Research Ambassadors

Research Ambassadors at Victoria University provide peer-to-peer research support to research (including honours) students and staff.

Their support includes:

  • quantitative and qualitative research design
  • data analysis
  • document formatting
  • EndNote
  • NVivo
  • data and file management
  • library research databases
  • a range of other areas useful for researchers.

Research Ambassador Program

The program provides employment opportunities for HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students to:

  • share their skills
  • learn from others
  • broadly be involved in the development of Victoria University's research culture.

Research students in the program need to apply skills obtained through their studies or other experience, and in doing so identify a portfolio of skills relevant to their career goals.

The model is based on the SOAR (Support, Opportunities, Advice and Resources) Centre ambassadorship program at Edith Cowan University.

Victoria University's Research Ambassadors provide weekly support at two campuses:

Ambassador services

Research Ambassadors offer a range of skills and expertise to support research students and staff in becoming active members of the Victoria University research community. They support professional development by directing researchers to relevant training and VU services. Honours students are also welcome to use the service.

Advice for building research skills is available in the following general areas:

  • candidature preparation
  • writing support for literature review, research proposal and thesis chapters
  • data and file management
  • research design and methodology
  • mathematical modelling
  • IT troubleshooting
  • Library research databases.

You may also want to talk to an Ambassador for help with a specific application or piece of software. This includes:

  • ethics applications
  • data analysis software - NVivo, SPSS
  • Microsoft Office - Excel, Word
  • document formatting
  • referencing and citation styles, including EndNote
  • Turnitin and plagiarism.

Research Ambassadors not only offer their extensive research skills for peer-to-peer training, but are also available for a chat about anything to do with your research or student experience. They can be used as a sounding board for ideas and questions you may have in relation to your candidature.

They are also a great contact if you have a question but do not know who to direct it to. If they don't know the answer to your question, the Ambassador will find out and get back to you.

Ambassadors also provide support for cultural, academic and campus transition, including:

  • cultural transition: adapting to living in Australia
  • academic transition: adapting to life as a research student and its associated challenges
  • campus transition: finding services and staff for appropriate support (referral service).

Mini-workshops

Research Ambassadors run one-hour workshops throughout the year on a range of different research topics. These short workshops consist of presentations, discussion, problem-solving and peer-to-peer support and are run in a relaxed and informal learning setting.

Both research students and staff are welcome. Topics include:

  • research design
  • data analysis
  • data management
  • statistical software
  • Qualtrics
  • writing
  • ethics applications
  • general transition support.

To book Research Ambassadors’ mini-workshops, view the online calendar on the Researcher Development page.

If you have any suggestions for future workshops, email seekRA@vu.edu.au.

Contact a Research Ambassador

Book an appointment or drop in for assistance with research related queries.

From 7 August to 8 December 2017, the Research Ambassadors can be contacted from 11am to 2pm:

  • at City Flinders Campus, Room 9.10a, on Tuesdays
  • at Footscray Park Campus, Building P, Room P416 Research Lounge, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • by phone at City Flinders Campus, +61 478 405 117, on Tuesdays
  • by phone at Footscray Park Campus, +61 478 405 113, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • via email at seekRA@vu.edu.au

Become a Research Ambassador

Are you interested in becoming a Research Ambassador? Recruitment occurs twice a year at the start of each semester.

Applications are now closed.

For more information please contact VU Research Librarian Cameron Barrie by email on cameron.barrie@vu.edu.au.