Events Postgraduate Passages: Crossing Borders, Tracking Milestones

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Fri, 3 Dec 2021

Postgraduate Passages: Crossing Borders, Tracking Milestones

When: 3 December 2021, 9am -- 6pm

researchFor the inaugural Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference co-hosted by James Cook University, Singapore and the University of Reading Malaysia

Postgraduate Passages: Crossing Borders, Tracking Milestones

The conference committee invites all postgraduate students from James Cook University, Singapore and University of Reading Malaysia to submit research abstracts for presentations and discussions during the inaugural Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference.

Full-paper presentation sessions will be 30 minutes, with 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes Q&A. The schedule of presentations will be available in November 2021. Presenters will be awarded a certificate for participation and can count their presentation into Professional Research Development hours. We encourage submissions regardless of your current stage of progress; even those at the beginning can present proposals or literature reviews.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 22 October 2021. Any abstract submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Abstracts should be written in the following format:

Abstract format

  1. Font: Times New Roman, double spacing, size 12
  2. Word limit: 200-300 words
  3. 2 to 5 keywords
  4. Please include the name and affiliation of the primary author and supervisors.
  5. Indicate the primary discipline of your research
  6. Indicate your stage of progress (i.e., year 1/beginning, year 2/middle, year 3/end)

The primary author will be notified of the review committee’s selection by October 2021. Additional instructions for the conference will be provided then.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically in Word format to Ms. Catherine Toh, member of the conference organizing committee at

We look forward to having you be part of the event!

Organizing Committee
Mr Izzat Morshidi
Ms. Catherine Toh

Committee Advisors
Associate Professor Denise Dillon, JCUS
Dr Mustafa Khufallah, UoRM

Use the link below to register for our upcoming JCHRC 2021. Registration is for access to the Main room (Keynote and Session 1). During the briefing and prior to the session, we will share the link to Session 2.

Registration link:

Conference Schedule




9.00 – 9.30

Introduction and Housekeeping

9.30 – 10.30

Keynote Address 1

Crossing Borders to Realize Doctoral Candidature Processes and Ambitions

Professor Christine Bruce, Dean Graduate Research

Susan Gasson, Coordinator Advisor Development, Graduate Research School, James Cook University Australia

Paper Presentations
 Panel 1 Panel 2

10.30 – 11.00

Ms Ling Chih Chong

Mr Ng DaXuan

11.00 – 11.30

Mr Muhamad Alif Bin Ibrahim

Mr Barry Tse

11.30 – 12.00

Ms Pamela Arumynathan

Mr Lin Xiangbin

12.00 – 12.30

Mr Marc Chao Wei Jun

Mr Chen Shaoyuan

12.30 – 1.00

Ms Hina Sheel

Mr Suryakenchana Omar

1.00 – 2.00

Lunch break

2.00 – 2.30

Ms Haanusia Prithivi Raj

Ms Wong Yi Shan

2.30 – 3.00

Ms Kimberly Chew Xu Hwei

Ms Tan Yan Ling Michelle

3.00 – 3.30

Ms Ungku Norani Sonet

Coffee Break

3.30 – 4.30

Keynote Address 2

Writing a Good Journal Article

Associate Professor Dr Shahiron Shahidan

Director of Research Management Centre (RMC), Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia



*Presentation may be divided into two panels depending on the number of presenters registered.

Detail of Keynote Sessions

Keynote 1 (9:30 to 10:30am)

Crossing Borders to Realize Doctoral Candidature Processes and Ambitions

Professor Christine Bruce, Dean Graduate Research
Susan Gasson, Coordinator Advisor Development, Graduate Research School

During our keynote session we will introduce the application of a collaborative framework, a workbook, and notions of time as tools for crossing borders to realize Doctoral Candidature Processes and ambitions. Through the session, as you interrogate collaboration culture and notions of time you will discover new ways to set priorities and manage relationships to ensure good use of the time, resources, and people that inform your doctoral candidature and your career beyond. The session includes the following structural elements; interactive opportunities will occur via chat, discussion, and breakout sessions.

  • An introduction to the Collaborative Research Culture Framework (Susan Gasson)
  • Developing a Collaborative Academic Career– a case study (Professor Christine Bruce)
  • Discussion and text chat on collaborative networking
  • Time and your Doctoral Research – six notions of time (Susan Gasson)
  • Introduction to a collaborative workbook (Professor Christine Bruce)
  • Breakout activity & Final remarks

Christine Bruce

Christine is presently Dean, Graduate Research at James Cook University. She has been working with research candidates, advising, and researching “research education” for thirty years. Through this time, she has had a special focus on collaboration and collaborative communities for research and research education. She has built such communities across research domains, and through a US-Australia partnership. Christine has graduated more than 50 doctoral students, several of whom have won significant awards. Christine’s Masters research focused on the experience of conducting a literature review, and she has subsequently investigated the pedagogies of research supervision, and aspects of domain research. More recently she has collaborated with Susan Gasson in developing a Collaborative Research Culture Framework with special focus on implications for early career researchers. She is committed to helping graduate researchers realize their potential.

Susan Gasson

Susan is currently Coordinator Advisor Development, Graduate Research School, James Cook University.  For two decades she has been working in Research Education, first as a manager and more recently as an academic.  In both roles she has designed and delivered professional development programs for a range of research stakeholders.  As a researcher, Susan first gained a Master of Research exploring organizational change processes. Later she published and presented with numerous collaborators locally and globally on aspects of research education.  Most recently she has co-authored and researched with Professor Christine Bruce on a Collaborative Research Culture Framework and is completing a doctorate entitled Early Career Researcher Pathways: A narrative inquiry. She is committed to understanding and supporting researcher development.

Keynote 2 (5:00pm to 6:00 pm)

Writing a Good Journal Article

Assoc. Professor Dr Shahiron Shahidan, Director Research Management Centre (RMC), Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

Shahiron Shahidan

Dr Shahiron is currently the director of the Research Management Center and Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the Tun Hussien Onn Universiti Malaysia. His research area centers around structural engineering and health monitoring as well as research into eco-green concrete and structures. Apart from research and teaching duties, he has provided consultations and services to the local Malaysian and international civil engineering industry. Dr Shahiron is a charted engineer and sits at the Board of Engineers Malaysia and the Malaysia Board of Technologists. He has supervised over 10 PhD candidates and 14 Masters students and won multiple awards for research and product innovation.

Photos and recording will be taken during the event for news and various publicity purposes.