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Researcher Development International (RDI)

About RDI

We are an Australian-based researcher training group providing professional development workshops and tailored mentoring for international researchers writing in English.

We have over 15 years' experience in intercultural researcher training and language development in a wide range of academic disciplines. This experience includes skill development for research communication in English, international journal editing and article reviewing, doctoral thesis supervision and examination, and intercultural supervision training.

Our clients are Asian, European and Australian universities and research institutes and the staff and students who belong to them.

Training provided

We provide training on topics including the following:

The RDI team

Margaret   Kate

Margaret Cargill

BA, DipEd, MEd(TESOL), DEd


Kate Cadman

BA(Hons), MA(Hons)
GradDipEd(TESOL), PhD



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Recent consultancies

International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines.Towards a sustainable professional development program for international rice scholars at IRRI. 2009

LingTungUniversity, Taiwan, Department of Applied Foreign Languages. Academic Empowerment. 2007

Ngee Ann-Adelaide Institute of Education, Singapore. Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes. 2002

Comment from a workshop participant, Taiwan, 2007

Thanks for much for sharing your experience in academic community. Your speech encouraged me so much. Now I think I have some confidence to send my papers to international journals and set a goal to be accepted by these kinds of journals.

Recent related publications

Cadman, K., & Cargill, M. (2007). Providing quality advice on candidates' writing. In C. Denholm & T. Evans (Eds.), Supervising doctorates downunder: Keys to effective supervision in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 182-191). Melbourne, Vic.: ACER.

Cargill, M., & O'Connor, P. (2006). Developing Chinese scientists' skills for publishing in English: Evaluating collaborating-colleague workshops based on genre analysis. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 5(3), 207-221.

Cargill, M., & Cadman, K. (2005). Revisiting Quality for International Research Education: Towards an Engagement Model. In Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Forum : engaging communities, held in Sydney, Australia 6-8 July 2005 (pp. 45-49). Melbourne: Australian Universities Quality Agency.

Cadman, K. (2002). English for academic possibilities: The research proposal as a contested site in postgraduate genre pedagogy. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 1, 85-104.

Recent international presentations

Cadman, K. (2007). Questions around subalternity and speaking: Scholarly article reviews in global research education. Paper presented at the international Language, Education and Diversity (LED) conference,University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ. 21-24 November.

Cargill, M.(2007) Developing International Science Publishing in China: Managing the 'publication requirement' for awarding research degrees in Chinese universities.Paper presented at the international conference Publishing and Presenting Research Internationally: Issues for Speakers of English as an Additional Language (PRISEAL), held at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, 11-13 January.

Cargill, M.(2004) Developing skills for publishing research articles internationally. Keynote address to the Second International Symposium on L2 Writing: Teaching and Research, held at the Xi'an International Studies University, Xi'an, P.R. China, 17-19 September.