Resources for current HDR students

HDr research students - two female students wearing labcoats having a discussion in the lab

ECMS are committed to providing and maintaining the highest possible standard of health, safety and wellbeing (HSW) for our students. As a student, it is also your responsibility to take reasonable care to protect your own safety. 

HSW Induction for HDR students

The HSW induction process for HDR students will help you to consider and mitigate any risks that may arise during your research.  

Other important safety information, HSW requirements and training activities are available at ECMS Faculty HSW. You may need to refer to this information throughout your research studies. 

Before accessing a lab or workshop you will be required to complete the Staff & HDR Hazard Management Induction. Your supervisor will determine if you require this training. 


Our faculty offers research facilities, including cutting edge test chambers, labs, workshops and equipment that you may need to access during your research studies.

Full list of ecms research facilities

  • ECMS lab and workshop access and support

    The ECMS teams of lab and manufacturing technicians listed below can provide support for your project.  

    • Labs – Chemical Operations
    • Labs – Electronics & Instrumentation
    • Labs – Energy & Aerodynamics
    • Labs – Structures & Natural Resources
    • Prototyping & Manufacturing

    It is recommended that if your research is likely to require the support of any of the above teams, to get in contact with them early in your candidature to discuss how they can assist you.

    ECMS Lab and workshop support request form

  • ECMS lab and workshop tours

    If you would like to know more about the labs and workshop spaces that you can utilise within our faculty, please register your interest to attend a tour.

    Register your interest

  • Specialist IT support

    ECMS have a designated team to provide specialist IT support to our researchers and HDR students, such as:

    • Specialised IT consultation
    • Engineering IT systems and applications
    • Linux, Windows, Embedded Systems, High Performance Computing
    • Systems integration and customisations
    • IT procurement and licence management

    Contact ecms specialist IT support team

  • Research technology

    The university’s research technology support offers many systems, tools and training opportunities which you will be able to access throughout your research studies, such as: 

    • HDR Student Tools
    • High Performance Computing
    • Research Data
    • Storage options
    • Your Research Profile
    • Research-specific training.

    research technology support

  • Remote access to IT systems and resources

    The university provides systems and resources to support HDR students when working from home.

    • Virtual private network (VPN): allows us to create a secure connection from home to our university network over the internet. You will be required to set up Duo two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA.
    • ADAPT: cloud based access that allows you to mimic your desktop to access software and files.
    • Remote desktop: remote login to your allocated desktop machine requires VPN.
    • Software for personal devices: some software such as Office 365 and Matlab is available to install on personally-owned devices. HDR students will have access to Software for Staff.
    • Zoom: video communication tool that enables you to participate in meetings or conferences and host online learning environments.

    Working from home with technology

  • Technology self-help guides

    If you want to try to fix a problem yourself, HDR students should refer to the self-help guides for staff.

    ITDS Self-help guides

10 students sitting in a pink room collaborating in a project
  • CaRST Program

    The Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) Program is an opportunity for research students to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills to become a more effective and well-rounded researcher, increase your employability and prepare for careers both in academia and industry.

    Throughout your candidature, you will need to discuss your skills, plans and development progress with your supervisor to ensure you gain maximum value from the CaRST program.

    more information about carst

  • Training and development opportunities for ECMS research students

    ECMS also offers training and development opportunities, facilitated by STEM researchers and industry partners, aimed towards the specific needs of our faculty’s research students.  You will be informed of any upcoming workshops and sessions.  

    Any suggestions for specific training that you would like to be considered can be sent to the ECMS Research Development team who oversee the development needs of our faculty’s research students.

    Contact the ECMS research development team

  • Your research profile

    The University supports a number of tools that will help you build your researcher identity.

    • Researcher Profiles are designed to increase the visibility of you and the valuable work that you undertake. You are strongly encouraged to create a Researcher Profile – click login to begin creating yours. 
    • ORCiD is the persistent digital identifier which distinguishes you from every other researcher.

    More information about researcher identities

  • Industry engagement opportunities

    Industry programs and placements offer exceptional opportunities for you to apply and further develop professional skills in your specific field and chosen career. 

    Participation in these unique industry engagement programs will provide a strong complement to your academic studies, build skills and expertise and develop a professional network.

    Industry engagement opportunities

  • Career services

    The university supports students from all disciplines to increase employability, find opportunities and learn career-ready skills to plan for your future. 

    All HDR students can access the university’s free online platform called CareerHub.

    CareerHub is accessible to students from enrolment up to one year post-graduation from any degree. Here you will find job opportunities, internships and placements, upcoming events, workshops, resources and more.

    Careers services

Life on campus will provide many opportunities to build your professional and social networks. Make time to connect with fellow research colleagues and build a network that will support you throughout your career!

  • ECMS HDR student representatives

    Our faculty has an established HDR student representative network.

    If you haven’t already met the HDR Rep for your school, please introduce yourself! 

    2021 HDR student reps

  • Stay in touch on social media

    There are a number of social media networks you can join to keep connected and informed about what is happening across the university communities.

    Student groups and societies:

    Other university accounts to follow:

    • AGC on Twitter
  • ECMS Connect

    ECMS Connect is a fortnightly internal email round-up of news across the Faculty, featuring many opportunities for HDR students. 

    Past opportunities have included information about the 3MT competition, internships, scholarships and much more.

    Also, if you have something you're really proud of or want to communicate to the Faculty, you can submit your news, event or achievement here.

    Share your news

  • Social and sporting clubs

    Adelaide University Union 
    Established in 1895, the AUU aims to make student life fun and accessible, and to give students a voice at the University.  

    Adelaide university union

    University of Adelaide Clubs
    The University has more than 130 clubs…cultural and religious clubs, political and cause-based clubs, activity and hobby clubs, as well as clubs aligned to courses and faculties at the University of Adelaide. No matter where you come from or what you’re interested in, the University of Adelaide has a club for you!

    Full list of university of adelaide clubs

    Sporting Clubs
    Interested in recreational activities and opportunities for competitive sport?  The University has nearly 40 sporting clubs available.

    See sporting clubs

  • Collaborative spaces

    In addition to your local school and research centre areas, here are a few other locations on campus where you could meet up with colleagues. 

    The Common Room located in the Ingkarni Wardli Building on level 5 is an open space with an outside terrace available to all HDR students enrolled with the ECMS Faculty.  You are welcome to use this area to meet up with your colleagues for lunch or casual get-togethers.

    The UniBar is a place on campus to relax with friends and colleagues – located in Union House on the ground level with seating that spills out into the Cloisters courtyard which is a perfect spot on a sunny day.

    Hub Central is located in the heart of the North Terrace Campus where you can meet with others, use University services and unwind – retail, food outlets, independent study spaces, computer spaces, project rooms and much more.