Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies



Expand the communication skills inherent within your graduate education. Increase your ability to communicate your work and your skills effectively.

3MT - Three Minute Thesis Competition

3MT is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.  To learn more about the competition visit Western's 3MT site.

GradWRITE - Writing Support Centre

GradWRITE: Workshops and Seminars 
GradWRITE Seminars to assist graduate students and postdoctoral scholars meet the specific demands of academic and professional writing. The seminars cover a variety of topics to help you learn about and successfully address the expectations involved in writing theses, dissertations, manuscripts, proposals, applications, reports and more.

GradWRITE: Graduate Writing Conference 
These conferences are one-day events devoted to addressing specific graduate writing concerns and are an opportunity to learn need-to-know strategies directly from some of Western’s most accomplished graduate faculty.

Academic Professional Communication Series - Teaching Support Centre

These workshops are designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars seeking to improve their academic and professional communication skills and public speaking abilities. Each of the sessions focuses on a brief communication episode that individuals frequently encounter during their academic careers.  To learn more, visit the Teaching Support Centre site.

Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication for International Graduate Students

This Certificate is designed to enhance the academic and professional communication skills of international graduate students and to help them make a successful transition to Canadian academia. International students will learn about cultural differences in patterns of communication and acquire strategies to maintain positive interactions with supervisors, peers, and students.  To learn more, visit the Teaching Support Centre site.

MyGradSkills.ca Workshops

Academic and Professional Communication for New Researchers
This mygradskills module on academic and professional communication includes five units that reflect scenarios you will frequently encounter as a graduate student and, later, as a professor.

Intercultural Competency
This mygradskills module will introduce you to several key concepts and strategies that will help you navigate this diverse world. The module provides an introduction to the key concepts of identity, bias, privilege, and intercultural competence.

MITACS Workshops

Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills
This workshop helps bring students' knowledge to life in the written realm.

Communicating Your Research
This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis.  Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.

Practice your Presentation Skills I
The art of engaging an audience when communicating your point is key to workplace success. This workshop will help build presentation skills and confidence in a supportive environment.

Practice your Presentation Skills II
This workshop gives students the opportunity to deliver a presentation specific to their work interest.

Skills of Communication
This workshop examines different communication styles found in the workplace, including our own, as well as the styles of successful communicators

Writing Strategic Business Reports
This online workshop will provide academics transitioning into a professional environment with a core understanding of why business reports matter and how to tailor a report for its intended function and purpose.