Researcher Development

The ANU Researcher Development team run university-wide programs, open to all researchers at ANU. Our events and programs are events are multi-disciplinary and designed to help you be a more versatile and confident researcher.

To get notification of our upcoming events and workshops, look out for the bi-monthly HDR Update, which is automatically sent to all HDR candidates. Other members of the ANU research community at ANU can subscribe to the HDR update here.


Higher Degree Research Candidate Induction to ANU : Week-long induction events are held each year in April and September. You will meet researchers from all over ANU and learn about how to complete your program successfully and enjoy the journey. All new HDR candidates are expected to attend.

The Home Stretch: All final stage HDR candidates are invited to participate in The Home Stretch: a program to help you finish on time and with less stress. The Home Stretch Bundle  includes a special thesis editing course, regular check ins with the team, the opportunity to take part in group coaching as well as a start and end get together.

Writing in Company: Join Dr Cally Guerin, renowned academic writing expert, for some online writing company. All sessions are on Zoom, so you can beat the loneliness of the long distance thesis writer from wherever you happen to be.

AcWriMo: Every November ANU joins other universities and academics around the world to get some writing done. We offer many different ways to get involved and declare your writing goals to the world!


Secrets of Successful Researchers Series: Workshops about writing and project management to help you get through your PhD or MPhil. Dr Cally Guerin is an internationally recognised expert who knows how to set you up for success. She runs all these workshops centrally, once each semester, but you might find they are also available within your school or college: ask your HDR convenor.

The ANU Boot Camp Program: Our world famous boot camps are all three-day intensive ‘deep dives’ into a particular type of academic output: from your TPR proposal and presentation to a plan to write a best-selling book; from journal articles to banging 20,000 words of your thesis on the weekend, our boot camps help you get the job done.

Resilient Researcher Series: Online workshops aimed at helping you navigate the complexity of being a research in the contemporary academy. All workshops are run by a trained psychologist and expert career coach, Dr Shari Walsh.

PR for Academics: A series of research communication workshops designed to help academics become better communicators. Unpack the mysteries of podcasting, making documentaries, putting on an exhibition, making a TikTok video and more with our resident communications expert, Simon Clews.

Career Doctor: What do you want to do when you finish your research degree? Are you doing a PostDoc, but wondering what sort of job you might be able to do outside of academia? This workshop series will support you in all aspects of your career development inside and outside academia. We also include access to the PostAc platform, where you can search for research related jobs outside the academy.

Productivity Series: Learn cutting edge productivity and organising techniques to help you get all your stuff done. These workshops will help you manage multiple, conflicting priorities while doing large writing and research projects.


Impress your friends and colleagues with your expert communication skills, honed through taking part in two great competitions.

The ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges HDRs to do a compelling oration in three minutes or less. Join in and compete with other candidates from around the university, and maybe the world!

Visualise Your Thesis competition is an opportunity to win $$ for making a minute long power point presentation about your research. It’s harder than it sounds, but great fun!

Our teams & contacts


Contact details
Researcher Development 
Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers (NECTAR) 


Contact details
Professor Inger Mewburn 
Director of Researcher Development
Phone +61 417 348 083
Sophie Baker 
NECTAR Coordinator
Barkha Basak 
Administration Officer
Simon Clews 
Learning Advisor
Dr Cally Guerin 
Researcher Developer
Dr Lindsay Hogan 
Learning Advisor
Ashley Thomson 
NECTAR Administrator