Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professional Development

Programs and Events

Whether you are a student, an academic or a support staff member, everyone involved in the research community at CSU have access to a comprehensive suite of research professional development (PD) programs. This suite is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, tools and the resources you require to be successful in your research endeavours. Many of the PD programs are open to all and many are offered on-line, allowing the flexibility to attend from anywhere in the world.

Typically, the first workshop for most HDR candidates is the on-line induction workshop. This workshop is a requirement of probation and an excellent opportunity to gain a clear understanding of how to get started, how the various CSU entities can provide support, a great opportunity to ask any questions, as well as networking with other HDR candidates and CSU staff.

We also offer a limited number of key programs which have been designed for specific groups, for example higher degree by research candidates or research supervisors.

Consult the PD calendar with your supervisor or mentor and map out a research professional development pathway that will meet your needs and progressively build your knowledge and skills in areas of importance to you and your research career. Register early to reserve your place.  Continually revisit the calendar as additional programs are continually being added.  To make a suggestion for a future workshop topic, please contact us at  You can also view all programs which were held over the most recent year.

Faculty Forums & Workshops

Faculties and Centres also conduct workshops and forums for their HDR candidates and academics, contact your relevant Faculty or Centre for more information about these.


CSU is an organisational member of Vitae, which provides tools for development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website [] has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to researchers, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia. All our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription. Resources include:

To get full access to these member-only resources you need to register on the Vitae website using your CSU email address.
For further information about CSU’s organisational membership of Vitae, contact

ELMO online training portal

ELMO is CSU’s eLearning System, providing staff with access to an extensive library of online courses to help manage your professional and career development.  This portal is always evolving.  To date there is only one course directly relevant to research - Introduction to Research Data Management, but there are many others which will support your professional development.

Access the ELMO online learning platform using your CSU credentials and select from the Learning > Course Catalogue tab to self-enrol. Staff will be automatically enrolled in any compulsory courses. Online Learning

CSU Staff have FREE access to a wide range of online training courses through There are many courses covering a wide range of topics that may be useful for researchers. For example, there are courses in communication and writing (e.g. writing in plain English, grammar foundations, technical writing), analytics and tools (e.g. Learning Nvivo, qualitative research methods, Excel statistics, R statistics, Healthcare analytics), personal development (e.g. leading and working in teams, professional networking, mentoring others), and business management (e.g. understanding intellectual property, finance for non-financial managers).

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