APRIL 2020 

Dear candidates,

I'm aware the evolving Covid19 situation has put a strain on many of you. The effects of this crisis on our research work will be complex and ongoing. The campus shutdown has put pressure on your studies, let alone work and home life.

We have been working hard to put together a package of measures to support you in your studies for the next six months and beyond. We are also providing support for your supervisors so that they can support your research remotely, wherever possible. You can read more about this

Please pay extra attention to all the email communication coming from ANU so you don't miss any important announcements that affect you. On a personal note, I wish you all good health and safety. A special welcome to our new candidates who are joining us in unusual circumstances, I look forward to meeting you at the online 
HDR Welcome on 16 April. Read below where you can sign up for the special online professional development opportunities we have on offer this month.


Professor Ann Evans

Dean, Higher Degree Research

ANU Researcher Development facilitates workshops, events, competitions and online classes to develop your skills even further. All of the sessions below are offered to you online. Click on one to find out more:

1 April | Tragic research mistakes and how to avoid them
1 April | RSES HDR Writing Program: Mid-Term Review Reports
2 April | 
Mendeley in an Hour Webinar for Windows 
2 April | Resilient Researcher: Stress survival kit
3 April | Managing your milestones, or why researchers run out of time
6 April | Resilient Researcher: Thinking resiliently as a researcher
6 April | Thesis Proposal Review (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

6 April | Library research webinar 
7 April | 
Working with data in Excel webinar 
7 April | Maintaining research energy
8 April | Resilient Researcher: Becoming a resilient researcher
8 April | 
EndNote in an Hour Webinar for Windows 
8 April | RSES HDR Writing Program: Kickstart your PhD
9 April | Kickstart your PhD
9 April | CECS HDR: Kickstart your PhD
9 April | CECS HDR Introductions and literature reviews
14 April | HDR Time Management
14 April | 
Digital research webinar 
14 April | 
Managing your milestones, or why researchers run out of time
15 April | Getting your HDR project started on the right foot 

15 April | Journal Article Writing (Humanities, Arts and Social Science)
15 April | 
SPSS introduction webinar 
16 April | HDR Welcome from the Dean for new Candidates
16 April | Publishing with LaTeX webinar 
16 April | Maintaining research energy
16 April | Resilient Researcher: Riding the emotional roller coaster 
16 April | 
RSAA Academic Skills Writing Program Day 1
16 April | CECS HDR Thesis Proposal Reviews
16 April | CECS HDR Developing and delivering presentations
17 April | Thesis Proposal Review (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
17 April | 
Conference poster production using PowerPoint webinar 
17 April | Research School of Physics: Journal article writing
17 April | Research School of Physics: Publishing in journals
20 April | RSPH: Thesis structures and introductions (PhD and MPhil)
20 April | Understanding your HDR skills 
21 April | Creating career opportunities 
22 April | 
Writing your resume - Academic
22 April | 
SPSS advanced significance testing webinar  
23 April | Journal Article Writing (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
28-30 April | 'Write that journal article!' Online Bootcamp
29 April | Writing your resume - Professional
29 April | How to win the 3 Minute Thesis competition
29 April | Top tips for working with your supervisor
29 April | 
Research data management webinar 
30 April | Responding to selection criteria 

1 May | 
Word for academic writing: formatting your document webinar 
5 May | Influencing people with your research: good communication principles
6 May | Tragic research mistakes and how to avoid them
8 May | How to market yourself for careers outside academia
8 May | 
Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis 
12 May | Resilient Researcher: Communicating positively
13 May | Top tips for working with your supervisors
13 May | Resilient Researcher: Managing difficult conversations
14 May | Resilient Researcher: The emotionally intelligent (EI) researcher
15 May |
 NVivo introduction webinar ($95) 
18 May | Presenting confidently
19 May | Professional interview insights for HDRs 
20 May | Resilient Researcher: Stress survival kit
21 May |
 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together 
22 May | 
NVivo advanced webinar ($95) 
26 May | Resilient Researcher: Thinking resiliently as a researcher
27 May | Resilient Researcher: Becoming a resilient researcher 
28 May | 
Understanding your HDR skills

Updates from our research community, services and opportunities.

Online Writing Group every Monday and Wednesday

Associate Professor Inger Mewburn      

Have you found it hard to keep up your research momentum off-campus? Get back in the rhythm with us!

The Researcher Development team currently offers Shut Up and Write sessions four times a week virtually using Zoom. Monday and Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm, you can join one or all sessions. These sessions are open to all researchers keen to participate. More information can be found herePlease note the zoom session password is: 2601. Follow us on Twitter for reminders.

'Write that journal article!' Online Bootcamp

Have you promised yourself you will 'finish that paper' whilst working from home? Want to make sure you actually will do it? Come along to the first ANU online Journal Writing Bootcamp from 28 to 30 April. Your coaches will be A/Prof Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer) and Dr Cally Guerin (@doctoralwritingsig). Both are working researchers who have published multiple books on academic writing and authored many journal articles. The format will be a 3-day Zoom webinar series, strictly limited to 15 people. Click here to register your interest.

ANU Counselling

Associate Professor Inger Mewburn      

If you require an appointment with ANU Counselling, they are still taking bookings for zoom consultations. Counselling is also offering an Introduction to Mindfulness Course can be found here. If you need to speak to someone urgently, the ANU Support Line is operational 24 hours a day. Find out more, or contact the ANU Crisis Support Line on 1300 050 327 (voice) or 0488 884 170 (text).

Pomodoro Breaks – a professional development snack in your coffee break 

Emotions and the PhD

The first Pomodoro Break mini-course in 2020 will focus on the emotions that you are likely to experience during a research degree, some of which may be heightened with all the challenges 2020 has brought to our research community. Understanding these feelings will help you manage the ups and downs of research, allowing you to enjoy a smoother run through your degree. 

The course will run over a week, 20-24 April 2020. Please register your interest by 5 pm Thursday 16 April via this GoogleDoc link. Then we'll send you a link each day to a short blog post that provides some stimulating reading, links to relevant material, provocative questions and useful activities. All up, the reading and responding will take 20-30 minutes - just enough time to drink your coffee. For more information and any questions, contact Cally Guerin

Statistical Consulting Unit

Consulting support is available, free of charge, to Honours students with research projects, Higher Degree Research students (e.g. Masters, PhD) and staff in all parts of the University. They offer 

Ethics Office

The ANU Ethics Office is now offering its services “online”: 

  • Research Ethics Drop-in session: Researchers can email to request a Zoom or phone consultation. 
  • Human Ethics (ARIES) Training: We ask that researchers watch the ARIES Training video on this website. We are working on updating this video as soon as possible. 
  • Animal Ethics Seminar (ANML03): Researchers can still register through HORUS and be added onto the WATTLE site. We ask that researchers go through the material online on Wattle and attend face-to-face training at a later date. 

From the Thesis Whisperer

Associate Professor Inger Mewburn

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

Name Program College
Allan YatesPHDCASS
Alvaro FloresPHDCECS
Anas IqtaitPHDCASS
Chandrima SenguptaPHDCOS
Christopher John McGillionPHDCOS
Dominic RaffertyPHDCOS
Garry Ellis SturgessPHDCASS
Gleb KotousovPHDCOS
Ignatius Ryan Pranantyo,PHDCOS
Isa MenziesPHDCASS
Joshua Van LierPHDCOS
Judith Margaret OwenMPHILCASS
Maryam Al-KhaterPHDCASS
Penelope Joan BergenPHDCASS
Simon KitsonPHDCOS
Sreeja RoyPHDCHM
Stephen George NormanPHDCASS
Tamara Maree RileyMPHILCHM
Tara RobersonPHDCOS
Thilaga VelusamyPHDCHM
Tonina Louise StauntonMPHILCASS
Valerie Margaret BarrettPHDCASS
Yongxiao LiPHDCECS

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