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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. 

2019Tentative Dates for REP workshops and HDR Conference:


13 - 17 May 2019

  • New HDR Student Induction
  • Human Ethics
  • Research Intergrity
  • How to write an abstract (Conference Preparation)
  • Presentation Skills Training (Conference Preparation)
  • Visualise your thesis training
  • Thinkwell Workshops
  • Library Workshops
  • And more


 2- 6 September 2019

  • Last minute Conference Preparation Workshops (Presentation Polishing etc)
  • New HDR Student Induction
  • Human Ethics
  • Research Integrity
  • Library Workshops
  • 2 day HDR Student Conference (5th and 6th September)

2019 HDR Conference

5 & 6 September 2019

See 2019 CDU HDR Student Conference webpage for more details.

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    Entrepreneurship Explained workshops

    CDU’s Entrepreneur in Residence Dean Alle ran a series of interactive workshops to help HDR Students to become “entrepreneur ready” and find out what it means for their potential careers.

    These workshops were aimed at students who are have active collaboration projects and students that are curious and would like to better understand this space.

    Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018

    9 - 11am 

    Red 9 Building, Casuarina Campus

    See flyer for details


    Our second block of Research Enhancement Program workshops for the year is in early September:

    Monday, 3rd to Friday, 7th September

    Again we will be offering workshops for HDR students, supervisors and researchers throughout the week on various topics including:

    • Library Skills
    • MS Word
    • MS Excel
    • NVIVO
    • ThinkWell workshops eg Completions Masterclass
    • New Student Induction
    • Research Integrity


    Please note that the Library workshop that was scheduled for Friday 7th Septmber has now been postponed until 13th September. Please contact the library for more details.

    Two new workshops have been added:

    • How to Think Better presented by Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Moss,
      Friday 7th Sept 10am-12pm
    • Write like a winna! Writing group – all welcome. An informal writing group organised by HDR student Kat Tuite.
      Friday 7th Sept 12-1pm

    See program below for more details.

    Registrations are NOW CLOSED but if you are interested in the two new workshops, contact

    April/ May 2018 Workshops

    The first workshop block for 2018 was held from Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May:

    Workshops included:

    • 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

    September 2017 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.

    External students are expected to spend 9 weeks of candidature on campus, as part of the relevant degree Common Rules. It is expected that some of that time may coincide with one of more workshop block.

    Also, 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.