Project Management for PhD's

Professional Development for students

Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street (Stop 1), University of Melbourne, Parkville


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Myron Yovannidis

T: 83442116


Project management is a vastly transferrable and highly sought-after skillset that can open doors to careers in almost any field. The ability to effectively manage projects is a huge asset in today’s competitive job market, which graduate researchers are in a prime position to practice and refine during their candidature. The movement into and out of academia as a career path is also a lot more fluid these days, with industry, government or project management experience informing research, policy and practice and vice versa. This session will encourage participants to think more broadly about the sorts of career paths they might seek, and also to view the skills they learn in doing a PhD in a different light. In this seminar you will hear from various speakers with PhDs who have extensive experience working both within and outside of academia. They will share their experiences of managing projects in professional contexts ranging from small NGOs to international consultancies. Panellists will discuss what ‘projects’ are, what skills and tools may be used in managing projects, and how to learn, apply and communicate this experience to potential employers. This seminar is relevant to graduate researchers at all stages of candidature.

Registrations essential.



Dr Gwilym Croucher is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), as well as Program Director at the L H Martin Institute, and coordinates and teaches into the Master of Tertiary Education Management, and its associated Graduate Certificate programs.

He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2017-18, for which he was a visiting researcher at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education in the Goldman School of Public Policy.

You can read more in his staff profile


Jason Ferris is a Project Manager at the Melboourne School of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Melbourne. He has worked in the online space for 20 years, and has specialised in web development, design, e-commerce and marketing. His foray into project management was largely accidental, commencing his first significant Project Management role in 2009. In his 20 years in the online space he has worked on projects across Government, Education, Real Estate, Health Care, and Manufacturing.


Dr Gerard Healey is the Manager, Sustainable Campus Design at the University of Melbourne. He gained his PhD in 2008, investigating how society could more effectively transition to widespread use of sustainable technologies using the development of wind power in Australia as a case study. Prior to joining the University in 2016, he worked for 10 years at design firm Arup, leading the sustainable buildings team in Melbourne for the last 3 of those years. Gerard’s project management experience includes research (Phd and a fellowship) and building projects, ranging in complexity from managing just himself, to leading multi-disciplinary teams contributing to the design of a medical imaging laboratory.