Welcome To NiTRO

NiTRO is an online resource that connects creative artists in the university sector - in visual art and design, performing arts and creative writing - with each other and with audiences, students, employers, policy makers and the general public. Through NiTRO you can:

  • Share your research, teaching and learning expertise

  • Find out about news, events and opportunities in creative arts

  • Contribute your views on the changes happening in university creative arts

Contribute Your Views

As a way to start discussion and encourage you to share your thoughts, we will focus on particular topics providing perspectives from those inside and outside creative arts. We welcome your articles on these topics or other issues important to creative arts. 

Our upcoming topics are:

NiTRO 21 – Evaluating Quality, Impact and Engagement in tertiary arts

Following the release of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results and associated Impact and Engagement assessments, this edition looks at quality, impact and engagement in creative arts and the evaluation mechanisms that are used in academia to judge and measure performance

Deadline for articles: 28 May 2019

NiTRO 22 – Interdisciplinarity: Is discipline still important?

As schools and faculties of creative arts merge into broader interdisciplinary groupings and the value of creative arts to non arts disciplines becomes more apparent, is interdisciplinarity becoming the norm for research and teaching in creative arts? Does research and teaching in individual art disciplines still have an important role to play?

Deadline for articles: 5 July 2019

NiTRO 23 - Focus to be announced

Further details to be provided.

Deadline for articles: 9 August 2019

NiTRO 24 - Higher Degree Research and industry collaboration

This edition will be co-edited by Professor Craig Batty (UTS). Further details to be provided.

Deadline for articles: 20 September 2019

NiTRO 25 - Is Engagement a dirty word?

This edition will be co edited by Professor Kit Wise (RMIT). Further details to be provided.

Deadline for articles: 1 November 2019 

We welcome your thoughts on these or any other topics of interest to creative artists practicing in the university sector.

Your articles, ideas and suggestions for future topics can be sent to: research@ddca.edu.au or click here for more information on contributing to NiTRO.


Share your research

Artists have always connected outside academe but as university interest to capture evidence of research impact and engagement increases, NiTRO provides an opportunity to share your research with colleagues, prospective users and funders through project updates, final findings and to encourage further input and discussion.


Connect with prospective audiences, students and conference attendees

Profile your events, conferences and postgraduate student opportunities through our resources section.  Over the next 12 months, with your help,  we hope to develop a ‘What’s on’ of university based arts activities to grow public attendance and interest in university creative arts. NiTRO can also share information about academic conferences and symposia, here and overseas, of interest to artistic researchers whether senior researchers wishing to share their expertise or  early career researchers or postgraduate students beginning to grow their academic identities.

NiTRO is your vehicle to discuss and shape the future direction for tertiary creative arts.  Help us to make it relevant to your needs and the messages that you wish to convey. Comments, articles, news items, suggestions for contributors and information on events and opportunities can be sent to:  research@ddca.edu.au or click here for more information on contributing to NiTRO.