Professional development calendar

Date Session Details & Registration
25th Jan 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
28th Jan 2021 Writing Bootcamp
A welcoming and all-day writing group for anyone who wishes to allocate specific writing time, in a supportive 'on-line' group environment.Participants say they find these meetings useful to: make research writing more focused, efficient or effective;  protect or allocate specific time for research writing;  creating an obligatory practice, away from distractions and in a supportive group;  build a sense of community around writing;  to help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  See you there.  (6 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
1st Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
2nd Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
3rd Feb 2021 Presenting Research Metrics for Grants and Promotion
Are you looking to complete a grant application or application for promotion and want information about how to present your research impact? This session will show you how. Learn more about engaging with metrics to get the best possible outcome for your grant application or promotion. (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST).
4th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
4th Feb 2021 HDR Connect
Welcome to our informal group, HDR Connect - a meeting place for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Honours students.  We  catch up fortnightly via zoom and chat about anything research related. Some folks share how they are going, what they are up to, some share their wins and wisdom, some seek advice on a challenge, and some join in just to know they are not alone in their journey. Some are regulars, some drop in when they want to, everyone is welcome, any-time. We  look forward to connecting with you.  (60 minutes, every second Thursday evening, 1800-1900 AEST)
8th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
8th Feb 2021 Using CRO and ORCiD Profiles to Publish and Communicate your Research
Come along and learn how to add publications to CRO, how to add to your profile and linking your CRO and ORCiD profiles.
8th Feb 2021 Supervisor Series - Module 1 – In the beginning
Module 1 will explore all the elements that should happen in the beginning;  planning the first meeting;  determining the candidate’s research interests; developing the team's expectations;  discussing resource and professional development needs and understanding each others roles and responsibilities.  Module 1 will then go on to explore what should happen in the first session of enrolment: refining the research topic; commencing the literature review; developing research aims; and having discussions about possible methodologies available to conduct the research.  (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
9th Feb 2021 Supervisor Series - Module 2 – Supervising Candidates
Module 2 will explore effective strategies on how to best supervise distance and part-time HDR candidates. This session will also include a presentation from an experienced HDR supervisor, and allow time for group discussion about various experiences, thoughts, ideas and understandings.  (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
9th Feb 2021 Communicating via email
Emailing supervisors, colleagues and business or industry partners is a key aspect of everyday communication for research candidates. Do you hesitate when writing emails? Join this workshop to explore the conventions of communicating via email. We put a strong focus on developing your skills to better address and meet the audience’s needs when writing in an academic context. (90 minutes, 1000-1130 AEST)
9th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
10th Feb 2021 Supervisor Series - Module 3 – Monitoring progress
Module 3 will discuss ideas about progressing candidates, both formal and informal.  It will include information about:  progress reports, achieving probation milestones, and presentation opportunities; creating timelines and research plans to stay on track and to evaluate progress;  evaluate the professional development needs of students to support them along the way;  source opportunities for publication at different stages;  and we'll discuss strategies to identify problems or potential problems early and what to do about them.  (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
10th Feb 2021 Managing your Milestones
When you start your PhD there seems to be so much time to get things done, yet many HDR candidates do not finish on time. How can you use your time effectively and productively to achieve your research goals? In this workshop we will: learn the keys to productivity and strategies for getting things done; discuss the ideal timeline of candidature and the multiple variations that are possible; explore factors that tend to impede progress; and strategies for managing common candidature obstacles. If you would like to start the academic year with a positive mindset to meet your research milestones and better manage competing priorities, this workshop is for you. (2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST)
11th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
11th Feb 2021 Supervisor Series - Module 4 – Managing problems and difficulties
Module 4 will discuss; how to assist candidates when difficulties and problems arise; ideas to help motivate candidates through the difficult stages; how to manage problems concerning the conduct of a candidate or other supervision team members; explore resourcing problems, equipment failures, and necessary changes in the research plan; and how to provide feedback and approach challenges. We'll consider what happens if there is a breakdown of the supervisor/candidate relationship or if there is a change in members of the supervisory team. Module 4 will also discuss how to monitor and manage your own workload to ensure you can provide consistent supervision through the student’s candidature.  (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
11th Feb 2021 Writing a Research Proposal
The Research Proposal outlines the what, why and how of your research. As one of the first major milestones for HDR students, the Research Proposal is important for convincing the research community that you understand the process of scholarly enquiry and that you have a project that is both viable and feasible. This session focuses on the purpose, structure, language and writing of a Research Proposal. We review past Research Proposals to better understand their purpose and key components and learn strategies for structuring and writing your own. (2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST)
12th Feb 2021 Supervisor Series, Module 5 - Thesis development and the examination process
This final module, Module 5 concerns the volume and quality of work required for a thesis. We'll consider the different approaches to thesis preparation, how to select examiners and how to help candidates as they approach the examination process, and when they receive feedback, guide them on how to best respond to the examiners reports.  (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
15th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
16th Feb 2021 The Big Picture on Data Analysis and Choice of Statistical Software
This session looks at some interesting questions about statistical data, treatment of raw data, qualitative vs quantitative analysis, why statistical data analysis is unique and more. (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
16th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
18th Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
18th Feb 2021 HDR Connect
Welcome to our informal group, HDR Connect - a meeting place for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Honours students.  We  catch up fortnightly via zoom and chat about anything research related. Some folks share how they are going, what they are up to, some share their wins and wisdom, some seek advice on a challenge, and some join in just to know they are not alone in their journey. Some are regulars, some drop in when they want to, everyone is welcome, any-time. We  look forward to connecting with you.  (60 minutes, every second Thursday evening, 1800-1900 AEST)
22nd Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
23rd Feb 2021 R Tutorial Series 1 - Introduction and overview of R for data analysis
In Unit 1 we'll learn some essential R functions such as setting up the working directory path, R help functions, input and output functions, and some descriptive and graphical analysis examples using prepared material. Once registered, you will receive access to resources to go through prior ro commencement. including an overview of R, how to install R on your computer, example R codes, all data files needed for executing the example R codes and the electronic copy of “the R book”, a good general reference for performing statistical data analysis using R. For people who may want to use RStudio as the user interface, there are a couple of files for your information as well. (2.25 hours, 1000-1215 AEST)
23rd Feb 2021 Academic reading
Academic reading requires you to actively engage with and critically think about the information you read. (Pre-) Reading strategies are a helpful way to make sense of information and manage lengthy texts, unfamiliar terminology and difficult concepts. This workshop will provide you with practical strategies to help you read with purpose and frame how you interpret and use the information for your research study through effective note-taking. This session makes reading easier, and encourages you to ask questions and draw connections to existing knowledge. (2 hours, 1000-1200)
23rd Feb 2021 Shut Up & Write
SU&W sessions are effective in allowing you to allocate specific time for writing; to help focus your writing;  to build a sense of community in a small group;  and help you overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  They are held via zoom for 3 hours on Mondays and Thursdays 0930-1230, and Tuesdays 1300-1600. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just pop a reminder in your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
24th Feb 2021 HDR Candidate Induction
Welcome to Charles Sturt.  This Induction session for all new HDR Candidates It has a variety of presenters from the Research Office and Library who share essential information about getting started - what you need to know, the support services available to you, your key relationships, working well with your supervisor team, setting expectations, knowing your responsibilities, the professional development opportunities available to you and more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.  (2.5 hours, 0930-1200 AEST)
24th Feb 2021 Reading the literature critically
Critical reading is an active way of reading. It allows deeper and more complex engagement with a text through a process of describing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating. This workshop will help you read critically and articulate critical views on the literature using reflexive techniques. We will discuss different modes of critical reading and how these differ across disciplines and research approaches. If you are looking for opportunities to develop best practice when it comes to critical reading strategies, this workshop is for you. (2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST)
2nd Mar 2021 Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 1 of 2
This 2-part workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. We cover practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss. You need to register separately for each workshop to enable separate calendar invitations and reminders. (90 mins, 1330-1500 AEST)
3rd Mar 2021 Analytical Writing
Analytical writing style involves reviewing what you have read in light of other evidence. Analytical writing shows the thought processes you went through to arrive at a given conclusion and discusses the implications of this. Learn skills which focus on answering questions like ‘Why?’ ‘How?’ and ‘So what?’. We will discuss the key language features of analytical writing to evaluate arguments, make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions needed for your own results and conclusion chapters. (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
3rd Mar 2021 Authorship and Copyright for a Thesis and other Publications
Are you planning to include journal articles that you have written during your candidature, in your thesis? Are you planning to publish further works from your thesis?  This information session will support you to apply the appropriate copyright, Intellectual Property, Open Access and Creative Commons guidelines to your research outputs.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST)
4th Mar 2021 Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 2 of 2
This 2-part workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. We cover practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss. You need to register separately for each workshop to enable separate calendar invitations and reminders. (90 mins, 1330-1500 AEST)
4th Mar 2021 HDR Connect
Welcome to our informal group, HDR Connect - a meeting place for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Honours students.  We  catch up fortnightly via zoom and chat about anything research related. Some folks share how they are going, what they are up to, some share their wins and wisdom, some seek advice on a challenge, and some join in just to know they are not alone in their journey. Some are regulars, some drop in when they want to, everyone is welcome, any-time. We  look forward to connecting with you.  (60 minutes, every second Thursday evening, 1800-1900 AEST)
5th Mar 2021 Doing a PhD in English
For PhD students whom English is not their first language, writing an 80-100,000 word thesis can be a daunting task and a source of some anxiety too. This session introduces HDR candidates to ideas of better managing and succeeding in their research project and explores the services and support available to increase confidence and networking capabilities. Guest speakers will also discuss practical tips on understanding the language and culture of doing a HDR at Charles Sturt. (2 hours, 1000-1200)
9th Mar 2021 Grammar Café - Verb tenses
Verbs help to encode actions, meanings, and relationships between things. Consistency of verb tense helps ensure smooth expression in your writing and improve the coherence of your argument. The practice of the discipline for which you write typically determines which verb tenses to use in various parts of your thesis. This workshop will use practical tips and guides to help you know when to use past and present tense and in which chapter and it discusses how to avoid unnecessary shifts in verb tense within a paragraph or in adjacent paragraphs to help ensure smooth expression. If you need to improve your knowledge of grammar and the mechanics and clarity of your written expression, this workshop is for you.  (90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST)
10th Mar 2021 Using Databases Effectively: Australian Focus
Are you looking for Australian research or want to use Australian resources? This session will show you the best databases to use and when to use them.  (60 minutes, 0930-1030)
10th Mar 2021 Grammar Café - Articles
Many languages do not use articles (a, an, & the), or if they do exist, they may be used differently than in English. Multilingual writers often find article usage to be one of the most difficult concepts to master. Although there are some rules about article usage to help, there are also quite a few exceptions. Learning to use articles accurately is the focus of this workshop. It discusses common errors of article usage using practical examples and resources to help improve your academic writing skills. (90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST)
10th Mar 2021 Academic Writing Style
Academic style is more than just a writing convention – it can also help you to think more logically and clearly as you work on your thesis and build your research argument. This workshop will help to understand the key features of academic writing and introduce language strategies to improve coherence in your writing to be more objective, formal and precise. If you need to understand how to identify, create and improve your academic style this workshop is for you.  (2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST)
16th Mar 2021 Critical Writing
One of the most important aspects of research and academic work is the ability to think critically about what you read, what you write and what you are told. A common mistake some writers make is to assume that everything they read is true. However, you need to form your own judgements, promote your argument and persuade your audience through your writing. This workshop covers key features of critical writing and presents practical strategies to improve your own planning and writing process. It discusses critical thinking as a tool for improved decision making and presentation of evidence for your argument to better persuade the audience. (2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST)
16th Mar 2021 Using Databases Effectively: Getting better search results
Learn more about Library Databases, what’s available and how to get the most out of them with advanced search techniques.  This session will introduce you to different databases, their features and when to use them.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500)
17th Mar 2021 Getting Started with EndNote
Are you starting your literature review, and want to organise your references? This session will cover setting up your EndNote Library, using EndNote with Word and other tips and tricks. Mac users note – although the session will be run on a Windows computer, you are welcome to come along. (60 mins, 1400-1500)
18th Mar 2021 Developing and Refining Your Research Question
Once you have the topic you would like to research, the next step is forming your research question. A good research question is the central element of a well‐written paper. It’s a strong question that you can support with evidence or “grounds.” This workshop will discuss research as a dynamic process that allows you to prepare, modify or refine your topic. We will discuss strategies that can help you with that process and how to make your research question and supporting evidence more detailed and precise. This is an opportunity for you to make connections between published research and how to develop and refine a clear, provocative and researchable question. (2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST)
23rd Mar 2021 Writing More Clearly (Part 2 of 3)
This 3-part series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing. Part 2 focuses on writing effective sentences and linking ideas within a paragraph to improve cohesion. This workshop provides practical examples to improve your writing and targets research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. Participants need to register separately for each workshop to enable separate calendar invitations and reminders.
23rd Mar 2021 Writing More Clearly (Part 1 of 3)
This 3-part series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing. Part 1 focuses on paragraph structure and provides practical examples to organise ideas and practice writing. This workshop is provided for research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. Participants need to register separately for each workshop to enable separate calendar invitations and reminders.
25th Mar 2021 Writing More Clearly (Part 3 of 3)
This 3-part series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing. Part 3 focuses on choosing the right words to improve clarity and meaning within a paragraph. This workshop provides practical examples to improve your writing and targets research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. Participants need to register separately for each workshop to enable separate calendar invitations and reminders.
30th Mar 2021 Literature review using EndNote & NVivo
With your new skills with Nvivo, you can now learn how to use EndNote and Nvivo to manage and write your literature review.  You can import EndNote data into Nvivo and you can cite details from you Nvivo analysis. (60 minutes, 0930-1030)
30th Mar 2021 Respectful Research Training: Professional Boundaries
Building a culture of respect and equality is critical to the provision of a safe and supportive research training environment. In this session for supervisors, we will watch and discuss a video that illustrates the inherent power imbalance between candidates and supervisors and the challenges in maintaining professional boundaries.The scenario explores the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations as well as the responsibilities of bystanders and those who may be confided in or called upon to listen and act. An overarching theme is ‘how to have difficult conversations’ and this workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore and develop this important skill set in a supportive environment.
1st Apr 2021 Exploring Research Methods Using Sage Research Methods Online
Are you starting your research, or do you want to know more about different research methods.  Or would you, as a supervisor, like to share videos or case studies with your students about different research methods? This session will show you how.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500)
7th Apr 2021 Using EndNote for Theses and other Publications
Now that you are familiar with EndNote, this session will look at advanced EndNote features, which will be helpful when writing your thesis or for other professional writing.  (60 mins, 1400-1500)
13th May 2021 Measure and Promote Your Research: Impact and Profiles
Do you need to understand how to use the different metrics for your research?  Are you looking for ways to showcase and promote you research to others?  You will learn about author and article metrics, journal ranking and alternative and social metrics. You will also learn about researcher profiles and how to use them to promote and disseminate your research to other Researchers and communities around the world. (60 mins, 1400-1500)
14th May 2021 Finding Funding Opportunities using Research Professional
Want to find funding opportunities using the Research Professional database?  We will give you tips on searching and how to set up alerts and make the most of the information that is available to you.  (60 mins, 0930-1030)
17th May 2021 Literature review using EndNote & NVivo
With your new skills with Nvivo, you can now learn how to use EndNote and Nvivo to manage and write your literature review.  You can import EndNote data into Nvivo and you can cite details from your Nvivo analysis. (60 mins, 1400-1500(
2nd Jun 2021 Ready to publish: Choosing where to publish
Almost ready to publish and want to know how to choose the best option for you and your work?  We will show you tips, tricks and resources, including metrics and how to identify reputable publishers. (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST)
16th Jun 2021 Ready to publish: What about Open Access?
Want to consider using an Open Access option for your publishing?  We will show you how to locate what is available, explain Open Access and what it is and how to identify reputable publishers, with added information on sharing resources.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST)
17th Jun 2021 An Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Want to know more about Systematic Reviews? This short session will provide a guide to the tools available and show you the steps to creating a systematic or systematic-like review.  (60 mins, 0930-1030)
22nd Jun 2021 Finding Funding Opportunities using Research Professional
Want to find funding opportunities using the Research Professional database?  We will give you tips on searching and how to set up alerts and make the most of the information that is available to you.  (60 mins, 0930-1030)
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