Graduate Weekend School 2017

**Registrations Extended until Sunday, 07 May**

This training workshop is open to postgraduate students enrolled at a New Zealand university or in Australia, at ANU, RMIT, The University of Adelaide or the University of Melbourne. The programme consists of skills workshops, presentations and group acitivites. Participants need to prepare a research project presentation to present during the workshop.



More Information

When: Friday, 12 May to Monday, 15 May 2017

We will depart from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch on Friday around noon. We will leave Hanmer Springs on Monday, 15 May around noon and plan to be back in Christchurch by 4.30pm. Participants must be able to stay for the entire time.

Where: The workshop will be held at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp. For more information on the camp please use this link.

What: An intensive and interactive training workshop for graduate students enrolled at an EUCN partner institution as well as students from ANU, RMIT, The University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne.

Participants are expected to prepare a 15 minute presentation supported by PowerPoint. The presenation will be followed by Q&A. If you would like to add a line to your CV, volunteer to chair a panel. The workshop will be in a relaxed environment among your peers - no need to panic! Everyone is at a different stage of his/her research and we will have a great variety of presenters - Hons to PhD. The workshop is designed to be practical, supportive and encouraging. There will be some free time to go for walks or to visit the pools. 

Costs: A NZ$20 registration fee will be charged at the end of the registration process. All meals (from Friday dinner to breakfast on Sunday) will be provided. Accommodation will be provided at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp (bunk beds). You will need to make your own way to UC, Christchurch. From there we will have vans to take you to Hanmer Springs.

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To bring: You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow case, towels, any medication, warm clothing (thermal, jacket, socks, etc), decent flat-soled shoes (i.e. trainers), notepad, pen, your power point presentation on a USB stick, any print outs you need (there are no printing facilities), togs, money for any extras (i.e. Hanmer Springs Pools). A more comprehensive list will be posted here closer in time. 


Here are a few links to Hanmer Springs, activities and the area:
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp (accommodation) 
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa 
Hanmer Springs Village 
Hanmer Springs 100% NZ  

Timeline & Registration

Registrations for the 2017 Graduate Weekend School close on 30 April 2017. 

Register here!


Why participate?

The Graduate Weekend School is now in place for more than six years and students just love it. See some of their comments below!

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Class of 2017 - Enjoying great weather in Kaikoura, New Zealand and a visit from UC Chancellor, Prof John Wood. 


''At the Graduate Workshop “Researching the EU: Critical Perspectives for Critical Times?” in Canberra, Australia, I got an opportunity to meet and share ideas with many intelligent and sharp postgraduates and experienced professors who are doing their research in the same area. I presented on my research and this was the first workshop out of my University, which was a very valuable and good exposure. I got very good questions and feedback, particularly on my research methods, which helped me to improve and get new input in my thesis. Personally I think this workshop was very well organized and very successful. I fully enjoyed the three-day event with so many interesting seminars and discussions on various topics. On the other hand, this was the great opportunity to spread the word about my research, get feedback and the opportunity to represent the EUCN."

Irena Obadovic,
University of Canterbury, PhD Candidate

Weekend School 2015


"I attended the EU PG workshop at ANU in support of an aspect of my research into the operations of the European Court of Human Rights and the approach taken by European states towards the issue of human rights. The PG workshop exceeded all my expectations for attending as I found the seminars and group discussions very stimulating and valuable from a research perspective. The various attendants from many universities throughout NZ and Australia allowed for the sharing of many different research perspectives and approaches.
The UC contingent at the workshop appeared to be one of the larger groups and making connections in the context of this workshop has been fantastic.
The ANU facilities for the seminars and the accommodation were ideal for this type of workshop. I would certainly encourage future support for this type of workshop as the benefits are significant. The opportunity to share ideas and research perspectives and approaches with academics from other universities can only be beneficial to all involved.
I thank the EUCN for their support of my research in this way."

Leua Iosefa, University of Canterbury, PhD Candidate
Weekend School 2015


Any Questions?

Please contact Yvonne Grosch, Assistant EUCN Project Manager via
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
phone: 03 36 94 395


This activity is co-funded by the New Zealand and Australian EU Centres and European Commission Grants.