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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.

Upcoming workshops & events in 2017

  • 3rd July - Ethics Without Tears workshop for CDU HDR students
  • August  - Faculty Three Minute Thesis Finals
  • 4th to 8th September - Research Enhancement Program Workshops in Darwin
  • Friday 8 September – CDU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final.
  • Late September (TBC) - Research Enahancement Program Workshops in Alice Springs

See below for more details about each event.

Ethics without tears - hands on session to complete your Human Ethics application

This workshop is designed for CDU Higher Degree by Research students who are preparing to write their Human Research Ethics applications. The workshop is computer-based so participants will have opportunity to practice writing their applications using the electronic version of the application form.


The aims of the workshop are to:

1.     Familiarise participants with the requirements of the human ethics application form  

2.     Assist participants to construct a clear, succinct and ethically reflective application.


Morning tea will be provided


Monday, 3rd July


10:00am – 12:30pm


Dr Bev Turnbull

– see below for bio



Venue: Orange 1.3.10 (PC5)

Presenter bio:

Dr Bev Turnbull, Chair, CDU Human Research Ethics Committee

Bev is the Chair of the CDU Human Research Ethics Committee (CDU-HREC). She is an experienced academic at CDU and has a long history of engagement in human research ethics within the University through the EHSE Faculty Committee and through the  CDU-HREC.  She has taught for over twenty-five years in the tertiary sector at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Prior to becoming a nurse academic she worked in the health care sector first in NZ and then in Australia. Bev has authored a number of research publications and her areas of interest lie  in mentoring and scholarly productivity; Bio ethics and end of life issues; and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; For more information go to:


CDU takes part in the Three Minute Thesis each year, starting with the faculty finals which are being held in August this year, and culminating in the CDU Final on 8th September.

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

The next REP workshop block will be run from 4th to 8th September at the Casuarina Campus.

The program will include the following workshops:

There are workshops for students at ALL stages of their candidature. Some workshops are also relevant to supervisors and other researchers.

The program will be available, and registrations will open, in mid-July, 2017

If you have any enquiries, or input/feedback into workshop/s you would like to see delivered, please contact in the Office of Research and Innovation.

We are also looking at running workshop in Alice Springs in late September (TBC). If you have any feedback or suggestions on this, contact

See the wrap up and photo gallery from the Institute of Advanced Studies Student Researchers' (IASSR) Conference 2nd and 3rd May

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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.