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HDR Update


APRIL 2018

In this issue

Welcome note

If I had to date the start of autumn in Canberra it would be 21 March precisely: this was the day I wished I’d brought an extra layer as the evening temperature plummeted. But this is a lovely time of the year to be on campus, so do take advantage of the milder temperatures and spend time outside. As autumn is now really upon us, the change of season heralds a change of name: after discussing the matter with the Student Consultative Committee we have rebadged the Research Digest to ‘HDR Update’. I hope you agree that the change better reflects our target audience and we hope it encourages more of you to open the email as a result!  We use this monthly newsletter to inform you of upcoming events as well as communicate opportunities and student successes, but we’re always open to further suggestions - just contact my office on
Those of you who are contemplating the end of your HDR journey will be pleased to know that the first module of the Exams and Thesis submission project is now live. The changes to the existing HDR Milestone Reporting eform allow you to update your working thesis title as well as your abstract and intended submission date. There is more about the new functionality here. And continuing on the theme of changes, I hope that more of you have been able to get hold of the #ANUHDR Services and Programs brochure for 2018 since last month. Research Skills and Training have copies to spare and it’s a useful reminder of all the central services available to you during candidature.
Applications are now open for the Falling Walls Lab, where you will have the opportunity to present your ground-breaking research projects, initiatives, innovative ideas or business models to peers and a distinguished jury, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. You will have 3 minutes on stage to present your work, answering the question “Which are the next walls to fall?” The closing date is Monday 29 May 2018.
I would like to congratulate Adam Mater in the Research School of Chemistry who has been awarded one of the highly-prized 2018 Westpac Future Leader Scholarships for his work on computer-aided chemical design. There were just 17 awarded this year, so it is an achievement worthy of celebration. You can read more about Adam here.
Finally I want to recognise the tremendous achievements of any our HDR colleagues who have recently completed their degrees.

Well done to all those below who have finished their PhD or MPhil recently!




Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research


Upcoming programs



Thesis Boot Camp May 2018

Interested in making significant progress on your Thesis? Join us for our next Thesis Boot Camp.



3 Advanced digital research workshop
3 CBE Writing program: Day 1
4 Working with data in Excel
4 Canberra Innovation Network: First Wednesday Connect
5 CBE Writing program: Day 2
6 CBE Writing program: Day 3
6 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
9 NVivo introduction (cost $90)
9 RSPH Research project management
9 RSPH Thesis Proposal Reviews
10 CECS HDR Research project management
10 Internet research workshop
10 Mahara ePortfolio Training
11 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day
11 Presentation Techniques
11 CBE Writing program: Writing retreat
11 RSPH Thesis structures, introductions and conclusions
11 RSPH Results and discussions
12 CECS Introductions and literature reviews
12 CECS Results and discussions
13 Journal article writing workshop 1 (Sciences) (open registration)
16 NVivo advanced (cost $90)
17 Research data management workshop
18-20 fatigueHACK, can you build a team that can hack a lifesaving solution in just 2 days?
18 Journal article writing workshop 1 (Humanities) (open registration)
19 SPSS introduction
20 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
21 Thesis Boot Camp Veteran’s Day
24 EndNote 1: Building and managing your library
24 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
30 Digital research workshop
30 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University



1 Word for academic writing: formatting your document
1 EndNote 2: Formatting and perfecting your paper
2 Thesis Boot Camp Veteran’s Day
2 Canberra Innovation Network: First Wednesday Connect
3 ANU CoL Writing program: Writing retreat
3 ANU CoL Writing program: Thesis structures
3 Conference poster production using PowerPoint
4 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
8 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
8 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
10 Kick start your PhD (open registration)
11-13 Thesis Boot Camp, expressions of interest close 11 April
16 RSES Writing program: Starting up day
18 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
19 Thesis Boot Camp Veteran’s Day
21 Industry Engagement Bootcamp
22 Shut Up & Write Day 10am - 3pm
23 Thesis Whisperer: What Do Thesis Examiners Really Want?
30 Thesis Whisperer: Visualise your thesis
31 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University




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Congratulations to our March Thesis Boot Camp Veterans, together they wrote 321,184 words!






Academic Skills and 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 online training calendar.

Are you writing your literature review? Book a one-to-one consultation with a library subject expert for a personalised and efficient approach to searching, evaluating and managing the literature.
Do you need to analyse and present your data? Join the SPSS workshops and you will learn these skills and much more.
Manage and analyse qualitative data with NVivo – upcoming workshops are available on 9 and 16 April (cost $180).
Are you using Word to write your thesis? Our workshops will show you how to format efficiently and navigate long documents, understand section breaks and numbering and use templates to maintain consistency in your thesis. Register online via the full event catalogue.

We are greatly saddened by the loss of the collection on Chifley Library level 1 due to the flood. If you are a HDR student affected by the loss of the collection we have special support to assist you. We can arrange appointments with a library specialist to assist you – particularly focused on searching skills and how we can obtain material from other collections to assist in your research. We can also talk to other institutions in Canberra about support and access to collections.  Please contact Ms Meredith Duncan, Branch Manager, Chifley Library, or phone ext 57161 to arrange an appointment or special support.

Statistical Consulting Unit
The Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) is running a free, three-day short course in statistical design for CASS and CAP HDR research students from Tuesday 10th till Thursday 12th April 2018, 8.30am to 5.30pm. 
The topics in the course will include: identifying research aims; variation, location and spread of data; what are statistical models and how do we build and check them; experiments, sample surveys and observational studies; formatting data; exploratory data analysis; linear regression; linear models and linear mixed models. The following topics will also be discussed, but only briefly given that only three days are available: logistic regression; multivariate statistical methods; predictive modelling; and Frequentist and Bayesian methods – what are they? There will be hands on activities using the statistical package R but some support will also be given to those using SPSS, Stata or SAS.
Students can sign up for the course here. Students will need to have discussed their intention to enrol in the course with their supervisor before filling in the form to enrol.



News & links



Academic Skills & Learning Centre

ASLC exists to assist you with your writing and other fundamental academic skills. We assist PhD students through workshops and one-to-one appointments. We also have a number of useful web resources on our Research Writing website.

HDR candidates in Engineering and Computer Science, Law, Earth Sciences, Population Health, China in the World, Business and Economics are invited to participate in the Academic Skills and Learning Centre tailored writing programs. 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 us and we can tailor a program for you.
General workshops for all candidates can be found on their Eventbrite page.


ANU Online Wattle, Turnitin & Echo360 training

ANU Online offers training on Wattle (Moodle), Turnitin, Echo360 ALP, and using technology for teaching and learning.
They offer:
- face-to-face training
- learn at your own pace with Wattle Basics online training, Turnitin online training or ePortfolio online training,
- monthly online coffee courses – where we discuss topical educational technologies in 15 minutes
or join the conversation about education technology with our ANU Online Community.
We also have a monthly newsletter – with news, upcoming events and tips – see the latest version here.


ANU Qualitative Research Network

The QRN aims to promote excellence in of qualitative research at ANU, expand methodological expertise, encourage collaboration and networking between disciplines and colleges across the university.


Centre for Higher Education, Learning &Teaching

Are you a PhD student who has tutored at ANU? Learn about new teaching ideas and practices with CHELT. CHELT supports the mission of the University, by providing ANU staff professional development opportunities aimed at facilitating, promoting and recognising excellence in University teaching and learning.


Climate Change Institute

Membership to the ANU Climate Change Institute is available for PhD students involved in research on climate and/or energy at ANU that are looking to join networks. Memberships offer students a broad range of benefits, including wider research collaboration opportunities both within and outside ANU, involvement in major public events and more.


Counselling Centre

The ANU Counselling Centre is committed to ongoing development of resources to support candidates in engagement with their studies and general wellbeing. Over the coming months we will be developing our PDF resources into short audio clips - Talking Tips.  More information can be found here.


Energy Change Institute

Membership to the ANU Energy Change Institute is available for PhD students involved in research on climate and/or energy at ANU that are looking to join networks. Memberships offer students a broad range of benefits, including access to additional research funding opportunities, enhanced networks with academia, industry and government and more.


Ethics training

Twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions


HDR Administration Support Project

The HDR Administration Support Project is currently focusing on:
- Examinations & Thesis Submission: An efficient and effective process for managing thesis submission and examination reducing examination times and improved tracking and reporting
- Admissions: Transparent, standardised and simplified process across ANU consistent with revised policy.

Read further details on the updates to existing HDR ‘Milestones’ and ‘Manage My Degree’ eForms,  the changes underway or visit the Project web page for regular updates.



New ANU Press titles:
East Asia Forum Quarterly: Volume 10, Number 1, 2018 – special focus Why ASEAN matters, featuring Gary Clyde Hufbauer on Success ensures long-term importance to the US, Jayant Menon on Trade: regional means, global objectives, Tan See Seng on A defence of ADMM Plusk, Amy E. Searight on How ASEAN matters in the age of Trump ... and more

Between the Plough and the Pick: Informal, artisanal and small-scale mining in the contemporary world. Edited by:Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Library news:
Chifley Library is now open and will resume normal opening hours, with levels 2 & 3 open 24 hours. Level 1 will remain closed until further notice.

All Library branches will be operating amended opening hours over Easter holiday break.

The Conversation has published an article on Elizabeth Durack’s Papua and New Guinea drawings.

The latest exhibition Service, stacks and scholars: The story of Chifley Library 1968–2018 is on display in the Menzies Library foyer until end of April. Visit the online exhibition.


Statistical Consulting Centre

Appointments for statistical consulting are free and available to you at all stages of your candidature.


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Shut Up and Write sessions can be found here.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

I'm a recent, late, convert to the wonders of Grammarly, but if you're looking for a free editor, Typely is an interesting new entrant to the machine assisted writing market: Typely - free online proofreading.

Katherine Firth over at Research Voodoo has a post about talking across disciplines, which is an extract from the book we are writing together

There's a lot of talk about 'computational thinking' being the hot 'new' employability skill - here's an article about how it's more than computer programming.


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

How to run a blog for 8 years and not go insane

Leaving the Valley of Sh*t

Is your PhD like a kaleidoscope?


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
Alyson Jane Wright MPHIL CHM
Ainy Khan Hussain PHD CHM
Alan Hui PHD Law
Alexandra Mary Marmor MPHIL CHM
Ali Reza Khoshkbar Foroushha PHD CECS
Bich Ha Dao PHD CASS
Bokyung Choi PHD CoS
Caleb James Ball PHD CoS
Christopher Cline II PHD CoS
David James Turton PHD CoS
Ellen Therese Swann PHD CoS
Faisal Younus PHD CoS
Haitao Chen PHD CoS
Hannah Louise Osborn PHD CoS
Husna Jamaludin PHD CAP
Hyunsu Kim PHD CAP
Jessica Anne Rogers PHD CASS
Jessica May Isserow PHD CASS
John Zerilli PHD CASS
Joshua Gregory Villapa Penalba PHD CoS
Lachlan Montgomery Umbers PHD CASS
Meng Bi Zhang PHD CECS
Natalie Frances Close PHD CASS
Niamatullah Ibrahimi PHD CAP
Oliver Thearle PHD CECS
Regina Vega Trejo PHD CoS
Rhys Peter Hawkins PHD CoS
Ross Allan Edgar PHD CECS
Sadia Afrin PHD CAP
Sara Marzban PHD CoS
Sharon Every PHD CoS
Shay Baruch Keinan PHD COL
Suzanne Rainsford PHD CHM
Timothy Edward Burgess PHD CoS
Veronica Roman Reyna PHD CoS
Yirui Cong PHD CECS
Yiwen Zhang PHD CoS


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