Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Student Testimonials

“I have particularly enjoyed being a PhD student through IPPE as I have had not only outstanding support with advice and structure for my research, but also assistance in gaining an ARC Grant which provided financial support for the term of my enrolment. This has helped me attend international conferences, travel and accommodation to carry out my research, and I’ll have sufficient funds for editing support and printing for my final thesis.”

Lynette Riley


“HDR life has given me time and tasks to move further into theories that underpin my job as a school teacher. Reading and delving into the ideas of key people is exciting, but more exciting is applying those ideas in a project aiming to show that there is practical application possible — that ideas can show a measurable improvement on how we do things. I like being part of that.”

Nicholas Green


“IPPE is such a friendly and supportive group of people with similar goals and interests. Being an HDR student within IPPE has exposed me to a large intellectual support network. It’s really inspiring to work around such successful academics, especially Professor Richard Ryan who co-founded Self-Determination Theory — the theory my entire PhD is based upon. I feel so privileged to have the help and support of the IPPE academics, and their success encourages me to want to succeed.”

Rhiannon Lee White


“I love being an HDR student in the supportive and encouraging IPPE environment. I recently and very hesitantly entered the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, and so the Deputy Director (Professor Alexander Yeung) kindly invited me to do a couple of practice run-throughs at the weekly Brown Bag sessions. At these sessions, all the IPPE members provided me with constructive feedback and encouragement. After the Competition, I received an overwhelming number of texts and emails saying congratulations. IPPE is, without a doubt, the most supportive and encouraging environment in which to be an HDR student.”

Katherine Owen


“IPPE provides excellent opportunities for research candidates to develop their knowledge and expertise in areas they are passionate about. As a world-class Institute, students are provided with ongoing support from their supervisors and the entire IPPE team. Students have opportunities to engage with other students and present locally and internationally at research conferences. I highly recommend IPPE to prospective research candidates.”

Michelle Nemec