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Research and Innovation

Research Enhancement Program

Higher Degree by Research

Research Enhancement Program

CDU HDR students

Support and services

Research-based workshops provide skills training for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, supervisors and staff.

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

    Events for 2021

    In 2021, we will be running events on a more regular basis. We will offer many of these via zoom for accessibility. See our Calendar, below, for details.

    In addition we have commenced planning the 2021 CDU Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Conference which we hope to run in the first week of September. All CDU HDR Students will be invited to submit an abstract for the conference before the middle of 2021. We hope to hold the conference in Darwin, face-to-face so external students should start thinking about travel plans and budgets now. As this is a great opportunity to network and present, we hope as many of our HDR students can attend as possible. See Calendar and below for more details.

    We hope to run two HDR communication competitions at CDU in 2021 - Virtual Three Minute Thesis and Visualise your Thesis - see below for more details.

    Researcher Development Calendar

    Plan your researcher development experience using our new Researcher Development Calendar which aims to include all researcher development opportunities happening across the University. If you notice anything missing, please email

    Dean of Graduate Studies Workshop Series

    The Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS), Associate Professor Simon Moss, presents a regular workshop series on topics relevant to HDR Students, Early Career Reearchers and Supervisors. As well as covering topics that are broadly relevant, the Dean will hold specific workshops for new students, external students and supervisors. These workshops are offered over zoom and in person, unless stated otherwise.

    HDR Supervisor Workshops

    These sessions are essential to supervisors who would like to improve their supervision practices--which should be every supervisor of course.  During these sessions, research supervisors are granted opportunities to discuss with one another 

    • challenges they would like to solve--such as how to manage candidates who are not progressing
    • impediments they would like to address, and
    • ideas they would like to express about research supervision.  

    These sessions will be informal but facilitated, usually by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

    HDR Supervisor Workshops 2021


    HDR competitions

    • 3MT - three minute thesis logo

      The Virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.

      3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

      CDU students who have passed their Confirmation of Candidature are welcome to compete.

      CDU 3MT details for 2021

      Closing dates for Expressions of Interest - May (TBC)

      Video Submissions Closing Date: July (TBC)

      CDU Winners Announced- 11 August (TBC)

      Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals 2021

      Asia-Pacific Video Submission Deadline - 17 September

      Asia- Pacific Semi - Finals  - Monday 27 September (Online showcase and judging commences)

      Asia- Pacific Final  - Wednesday 20 October

      See the 3MT Website for more details


    • The challenge

      PhD candidates develop digital skills to communicate complex research to a general audience. Using a template, entrants encapsulate their research in a 60-second, eye-catching display. Judging is on visual impact and how well content presents the research. View the 2019 CDU winner, get background information or view national winners.

      The 2021 Visualise your Thesis competition is planned for after the HDR Conference (TBC)


    • CDU held its first HDR Conference in May 2017 and it's second HDR conference in September 2019. These Conferences provide a friendly, safe environment for CDU HDR students to hone their conference presentation skills as well as allowing opportunities for networking, connection and community building. 

      Next HDR Conference is planned for September 2021.

      I just wanted to say what an amazing job everyone did with the Student HDR Conference… the sessions I attended were really well run and professional.

      Kim Robertson, HDR Student