2017 Capacity Building plan

The Department of Education and Training mandated that its final tranche of funding to the CRN be applied to Capacity Building programs for Bond University. $1.3 million was awarded to the CRN-AESS in late June 2016 for the purpose of Capacity Building.

The initiatives featured here reflect a part of the plan to build capacity for Bond University in Research space as well as for the greater Collaboration Partners. The intention is that the effects of Capacity Building plan will endure well beyond the CRN-AESS completion date.

2017 PSAP Course Plan now available to download

As part of CRN’s Capacity Building initiatives, academics are invited to participate in a series of workshops to increase their capacity and become Principal Supervisors. 

Supervisors who successfully participate in the year-long program, hold appropriate qualifications, and are research active, can then be accredited as a Principal Supervisor and added to the Principal Supervisor register at Bond University.

Supervisors attend workshops and work individually with a senior mentor. They also create a reflective portfolio, share supervision tools and give a presentation on supervision.


Module 1: Introduction to Supervision

Friday, 17 Mar

9 –1pm

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Module 2: Supervising Early Candidature Students

Friday, 28 April

9 -1pm


Module 3: Ethics and Research Integrity

Friday, 16 June

9 -1pm


Module 4: Progress and Dealing with Challenges

Friday, 28 July

9 -1pm


Module 5: Supporting Publication and Networks

Friday, 8 Sept

9 -1pm


Module 6: Understanding Diversity

Friday, 13 Oct

9 -1pm


Module 7: Supervising through the final stages and post-submission

Friday, 1 Dec

9 -1pm


*Workshops include morning tea and lunch (at the conclusion for networking). 

View the PSAP Course Plan 2017

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is structured into four domains covering the knowledge, behaviors and attributes of researchers. It sets out the wide-ranging knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards expected to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research. Within each of the domains there are three sub-domains and associated descriptors.

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities: The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research

Domain B: Personal effectiveness: The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher

Domain C: Research governance and organisation: Knowledge of the professional standards and requirements to do research

Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact: The knowledge and skills to work with others to ensure the wider impact of research

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Bond University is excited to be a part of the national SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The SAGE Pilot is modelled on the Athena SWAN program, which was initiated in the UK, and has had proven success in addressing gender equality in STEMM in higher education and research institutions. The program requires Institutions to endorse the Athena SWAN Charter which is governed by 10 principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and provides guidance to the accreditation framework of the program.  In the UK, Athena SWAN accreditation is highly valued, with some research funding bodies requiring organisations to have Athena SWAN accreditation to receive grants. By using a rigorous data-centric evaluative and accreditation framework, the Athena SWAN program has created measurable success in gender equity in the higher education and research sectors in the UK.

The SAGE Pilot aims to adapt the Athena SWAN model for the Australian landscape to address and improve gender equity in STEMM by implementing its rigorous evaluation and accreditation framework. Forty (40) Australian organisations, including universities, medical research institutions and government research institutions, are involved in the SAGE Pilot.

The SAGE Pilot runs for two years, and a successful receipt of a Bronze award is valid for four years. The program requires organisations to collect, analyse and present data on gender equity policies and practices in STEMM departments, as well as identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. The program also requires in-depth data collection, cross-discipline collaboration and extensive consultation to evaluate current practices to develop an action plan to address the identified gaps and opportunities and work towards achieving gender equity across the organisation. This will be assessed by a peer review panel to determine if a Bronze award will be awarded.

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Research leadership requires strategy from the world’s leading thinkers about mentoring and from the CRN’s leading researchers who can serve as mentors.

Professor Sharon Straus, University of Toronto, will develop the Bond University Mentoring Framework. 

On recommendation of the Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, and requested by CRN staff, we have also employed Professor Cindy Gallois, University of Queensland, as a mentor-in-residence, who will be with us for the long haul.

We will develop a network of mentors from senior researchers based on these talents.