Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Posted on May 11, 2017 by CDU Bookshop

Northern Territory Sea Food

This locally produced books is a celebration of an area that produces some of the best seafood in the world, an area that is right in our own backyard. With fascinating stories, stunning photographs from some of the more remote corners of our own backyard and some delicious seafood-y recipes

CDU Merchandise

Grab mum a lovely new CDU mug, hoodie ( for those cold dry season nights) or her trip down south or a cool and very comfortable CDU t shirt.

Gardening Book

Is your mum a green thumb? Or wants to be? We’ve got a huge range of gardening and landscape and design books perfect for the budding or expert gardener in your life..


You may not know, but the bookshop has a large range of literary titles in both fiction and non-fiction genres guaranteed to satisfy any bookworm or to help Mum curl up with a good book.


The benefits of writing regularly in a journal are well documented. Nab one of these beautiful leuchtterm or rite in the rain journals for your mum to help her channel her complex thoughts

Plush Microbes

if you’re Mum’s a science nerd, she will love these stupidly cute plush microbe toys. Viruses, bugs and bacteria, they make the nasties fun!

Gift Wrapping and Cards

And to wrap it all it up, we’ve got a great range of bespoke gift cards and gift wrappignin beautiful designs.

Mother’s Day all wrapped up.

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Study/ Life Balance : Myth or Magic

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sarah Price

Balance is a concept that has been written about at length, by authors of wellness and lifestyle blogs. It seems to be that magical, mythic al holy grail that we all strive for. If you have it it can help you find health, happiness, wealth and missing laundry socks. But what is it really? Why is it important? And, is it even possible when you’re juggling work, study, family and missing socks crises?

What is balance?

Balance can be defined differently in different contexts, but in a broader “ life” concept we can use the definition that it is a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct positions. Using this definition, you can easily see why balance would be a good thing. In many Eastern medicine traditions, such as Traditional Chinese medicine balance is represented by yin and yang symbology and it is broadly believed that imbalance is responsible for many common modern ailments.  When things are in balance we are operating at maximum effectiveness and efficiency, our relationships work well and provide emotional comfort and satisfaction, our health and general wellbeing tends to be pretty good, and life is generally pretty sweet. In theory.

How do We Achieve Balance?
So it seems this balance thing is pretty good right? So how do we reach it. That my friends, is the $64 million question. The answer may be unique and different to everyone, but one thing that can help you achieve balance is perspective. By putting your life and what you wish to achieve into perspective, you tend to gain insight into what is more and what is less important to you. While study and getting good marks are important,  your time at university is only temporary, howevrr having good health and good relationships can last forever if payu attention to them so shouldn’t be cast aside or left to “ I’ll do that later” .

Remember also that you won’t achieve balance absolutely every day , but by striving for balance, and keeping it the important things in your life in perspective, can only be a good thing. You’ll get there. Missing socks are not that bad. You can buy socks

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Book Review: The Sellout

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sarah Price

If Hunter S Thompson and Franz Kafka decided to go out for beers on a Tuesday afternoon and after some messed up shenanigans and much liquor decided to write a book together, The Sellout would be it.

The narrator of this story has no first name and the surname  Me. After a disturbing childhood where his activist father abused him, and used him as a psychological guinea pig, the reader is taken on a winding and almost nonsensical journey back to our protagonist’s childhood home.

The plot, in so far as there is one, revolves around Me's refusal to accept the removal of his neighbourhood from the map of Los Angeles, and from history. His determination to restore it leads him, among other things, to reinstate slavery and segregate the local high school, although it takes some time to get this point after a bizarre opening scene of Me in the Supreme Court which eventually links us to the reason he is there in the first place.

Abusrdity and provocation, wrapped up in satire, the book is a modern day dictum on race relations, and while Me’s actions to reinstate his home town Dickens are “out there” and somewhat shocking, there is a definitive air of good nature and good intentions.

The Sellout won author Paul Beatty the 2016 Man Booker Prize and it’s easy to see why. It is a beautifully crafted and intricate work that pulls no punches in challenging the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the father-son relationship. It brings out the big guns and takes a firm aim  at racism and what it has done to black Americans, and there is no way the reader may shy away  from it. Indeed it welcomes and even encourages our discomfort.

Overall, The Sellout will not be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re after a read that challenges, makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think, you will enjoy this immensely.
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Easy Student Recipe: Pasta and Tuna Bake

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Sarah Price


This Recipe is super easy, super yummy and you can always add extra veggies to it to make it healthier

  • 375g dried large shell or penne pasta
  • 2 cups (250g) frozen peas and beans
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 125g butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Tasty cheese
  • nutmeg
  • 425g can tuna in springwater, drained, flaked


  • Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced.
  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until tender, adding peas, beans and asparagus in the last 4 minutes of cooking time Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta mixture to pan.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in saucepan. Add flour until a dough- like roux is formed. Gradually add milk and whisk in, ensuring it is well blended with no lumps. Keep stirring until mixture comes to the boil. Stir in half the cheese, check for taste and add more cheese if necessary. Season with pepper and nutmeg( fresh grated is best)
  • Add tuna and white sauce to pasta mixture. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a greased 8-cup capacity baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve.


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Getting Your Group On

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Sarah Price


The term “group assignment” often has many students cringing. Managing diverse personalities, and idiosyncrasies, different work ethics and study styles can all help or hinder the success of your group and can even have an impact on your overall marks for your group assignment. But as well as being a core part of many university subjects, learning to work well in a group will stand you in good stead in your professional life too. Today we’re going to discuss how you can get the most out of your group with the least amount of hassle using the 5 Cs of effective group management

Once you receive your assignment, the first meeting is critical in encouraging the group to get to know each other, understanding the core assignment takes and developing a plan for completing your group assignment equitable and on time. You should discuss when, where and how you will communicate. If regular progress meetings are required to keep the group on track you should establish a preliminary schedule for this at this meeting. You should also establish everyone’s role in contributing to and completing the assignment.


One of the Achilles’ heels of successful group management is inequitable contributions to the group effort by individual members. This can create conflict and stress for other group members who may feel they need to “pick up the slack” . As a group member it is important to contribute to the group effort. More than just doing your allocated task, this requires participatory communication and contributing to other group members effort where it is required. It can also mean offering assistance if another group member asks for it, even if you feel it is not specifically “ your job” . It can make things run more smoothly, although do be wary if other group members are asking for tooo much assistance.

Communications are a vital to maintaining positive group dynamics, and ensure your assignment task stays on track. Hopefully if your first group meeting went well, you’ve worked out the what/when/how of communication that works best for your group, and lines of communication are flowing smoothly and freely. But good communication is also vital to the day to day functioning of your group. This means contributing to discussions without dominating, listening to the ideas of others even if you don’t agree with them, and building on ideas collaboratively with the group. This will all help communication to flow organically.

Conflict is virtually inevitable in a group setting, and if worked through properly can actually serve to make your group more cohesive. It is when it becomes personal or aggressive that it becomes harmful. It’s important when dealing with group conflict, to stay as objective as possible, focus on the issue, not the personal qualities of the group or its members.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your lecturer if you can’t resolve group issues within your group. At the end of the day, they are there to help and can help you overcome any  group issues so it has minimal impacts on your final marks.

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Will Your Studies Make a Difference to the World

Posted on March 30, 2017 by Sarah Price

There is no doubt that any kind of learning will have an impact on the person doing the learning. Not only do you acquire new knowledge but it can help you grow and develop as a person. How great the impact is will depend on how much of yourself you put into it. But what we as students often don’t think about is how we can use our studies and the knowledge we’ve acquired to make a difference to the world outside of university. Making a difference is can mean anything from impacting your local community to improve the way things function or it can just mean changing the lives for the better of people withina c ommunity. The community may be your local community near where your live. Or part of a broader global community of which all citizens of the world belong.

There are plenty of examples on CDU’s Launchpad on how what students have learnt at university  have  made a difference but if you really want to change the world ( even just a little) , there a few things you need to do to make that happen. 

  1. You have to want to make a difference. Consciously wanting to make a difference can affect how you view opportunities that will arise after university and whether or take advantage of certain opportunities over others. It may mean that you follow opportunities for work that allows you to make a difference to a community to those that perhaps just offer the best salary or the most convenient location.

  2. Be open to changing your path or following a different path to that you which started from. Often those that seek to make a difference find themselves following a different direction to that from which they intended. Current CDU PHD candidate Samuel Keitaanpaa initially set out to study dentistry but realising the impact pharmacy could have on the world changed his focus and is now looking to impact the rates of smoking on Indigenous community. Often to make a difference you have to allow yourself to follow opportunities that enable you to do just that – wherever or whatever they are. 

  3. Seek experience – There is an old Chinese proverb that says “experience is the best teacher”. Seeking out different types of experience can be invaluable in helping you decide just where to use your newly acquired knowledge to make a difference. Seek experience through volunteering, explore job opportunities in industries or organisations you are unfamiliar with and travel as much as you can.

  4. Never stop learning. Learning can help facilitate difference. Whether it’s formal education or just making ti your goal to learn from life experience, make it your mission to never stop learning and building on the knowledge you’ve acquired from university and you will inevitably make a difference on those around you .

  5. Start from the immediate world. Don’t feel you have to take on the big bad world as soon as you graduate. Take time to assess and think about how you can use your newly acquired knowledge to make even a small difference in your local community.

  6. Think big By the same token, don’t be afraid to think big. A big impact often start from small beginnings. The important thing is that you do start.

Are you wanting to make a difference after study?



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Surviving the Mid Semester Break and the Return to Study Afterwards

Posted on March 30, 2017 by Sarah Price


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