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Research Enhancement Program

The Research Enhancement Program provides a range of research-based workshops designed to enhance the careers and learning of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students, HDR Supervisors and Research Staff across the University. This program is coordinated by the Office of Research and Innovation.

The intention of the program is to increase the breadth of research training for CDU students and to include skills that employers expect of research graduates.

All students commencing a Higher Degree by Research program are currently required, as a condition of their candidature, to participate in a minimum of five generic skills workshops/seminars throughout their candidature. 

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The workshop blocks for 2018 are planned for:

  1. Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May

    Workshops include:
    • New HDR Student Induction
    • Managing Information with Endnote
    • Research Integrity
    • Human Ethics
    • Writing Skills
    • Employment seeking skills- writing resumes and job interviews
    • Thinkwell workshops - Completions Masterclass, How to be a Narrative Ninja
    • Word and Excel
  2. Monday, 3rd to Friday, 7th September (TBC)
    The 2018 CDU 3MT competition is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 7th September

More details to follow. If you have any feedback or comments on these dates, or suggestions for workshops, please email

September Research Enhancement Program

Registrations are now closed and these workshops have finished

There were 21 workshops in this program which ran from 4 - 8 September  2017. There were workshops for students at ALL stages of their candidature as well as supervisors and other researchers.

An HDR Career Planning Workshop was held on Thursday 7th September as part of the Research Enhancement Program. The Workshop included a Panel of Employers and CDU HDR Alumni including:

NameOrganisation, Role
Jo NortonNT Department of Health HR Director (Director of Executive Services)
Jeff Richardson

Principal Consultant

EcOz Environmental Consultants

Nerida HornerNorthern Territory Science Consultant, Land and Water, CSIRO
Tony GriffithsDirector Marine Ecosystems, NT Dept Environment and Natural Resources
Lucy Tran-Nguyen

Principal Molecular Scientist

NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Lawrence CramDeputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Research Training at CDU


HDR Career Planning Workshop Panel
Photo L-R: Prof Cram, Jo Norton, Lucy Tran-Nguyen, Tony Griffiths, Nerida Horner & Jeff Richardson

Three Minute Thesis

The 2017 CDU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final was on 8th September.

See our Three Minute Thesis page for more information and find out who the winners were!

May 2017 Conference

See the wrap-up and photo gallery from the Institute of Advanced Studies Student Researchers' (IASSR) Conference 2nd and 3rd May

Institute of Advanced Studies Researchers' Conference

Library workshops

The Library hold a number of research focussed workshops throughout the year, as well as those listed in the Research Enhancement Program. Find out more about the library workshops on the Library workshop page.

The Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP) team

The Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP) is a free, confidential service that assists all higher education students (including PhD and Master by Research students) with academic skills development. ALLSP can organise workshops on particular academic topics (including, grammar, editing etc) for groups of students. They also offer individual appointments to assist students. For more information visit the ALLSP webpage.

CDU research students have access to a range of online courses through

Topics that may be of interest include Time Management, Excel, Powerpoint & More.


Navigate to the link below and it will take you to the sign in portal. 

Please provide CDU staff email and click on continue.  

This will then redirect you to CDU sign on portal.

Log in using staff user name (e.g. Jsmith1) and password.

For more info go to the CDU info page.

What is Vitae?

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Charles Darwin University (CDU) has purchased a licence for the Vitae Networking tool to be used by researchers and HDR candidates to develop networks and support researcher professional development.

To use this tool you need to create your own login and register on the Vitae website (opens in new window). Please note that you need to use your official CDU (or Menzies) staff/HDR Student email address to be eligible to join.

Vitae provides online researcher development, gives tips on supervising and managing researchers, provides training course options and will keep you up-to-date with researcher news. It is an online researcher community with face-to-face options.

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1976. The broad aim of ACSPRI is the promotion and enhancement of social science research and methods in Australia. Its most prominent activities are the regular training programs in social research methods and research technology. Further information on ACSPRI and the workshops they run can be found on the ACSPRI website.

CDU is an ACSPRI Member Organisation. Therefore all CDU staff and HDR students are eligible to receive the Member discounted rate to attend these workshops.

The Office of Research & Innovation will conduct or organise Research Enhancement Program workshops in Alice Springs from time to time if their is sufficient interest from HDR students, Supervisors and Researchers based there. 

Please contact if you have any queries, comments or suggestions about Alice Springs workshops.

CDU is a member of the Innovative Research Universities group. This group has an agreement with Thinkwell, Dr Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns, to deliver the Highly Effective Researcher Program (HERP) at each of our Universities. Further, the group has a reciprocal agreement to provide spaces in these particular workshops (only), where available, to HDR students from partner Universities.

For more information, please contact in the Office of Research and Innovation.

The list of Frequently Asked Questions provides information about HDR Generic Skills Requirements and suggested workshops for each stage of your Postgraduate Study. We hope to make the 2017 FAQ available by mid-July.

November Workshops - *postponed until 2018*

  • Excel Basics and Excel Intermediate - POSTPONED until 2018
  • Using MS Word to Format your Thesis - POSTPONED until 2018