Research Professional Development


Professional Development Opportunities

The 2018 Professional Development Calendar is available:

    Developing my Research Budget, 13 Sept 2018

 Are you competent in developing a solid and competitive research budget?   This session aims to assist researchers with all facets of budget development including identifying costing direct research costs, identifying in-direct research costs, as well as accessing and obtaining CSU leverage funding to boost the competitiveness of your research funding application.

You can register via the PD calendar,

September Bootcamp

Dr Judy Redman will be hosting the next 1-day Bootcamp for research writers, on Wednesday the 19th of September.

The bootcamp is online in Adobe Connect, and doctoral candidates, research staff, and anyone else who would like to take part are all warmly welcome.

You can expect to achieve noticeably MORE than you would ordinarily, and it’s a good way to protect your time for research writing (or editing, planning, data analysis, etc.)

If you would like a calendar invitation, including the schedule for the day and the link to join – or if you have any questions – you can email Judy at or contact her on (02) 6051 19975 / ext. 19975

Judy will announce more Spring boot camps soon… watch this space.

Five Minute Research Pitch at CSU – Register now!

CSU is entering the 5RP competition for the third consecutive year. Researchers deliver a FIVE minute presentation of their current or recently completed research with the aid of THREE PowerPoint slides.

The competition is open to Level A, B, and C academics, provided they have an employment contract (continuing or fixed-term) current at the time of the national finals (19 November in Brisbane). CSU heat winners will receive $1,000 for their research account.

The competition is designed to showcase recent research projects. Research presented must be current, meaning either in the process of being completed or published in 2017 or 2018, and will be judged against the six criteria detailed in part six of the guidelines.

CSU internal institutional finals are scheduled for the week of 15 October 2018.

Group One – Sciences and Health – (Biological Sciences and Biotechnology; Health and Medical Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics; and Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences) 16 October 2019 – 1.30pm – 4pm

Group Two – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences – (Humanities and Creative Arts; Education, Social and Behavioural Sciences; Law; and Business, Commerce and Economics) 18 October 2018 – 1.30pm – 4pm

If you’d like information about the rules or eligibility, please contact your Faculty Research Liaison Officer, Kerry Madden –

Registrations are now open.  To register please contact Lisa McLean, (FOAE Research Liaison Officer) –

Save the date  Writing Retreat

The Faculty is planning to hold a Writing Retreat.

This retreat will offer researchers an opportunity to work on academic papers and manuscripts without the distractions of the normal office environment.

As well as providing dedicated writing time, there will be opportunities for research collaboration.


Date: From Monday 5 November at 11.00 am – Thursday 8 November at 1.00 pm

Venue:   St Clements, Galong

Travel and accommodation costs will be met by the Faculty.

Please register your interest with Kerry Madden via email: by no later than Monday 8 October 2018.