HDR candidate news in June

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Important dates coming up…

HDR welcome & induction

A reminder that the next HDR Candidate Welcome and Induction session is happening on Thursday 14 June, 2018. Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to register for this session. These sessions are highly recommended for new candidates commencing in 2018 and provide essential information about getting started.

Attending an induction session is also part of the probationary conditions for candidature so if you haven’t completed this previously, you will still classified as ‘on probation’.


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3MT Finals – Wednesday 27 June

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 3MT finals on the 22nd and 23rd of May. Please support our finalists at the Wagga Wagga Council Chambers from 4pm- 6pm Wednesday 27 June.


Congratulations – approved for graduation!

Robert Preece, thesis title:

Excise Taxation in ASEAN:  an analysis of the need to develop a coordinated approach to excise tax policy as part of implementing the ASEAN economic community.


August census date

August census date is a little way off yet, but in order to avoid delays in the examination process please ensure examiners are finalised as soon as possible. Although candidates should not know who their final examiners will be, they should initiate a discussion with their supervisors early on to identify researchers with expertise in the field who could provide a fair and balanced assessment of the work.

Candidates are also encouraged to state who they would not want as an examiner, for example where they are known to have strongly opposing views, methodologies and/or practices.

The Principal Supervisor is then asked to contact potential examiners and complete the Notification of Readiness to Submit Thesis & Appointment of Examiners form and forward to the Sub Dean Graduate Studies, Ramudu Bhanugopan for review.

For any questions regarding the process please contact Hayley Gifford (Graduate Studies Liaison Officer).


New travel grants scheme

The Research Office has launched a new travel grants scheme for Higher Degree by Research candidates. The scheme includes two types of grants:

  • Conference Travel

The Conference Travel Grant provides financial assistance to HDR Students to attend an academic conference and present their work during the course of their candidature.

  • Equity Travel

The Equity Grant is open to those who can demonstrate financial need e.g. geographical isolation, restricted access to other, funding opportunities.  It provides funding for the following activities:

  • data collection, including conducting interviews in a field location,
  • travel to utilise equipment or resources not available at CSU,
  • access specialist archives, museums, libraries and galleries,
  • travel for required consultation with supervisor(s).

HDR candidates can apply for the grants at any time during the year. Applications will be considered by the Faculty Sub Dean Graduate Studies and approved by the Director of Research. There is a limited amount of funds allocated per year, and therefore, grants will only be awarded if funding is available.