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Friday essay

Friday essay: voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently — The Conversation

15 May 2020

Congrats to Dr Kellie Pollard as co-author of this article in today’s The Conversation. The article focuses on the NT Aboriginal communities of Barunga, Beswick, Manyallaluk and Borroloola and the impacts of COVID-19 they face.

"Friday essay: voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently"

Kellie is a Wiradjuri archaeologist, a research lecturer with CDU and works with Northern Institute researchers.

Free VET Courses

CDU offers free VET short courses to Territorians

15 May 2020

Territorians now have access to a range of free short courses to help them emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak with new skills, thanks to the partnership between Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government.

The suite of CDU Vocational Education and Training (VET) short courses in the areas of hospitality, health, education, environmental studies, trades, business, finance and disaster management aim to help people boost their skills to prepare for the changing job market. More details here

Dr Ridwanul Hoque

New research paper by Dr. Ridwanul Hoque

06 May 2020

‘Bangladesh’s Unofficial Emergency: Managing the COVID-19 Crisis by Notifications’

Ridwanul Hoque is Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently a University Professorial Fellow at Northern Institute, The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University, Australia. 

Read the paper: 

Learn more about Dr. Ridwanul Hoque:

PhD candidate Janet Skewes

Flexible jobs model advances work hopes in outback

05 May 2020

A Charles Darwin University study has confirmed that a unique training and employment model used in outback Australia has important implications for the design of workplace programs in Indigenous communities.

Northern Institute PhD candidate Janet Skewes has spent the past four years analysing the structure and features of an employment model in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.“The research shows that this employment model, which differs significantly from standard human capital approaches seen in most mainstream workplaces, has proven quite successful,” Ms Skewes said. Link to E-news story

Professor Ruth Wallace is on the board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation

CDU cements ties with scholar Foundation

05 May 2010

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Dean Professor Ruth Wallace has been named on the board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. The appointment comes after Professor Wallace’s long involvement sharing her academic experience with the Foundation and cements its connection with Charles Darwin University.

Professor Wallace is also the Director of CDU’s Northern Institute. Her research centres on making social policy adaptive to the strengths and knowledge systems of marginalised people, with a focus on learning and workforce development pathways in regional and remote areas. Professor Wallace supervises a number of Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholars studying at CDU. Read more...

ANZAC Day Odes in 3 Aboriginal Languages

ANZAC Day Odes in 3 Aboriginal Languages

24 April 2020

Warrimirri - Dr Kathy Guthadjaka (Northern Institute, CDU)
Marrithiyel - Associate Professor Linda Payi Ford (Northern Institute, CDU)
Nyungar - Professor Len Collard (University of Western Australia)

Lest we forget.

STEM project

Call for inspiring STEM videos

As part of National Science Week local artists have the opportunity to express their creativity, while educating students and the community on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The 2020 Science Week online community grants will provide $250 for artists and STEM professionals to create inspiring learning material for Territorians to access online.

CDU Science Outreach Manager Dr Carla Eisemberg said all STEM related topics would be considered, from the comedy of chemistry to the poetry of physics, science story-time, paper folding, musical math and everything in between.

Applications for the 2020 Science Week online community grants close on 19 May 2020. For more information visit the Inspired NT website:

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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

22 April 2020

The CDU EnviroCollective, has put together a wonderful way to do our bit helping Earth with a fun Bingo - totally Territory Style!

Shhhh here's a hint for the last row, 3rd box in - visit the @djulburr instagram (created by NI researcher Emily Ford) to learn the Marranunggu word for Magpie Goose

Link to the FB post

Dont panic seminars

Webcast to focus on Indigenous perspectives of COVID-19

22 April 2020

The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University will host its final Don’t Panic webcast this week, focusing on emergency management from an Indigenous perspective.

CDU Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr Michaela Spencer said the online presentation would include Indigenous experiences of disasters and stories relating to COVID-19 and its impacts in East Arnhem Land. Read More

For more information or to tune into Thursday’s webcast at 10.30am, visit

Learning Abroad with CDU Webinar (April)

Study abroad with CDU17 April 2020

CDU’s Learning Abroad team is ready to help find the best overseas program to suit you and get you planning for an academic adventure in 2021.

Join the CDU Global Team for their monthly webinars held on the last Tuesday of every month from 5.00-6.00pm ACST to discuss upcoming Learning Abroad Opportunities for 2021.

Study overseas as part of your CDU degree. Taking part in a Semester Abroad or Short Term Program as part of your CDU degree is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will help enhance your education and life experience while preparing you for a rewarding global career once you graduate.

Register Here

More details about Learning Abroad: Global opportunities

Prof Ruth Wallace

Changes to Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Board

16 April 2020

We’re proud to announce Charles Darwin University Professor Ruth Wallace has been appointed a member of the SRW Foundation board. Ruth has a long connection with the Foundation, particularly with the Pat Turner Scholarship. Read more

Are populist leaders a liability during COVID-19?

08 April 2020

Congratulations to CIFAS Senior Lecturer - Emergency & Disaster Management, Dr. Jonatan Lassa and Lecturer in Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies, Ms. Miranda Booth whose article was published on The Conversation. Read the full article HERE