If you're a postgraduate research student at the University of Otago, the team at the Graduate Research School should be on your speed-dial.
They are home to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office – which looks after scholarship applications and current recipients, as well as administering all doctorates across the University.
Beyond that though, the School is also your one-stop-shop for supervisor and student support and advice. The School runs a variety of training for research students and/or their supervisors, ranging from getting started and relationships, through to how to include publications in your thesis.
They are also home to a personal performance and development coach, and the Māori Postgraduate Support Advisor.
School manager Claire Gallop says community building is also part of the school's role; it hosts and organises events to bring research students together and runs the Three Minute Thesis competition.
The School promotes postgraduate research, too, through its Graduate Research Month annually in August, during which events to celebrate great supervisors are among many on the calendar.