Postgrad Students

Post Grad Newsletter August 2019

We are pleased to announce that Ruth Wivell has joined the team as
Academic Tutor. Ruth is available to work with undergraduate,
postgraduate and HDR students. Ruth usually sees students on Tuesday
and Fridays. Appointments can be made by contacting student admin on [email protected] or by phoning (02) 8838 8914. Welcome
2020 Scholarship Round Now Open

The 2020 Higher Degree by Research Scholarships round for candidates is now open.
 The round includes scholarship opportunities for both domestic and international applicants, and is open to candidates commencing in 2020 as
well as those currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program.
These scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit; past research achievements and/or professional
experience; alignment with Charles Sturt’s Research Narrative; and the
quality of the research proposal.
Specific information on the Australian Government Research Training
Program (AGRTP) Scholarships, including eligibility, award value,
duration and a link to the online application form can be found here.
Applications for the international scholarships will close at 5pm
(AEST), on Friday, 30 August, 2019 and for domestic scholarships will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 31 October 2019.
 If you have any queries about applying for scholarships please contact
[email protected]

Research Colloquium – Dates for 2019Dates for 2019 are:
23 August – Jonathan Cole (Associate Director for the Centre for Public
and Contextual Theology), Ian Robinson, and John Brunton
27 September
18 October
Please remember that attendance at the Research Colloquiums is a
critical component of a HDR students’ candidature and that every effort
should be made to attend. Apologies should be sent to me at
[email protected]

Workshops from the Research Office
To register for any of these online workshops, please go to the Research
Office website which can be found here:
DateSession details and Registration7th Aug
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. 7th Aug
R Tutorial Series 6 – Write your own R functions
The learning objectives of this unit is for participants to be able to write
user-defined R functions to suit their special needs or for complex data
analysis issues, and to perform simple simulation analysis in R.7th Aug
Email writing (for students working with an additional language)
Emailing supervisors, colleagues and business or industry partners is a
key aspect of everyday communication for research candidates. What are the conventions of emailing in the academic context? Explore this aspect of English language use and more. The workshop is provided for higher
degree by research candidates, but other staff and students are also
welcome.8th Aug Research Administration 1 – Why Apply for a Grant
Why should I apply for a Grant? What are the CSU expectations? What do I need to consider and do?  A session aimed at helping new Researchers
consider preliminary information when applying for an external grant.
12th Aug Promoting your research: establishing a Research Profile
Need to set up a Research Profile and not sure what is out there or how to go about it?  This session will show you the different profiles available,
and their features and how to establish and maintain your profile.
13th Aug HDR Candidate Induction
This session is a welcome and Induction for new HDR Candidates and forms part of probationary requirements. This session has a variety of presenters from the Research Office and Library who share essential
information about getting started – what essentials you need to know, the support services available to you, how the Library can help you, your key relationships, working well with your supervisor team, setting
expectations, your responsibilities, professional development
opportunities available to you and more.19th Aug
Understanding Open Access
This session will create an understanding of Open Access publishing.  
What it is, forms of Open Access Publishing, why and how to identify
suitable journals, with added information on sharing resources.19th Aug Human Research Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many
applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and
request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the
application process, what should be included in the research proposal
and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to
gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive
good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit.These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.
20th Aug My Research Career, Module 4 – The publication process
The aim of this module is to: * Discuss strategies for improving publication success, * Discuss how to navigate the publication process, * Learn how to deal with peer review and referee comments. This module will not
cover how to write a paper.22nd Aug Supervisor Series – Module 1 – Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
Module 1 will explore what should happen in the first meeting including: *Determining the HDR candidate’s research interests *Developing candidate/supervisor expectations, roles, responsibilities *Discussions around resourcing, resource needs, training needs, professional development
Module 1 will also explore what should happen in the first session of
enrolment including: *Refining the research topic *Commencing the
literature review *Developing research aims *Commencing discussions around possible methodologies available to conduct the research.27th Aug
Qualitative Research, An Introduction
Qualitative research has unique characteristics, and like any approach, it has pros and cons. This looks at the reasons for choosing qualitative
rather than quantitative research, and identifies principles for doing
rigorous qualitative research. We discuss issues including developing
good research questions, generalisability, evaluation of research. You are invited to forward an outline of your research questions, for
consideration during the workshop.  This is limited to 15 participants and is facilitated by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen of Adriot Research, please email
her with any questions – [email protected] with the subject
line: CSU workshop.27th Aug
Tips and strategies for doing a PhD in English
Two PhD graduates who have completed their thesis will discuss their
language journey, and answer your questions about writing a PhD in
English.28th Aug MCR Forum – Building international connections through fellowships and SSP
Do you like the idea of a long SSP at an international university that
provides great mentoring and accommodation?  It seems like the
unreachable dream for most mid-career academics, until you discover
that many universities in the UK and USA welcome academics from the
far flung corners of the world.28th Aug
MCR Forum – Ethical considerations in international research projects
What do you need to consider if you are establishing an international
research project? In this session we will discuss the ethical and practical
issues that researchers may come up against when conducting
international research. Countries may vary in their ethical standards and requirements, and have different cultural understanding of acceptable
practice, yet CSU researchers cannot ignore the standards and values of
the National Statement.28th Aug Avoiding predatory publishing
This workshop will help you identify predatory publishers using a
checklist of things to consider when looking at a journal.28th Aug
MCR Forum – Opportunities for industry-led collaborations with a CRC
Charles Sturt University is currently part of three Cooperative Research
Centres (CRCs) funded under the Australian Government’s CRC Program. This program supports industry-led collaborations between industry,
researchers and the community. In this workshop, four of CSU’s
participating researchers in the CRCs for Food Agility, High Performance Soils, and Cyber Security will share their experiences and discuss the
opportunities available at CSU for you to get involved.29th Aug MCR Forum – Lessons learnt in IP and contract negotiation with research partners
In this session Fran Leone (Manager of Research Legal) and Prof Mark
Morrison (Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Business, Justice and
Behavioural Sciences) will present a number of case studies and share
their experiences and lessons learnt in protecting Intellectual Property
rights and negotiating contracts with research partners.29th Aug
MCR Forum – Writing for Public Audiences
Writing for public audiences is a unique kind of academic writing.
Through short opinion pieces in publications like the Conversation you
can take your research to wider audiences to inform, educate, influence
and contribute to public debate. This workshop will cover things like
choosing what and where to publish and the benefits of writing for
public audiences. Two experienced CSU writers for the public will share
their tips and experiences in this workshop.29th Aug MCR Forum – Research with impact: Experiences putting transdisciplinarity into practice
This presentation aims to create discussion among researchers with
experiences putting transdisciplinary research into practice. The lead
presenter will provide some background into the concept of
transdisciplinary, before describing some of his own experiences,
including an evaluation of a four-year transdisciplinary project. other
experts will then share their experiences.2nd Sep
Finding and Using Theses and Dissertations
This session will show you how to find Australian and International
theses and dissertations using the Library’s resources – and how you can use them.3rd Sep Finding Funding
Quick! How many funding schemes can you name? A lot of researchers
find it hard to think about any funding except ARC funding. If this is you, you need to get your thinking cap on. There is a whole world of funding
out there, and you shouldn’t be overly reliant on any one source. This
workshop is intended to help you to think outside the box, and to find
more sustainable sources of funding. By the end of the workshop, you
should have a lot of new ideas about funding possibilities that you can
explore, as well as a typology of funding schemes that works for you.
4th Sep Supervisor Series – Module 2 – Supervising remote, distance and PT HDR’s
The aim of this module is to share knowledge and understanding of how
to effectively supervise distance and part-time HDR candidates. This
workshop will include a presentation from an experienced HDR
supervisor, feedback from Distance and Part-time graduate students, and group discussion.5th Sep R Tutorial Series 7 – Time series analysis
This unit covers the special data analysis topic, time series analysis,
which primarily introducing the classic Box-Jenkins approach, namely
ARIMA models and related R functions.10th Sep
Research Data Management
Are you drowning in research data? Do you want to know where you
should be storing your data? Are you required to comply with funding
body data management requirements, but don’t know how? This
workshop is ideal for researchers who want to know how research data management can support project success and are interested in research
data management services and support available at their institution.
Combining slide-based background material, discussions, and case
studies this workshop will equip participants with best practices for
managing their valuable research data.10th Sep
Using EndNote for theses and other publications
This session will look at advanced EndNote features, which will be
helpful when writing your thesis or for other professional writing.

New Zealand Christians in Science Conference
Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science and God
Dunedin, New Zealand
30-31 August 2019

A National Conference sponsored by NZCIS and Otago University,
examining how the dialogue between faith and science can move beyond polarities, conflict and scientism toward holism, integration and a
common social imaginary. The conference will hope to speak especially
to school teachers and other educators as well as lay people, clergy and
students living and working in areas that impact the big questions of life, including evolution, ethics, ecology, healing and well-being. The
conference will also discuss the history of science and theology in this
country in this 150th Otago University anniversary year. 

Scholarships for students are available. Contact Nicola Hoggard at  
[email protected]
Keynote Speakers: 
Assoc. Prof  Andy Gosler, Applied Ethnobiology and Conservation.,
University of Oxford.

For registrations, please visit this link:

15th Australian Bonhoeffer Conference
Broken Bay Institute, Pennant Hills, NSW
3 October 2019

The Bonhoeffer Conference is an annual academic conference which
focuses on different aspects of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This
year’s one-day conference falls just before the International Bonhoeffer
Congress in Cape Town, South Africa (January 2020). The focus will be on textual analysis and exegesis of selected Bonhoeffer texts, representing a variety of the German pastor and theologian’s important contributions
over his short, but packed, career. This conference will be a good
opportunity to learn how to ‘read’ Bonhoeffer for those new to his work, and will offer time for reflection and discussion for those more familiar with it. Dr Michael Mawson (UTC) will be one of the presenters.

For tickets and further information, please visit this site:

2019 Feminist Theologies Conference
Power, Authority, Love
Pilgrim Theological College, Vic
11-12 October 2019

Confirmed plenary presentations: Reverend Dr Seforosa Caroll
(Sydney),Reverend Dr Sally Douglas (Melbourne),Dr Janice McRandal
(Brisbane).Professor Nicola Slee (Birmingham and Amsterdam), The
conference will include:Janette Gray RSM Lecture by Nicola Slee; 7.30pm on Friday 11 October.

For further information, please visit this link:

Worldview Symposium 2019
Shaping the Future of Missions Training
Launceston, Tasmania
12-13 November 2019

Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift in our missionaries’
expectations of length of service, amount and content of pre-field
preparation, and continuing on-field training. How have our models of
mission training kept pace with these developments? The Worldview
Symposium brings together mission agency leaders, training providers,
and course administrators. Join us as we spend time hearing from one
another’s experiences, sharing best practices, and developing new ideas
for mission training which respond to the needs of today, and of the