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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. 

Future Dates for REP workshops and HDR Conference

Our workshops weeks for 2020 are tentatively planned for the following dates:

  1. May 11 - 15*
  2. August 31 - September 4*
*To be confirmed

Workshops may include:

  • New HDR Student Induction
  • Research Integrity
  • Research Networking Lunch
  • NVivo
  • Planning your PhD
  • Word for HDR Students
  • Excel Advanced
  • Turbocharge your writing
  • Intro to Human Ethics
  • Staying Well during your PhD
  • Intro to Statistics
  • PhD Masterclass

If you have any feedback on the dates or suggestions for workshops you would like to see offered, please email the Researcher Skills Enhancement Officer


in 2020 CDU may be involved in the following events (TBD):

Three Minute Thesis -heats and finals would be in August/ September if CDU is taking part

Visualise your Thesis - entries for this competition are due around mid year with the International finals around October

Our next HDR Conference is likely to be in 2021


Writing Killer Abstracts by Coral Campbell Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP)

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


    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 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

    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

    HDR Career Planning Workshop

    An HDR Career Planning Workshop was held on Thursday 7th September 2017 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

    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.

    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, iInterpreters 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.ncluding Indigenous cultural supervisors.

    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.

    PRESENTER: 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.

    Curtis is avaialble to run these workshops when there is sufficent interest or need from students and staff. The next workshop of this type is likely to be in May 2020. Contact for more information.


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    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 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 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.