Research Groups

Take your research to new heights!

Research groups are a great way to meet other researchers and discuss your work and experiences.

They also offer an opportunity to set and meet your research goals in a group environment.

Sessions are open to all researchers and Graduate Research students (including Honours).

Research & Write!

Research & Write! is a Teams group and online meeting space to help focus your research efforts and support you in a group environment. You may find these meetings useful to:

  • make your research and writing more focused, efficient, or effective
  • protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research and writing, away from distractions
  • build a sense of community around your research
  • overcome procrastination and increase motivation

To join the Research & Write group in Team follow these steps:

1. click on the Teams icon in the Teams app

2. Look for the “Join or create team” button – this will either be on the right side of the screen or may appear at the bottom of your screen

3. Search for the group by typing CSU-Research and it should be the only one that comes up.

4. Click join the team and start contributing to the research community that is Research & Write.

You will find a General conversation tab, that you can use to chat to the research community, there are also tab to add your Research Bootcamp objectives, and your Research & Write! Goals for the sessions that you join. These will remain so you can see how far you have come as you continue your research journey. You will also find the Meeting times and links, so you will always know the times and link to join.

Research & Write! meeting times

  • Monday 12.00 – 3.00 pm
  • Friday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

No need to register, just pop this link as a reminder into your calendar -

Research Bootcamps

Research Bootcamps are held on the first of every month (usually between 10am-4pm). We meet online and spend dedicated time working alongside other researchers to independently progress research and/or writing goals. This may be critically reviewing and summarising the literature, writing up findings, redrafting a chapter, mapping the methodology, or writing a journal article. Everyone is welcome. No need to register, just pop this link into your calendar:

How often can you attend?

As often as you like!  You can come to one or all sessions, for the whole day, for an hour or anything in between! Make the space work for you!

Who attends?

Sessions are for anyone who just wants to dedicate focused time to progress their research goals.

  • Doctoral candidates and other research students
  • Staff undertaking research degrees at Charles Sturt or (sometimes) other universities
  • Staff working on publications and other writing projects
  • Others working on writing projects, such as Honours students and creative writers
  • Anyone else who would like to join a session to focus on their work
  • People who are on campus, off campus, interstate or overseas. Being online allows anyone, anywhere to join.

Run and facilitate your own research group

Generally, research group meetings follow the Pomodoro technique, which has been used for close to 30 years, to boost focus and productivity. The link for the Research & Write! sessions can be used anytime by anyone to run your own session. Follow the guidelines below to facilitate your own group session and progress your research goals with your peers.

  1. Meetings start with a brief chat, with each person introducing themselves and recording their goals for the session.
  2. Set a timer for a 25-45 minute sprint of uninterrupted research time (or reading, data analysis, or other work).
  3. After each sprint, have a 5-minute break to chat and check in on your progress and achievements.
  4. Repeat this pattern 3 or 4 times before a longer break and start again.

Thesis Writing Group

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies provides Graduate Research candidates the opportunity to join an annual online Thesis Writing Group (TWG). Meetings are run via Zoom and an announcement will go out for expressions of interest when each new round opens.

Contact us

For any questions, please contact Research Skills Officer.