Internal Events


How do you get involved?

  • Set some out of this world writing goals – papers, ethics applications, thesis chapters, book chapters… you name it!
  • Commit to blocking out time to meet them
  • Share them with the AcWriMo community so that you have accountability and people to encourage you
  • Get writing and have the most productive month you’ve ever had!

There are hundreds of academics on twitter using #AcWriMo…. So join in!

You can find out more information here:

And you can log your goals here:

Join in and get productive!

As part of AcWriMo, the VU ECR committee will be holding 2 two-hour writing sessions at FP – Tuesday November 12th at 10am and Thursday November 21st at 10am. Put them in your diary and we’ll send out the room numbers soon!


Have your say at the VU Early-Mid Career Researcher Forum!

Are you a VU staff member up to 10 years post-PhD?

Active (or aspiring to be active) in research?

What obstacles have you or are you facing? What would help overcome them?

The VU ECR group are running this forum to identify roadblocks that stop our researchers from reaching their full potential and workshop ideas that may help remove them. The outcome will then be reported back to the PVC, Research & Research Training and the Director, Office for Research. Come have your say!!

Click on VU ECR & MCR Forum for more details!


Having trouble finishing that manuscript?  The grant is due soon? Procrastinating? These are some of the very common scenarios of an ECR’s day. But we have a solution for you!! The VU ECR committee is organising an ECR Writing Day for VU ECRs where you can set a writing goal for yourself and just write!! The goal can be an abstract for a conference, a journal article, an ethics application or a grant application. We are organising writing days across different campuses of VU on different days so you can choose the one that suits you. It’s a perfect opportunity for catching up with fellow ECRs while having a productive writing day!

When and Where

Campus Date Time Room
FP 12 April 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM C301
St Albans 19 April 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM 4C405a Boardroom
FP 17 May 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM C301
Werribee 17 May 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM WB 21.66 Conference Room 2
FP 21 June 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM D309
St Albans 19 July 2013 10:00 AM-11:30 AM 4C405a Boardroom

RSVP: Kindly RSVP to one week prior to the event.  Energy food (chocolate & savoury biscuits) and juice will be provided.


Research Professional Database Training Programme

Research Professional is an online research fund seeking tool provides a comprehensive funding prospects database, offering researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines, from a wide range of sponsors in Australia and overseas. Every 2 months Research Professional runs a 60 minute online training broadcast, aimed at introducing the basics of creating and configuring personal accounts on Research Professional, as well as introducing the features of the platform. View the session from your own computer, and ask questions via text chat. To register for a session, follow the link below for your desired date.

The first two sessions for 2013 are listed here below.

Training Broadcasts Dates and Registration Links

February 21st (Friday 22nd)

11.00 AM – 12.00 Noon, Sydney

1.00 PM – 2.00 PM Auckland

April 25th (Friday 26th)

9.00 AM – 10.00 AM Sydney

11.00 AM – 12.00 Noon Auckland

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) workshop for ECRs

Summary notes now available. Click here for a copy.

VU ECR Spring Seminar Slides Now Available

Did you miss out on the VU ECR seminar? Well, you can now click below for a copy of the talks presented by

Professor Frank Stagnitti, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Ballarat on Qualities of a Good Researcher, a presentation that inspired us all to aim high and develop the skills we need to become high quality researchers. Click here for a copy of the talk.

Ms Donna Hannan, Director of the VU Office for Research on The VU landscape for ECRs and provided us with an insight to her vision for ECRs. Click here for a copy of the talk.

VU ECR Spring Seminar!

Professor Frank Stagnitti, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Ballarat

and Ms Donna Hannan, Director of the VU Office for Research

Professor Stagnitti will present on Qualities of a Good Researcher, a presentation we hope will inspire us all to aim high and develop the skills we need to become high quality researchers.

Donna Hannan will present on The VU landscape for ECRs and will provide us with an insight to her vision for ECRs – as Director of the Office for Research, Donna plays a critical role in the development of ECRs and it is critical that we understand her take on the current and future situations for VU ECRs.

Where: Footscray Park Campus – Room PB107(go down the stairs opposite the entry to the main café)

When: Thursday, September 27th, 1.30pm-4pm



Negotiating ERA and the Expectations of Research Performance

Friday 17 August, 2.00-4.00pm
Room 409, 234 Queensberry St,
Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) audits the quality of Australian research and the second National Report is anticipated at the start of 2013. This has important implications for the professional interests of university staff, in particular those at the start of their careers. This 2-hour workshop will explore issues about the way research performance is managed, including ERA and the ERA journal rankings. The workshop will include a conversation with Dr John Lamp (Deakin University), an expert on ERA research outputs, and Dr Inger Mewburn (RMIT), the Thesis Whisperer, on strategies for navigating ERA and other academic rankings. It is also an opportunity to network with other Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Academics (ECAs).

All researchers, teachers and academics at the start of their careers are welcome to participate.

This event is provided free by the NTEU. Afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided.

To register, or for more details, contact:

Christmas in July at the VU Convention Centres

1 July 2012 (All day) – 31 July 2012 (All day)

Convention centres

Victoria University Convention Centres, located at Flinders street in the City and our Sunshine campus, are offering special Christmas lunch meals for $39. This price is inclusive of a welcome drink and coffee or tea.

Choose from Tuscan, French and Traditional Christmas menus.

There are discounts for group of 10 and above as well as an additional 5% for early bird bookings!

Download the menu and booking form (PDF, 425 KB) and make your reservation today.

Australian University Championships – Surfing

In 2012 Australian University Championships are offering students the opportunity to compete at a national level in surfing. This is one out of seven exciting events on offer to students who would like to participate in university championships.

Contact Ashlee Marks for more info or if you would like to sign up for this event. You can also visit the Australian University Sport website for more details.


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