ResearchMaster QPR2020 winner announced

Congratulations to Wayne Harris from University of Tasmania! An overwhelming number of high calibre applications were received from a diverse range of postgraduate researchers across Australia and New Zealand.

The fields of research represented across applications included climate change, medical and health research, education and creative arts to name a few. An Intensive Care Paramedic with over 25 years of service in state ambulance services, Wayne is currently a lecturer in Paramedic Practice and collaborating in several research projects related to para-medicine and clinical education.

The 14th biennial Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) Conference takes place 21-23 of April 2020. This year’s conference is on the theme of ‘Success in doctoral education: perspectives on research training’. The conference is hosted at the University of Adelaide’s National Wine Centre, the national showcase for the Australian wine industry. It boasts state-of-the-art technical and audio-visual equipment, beautiful function venues, and award-winning catering. It is located in the picturesque Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Wayne’s sponsorship not only includes conference registration but also travel and accommodation.

Wayne’s submission below was chosen from over 185 entries.

Barriers to higher education are many and varied. This year’s conference theme has a personal resonance for me. Not attending high school was a limiting factor in my education and subsequent employment. I never thought I would ever attend an institution of higher learning, let alone teach at one. A bachelor degree, for me, was a hard fought battle. Now I am a PhD candidate, the battle for further education and the desire to make a difference continues. QPR2020 is a well-regarded conference that provides valued information and direction relating to those providing, and those aspiring a doctoral education. Everyone’s educational and PhD journey is unique, with success measured along the way via key milestones. The opportunity to participate and share experiences with high calibre conference presenters is something most sought after. For me, this is an opportunity to identify and manage the factors that will lead to success.

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