Graduate Certificate in Researcher Engagement, Development and Impact

The Graduate Certificate in Researcher Engagement, Development and Impact (GCREDI) is a postgraduate course that has been designed to formalise much of the existing research training and skill development that is offered during your PhD candidature at Western Sydney University. It is a unique approach to higher degree research training in Australia and aims to create a scaffolded architecture around your PhD journey to ensure on time and high quality PhD completions.

What is the GCREDI?

The GCREDI is a scaffolded program that is tied to key milestones during your PhD journey. You will work with your supervisor to design your own bespoke program to suit the development gaps identified in your Early Candidature Plan (ECP), as well as other key milestones such as your Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) and Annual Progress Reports (APR).

You will only be expected to complete activities that are most relevant to your own specific needs as a research candidate.

What is the structure of the course?

The GCREDI aims to incorporate all the key milestones of your PhD within the assessment load of each GCREDI unit. The program is not expected to add additional workload to your PhD – it only formalises existing work that you need to complete.

The core units will consist of workshops with points allocated for each workshop. You will need to acquire a certain number of points to complete each unit.

You can select the workshops and research training that meets your needs and complete them at a time that is convenient to you, without being locked into a standard semester.

Specialisation units will provide you with hands-on training that is relevant to your career aspirations.

Career planning and employability are a key focus of this course. The 2015 ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System found that this type of training was lacking in many doctoral programs. At Western Sydney University, we recognise our graduates must have the employment attributes necessary to operate across academia, industry and government.

The GCREDI integrates an ePortfolio assessment that is scaffolded across each core unit. The aim is to develop a rich professional academic profile by the completion of the course. The ePortfolio will develop your digital literacy; provide a vehicle to disseminate your research and reflections; and, will result in a portfolio of work covering the duration of your candidature. It is expected that you will be able to contribute to your ePortfolio post submission.

Diagram of GCREDI course structure

To complete a unit and tie your learning together, you will be required to complete all the assessment items for that unit.

The Graduate Research School will continue to deliver our HDR workshop program for the benefit of all HDR candidates, whether they are enrolled in the GCREDI or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course compulsory?

No, the course is optional for all PhD research candidates – you should discuss this with your supervisor.

How to I participate?

More information about how to enrol in the GCREDI will be available soon.

What does the course cost?

At this stage, Western Sydney University is sponsoring the fees for our current PhD candidates. More information will be available soon.

Who can I contact for more information?

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