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HDR Update


June 2018

In this issue

  • Campus wide HDR training calendar
  • Visualise Your Thesis!
  • Roll of Honour

Welcome note

Welcome to June: I hope you are taking the opportunity to stay cosy inside and write and read. Having said that, we all need to blow the cobwebs away and take a break from the page and screen from time to time. Lately, I have joined Peter Kanowski, Master of University House, on his fortnightly walk and talks which set off from Graduate House on a Monday evening. These walks were originally a ruse to get the occupants of Graduate House out of the studies and into the fresh air but we reckon that all of us could do with an airing now and then. While these walks are coming to an end after 4 June, I very much hope they will resume when Peter returns from overseas commitments later in the winter. Stay tuned for further details.

Mentioning Peter’s important role as Master of University House brings me to a further announcement. He has accepted the role of Deputy Dean (Supervision) and will take up this position from July this year. This will allow us to make swifter progress with our plans for more structured supervisor support and development. We have great supervisors doing an excellent job, and I’d just like to extend congratulations to Associate Professor Salman Durrani from the Research School of Engineering who was recently awarded the VC award for Excellence in Supervision 2018.

On the topic of continuous improvements in HDR support, Stage 2 of the HDR Examinations & Thesis Submission project was released earlier in May. If you are close to submitting your thesis you should be watching the Notification of Intent to Submit Support Videos for further information! The final modules of this project are due for release in August 2018 and we will keep you updated.

If you are looking for internship opportunities APR Intern are placing PhD students in short-term industry and university research collaborations across all disciplines. Current opportunities are advertised here: Good luck!



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research

Professor Peter Kanowski

Professor Peter Kanowski

Deputy Dean (Supervision)


Upcoming programs





Developing and Using an Online Researcher Profile


Coffee Course: Peer assessment and feedback - ANU Online


Official Research Candidate Induction


Visualise Your Thesis - Design and Develop your PowerPoint


Digital research workshop


Wattle Gradebook - ANU Online


Journal Article Writing workshop 2 (Humanities)


RSAA Thesis introductions and literature reviews


RSAA Journal Article Writing


Designing a better slide deck to Visualise Your Thesis


Journal Article Writing workshop 2 (Sciences)


Advanced digital research workshop


ANU CoL Literature reviews


Mahara ePortfolio Training


EndNote 1: Building and managing your library


RSES HDR writing day: Mid-way day


EndNote 2: Formatting and perfecting your paper


Social Enterprise Bootcamp




Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating


Early Career Academic Forum - ANU NECTAR


The Future of the Scholarly Book





Visualise Your Thesis challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display, using a pre-supplied template.

Sign up for Visualise Your Thesis training courses here, find out more details about the ANU competition here, and get excited for the ANU Visualise Your Thesis competition Final, at Student Research Conference on 20 July 2018.





Academic Skills & Learning Centre
Want to learn more about writing up your research for publication or thesis submission? Take a look at the Academic Skills and Learning Centre Research Writing website.

Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) is located in the John Dedman Building (27). The four academic statisticians here can give you free stats advice for your PhD, Masterate or Honours project. We also provide stats support and collaboration for academic staff. If you would like to make an appointment, go to our website for more information. One of the statisticians will then contact you to organise a suitable time. If you are a postgrad, for your first appointment it is good to come with your supervisor. Useful to you too if you can see one of us at the start of your project for stats design advice, rather than waiting until after you have collected your data.

SCU also offers online courses designed to make researchers aware of moden statistical practice

ANU Library

Writing your literature review? Book a one-to-one consultation with a Library collection advisor for a personalised and efficient approach to searching, evaluating and managing your literature.

Expression of interest: Publishing with LaTeX workshop to be offered in September – please email if interested in attending.

Discover how ResearcherID, ORCiD, Publons and Web of Science can help you at our free half-day workshop: Developing and Using an Online Researcher Profile, Monday 4 June, 10am – 1pm.

Manage and analyse qualitative data with NVivo – upcoming workshops are available on 20 and 27 July (cost $180).

Brush up on your Digital Literacy Skills – including Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word – with ANU Pulse online learning modules.



News & links



Academic Skills & Learning Centre

Need some advice on writing up your research? Wants some ideas on how to work more efficiently? Through one-to-one appointments a Learning Adviser can work closely with you to develop and improve your writing and writing habits. There are also extensive web resources on the Research Writing website. Additionally, ASLC is currently running writing programs in most of Colleges. Links are provided in the events list above and personal invitations have been sent to candidates with registration passwords included. For more information, contact If your College or School does not currently have a program – contact ASLC to discuss tailoring a program for you. General workshops for all candidates can be found on their Eventbrite page.


ANU Online Wattle, Turnitin & Echo360 training

ANU Online provides training on Wattle (Moodle), Turnitin, Echo360, and using technology for teaching and learning. We offer: face-to-face sessions, self-paced online training on Wattle Basics, Turnitin, ePortfolio, or Echo360 ALP, monthly online coffee courses - where we discuss topical educational technologies in 15 minutes, or you can join the conversation about education technology with our ANU Online Community.

For more information on Wattle or training, contact us at or for training please contact You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter, with news, events and tips, and view the latest version here.

Save the date for TELFest - 5 November 2018

This new event is a showcase of education innovation and technology-enhanced learning (TEL) at ANU. Learn new ideas, share your experiences, and connect with colleagues at this free, all-day event. Visit the website to learn more and register your interest.


ANU Qualitative Research Network

QRN Forum: Qualitative research at the margins: case studies of innovative methods


Centre for Higher Education, Learning &Teaching

Are you a PhD student who has tutored at ANU? Learn about new ideas and practices. Are you interested in gaining new skills to improve your effectiveness as a tutor/demonstrator? Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating (PTD) is an intensive 10 module program, designed to help you develop teaching strategies, apply effective lesson planning principles, offer practical help with marking and examples of how to give feedback to your students. This program is offered during O Week to PhD students who have some tutoring experience. Another PTD program is scheduled for semester 2 and is more practical for those participants new to tutoring. Dates for the ‘new to tutoring’ program released in mid-June. Registrations essential at


Counselling Centre

Want to connect with others and contribute to the ANU student community?Join the Get Up and Go walking program!
Check out these talking tips on frequently requested topics at the Counselling Centre


Ethics training

Twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions


HDR Administration Support Project

The University is committed to identifying improvements for administration and support functions that affect the HDR student experience. Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) the ANU Service Improvement Group has a project in progress aiming to identify effective ways of delivering significantly improved HDR Administrative Support outcomes. 

To read the most recent news from the project, click through to the update. For more information on the HDR Administrative Support Project please visit the web site or contact the Project Managers: Kailee Fisher (PM for the Admissions component) and Megan Easton (PM for the broader body of HDR work).



The ANU Library has obtained the final two volumes of The Banksias by award-winning botanical artist Celia Rosser, completing the Library’s limited-edition set. Hancock Library will have all three volumes on display throughout June.

Brewers, barmaids and boozers, a new exhibition from the ANU Archives showcasing the history of Tooth & Co. Ltd, a significant NSW brewer, and the many hotels it owned and supplied throughout the state. Items are on display in the Menzies Library foyer until July along with an online exhibition and interactive map.

A free shuttle to the NLA departs on the hour from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday from Hancock to the National Library of Australia. Look for the yellow and blue bus near the entrance to Hancock Library.

Chifley, Hancock and Law Library will open at 9am on three Saturdays during the first semester exam period, on 26 May, 2 June and 9 June. Chifley levels 2 & 3 will remain open 24 hours. All branch opening hours are on the Library website.


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

The engagement of anthropology with legal process raises significant practical and ethical issues. ‘Australian Native Title Anthropology’ explores the practical aspects of anthropology that are relevant to the exercise of the discipline.

The latest volume of ‘International Review of Environmental History’ tackles the challenges of writing environmental histories across different methodologies, nations and timescales.

All titles can be purchase or download for free from the ANU Press website.


Statistical Consulting Centre

Appointments for statistical consulting and more information about online statistical courses


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Need help in writing your thesis? Want to feel more focussed and productive or just want to make some friends? Come join the PARSA Shut Up and Write (SUAW) sessions held each week. Register for day or nights, or just rock up for the FREE coffee sessions.

Information on timings here. For more info on PARSA, visit the PARSA website.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

We are about to launch a closed beta test of the new 'PostAc' product - a search engine for people with research skills looking for great non academic jobs. You can sign up for access to the trial here

Confused about how to use LinkedIn? This post from the PhD Talk blog has some good tips

Excellent article from the Research Whisperer about applying for post doc positions - how can you make your application stand out from the crowd?


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

The ghost of the ideal scholar

Upgrading from Masters to PhD

Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



Roll of Honour


Warm congratulations to these following students who have been recently approved to graduate from their PhD or MPhil. Well done all!

Name Program ANU College
Namsoon Eom PhD CoS
Caroline Stevenson PhD CAP
Yishan Huang PhD CAP
Anuparna Mukherjee PhD CASS
Martin Hess PhD CAP
Yan Xu MPhil CHM
Arm Nakornthab PhD CBE
Ceilidh Armer PhD CECS
Adriyanto Adriyanto PhD CAP
Yulia Sari PhD CAP
Trixie Tangit PhD CASS
Catherine Clutton PhD CHM
Catherine Rayner PhD CoS
Siobhan St George MPhil CHM
Georgia Mansell PhD CoS
Xin Hou PhD CoS
Ji-Fan Hsieh PhD CoS
Jing Yan Haw PhD Cos
Annisa Satyanti PhD CoS
Angela Cadavid PhD CHM
Haoyang Zhang PhD CoS
Katherina Ng PhD CoS
Katherine Moon PhD CoS
Matthew Webb PhD CoS
Romzi Ationg PhD CASS
Alice Falkiner PhD CASS
Franc Ivankovic PhD CECS
Patrick Hamshere PhD CBE
Peter Cayton PhD CBE
John Rivers PhD CoS
Rebecca Jones PhD CASS


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