Postgraduate researcher development

AUT offers hundreds of events, resources, and activities aimed at helping you develop your research skills and connect with colleagues including:

  • The Researcher Development (RD) Online Tool
  • Peer Mentoring Groups
  • Thesislink

Researcher Development Online Tool

You can use the Researcher Development Online Tool to search through hundreds of events, activities, and resources. No matter what your field or programme, there are opportunities for you, including:

  • Discipline-specific research seminars
  • Conferences
  • Online subject guides
  • Help with methodological issues
  • Ethics and funding applications, and much more

Both student and staff researchers at AUT can access the Researcher Development Online Tool. For further information on how to use the RD Online Tool access the user guide here:

Researcher Development Online Tool User Guide (6 pages, 732 kB)

Peer Mentoring Groups

By joining an AUT Peer Mentoring Group (PMG), postgraduate research students can meet, connect and share ideas. AUT has six PMGs:

  • QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUP: Learn about relevant theories and applications of various quantitative methodologies. Contact Karol Czuba at
  • AUT NZ SCHOLARS and ASEAN STUDENTS’ GROUP: Meet students who are receiving an NZ Scholarship and/or have come to NZ from a South East Asian country. Contact Stenly Sajow at
  • NORTH SHORE RESEARCHERS: Network with other researchers; discuss and exchange ideas pertaining to research. Open to both Masters and PhD students. Contact Geeta Sharma at
  • TOURISM & HOSPITALITY DOCTORAL TEA PARTY: Heads up postgrads and PhDs in the School of Hospitality & Tourism! Email for more information.
  • THE CLUB @ AUT SOUTH: Share cake & conversation with doctoral students based on the South campus. Contact I’u Tuagalu at
  • ART+DESIGN PG CLUB: Join with other Art + Design postgrad students for conversation and the sharing of ideas. Contact Emily O’Hara at

Not interested in these groups? Contact Researcher Development to start one of your own.


Thesislink is a research blog that offers you as a researcher information, commentaries and suggestions as well as the opportunity to connect with other researchers and discover their stories and experiences. Find out what other researchers are doing and read about skills to help your academic writing. Go to: for the latest Thesislink blogpost.


Contact the Researcher Development team:

Last updated: 16-Jun-2017 3.14pm

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