Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Key Programs

HDR Induction

All new candidates must attend the mandatory online HDR Welcome and Induction session as part of their probationary requirements. This workshop gets candidates started on their HDR journey, connects them with support staff and other HDR's, and gives them a broad perspective of the HDR lifecycle.  Consult the PD calendar and register early to reserve your place. It covers:

  • Introduction of key academic and research management support staff
  • Information about the CSU research community
  • Probation and candidature milestones
  • Terms of enrolment and leave
  • Scholarship conditions and pay
  • Role and responsibilities of an HDR student and supervisory team
  • Working with supervisors
  • Managing problems and difficulties
  • Help and support for wellness and wellbeing
  • Library support for research
  • Professional development opportunities

Supervisor Series

The CSU supervisor training series is aimed at:

  • New staff commencing at CSU who have not completed equivalent supervisor accreditation at another institution;
  • Early Career Researchers
  • Staff not on the supervision registry who are seeking to become HDR supervisors
  • Staff registered on the Supervisor B registry seeking to be upgraded to Supervisor A status;
  • CSU staff interested in updating or refreshing their supervision skills

The series of online modules covers the following five topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
  • Module 2: Supervising remote, distance and part-time students
  • Module 3: Progress through candidature, professional development
  • Module 4: Managing problems and difficulties, providing feedback
  • Module 5: Developing and submitting the thesis; examination.

My Research Career

This program is targeted at early career or developing researchers who wish to advance their research careers. This includes higher degree research students who are close to graduating and may be considering a career in research.

The program consists of 6 core on-line modules. Module content is as follows:

  • Module 1: Introduction to research at CSU, the broader research landscape, strengthening priority and time management skills
  • Module 2: Developing an effective research strategy
  • Module 3: Building and presenting a strong research track record, improving your web presence
  • Module 4: Navigating the publication process, targeting publishing outlets, improving publication success
  • Module 5: Strengthening grant writing skills, improving funding success
  • Module 6: Building research networks, working with collaborators, managing other researchers

Commitment to the program will require:

  • Registering for and attending on-line sessions (typically 2-hr duration),
  • Completing designated follow-up tasks (which will be reviewed by the program coordinator),
  • Sourcing support documents via a designated Interact2 site, and
  • Engaging with other staff/students registered in the program.

Staff/students who complete all 6 of the core modules and associated tasks will qualify for a completion certificate. Modules can be completed over a couple of years and not necessarily in order (although this is preferable). Staff/students who do not wish to complete the entire program can register for individual modules as required.


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