Key programs

We offer 3 key programs as part of your professional development.

HDR Induction

All new candidates must attend the mandatory online HDR Welcome and Induction session. This forms part of your probationary requirements. This workshop helps:

  • get you started on your HDR journey
  • connect you with support staff and other HDR's
  • give you a broad perspective of the HDR lifecycle


  • Introduction of key academic and research management support staff
  • Information about the CSU research community
  • Probation and candidature milestones
  • Terms of enrolment and leave
  • Scholarship conditions and pay
  • Role and responsibilities of an HDR student and supervisory team
  • Working with supervisors
  • Managing problems and difficulties
  • Help and support for wellness and wellbeing
  • Library support for research
  • Professional development opportunities


Consult the Professional Development Calendar and register early to reserve your place.

Supervisor Series

The CSU supervisor training series is for:

  • new staff commencing at CSU who have not completed equivalent supervisor accreditation at another institution
  • Early Career Researchers
  • staff not on the supervision registry who are seeking to become HDR supervisors
  • staff registered on the Supervisor B registry seeking to be upgraded to Supervisor A status;
  • CSU staff interested in updating or refreshing their supervision skills


The series of online modules covers the following 5 topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
  • Module 2: Supervising remote, distance and part-time students
  • Module 3: Progress through candidature, professional development
  • Module 4: Managing problems and difficulties, providing feedback
  • Module 5: Developing and submitting the thesis; examination.


Consult the Professional Development Calendar and register early to reserve your place.

My Research Career

This program is for early career or developing researchers who wish to advance their research careers. This includes higher degree research students who are close to graduating and may be considering a career in research.


The program consists of 6 core on-line modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to research at CSU, the broader research landscape, strengthening priority and time management skills
  • Module 2: Developing an effective research strategy
  • Module 3: Building and presenting a strong research track record, improving your web presence
  • Module 4: Navigating the publication process, targeting publishing outlets, improving publication success
  • Module 5: Strengthening grant writing skills, improving funding success
  • Module 6: Building research networks, working with collaborators, managing other researchers

Completing this program

You will need to commit to the following to complete this program:

  • Registering for and attending on-line sessions (typically 2 hours each)
  • Completing designated follow-up tasks (which will be reviewed by the program coordinator)
  • Sourcing support documents via a designated Interact2 site
  • Engaging with other staff/students registered in the program

If you complete all 6 modules and the associated tasks, you will receive a completion certificate. Modules can be completed over a couple of years and not necessarily in order (although this is preferable). If you do not wish to complete the entire program, you can register for individual modules as required.


Consult the Professional Development Calendar and register early to reserve your place.


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