Australian Technology Network of Universities — Frontiers

ATN Frontiers is an innovative Higher Degree by Research professional development program from Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

Co-created and delivered by expert academic and practitioner staff across ATN member universities, the program offers a suite of futurist-focused learning modules free of charge to ATN Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Each module is designed by subject matter experts from across ATN to suit students from all academic and professional with a range of ambitions for where their research degree leads them in their career, roles and industries.

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The program consists of three levels of modules for candidates to complete sequentially:

  • Level 1: Foundations of the Future - core learning modules studied online within a 4-week learning period. Modules generally contain 6-8 hours of self-paced online material plus 2 hours of live facilitated workshops with content experts. Students can receive a digital credential for each module by completing a range of learning activities. Available Now
  • Level 2: My Future master classes - intensive workshop-based modules focused on specific skills and strategies needed to shape the future, featuring cohort experiences and expert facilitators. Coming soon
  • Level 3: Futures Summit - a national biennial “think tank” focusing on envisioning and preparing for the future of a particular sector and its workforce. Planned for 2023


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Learn how to build your HDR skills and your research into a compelling asset for your future and lifelong employability. Where change is a constant and is all around, this module reinforces the recognition that ultimately, change begins from within. The content included in this module is suitable for students at all levels of knowledge and experience in these areas, and is an optimal module for those in the second half of their PhD studies.

Increase your confidence and ability to handle better data as you navigate and prepare for the demands of roles in a data-driven world. Over the past decade, the digitalization has vastly increased the availability, use, and value of data, and thereby transformed nearly every industry. Data and the need for data analytics has been rapidly growing, with companies looking to generate insights and innovations as well as drive their business with the help of data.

Strengthen your ability to shape the future of academic and industry work through entrepreneurial methodologies. Whether students stay in academia or pursue careers in industry, they’ll face professional landscapes that are being rapidly reshaped by disruption. But no matter their disciplinary background, they can adapt their research skills to make real-world impact through entrepreneurial problem-solving.

This deeply participatory module encourages the use of creative practices, collaboration, and new ways of  communication to create impact with your research. You will redesign and reimagine the dissemination of your research through experimenting with outlets, formats and genres that align with your research aspirations.

HDR  students need to consider the future of industry and society, and what capabilities and technological sophistication they will require to have a successful career. This course will explore the potential technological disruptors to the future of industry and society, and the impact that this may have on skillsets for the future.