B3 - Negotiating training needs in an interdisciplinary and industry-collaborative doctoral setting

Day 1 at 16:30 - Negotiating training needs in an interdisciplinary and industry-collaborative doctoral setting
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:30
Strand Postgraduate Research
Code B3

Dr Sylvia Anne Mackie -  Lecturer in Research Communication, Swinburne University of Technology

Workshop overview:

The past decade has seen an increase in new forms of the doctorate, especially those involving university-industry collaborative training. This workshop draws on an investigation into such a program and in particular into how its students can be better supported in negotiating their individual training needs. These doctoral candidates are enrolled in the newly-created PhD program in technology innovation at the ARC Training Centre in Biodevices, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. This centre provides industry-oriented research training in engineering biodevices and diagnostics, with a focus on developing skills in research, design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation. In the workshop Sylvia will share their approach to: conceptualising the complexities of such a mixed pedagogic system, providing responsive and targeted developmental support to its emerging researchers and facilitating negotiation around additional training needs among its many stakeholders.

Workshop topics covered:

  • Initial steps in conceptualising interdisciplinary and collaborative doctoral systems
  • Strategies for scaffolding development in industry-collaborative settings
  • Brokering cross-unit support for emerging researchers in complex programs
  • Staged feedback and evaluation mechanisms

Themes covered:

  • Researcher development within the cohort model: practice sharing from doctoral training centres/partnership and other cohort based models including European and international collaborations (e.g. ITNs)
  • Researchers' development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations, exploring inter-cultural competences and business/industry collaborations in developing researchers

Workshop outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Conceptualise interactions between PhD students, their interdisciplinary supervisory teams (both academic and industry-based), industry mentors and university developmental support staff in a collaborative doctoral program
  • Explore, share and and discuss ways to improve negotiation of training needs in such settings


Presentation; staged interactive discussion