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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.

Registrations are now open for the September workshop program!

There are 21 workshops in this program. There are workshops for students at ALL stages of their candidature as well as supervisors and other researchers.

Workshops include:

  • New student Induction
  • PhD Challenge
  • Turbocharge your writing
  • Completions Masterclass
  • Presenting your research with Confidence
  • Supervisors Confirmation of Candiature Info Session and Lunch
  • and more!

See the full program for details including workshop descriptions, presenter biographies and suggestions for which workshops to attend.

Other workshops & events in 2017

  • 4th to 8th September - Research Enhancement Program Workshops in Darwin
  • Familiarisation with R workshop - Friday 20th October, 10am - 2:30pm - more details to follow and registration to open in September

See below for more details about each event.

Three Minute Thesis

The CDU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final is on 8th September.

See our Three Minute Thesis page for more information and to get involved.


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

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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.

Faculty seminars and forums

Each of the CDU Faculties also hold other, discipline based, seminars and forums throughout the year.

For further details on what is available please contact your Faculty Research Administration Officer:

Menzies School of Health Research: or



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 Research Enhancement Program will also offer a range of workshops for HDR Student (Generic Skills), HDR supervisor and research staff. Workshops will be held on CDU Alice Springs campus in late September or in October in 2017 (dates to be confirmed). These workshops are open to the wider researchers community based in or near Alice Springs, including those researchers and HDR students of other universities. 

Workshop information will be emailed to the current list of Alice Springs Researchers and HDR students. Please contact to join this mailing list.

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. We hope to make the 2017 FAQ available by mid-July.