Graduate Research Office

About GRO

Welcome to the GRO at the Australian National University. The GRO was established as the central Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student Administration Office for the University. It commenced operations on 18 February 2019.

The GRO has a key liaison function with the Colleges and other Central Divisions to provide consistent HDR administrative support. The office is dedicated to improving the HDR student experience and is focussed on delivering effective services, advice and support to HDR candidate and staff  from application through to completion.

The GRO is part of the Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research. The Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research provides the academic leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the University's HDR Programs to ensure delivery of high-quality, internationally benchmarked research programs.

Location

Ground Floor, Haydon Allen Building (22) next to the Tank lecture Theatre.

 

Mailing Address

The Australian National University
Graduate Research Office 
Haydon Allen Building 22
University Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

Contact us

Our preferred method of contact is via email to one of our functional email accounts.  If you are unsure of which email account to contact please email gro@anu.edu.au. Alternatively you can call us from 9am - 12pm and 1 - 4pm on weekdays (excluding ACT public holidays). We also have a reception desk which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm except Tuesdays from 10.30am to 11.30am. If you need to meet a specific staff member in person please contact them to arrange a specific time to meet face to face as some staff members are flexibly working a blend of on campus days and remote days through the week.     

Vision statement

To excel in administration and enhance the experience for the higher degree research (HDR) community.

Mission statement

GRO is here to support the HDR Candidate lifecycle and journey.

The Graduate Research Office’s mission is to promote and exemplify best practice in HDR administration. We will support you by providing trusted and dependable advice. We aim to anticipate and resolve problems including improving and streamlining processes. You can expect a service that is responsive, reliable and dynamic.

Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Well-being

Key responsibilities

HDR Admissions HDR Scholarships HDR Candidature HDR Examinations
Coordination of the admission process, issuing outcomes to domestic and international HDR candidates, support for Joint and Dual award program admissions Management of central scholarship rounds, offers, set up payments and reimbursements,  variations and coordination of other opportunities Candidature management (processing enrolments & variations such as program leave, extensions and changes to intensity) and oversight of timely progression Management of thesis submissions, examinations, and thesis restrictions

Other responsibilities

  • HDR Supervision Development, Training and Register – administrative support for the HDR Supervision Development Framework. 
  • Development - support of central HDR administrative improvements.
  • Governance – administrative quality assurance and compliance, operational policy interpretation & advice.
  • HDR Case Management – support to the Dean HDR, candidates and staff on individual HDR issues. 

Contact us

 

Feedback or complaints

We are always striving to improve our services and welcome feedback on our services. Feedback helps us to know when we are doing well and what we can do better.  We enjoy contributing to  and supporting each HDR candidates journey and student experience through transparent administration. We typically have a large volume of requests requiring manual processing and process each item in order of receipt except where a College or School has flagged the request as urgent or if there are other relevant processing deadlines (e.g. ESOS requirements or pay cutoff).   

If you have feedback (positive or constructive) or an informal grievance/complaint about an experience with us please email manager.gro@anu.edu.au and we will endeavour to respond to you within three working days as part of the informal resolution process for grievances (for further details please see the Procedure: Student grievance and complaint resolution).  

Please note if you need advice on a complaint or grievance you can always contact:

Further information on this topic can be found at the Academic problems, appeals, complaints web page

 

Our teams & contacts

Functional

Name
Contact details
General enquiries 
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Admissions (Future students) 
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Candidature (Current students) 
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Thesis Examination 
Phone +61 2 6125 5777

People

Name
Contact details
Penny Swan 
HDR Operations Manager
Phone +61 2 6125 8715
Robyne Anderson 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Samantha Bedggood 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Michelle Bettanin 
HDR Coordinator
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Clare Cousins 
HDR Coordinator
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Sunita Giri 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Bridgette Gosper 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Anushya Kumar 
Deputy Manager, HDR Operations
Phone +61 2 6125 1121
Laura Martin 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Keira Moore 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Rebecca Noble 
HDR Coordinator
Phone +61 2 6125 5777
Carla van Hagen 
Senior Project Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 7592
Justin Wood 
HDR Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 5777