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Graduate Research Hub

The Humanities Graduate Research Hub (Hub) is a fully equipped facility designed to foster a supportive and collaborative research environment for our diverse range of Curtin’s Humanities Higher Degree by Research students.

The Hub consists of two working areas (rooms 118/119 and 136), a printing area, two meeting rooms and a common room. It is equipped with fast Wi-Fi connectivity, multifunction copying and printing services and storage lockers.

The Hub is located on Level 1 of Building 209 on the Bentley campus and is accessible 24/7. It is managed by the Faculty of Humanities.

Hub Access

All Curtin Humanities Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students may apply for general access to the Graduate Research Hub, which will allow them to use most of the common facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Overseas, interstate and regional based Curtin Humanities HDR students planning to visit the Bentley campus are encouraged to apply for general access to the Hub for the duration of their visit.

Contact details
To apply for access please email

Hot Desks

Workspaces in the Graduate Research Hub are available to all Curtin Humanities HDR students on a hot desk basis only. That is, no workspace is allocated for the exclusive use of an individual student. All workspaces are available on a first come/first served basis.

Space cannot be reserved in these areas, and students are asked not to leave their belongings on a hot desk in order to ‘claim’ a space for extended periods, beyond taking reasonable short breaks. To prevent this from happening hot desk usage will be monitored by Faculty staff.

Room 136 is equipped with monitors, Lenovo and Dell docking stations, keyboards and mice at all workspaces. Room 118/119 has no computer equipment and is suitable for those who prefer to work only on their laptops.

Storage Lockers

Individually lockable storage units have been provided to enable the Hub to function as a hot-desk space. These storage units enable students to leave study materials in a safe and secure manner. Please note although storage is provided near workspaces, the location of the locker does not entitle the occupant of that storage space to the nearest workspace. Storage is allocated by the Faculty for a period of one year, with the option to renew.

Locker Guidelines

  • Any student on a leave of absence or on extended fieldwork should notify so arrangements can be made regarding their storage space;
  • Once students have submitted their thesis they should vacate the storage space;
  • If you no longer need your locker please leave it locked;
  • An allocated storage space must be used on a regular basis. Storage not used on a regular basis will be allocated to someone else;
  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep their lockers locked;
  • Please do not write on the lockers or place stickers on them;
  • All food items must be kept in the cupboards in the common room;
  • The black coin operated lockers are for casual use only.

Contact details
To apply for a storage locker or for any problems with them please contact

Meeting Rooms

There are two bookable meeting rooms in the Hub:

• Room 209:104 (located inside the common room) with seating for 10, teleconference and projection equipment
• Room 209:107 with seating for 8, teleconference and video-conferencing equipment

The two meeting rooms are available to all Hub users and Humanities staff. Meeting Room 209-104 can also be accessed casually whenever it is free, as long as it is vacated for bookings. These meeting rooms are not intended for solo work or primarily social activities, and work-related use by groups will take precedence over casual users.

Bookings are managed through R&GS, generally on a first come/first served basis.

Contact details
For bookings please contact Prior to the commencement of your booking you will need to sign out the key from room  209.215 (through the glass doors opposite the lift on level 2).

These rooms can book out so it’s best to book them well in advance if possible.

Common Room

The common room is for the use of Curtin Humanities HDR students and staff. The area is equipped with:

  • Microwaves
  • Fridges
  • Sandwich maker
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Storage cupboards for food
  • Couches
  • Tea, coffee and milk (supplied by the Faculty for student use)

All regular users of the Hub are expected to volunteer to help with the tea, coffee and milk supplies and to keep the area clean.

The common room cannot be booked for functions/events except at the discretion of the Dean.


The hot desk areas within the Hub are scholarly work areas, and users are asked to respect the quiet working environment. These dedicated workrooms are mobile-free zones. Noise levels in these areas should be kept to a reasonable minimum, and all research students should ensure that non-work activities are conducted in such a manner and in such locations as to prevent disturbance to their fellow students.

While scholarly progress is often favoured by a degree of peace and quiet, people do sometimes make noise when they get together and collaborate. As a general matter of mutual respect, requests to keep it down or take it elsewhere should be made without rancour, and honoured with good grace.

In contrast, the meeting and common rooms are intended for group discussion and creative interaction. Users should still ensure they do not interfere with the productivity of colleagues in other areas of the Hub.

Curtin takes personal safety and wellbeing very seriously and has a zero tolerance policy for violence, harassment and discrimination. Everyone has a right to feel safe in the Hub. All of the policies, laws and regulations that apply generally on campus apply within the Hub as well. Failure to observe these, as well as egregious or repeated breaches of common courtesy, will result in exclusion from access to the Hub.

Contact details

ProblemPerson/Area Responsible Contact Details
PrintersCITSext 9000
LaptopsCITSext 9000
Paper for printers209.215
Docking stationsCITSext 9000
Maintenance problems: short circuiting of electricity, flickering lights, air conditioning, plumbing issues, etcCurtin Propertiesext 2020
After hours maintenanceSafer Community Teamext 4444
Problems with insects/pests, microwaves, fridges, etc

Contact details
In an emergency, dial 000 (0 000 from an internal phone).