Research News & PD

ECR Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be held in September on Thursday 12 & 26th. This will be an introduction to research for ECR’s and could also be of interest to some MCR’s. ECR’s are strongly encouraged to attend either of these sessions. If you have not received a meeting request and would like to attend please email me.

These will be held by VC and present an opportunity for you to meet fellow ECR’s from the different schools within the faculty on your campus.

Sessions will be presented by:
Associate Dean, Research – Professor Mark Morrison
Division of Library Services – Client Services Librarians for FoBJBS
Research Impact Support Officer – Carla Daws
Ethics and Compliance Unit – Kate Organ
Research Office – Robert Doubleday & Rebecca Penny

And will cover important information relating to:

  • Direction of research for the faculty
  • Services provided by the Library including CRO
  • Research engagement
  • Overview of ethics unit, who to contact & where to go to find information
  • Navigate the Research Hub, finding information on who to contact and when; the role of Faculty Research Liaison Officer to help you.

Introducing the Research Project Request Form

What is the Research Project Request Form?
The Notice to Submit PDF form used to obtain internal Charles Sturt University approvals, for all research funding applications submitted to an external funding organisation, is being replaced by the Research Project Request (RPR) form within Research Master.

When is the Research Project Request Form being introduced?
During September 2019 the Research Office will be undertaking user testing of the Research Project Request form with researchers across each faculty and Research Centre.  It is hoped that the form will be in circulation for the benefit of the whole research community by the end of October 2019.

Why is the Research Project Request Form being introduced?
The RPR form replaces the need to direct and track individual emails throughout the approval process, improving visibility of approval workflows and approval efficiency within one location.  The RPR also enables improved data recall.

What support will be provided to assist researchers to complete the Research Project Request Form?
A thorough user guide will be available to all Investigators, Approvers, Research Centre Directors and Associate Deans Research to complete and approve the RPR form, prior to being lodged with the Research Office for review and recommendation to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement).  Staff of the Research Office will also be available to assist you to complete the RPR form while you increase your engagement and familiarity with this new form.

Where did your ethics application go?

Did you know that the submission of your completed ethics application is not automatic?

Once completed you still need to email your application and all supporting documentation to

Visit the web for more details on the application process.

And remember the monthly ethics sessions are available for researchers, academics and students who will be submitting an application for the ethical review of research involving human participants. Representatives from the Human Research Ethics Committee will work through all you need to know about the application process.

It’s a great opportunity to learn the process, ask questions and receive good advice.  Coming along will help avoid the frustration of having to resubmit.  The next session is on the 30th September, to register or to see other available dates, please visit the Research Office Professional Development Calendar

Post Doc Society (PdCSU)

What is PdCSU?
PdCSU is a Charles Sturt University society for staff who identify as early career researchers (ECRs). The society has been established by the Faculty of Science but welcome all research staff who have completed or are finishing a doctoral degree, hold a fixed-term position (or casual contract), or a continuing position within the university

PdCSU is run by ECRs for ECRs. All ECRs from all the faculties within Charles Sturt University are invited to join PdCSU, become part of the network and be involved in our events.

LinkedIn Learning Collections for Researchers

The new LinkedIn Learning platform has allowed Research PD to create and recommend content of interest to researchers in a series of Collections. You will find 12 new collections under ‘From Your Organization’ tab when you next login to LinkedIn Learning. These collections have been created around the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to develop skills and competencies for the personal and career development of researchers.

You may be surprised by the range of courses and videos available. Check out some of these titles:

  • Academic Research Foundations: Quantitative
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management: Working from Home
  • Copyright for Creatives: Protecting Your Work
  • Grant Writing for Education
  • Being a Good Mentor
  • Creating a Keynote Presentation
  • Entrepreneurship: Finding and Testing Your Business Idea

If you would like to provide feedback on any of these Collections, please email Alison Matthews, Manager Research Professional Development. i

In the News!

The Women in Trades group led by Dr Donna Bridges and includes Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-SkokoDr Larissa BamberryDr Stacey Jenkins, and Dr Elizabeth Wulff.
The team will be presenting the report findings at the official release on Tuesday 10 September.
Location: James Hardie Dining Room in the Centre of Professional Development (CPD).
Campus: Bathurst
Time: 11am
To find out more about this great work please read about it from the Charles Sturt News site here.