March 27, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Information for early career researchers (27 March 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS-ECR/C0VID-19/01/27/03/20

C0VID-19: Information for early career researchers (27 March 2020)

Our commitment to your continuous research development 

In the current situation with C0VID-19, we would like to reassure you that we remain dedicated as ever to deliver the highest quality training and development for our early career researcher (ECR) community.

We aim to maintain a supportive culture in which our ECR community can advance and thrive in their research amidst the current situation. We strive to still facilitate training and provide support to you via a selection of digital technologies which are in line with the University’s prompt measure to move all face-to-face teaching to digitally supported guided online teaching.

Therefore, we would like to give an update on the new development of our training and support provision.

Research and Academic Development (RAD) workshop

The following workshop will go on as originally planned, but using Microsoft Teams.




Tuesday 7 April 2020

10am – 3pm

Introduction to doing statistics in R

Link to sign up

Research supervisors

If you are a research supervisor, please ensure that you are in regular contact with your students to check on their wellbeing and their research progress during this unprecedented situation.

Message from Professor Deborah Hall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

We know and appreciate that this is a difficult time and that many researchers will be worried about the impact of the current situation on their research, especially given yesterday’s announcement which means an extension to our Closure Period. This is an unprecedented situation and it is impacting on researchers and their research globally. We hope that this update addresses many of your concerns, and will review our advice from time to time as more information becomes available or as the situation changes.

If you are a Primary Supervisor to one of our 300 or so PGRs, then please make sure you are in regular contact with your students, and check that they have seen and can access this Research Update. We ask this since we are not certain that all PGRs are actively reading their emails over the Closure Period.

This Research Update has three sections:

  1. Advice for anyone engaged in research (staff and PGRs)

  2. Specific advice for PGRs

  3. Personal advice and reassurance (staff and PGRs)

See Research Update #1 (26 March 2020)

Online teaching guides

As we move rapidly toward an online teaching platform, please find below some useful links to get you started and familiarise with some online teaching technologies:

  1. Adapting Quickly to Teaching Online

  2. 8 Tips for Teaching Online

  3. Teaching with Cases Online

  4. Distance Learning Solutions

  5. Teaching Online and Blended Learning (available till end of May 2020)

New online course

Recognise and build your digital capabilities

This new and very timely module enables you to explore your ‘digital capabilities’ and find out how you can develop and enhance your digital practice.

Through answering the questions in the Discovery tool you will:

  • assess your confidence and capability in the areas relevant to your own research and personal development needs.

  • receive a personal report which signposts actions and resources that you can use to further enhance your digital capabilities.

Link to course

Wellbeing support

We understand that this unprecedented situation can be very stressful and difficult to some of you. Please rest assured that wellbeing support is available to you.

Appointments can be made to talk to a counsellor/mental health advisor/disability officer via email or call the emergency number for this support +60 19 2660691 (Vasu).

Human Resources recently shared a document on Mental Health Awareness.

See tips in coping with C0VID-19 – your mental health matters

Engaging via Microsoft Teams

We are happy to act as the mediator for any senior academic members of staff who wish to engage with junior academic members of staff on issues pertaining to research sustainability during the C0VID-19 outbreak.

If you are interested, please get in touch with us via email to


– written by Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Manager 

Posted in News and EventsPostgraduate lifeResearcher Development