New program powers higher degree success

A new program has commenced that will arm higher degree students with skills that are valued by employers, and help them to plan their careers.

Based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, the REST program, compulsory for higher degree students, consolidates all research and transferable skills training across the university into one structured program. It is tailored, with students able to choose the training that is most relevant to them.

Research and Employability Skills Training (REST) aims to:

  • Provide a structured and comprehensive skills training program including research and transferable skills that are valued by employers
  • Enable students to identify their training needs and plan and control their research and professional development journeys
  • Ensure students can articulate and demonstrate the skills they have developed throughout the course with documented evidence
  • Ensure all higher degree students have access to the course through online delivery and monitoring

The program uses a competence based approach, asking students to reflect on their skills development rather than meeting specific criteria (such as points or hours). All training activities are recognised, including experiential, taking into consideration skills that students may already possess through prior training or work experience.

For more information about REST and the benefits to students and supervisors, contact Dr Dani Milos at

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