

To help you on your way, the MDRI have set up the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute LinkedIn page. Feel free to join the group to kick-start your own networks and to keep informed of news and events.


Commencing 2014, Australian students who go on international placements as part of their studies are eligible to apply for OS-HELP assistance of $7500 if the placement is in Asia and $6250 for other countries (North America, Europe etc). There is also a sum of $1000 assistance towards studying a non-award Asian foreign language, specifically to prepare for study in Asia. Please visit the following site for more information on eligibility and application  


ECR & Student Seminar Series

The MDRI hold regular ECR & Student seminars.  These informal events give ECR and Student members an opportunity to present their research and/or gain valuable feedback while practicing conference presentations. The presentations are followed by networking with other members.  All members are invited to attend.




Don't forget to keep up to date with news via the MDRI blog, and to join the LinkedIn MDRI group.