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Research Enhancement Program

The Research Enhancement Program (REP) 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. 

2019 Dates for REP workshops and HDR Conference

This year we are also holding our second HDR Conference on 5 and 6 September.

Save the date in your calendar and then find our more on our HDR Futures Conference 2019 webpage

In 2019, the first REP training block was held in May. Recordings for the New Student Induction, Research Integrity, Introduction to Human Ethics and Making Your Abstract Come Alive are available on request from research.degrees@cdu.edu.au

The second REP block will be in September, preceding the Conference, with ad hoc training as required. See table below for details.

Date & WorkshopDescription & Presenter

**POSTPONED UNTIL 2020**

12 June

Working with Interpreters when doing research

If you are doing research with Indigenous people using interpreters can be a strong way to show you are approaching your research in an ethical manner. Interpreters are trained qualified people who can help you effectively and accurately communicate with study participants and community members, including Indigenous cultural supervisors.

 

Interpreters are fluent in Aboriginal languages and English and are trained to be ethical, impartial, confidential and accurate. This ensure that you and your supervisors can trust what you are saying to study participants is accurate and what they are saying to you is also accurate. Not using trained qualified interpreters risks confidentiality, impartiality and accuracy and could well be considered unethical, particularly if there are interpreters available.

 

In the Northern Territory there are many Aboriginal languages in different regions. The Aboriginal Interpreter Service provide interpreting and recording services in most of these languages and have staff and offices in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Wadeye and the Tiwi Islands.  The Aboriginal Interpreter Service is the only government provider of Aboriginal interpreting services in the NT. As we have office locations all over the NT we are also accessible.

 

This session will explain the role of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service and how we can assist you to ensure that your research is inclusive of trained qualified interpreters.


Dr Curtis Roman is the Senior Director at the Aboriginal Interpreter Service. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Charles Darwin University. He is the first Indigenous man to be awarded a PhD from CDU. He is formerly Head of School at School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy at CDU. He has taught at higher education level in Indigenous Studies, anthropology, education and human resource management. He continues to supervise PhD students conducting research on Indigenous topics.

10 July

Three Minute Thesis Training

REGISTER HERE

Hugh Kearns will be coming to Darwin again to prepare candidates for the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition.

It is recommended that competitors make themselves available for this training and is made such a big difference to the quality of the presentations last year.

Morning: Preparing for 3MT

Afternoon: 3MT Masterclass

All CDU candidates who submit an expression of interest to compete in the 2019 3MT will be invited to attend.

For more information see our 3MT page. Expressions of interest are due by 30 June, 2019.


Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty-five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

29 July

Powerpoint Training for Conference Presenters

REGISTER HERE

Develop a brilliant PowerPoint presentation to pitch your research in the CDU HDR Futures Conference.

This interactive and hands-on workshop offers strategies to develop and deliver an effective PowerPoint presentation that will help tell your research story.


Amanda Janssen is the Theme Leader for the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP) at Charles Darwin University. The ALLSP team works with students and staff from across all campuses to improve and develop academic literacy.  Her research interests broadly include assessment design, Social Semiotics and mapping genre and skills requirements. She is currently part of the executive team for the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL).

 Coral Campbell is a lecturer in the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP) at CDU where she has been passionately teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students the principles of grace and clarity in academic writing style. In her many years of teaching, she has developed active learning practices, believing that in co-operative learning students enhance both knowledge and social integration. Her Masters in Linguistics was grounded in discourse analysis which remains a research interest. Coral’s teaching journey continues as a ‘reflective practitioner’, so while she may be a lecturer, she is in equal measure a learner.

31 July - 2 August

Conference Presenters Training

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Presentation Skills Training workshops with Hugh Kearns.

Day 1:

  • Preparing your Presentation

  • Preparing Slides

  • Practice Sessions

Day 2:
  • Dealing with Questions

  • Dealing with Anxiety

  • Practice Sessions

Day 3 (morning only)
  • How to make the most of a conference

All candidates submiting an abstract for the HDR Futures Conference 2019 will be invited to attend this training.


Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty-five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

2 - 4 September

Research Enhancement Block 2

3 days of REP workshops including:

    • Last minute Conference Preparation Workshops (Presentation Polishing etc)

    • Turbocharge your Writing

    • Planning your PhD

    • PhD Masterclass

    • Staying Well during your PhD

    • New HDR Student Induction (Sept 2)

    • Human Ethics

    • Research Integrity (Sept 2)

    • Library Workshops (the following week)


Various presenters including Hugh Kearns, Jayshree Mamtora, Eve-Marie Cranmer

4 September

Pre-Conference Welcome for HDR Futures Conference

Welcome

Registration

Keynote

Drinks and Nibbles


Keynote Speaker:

Hugh Kearns speaking on Mental Health

5 - 6 September

CDU HDR Futures Conference

HDR Futures Conference

See 2019 CDU HDR Student Conference webpage for more details.


Various CDU HDR Candidates - details to follow closer to conference

Keynote Speakers:

Inger Mewburn

Ben McNeil

11 & 13 September

Advanced Information Skills Book via library website

Managing Information with Endnote Book via library website


Jayshree Mamtora

External students and travel to Darwin

External students are expected to use some of their minimum time on campus* to attend these workshops. To apply for funding to help with the costs of travel to darwin to attend workshops or the conference, please contact your college Admin.

*All external higher degree by research candidates are required, to attend on campus for a minimum of three (3) weeks each year or a minimum of nine (9) weeks on campus over the period of candidature. (HDR - Conditions of Candidature Procedures)

Registration, Waiting Lists and Notification of Non-Attendance

Registration for workshops generally opens 6 or more weeks prior to the workshops commencing, and closes two weeks prior. Some workshops have limited space and you, or others, may be placed on a waiting list if it becomes full. It is therefore important for you to notify the Office of Research & Innovation asap if you know that you can no longer attend a workshop. We will then offer your place to someone on the waiting list.

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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

    SEPTEMBER 2018 WORKSHOPS

    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

    CHANGES TO PROGRAM:

    Please note that the Library workshop that was scheduled for Friday 7th September 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 fiona.quintner@cdu.edu.au

    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 Lynda.com

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

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO LOGIN

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

    https://www.lynda.com/signin 

    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 Lynda.com info page.

    Lynda.com

    What is Vitae?

    vitae logo

    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 research.degrees@cdu.edu.au 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 HDR - Conditions of Candidature Procedures.

    External students may apply for credit towards their 5 compulsory workshops if they attend workshops in their local area that are similar to what is offered is offered by the Office of Research & Innovation. Current or Past workshop programs which can be fund on this page, may be used as a guide to what is offered.

    For more information, please contact research.degrees@cdu.edu.au 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.