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Training and support

Information for current HDR students
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Training in research, career, and life skills

During your candidature, you should regularly participate in workshops to enhance your research, career, and life skills.  You might, for example, watch online videos, participate in conferences, and attend CDU workshops, either in person or online.  The next table outlines some of these workshops at CDU.  At a minimum, you must

  • complete the recommended training on research integrity
  • attend at least five official workshops--in a series called the Research Enhancement Program.   


Training seriesLinks
Research enhancement program--and other special training eventsResearcher Development Calendar
Weekly training sessions, organised by the Dean of Graduate Studies



HDR events and competitions

Three minute thesis 3MT

The Virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition, developed at The University of Queensland.  Specifically

  • candidates must present their thesis within three minutes
  • anyone who has passed their Confirmation of Candidature is eligible
  • this format inspires candidates to develop the capacity to communicate their research and insights concisely to all audiences


CDU 3MT details for 2021

  • Closing dates for Expressions of Interest - May
  • Video Submissions Closing Date: July
  • CDU Winners Announced- 11 August

Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals 2021

  • Asia-Pacific Video Submission Deadline - 17 September
  • Asia- Pacific Semi - Finals  - Monday 27 September 
  • Asia- Pacific Final  - Wednesday 20 October
  • See the 3MT Website for more details
Visualise your thesis VYT

Within one minute, candidates attempt to develop a video, often using Powerpoint, that displays and presents their thesis as engagingly and informatively as possible.  This competition is becoming increasing relevant to the modern world, in which researchers and employees need to demonstrate the digital and marketing skills to promote their work enticingly.  

HDR conference

The next HDR Conference will be convened in 2022. Watch this space and the HDR Newsletter for updates.