Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group

Embark on a collaborative research project with two of the world's most impactful universities.

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Established by the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester, the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group is an international research collective comprised of researchers and joint PhD candidates from both universities. Collaborative research teams investigate issues in a variety of areas across the sciences and the humanities.

Candidates who are part of the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group receive an immersive experience alongside a diverse and motivated cohort of researchers. They are mentored by global experts, learn how to adapt to new cultural and research environments, and gain access to the best facilities and resources at both universities.

The Joint PhD experience has been fantastic. Despite lockdown rules forcing a more virtual experience, I have a great team with extremely supportive supervisors

Ching Yi Wu
Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group joint PhD candidate

Project spotlight story: Creative economy entrepreneurs and market research

The creative economy encompasses industries such as advertising, architecture, the arts, designer fashion, and more. The creative economy is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity, with many startups in the field finding great success. However, as a whole, failure rates for new ventures in the creative economy remain high. This is the case despite the heavy use of market research and market validation methods amongst entrepreneurs in this field. After all, proving that customers want your product is a fundamental principle of entrepreneurship. But why is this the case? This project aims to understand how creative economy entrepreneurs and corporate innovators use (and omit) market research in the creative economy.


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Joint PhD opportunity: Assessing the effects of knee replacement surgery via fitness trackers

There are two commonly cited benefits of total knee replacement surgery: reduction in pain and improved mobility. While there is plenty of evidence to support improvements in pain, changes in mobility and activity are less clear. Doctors and researchers often rely on simple questionnaires asking post-op patients about their physical activity, but this method is less than reliable and objective. With the popularity of fitness trackers like Fitbit, there is now a new way to collect and evaluate data. This project aims to assess changes in physical activity in post-knee replacement patients by leveraging fitness tracker technology. To view this opportunity (and others) in detail, click on the button below.


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Our Partner: The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a leading public research university located in Manchester, the United Kingdom. With roots in the civic university movement of the 19th century, it is today a part of the Russell Group of universities in the UK. Social impact is the core driver of research at the University. It is ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021 and its five research beacons – advanced materials, biotechnology, cancer, energy and global inequalities – are formulated around the world’s most pressing challenges.


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Meet our academic lead

Dr Suzie Sheehy is the academic lead of the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group. She is a physicist, academic and science communicator based at the University of Melbourne, where she is a Senior Lecturer in Accelerator Physics and at the University of Oxford, where she holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Dr Sheehy’s research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy.


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