Welcome from the Postgraduate Team

19 August 2014
Professor Basil Sharp
Professor Basil Sharp

Greetings and welcome to the third edition of the Postgraduate Newsletter for 2014. This issue features two significant postgraduate events—the Postgraduate Fair and the PhD Writing Retreat. The Postgraduate Fair held on 27 May was a major success with lots of interest, with more than 250 students registering for the Business School’s event. A big thanks to all of the departments and student representatives who volunteered to assist on the day. We are now building on this success with promotional material aimed at upper-undergraduates.

Recently many of us were glued to the TV watching the Football World Cup. Writing is to PG research as weight training and calisthenics are to football. If you really want to play football – really play – then you’ve got to do lots of boring drills, running around cones, sprints, and so on. There is no other way. Writing is pretty much the same; the more you write the better the final product. Start writing early and share your work with your supervisor. Look for comment and criticism because that is how we improve our writing skills. Work closely with your supervisor and explore the opportunities for collaboration. Here’s an example: Mirko Benischke, a PhD student awaiting his examiners’ reports, has had an article accepted in the Strategic Management Journal, co-authored with Siah Ang and Jonathan Doh. This is a win-win for both student and academics.

The PhD Writing Retreat, facilitated by Emeritus Professor Kerr Inkson and Dr Mark Bowler-Smith was held at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat and Conference Centre in Long Bay in June. Nineteen PhD students had the opportunity to write, interact and learn from each other and the facilitators. Another writing retreat is scheduled for later this year.

You are encouraged to continue sending any noteworthy news and information to Molly Freeman to highlight in subsequent newsletters. We are always keen to hear from you.

We hope you have a great semester or quarter ahead and we look forward to seeing you at some of our Business School events. Best wishes from the Postgraduate Team.