HDR Candidate News – April


Welcome to this edition of the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences newsletter. We extend a particularly warm welcome to all new candidates in the Faculty, and wish you all the best for an exciting and rewarding research journey.

Staff changes

It is with regret that we recently farewelled Hayley Gifford, the Graduate Studies Liaison Officer for the Faculty. We thank her for her hard work and dedication, and wish her all the best for the future. Lisa Jones will be acting in the position on a casual basis until a permanent appointment is made.

Congratulations to those submitting their thesis!

Congratulations to those candidates who have just submitted their thesis in time for census date. Please note that examiners may take between two to three months to complete their review and provide their reports to the Research Office. When all three reports are received, they will be forwarded via the Faculty to the Principal Supervisor to discuss with the candidate.

We hope you can now take a well-earned break and wish you all the best with the examination process.

Finish line

HDR professional development – summary

There are many workshops, information and planning sessions scheduled in April of particular interest to Higher Degree by Research candidates. A brief summary follows. For more details and registration of these programs and many others, please visit the Professional Development Calendar. Those programs marked with an asterisk are covered in greater detail in this newsletter.


Writing workshops in April

The April writing workshops are all around lunch time – so please grab your lunch and join us online. While these sessions are targeted to higher degree research candidates, content is usually relevant to others and all staff and students are welcome, as always. Questions welcome to the facilitator, Cassily Charles – ccharles@csu.edu.au

Writing more clearly

Developing the researcher ‘voice’ in your writing

Getting the feedback you need

The 3 minute thesis is coming soon – GET READY!


Do you want your research to change the world? Lead to a post-doc or an industry job? Be reported in the news? Or just simply be understood by your family and friends?

The Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of research to the broader community.

The winning candidate will go on to compete in the 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition held in Brisbane on Friday 4 October, 2019.

For more information and to register your interest please click here and you can find information about how to win 3MT here.

Does your research translate into a business idea?

ATI ready to launch

Applications are now open for the AgriTech Incubator Program, Cohort 4 – ATI Riverina: Ready to Launch! This program is free to CSU students (including HDR candidates) and doesn’t have to be specifically around AgriTech!

This program will help you take your business, product or service from idea to execution in just 8 weeks. It is a hands-on, immersive experience that uses Lean Startup principles to bring your idea to life. You will get out of the classroom and into the real world to validate your idea and achieve a deep product fit. Participants will meet and be paired with some of the regions most experienced mentors and have the chance to become part of the dynamic startup network. You will exit with a business ready to execute not a business plan!

What is involved?

The program runs for 8 weeks, commencing on Monday 29th April 2019, with a commitment of 2.5 hours each Monday evening from 6.00pm – 8.30pm on the Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus, concluding with a ‘pitch evening’ on the 17th June 2019 (Noting: June 10 is a public holiday a replacement class will be held on Tuesday 11 June). In between sessions, participants will be encouraged to complete tasks to reach the milestones of that week.

To apply, visit the website. Applications close 8th April at 5.00pm AEST. Limited spaces available.