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Master Class Schedule

Day 1

The topics of the 2012 Master Classes were selected by our PhD student representatives and by the Faculty HDR Committee. The topics were inspired by the Faculty mission statement:  Continually improving our reputation, relevance and resilience in a changing world.

The sessions encouraged PhD candidates to integrate their academic studies with soft skills which will enhance their future pathways into the workforce.

Workshops were held in the Kirralaa, Marra and Yurra Rooms, level 2.
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Master Class Program

Time Speaker Topic
8:50am - 9:10am Registration and Refreshments  
9:10am - 10:30am

Speaker: Professor Nonna Martinov-Bennie         
Professor Martinov-Bennie has a background in academia and industry having previously worked with one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is currently Director of the International Governance and Performance Research Centre at Macquarie University.

Topic: Networking for academics and researchers
Professor Martinov-Bennie will give you valuable insights into the ways you can develop industry and research networks that are critical to your career advancements.
10:30am - 10:50am Morning Tea  
10:50am - 12:10pm

Speaker: Dr Malcolm Choat               
Dr Choat is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He held the Macquarie University Research Fellowship from 2003-2006, and has researched and taught at the University of Sydney.

Topic: Applying for a fellowship and career development
Dr Choat will address strategies for developing fellowship applications and planning an early career research program – these are important first steps for early career researchers.
12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch  
1:10pm - 2:30pm

Speaker: Professor Jason Twamley           
Winner of the Marie Curie European Union Fellowship, Professor Twamley has won and been involved in many grants including an EU Integrated Project, ARC Discovery and ARC Centre of Excellence grants.

Topic: Grants and funding opportunities – why you should apply
Professor Twamley will share his invaluable experiences in taking humble ideas on napkins through to multimillion dollar, multi-university research projects.


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Topic Title: Networking for Academic

Networking is an important strategy for managing and advancing one's career. Successful academics ensure that both their teaching and research are relevant to, and grounded in, their specific field of expertise. This is facilitated through developing and maintaining strong networks with industry and professional bodies, as well as through the stimulation and support of fellow academics and researchers. Building a wider international network is also essential, and it is never too early to start this process. This session provides insights into the ways in which one develops industry and research networks and includes personal reflections on the importance of networking at various stages of the presenter's career.


Professor Nonna Martinov-Bennie joined Macquarie University in February 2011 as Director of the International Governance and Performance (IGAP) Research Centre. Prior to this appointment she held positions at the University of New South Wales and The University of Sydney. Before her involvement in academia, Nonna was a Senior Audit Manager with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu managing audit teams for major corporate audit clients.

As a FCPA and FCA, Nonna continues to be actively involved with the profession as a member of several committees such as the ICAA Audit Advisory Committee, ICAA Research Committee and CIMA Australasia Centre of Excellence Board.  Nonna is also the current academic member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and the Chair of AUASB's Project Advisory Panel on Guidance Statement for "Engagement under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, Clean Energy and Related Schemes."

Nonna's research focus is on bridging the gap between academia and the profession in the areas of audit judgment, audit methodology, auditor independence, ethics, corporate governance and the emerging area of sustainability assurance.

Nonna is joint editor of Managerial Auditing Journal and associate editor (assurance and governance) of Australian Accounting Review.  She publishes research in and is a reviewer for a number of top ranking international academic journals.  She is also co-author of Case Studies in Auditing and Assurance published by LexisNexis, a text widely used in a number of leading Australian universities.

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Topic Title: 'Applying for a fellowship and career development'

The first step in a research career is frequently an application for a post-doctoral fellowship, which allows a early career researcher to develop a research trajectory beyond their PhD,  and to produce publications which will enhance applications for academic teaching positions. These schemes are highly competitive, and various national and university schemes have different methods of assessment, and must be approached in different ways.  Alongside this, early career researchers must be positioning themselves within the field, making domestic and international research contacts, and thinking about how they will articulate their research in the first 5-10 years of the academic  career. This seminar will address strategies for developing fellowship applications and planning an early career research program.


Dr Malcolm Choat is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, and Secretary of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1989-1993), before undertaking a PhD at Macquarie (1994-2000). Subsequently, he taught and researched in the School of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney (2000-2002), before holding a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2003-2006). He now teaches at Macquarie in Coptic Studies, Early Christianity, and Ptolemaic Egypt. His fields of research are, broadly, Graeco-Roman Egypt and the interaction of Classical (Greek and Roman) and Egyptian cultures from Alexander the Great to the Arab conquest (332 BCE - 642 CE), and early Christianity, particularly from a papyrological perspective. He has particular focuses on rise of the Coptic language and script in the3rd-5th centuries, especially early Coptic documents on papyrus, and the development of monasticism.

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Topic Title: Making a difference: creating new knowledge via research projects and how to get the grants to make it happen!


Everyone wants to make a difference to the world. By doing research and by publishing that research one has the chance to influence how everyone else thinks about that topic and your results may lead to enormous changes in the future. Many of us feel constrained in our research vision by how much we can do ourselves but by thinking on a grander scale, by convincing funding agencies and other research colleagues that our vision has the potential to make a significant impact, we might be granted funds to enable larger research teams to tackle one's ideas and thus tackle much larger, tougher research questions with possibly larger potential impacts. I discuss my experiences in going from humble ideas on napkins through to multimillion dollar, multi-university research projects. 


Twamley studied Theoretical Physics at Trinity College in Dublin as an undergraduate before taking up PhD studies in North America with Prof Don Page in the quantum mechanics of blackholes. Graduating with a PhD in Quantum Cosmology from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1991 he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Adelaide, Queensland, won a Marie Curie European Union Fellowship to work at Imperial College London before being appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Physics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He then became the equivalent to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research/Dean of HDR students for the University in 2003-2005. During his time as ~DVCR, NUI Maynooth (the smallest university in Ireland), rose to become the third most successful in attracting research funding/academic. He was made Senior Lecturer in 2005 before accepting a call by Macquarie University to be a Professor of Quantum Information Science in October 2005. From 2005-2010 he managed Macquarie University's role in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Computer Technology, was awarded a University Research Centre in Quantum Science and Technology in 2009, and from 2011-2017 manages the Macquarie University's role in a new ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems. While in Ireland Twamley proposed and managed several smaller European Union research grants (2-3M Euros each), an EU Integrated Project [10M Euros (36 partners/3years)], while in Australia he has won ARC Discovery and ARC Centre of Excellence grants (CoE 24M$/7 years/16 partners).