Focus Areas

These Focus Areas are the elements to consider as you progress your career at UNSW – whether you are focussed on research, education, leadership and engagement, or all three.  An Area’s degree of relevance will vary, depending on your career stage and your current role, be it supporting or actively engaged within research.

The Focus Areas can be investigated broadly or in-depth. There are questions and information to assist you with your search for relevant UNSW resources, policies, training and development, services and contacts –  all designed to help you achieve your current and future career goals.

Simply click the box of your choice below to reveal sub-focus areas and questions to explore, in turn they will lead you to the resource information you require.

Publishing & Profile Building
Building a profile in the current communication environment requires you to be strategic about where, when, what and how to publish.
Funding & Projects
Securing funding and managing research projects go hand in hand with developing a track record
Leading & Working with Others
Collaboration, innovation, project success, locally or internationally, rely on you working effectively with others to varying degrees
Supervising Research
Supervision of HDR candidates requires knowledge of key processes, principles and practices to ensure timely completion
Learning & Teaching
Managing, assessing and evaluating students plus curricula development is imperative to your career
Engaging & Knowledge Exchange
Discover how to engage and exchange knowledge at UNSW
  • Where are the project/research opportunities in my field?
  • What should I consider when planning a project from concept or the outset?
  • How do I develop a competitive project description?
  • What are the major UNSW considerations in developing a project at my career stage?
  • How might I get involved in collaborative projects?
Developing Projects
  • What sources of funding are available?
  • What funding options are there?
  • How do I prepare a competitive application for funding?
  • What alternative sources of funding are there?
  • What are UNSW expectations in seeking funding?
  • How do I prepare a budget?
Funding Projects
  • What needs to be in place before I start the project?
  • What are my UNSW obligations?
  • What are my obligations under this award, grant &/or contract?
  • What do I need to do in terms of ethics, budget, risks, staff and resources?
  • How must I adjust my project plan based on the funding awarded and time allocated?
Starting Projects
  • How do I manage my grant/project effectively?
  • What are the essentials of grant/project planning?
  • What UNSW systems for support are there?
Managing Projects
  • How do I evaluate the outcomes of my project?
  • How do I finish/conclude a project/funded work?
  • What follow-up do I need to do?
Closing/Concluding Funded Projects