What can you do in August to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 5 (31 July – 4 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 1/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 3/8 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 4/8
Academic writing expectations at the HDR level S07 2.18 South Bank


Week 6 (7 August – 11 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 7/8 10:00am Endnote S02 3.13 South Bank
Wed 9/8 1:00pm Managing information resources and writing your literature review G10 2.25 Gold Coast


Week 7 (14 August – 18 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 14/8 10:00am Build and leverage your research profile N53 1.49 Nathan
Fri 18/8 10:00am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast


Week 8 (21 August – 25 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 22/8 10:00am Endnote N53 1.50 Nathan
Wed 23/8 1:00pm Developing your academic argument G10 2.25 Gold Coast


Week 9 (28 August – 1 September)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 28/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 31/8 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review
N53 1.51

How to boost your productivity

Are you drowning in constant emails, phone calls, paperwork, interruptions and meeting actions? You need to work smarter.

Now, if you’re looking at us to give you some tips on how to do this, let me set you straight. We all need to learn to work smarter. Yes, even us.

And since we didn’t have the answers, we went searching and come up trumps with this handy little eBook in our Books 24×7 database:

Smart Work is the busy professional’s guide to getting organised in the digital workplace.

This book ‘throws you a lifeline by showing you how to take advantage of your digital tools to reprioritise, refocus and get back to doing the important work’.

According to Smart Work, one way to boost productivity is to reduce email noise (Chapter 4):

Minimise the emails hitting your inbox
Manage the amount of information and junk emails in your inbox by setting up filing rules, unsubscribing from distributions lists (when they add no value) and reporting spam.

Turn off email alerts
Research ‘suggests that the intrusion of constant email alerts causes a loss of focus and can lead to our concentration work taking one-third longer to complete’.

Check email proactively
Schedule time to check your emails. Crowley suggests you should ‘aim to put aside two, maybe three blocks of time during each day to process your emails’.

Batch information emails to be reviewed later
Keep all your valuable, not time-critical, information emails in one convenient location. Simply, create a separate folder and use either a manual or an automated strategy to direct relevant mail into it. Then, just allocate time to read the messages.

Delete decisively
Be ruthless.

Manage other people’s expectations
When you receive an email that isn’t a priority for you, be sure to set a clear expectation about the work and when you will be able to do it. The SSSH strategy can help you with this (see Chapter 4 for details).

Conduct your research at Westfield Garden City

Conduct your research at Westfield Garden City

Do you need to conduct a survey, focus group or other research activity that requires access to a broad cross section of the general community?

Reserve the Learning Space! The Learning Space is a community partnership between Westfield Garden City and Griffith University.

Located on level 2, Westfield Garden City, you can conduct your research in a space that gives you access to Garden City’s 17 million visitors per year.

You can reserve the Learning Space on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm to set up survey stations, focus groups or other research activities.

As this data collection point is in a shopping centre, it is better suited to research projects seeking a general demographic.

And the good news is your research activity will not go unnoticed. Learning Centre staff work with Westfield’s marketing team to promote the activities on a weekly basis.

There will be temporary signage and staff on hand to encourage potential participants to visit you in the Learning Space.

Participants will also be offered a free coffee, with no costs to you or your research team.

Apply to use the Learning Space now.

What to do when retiring your old mobile device

Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?

With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.

So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!

Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.

However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!  

To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.

Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!

  • Back up the device
  • Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
  • Log out of online accounts  (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
  • Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
  • Perform a factory reset
  • Remove your SIM card

For further information on the data management of your device before recycling visit the Recycling Devices webpage, or take a look at the tips on the Mobile Muster, Apple iOS, or Android websites.

New Interlibrary Loan Request form and website

New interlibrary loan request form and website

Did you know you can request books and articles from non-Griffith libraries?

That’s right! You can borrow items from other university libraries, council libraries, hospital libraries, government libraries, and almost any other type of library you can think of.

The process has always been pretty simple. You just have to be a Griffith staff member, or postgraduate student and submit a request using our online form.

If you’ve ever requested an Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you’ll know just how easy it is. But we have made some changes recently.

The Library has changed its ILL request form and website. This is due to improvements to underlying systems that will be taking place over the coming months.

To request an interlibrary loan, head to the new ILL website. If you have requested but not yet downloaded items from the ZPortal, please do so before 31 August 2017.

For further information, please contact library@griffith.edu.au

You need to read this if you use PeopleSoft Financials

PeopleSoft Financials

The freeze has begun!

The PeopleSoft Financials technical upgrade has commenced with ‘go-live’ scheduled for April 2018. This has a number of benefits for you, including an enhanced user experience and mobile-friendly interface.

What is ‘PeopleSoft Financials’?
You may have used the PeopleSoft Financials system to make a purchase or request payments via the Finance website or staff portal.

How will the technical upgrade affect Finance services?
During the upgrade process, Finance services will not be affected. You can continue to make purchases and access other services as you currently do via the portal and Finance website.

What can I expect to see change?
You will benefit from some new features, such as the fluid user interface (similar to what HR has implemented with the ’tiled’ look and feel). This will enable easier and more mobile-friendly use.

Who are you working with to make sure you get it right for everyone?
We are actively engaging with representatives from Finance and across other areas (including Information Services, Campus Life, Academic Administration and HR) to proactively manage risks and to ensure collaboration in decision making.

We will also be forming a User Reference Group from August 2017 to engage with clients, such as administrative staff and academics.

How will the technical upgrade affect my project?
If you have existing or future initiatives that rely on PeopleSoft Financials, please be aware there is a period where no new development can occur. This is referred to as our ‘freeze’ period.

For this project we have two freeze periods:

  • Soft freeze – 1 July 2017
    No new development Projects in version 9.1; Critical business requirements for the projects (which are already in Development/SIT/UAT) which go into production before 31 October 2017 will be accommodated in the plan
  • Hard freeze – 1 November 2017
    Complete freeze; Critical production fixes and regulatory fixes will be accommodated by exception.

Where can I find out more information? 
To find out more about the technical upgrade and engagement opportunities, contact Change & Communications Manager, Anisha Verlinden (x56744). You can also sign up to our Yammer page for regular, bite-size updates.

To discuss how the technical upgrade will affect your project, contact Venkat Ramayanam (x57804) or Kieran Dickenson (x55422).

Griffith has launched a new Cisco Networking Academy program

Have you heard the joke about the IPv6 packet that walked into a bar? Nobody talked to it.

Get it? Me neither! But our Griffith IT students get it, and now that Griffith provides a Cisco Networking Academy program, they are laughing all the way to a rewarding career in computer networking.

The Cisco Academy program is an initiative undertaken by the School of ICT, in association with Information Services (INS) and Campus Life.

It is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of networking technologies that are necessary for a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The program outline includes:

  • Network Design Fundamentals
  • Networking devices and protocols
  • Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Network Security

We’ve completed two, new, built-for-purpose labs at Gold Coast and Nathan campuses to support the program.

They promote a learning environment designed to challenge problem-solving and analytical skills when applied to the fundamental concepts of networking.

Our labs provide cutting edge technology for IT students with an aptitude to design, build and maintain computer networks.

Find out more about Griffith’s Cisco Networking Academy course offerings and timetables.