The RED team leads several key initiatives for graduate and early career researchers that provide exciting development opportunities, and contribute to the cultivation of a supportive and stimulating institutional research culture.

Graduate Researcher Careers Month

May is Careers Month for graduate researchers at La Trobe. A festival of events to help you navigate your way along the career path you want.

3MT® (Three Minute Thesis Competition)

The 3MT® is a research communication competition. The exercise challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and increases graduate researchers' capacity  to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist, audience.

The RED team organises 3MT preparation and training sessions, and coordinates La Trobe University's 3MT® finals.

Academic Writing Month (LTUacwrimo)

La Trobe's Academic Writing Month (LTUacwrimo for short) is a month-long academic write-a-thon that will happen every November. The idea is that you set yourself a writerly goal and get stuck in with all the information, advice, and support you'll get from others taking part and the special sessions and workshops that the RED team have planned! The month helps you to think about how you write, form a valuable writing support network, build better habits for the future, and maybe – just maybe – get more done in less time.

  • Information about last year's LTUacwrimo program
  • For more information about ACWRIMO, read this introductory blogpost.
  • You can also browse all ACWRIMO blog posts. The posts provides a range of experiences, strategies, and tips for better writing and editing, academic productivity, work/life balance, and finishing a PhD.

Shut up and write! (SUAW)

These weekly facilitated writing sessions are designed to help researchers get their writing done! 'Shut up and write' is open to everyone, and uses the Pomodoro method of focused writing interleaved with short breaks. Tseen Khoo explains more about all our SUAW programs. The following table details currently available sessions across our campus network.







All2.00 - 4.00pmOnline @LTUresearchers #LTUsuaw

Tseen Khoo

MondayAlbury-Wodonga9am-12pmLibrary downstairs roomEmma Ghys
TuesdayMildura9.00am - 12pm29 Deakin Avenue
Evelien Spelten


Bendigo9.30am – 12pmLibrary Group Study Room 2

Melissa Kennedy

ThursdayMildura9.00am - 12pm29 Deakin AvenueEvelien Spelten 


Franklin Street9.30am – 12.30pmRoom FS 325

Lisa Amir

Mandi Cooklin


Melbourne9.30am – 12pmTeaching and Learning Commons. Room 114

Jeanette Fyffe

ThursdayAlbury-Wodonga9am-11amCafe LaMokaEmma Ghys


Albury-Wodonga1.30pm – 4.30pmGroup study room, David Mann Library

Emma Ghys

Heather Downey

FridayShepparton1-3.30pmLearning space 1Corina Modderman

Early career researcher (ECR) network

The RED team supports and fosters the development of La Trobe University's early career researchers. We consult with our ECRs to develop a diverse RED program of professional development programs. We provide advice, promotional and practical support for focused networking events to build ECR connections across the institution. This includes the 2016 ECR networking conference.

Research culture fund for La Trobe researchers

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage research staff to take the lead to develop a range of academic, social and cultural activities that will enhance the research culture at La Trobe. Five grants of up to $1000 are available to La Trobe research staff to support the enhancement of University research culture.

Find out more.

Intellectual climate fund - for graduate researchers

Do you have an idea for an activity that would support the intellectual climate in your area? Over 20 grants of up to $500 are available to graduate researcher groups to support your local research community. Applications for the 2016 round are now closed.

Find out more.

Researcher intensives

Modules tailored to Early Career Researchers (ECRS) and Mid-Career Researchers (MCR). Find out more.