The Student and Emerging Researcher Caucus aims to represent the views of NZARE members with a wide range of experiences and work/study situations, including:

  • Full time and part-time post-graduate students
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • On-campus and distance students
  • Those who juggle parenting or part-time or full-time employment with their studies
  • Academic staff who are working on their Masters or PhD qualifications
  • Academic staff or professional researchers who are in their first few years (or even their first decade!) post-PhD
  • Members of the Maori or Pasifika caucuses who fit into any of the above categories
  • … and anyone else who self-identifies as a student or emerging researcher!

Any member of NZARE who is studying may participate in the Caucus. Caucus activities are aimed at graduate students be they full or part-time and provide a forum for them to share their experiences and benefit from the participation in the community of new researchers.

However, to be eligible for the discounted membership rate, students must be enrolled in a tertiary institution at least half-time and in paid employed less than half-time. 


NZARE Students & Emerging Researchers Facebook Group (ongoing)

Created in October 2018 to assist students needing accommodation help for the Auckland conference, the NZARE Student and Emerging Researchers Facebook Group is quickly growing to be a forum for networking and open discussion of our members on current educational research issues/challenges/opportunities.   

Visit our Facebook group and request to join if you are keen. Feel free to share this link with colleagues outside of NZARE, too!

Ipu Kererū Blog Contribution & Submission (ongoing)

The blog is a great opportunity to get your work and your voice ‘out there’ alongside those of more senior academics.  Post about ongoing or completed research or contribute an opinion/commentary piece on an educational topic.  We’re always looking for student/ER editors for the blog, too!  Visit to read the latest publications as well as check out submission requirements. 

NZARE PhD and Masters Awards Nomination Deadline, 1st August (check back here in 2021)

NZARE recognises excellence in educational research through several annual awards and grants programmes.  Those relevant to students include the Rae Munro Award, Sutton-Smith Doctoral Awards, Ranginui Walker te Reo Māori Doctoral Award as well as Early Childhood SIG awards.  Please click on the awards tab on NZARE homepage for detailed application information.



SER Networking event

At the 2021 conference we'll be holding a networking event for students and emerging researchers on Monday 15th November at 7:30pm (after the spotlight sessions). Check back here for details later in the year.

NZARE Conference Student Travel Award Application Deadline, 5pm Wednesday 1st October 2021

Each year NZARE encourages student members to attend the annual conference by making travel grants available. Depending on funds available and the number of applicants, the student travel grants cover all or part of:

  • the early student registration fee for conference
  • a contribution towards travelling expenses 

Eligible applicants:

  • Be a paid up student member of NZARE enrolled at least half-time and in less than half-time paid employment
  • Be the first author of a paper or round table that has been accepted for presentation at that conference
  • Have registered for the conference and filled out the Student Travel grant form - submit a completed application form by 5 pm, 1st October 2021 to
  • If successful - return a summary of how your student travel grant benefitted your studies/career in a blog post, Facebook review, or report

Download the Student Travel Award application w/Expectations of Recipients HERE.

2020 Council Representatives 

Nau mai, hoki mai to our returning Māori Caucus student representative to NZARE Council – Kay-Lee Jones

Kay-lee has over 13 years of educational experience, most recently teaching in initial teacher education.  She is a forth year doctorate student at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) with a research focus on Māori medium education, particularly bilingual education.

Waipāoa te Awa e rere mai nei

Horouta te Waka, hoea, hoea rā

Takipū te Marae, tū tonu, tū tonu

Te Aitanga a Māhaki te wi

Taupara te Hapū

Mōkori anō ngā mihi ki a koutou

Tēnā rā koutou katoa, ko Kay-Lee Jones tōku ingoa.


Nau mai, haere mai to our new Caucus student representative to NZARE Council – Rachel Cann 

Kia ora!  My name is Rachel Cann.  I'm based in Auckland, studying at the University of Auckland, and have recently completed my masters thesis which explored how school leaders can enhance teacher wellbeing. I'm about to embark on my PhD journey, continuing to research teacher wellbeing through a positive psychology lens. I'm originally from the UK, and in the past worked as an engineer before becoming a science teacher here in New Zealand. I'm looking forward to working with Kay-Lee, the student and emerging researcher leadership team, Gaylene Denford-Wood, Patricia Ong, Robin Lane and Sweta Sharma, and the NZARE students/emerging researchers in 2020!



Please find below some weblinks that members have found useful in the past.

If you have any further suggestions please email them to

A google doc of some resource collected from members to share with others - click here


Eurodoc -

Just for fun:

PhD Comics -

PhD Blogs

Here is a list of blogs written by PhD students -

Disclaimer:  The above are provided for information only, NZARE does not necessarily support the views expressed on any of the above sites.