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HDR Update


December 2018 and January 2019

In this issue

  • News & Events
  • Opportunities for HDR students
  • Roll of Honour


Welcome note

I hope that the end of this year brings an opportunity to relax, reflect a little on your achievements, and ready yourselves for the year ahead. We have progressed a great deal this year with the shaping of the Graduate Research Office (GRO), delivery of the exams and thesis submission project, greater integration of services for HDR students, the increasing focus on developing and supporting our supervisors and the launch of the Green Paper. We will continue to see changes to HDR at ANU in the New Year (watch out in particular for further announcements about the GRO), but until then I hope you factor in a well-earned rest.   

December is also a time of celebration, as we draw closer to Graduation season once again. Congratulations to all of you who finished this year: I will be at many of the ceremonies, and look forward to seeing you cross the stage. 

A last reminder about the Yale 2019-20 Fox International Fellowship; applications close on December 14th 2018. You can always contact my office for more information.

I wish you all a great holiday and will be thinking fondly of a baking hot Canberra as I return to chilly England for a Christmas family reunion. Next year is going to be even more exciting and I look forward to catching up with you then.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research







Congratulations to our November Thesis Boot Camp writers on their 348,167 words!  #gasp #ANUTBC





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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

The Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) is located in the Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences Institute building (#145). 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. If you would like to make an appointment or to find out more about the SCU please visit our website here.


ANU Library

Keep an eye on for the 2019 digital literacy training calendar – coming soon. Registration is via the online training calendar.

Need to brush up on your digital literacy skills? ANU Pulse offers self-paced online learning modules to help you develop a range of personal and professional skills, including skills in Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word.

Take some time to explore the Library's how to guides for tips and strategies on finding resources, using reference management software, increasing your research impact and more! New guides have been published on Japanese, Indonesian and Thai studies


News & links



Academic Skills & Learning Centre

Need some advice on writing up your research? Want 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, ePortfolio, Echo360 ALP, and using technology for teaching and learning.
We offer:

We also have a monthly newsletter with news, upcoming events and tips – see the latest version here. For more information on Wattle please contact, or for training please contact


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.

Registrations essential.


Counselling Centre

A new Mindfulness Short Course is now available on the ANU Counselling Centre website along with a whole range of talking tips on common student issues.


Ethics training

If you need to undertake animal or human ethics trainings, please keep an eye on this page for information session dates in 2019.



End of year break opening hours are in place until 24 February 2019. Branches will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends. Hancock and Chifley will still be open 24/7. View the opening hours on the library website.

ANU Library Christmas and New Year closure - all Library branches, including the 24 hour spaces in Chifley and Hancock, are closed during over the university close down period - 25 December 2018 and to Wednesday 2 January 2019.

We want to make sure you get to and from our buildings safely at night. We encourage you to download the official ANUOK app, which provides safety support to students and staff and access to a range of services from ANU Security.

ANU Archives has launched a new exhibition showcasing material relating to early Australian trades – including confectioners, hatters, wigmakers, shearers, railwaymen, stonemasons and undertakers. It has amazing photographs, historical documents and objects. Items are on display in the Menzies Library foyer and ANU Archives Reading Room through January 2019.


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

The Bounty from the Beach: cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary essays>– this collection of essays ranges far and wide across disciplines, methodologies and scholarly styles. It aims to reorient the focus of the Bounty story away from the West, where most Bounty narratives and studies have emerged, to the Pacific, where most of the original events unfolded. It also explores the works of some renowned Western writers and actors who have put the spotlight on characters who were silenced on account of race, class or geographical distance from the dominant centres of power.

The Archaeology of Sulawesi: Current Research on the Pleistocene to the Historic Period– this volume of Terra Australis is the first to be devoted entirely to the archaeology of the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which contains some of the oldest directly dated rock art in the world, and some of the oldest evidence for a hominin presence. This volume sees scholars from Indonesia and Australia come together to present their research findings and views on a broad range of topics, and it lays down a baseline for significant future research.

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


Statistical Consulting Centre

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. Request a consultation here.


ANU Technology Transfer Office

Do you have a question about the commercialisation of your research? Not sure where or how to get started? Come and chat to a specialist from the Technology Transfer Office.


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Shut Up and Write (SUAW) facilitated day and night sessions are continuing in December and January, with 2 days and 3 nights on offer. SUAW is held at the Molly Huxley Room at University House. Day sessions include lunch, and dinner is provided in the evenings. For more information and to register for a SUAW session please visit the PARSA website here.



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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
Yasmi Adriansyah Yunus PhD CASS
Jessie Au PhD COS
Michael Barson PhD COS
Sarini Binti Azizan PhD CBE
Jacqueline Bradley PhD CASS
Rob Bray PhD CASS
Gordon Briggs PhD COS
Julia Brown PhD CASS
Ying-Cheng Chang PhD CASS
Kimlong Chheng PhD CAP
Brian Corr PhD CASS
Lygie Esquirol PhD COS
Eliezer Estrecho PhD COS
Sandra Graefenstein PhD CASS
Micaela Hartley MPhil CHM
Che Gon Hashim MPhil CHM
Teck Seng Ho  PhD COS
Haihan Jiao PhD CHM
David Johnson PhD COS
Mark Jones PhD CAP
Joanne Lane PhD Clinical CHM
Brendan Loo Gee PhD CHM
Alexander Mathewsck PhD CECS
Samuel McEwen MPhil CHM
Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax PhD CASS
Margaret Prescott MPhil CASS
Arnaldo Purba PhD CBE
Linliang Qian PhD CAP
Sareh Rajabi PhD COS
David Ralph PhD COS
Scott Robertson PhD CAP
Akshay Shanker PhD CAP
Ashma Sharma PhD CASS
Heather Skousgaard PhD CASS
Christoph Sperfeldt PhD CAP
Nicole Steele PhD CASS
Ehsan Tavakoli-Nabavi PhD CASS
Fenja Theden-Ringl PhD CAP
Adam Thomas PhD COS
Dandan Tian PhD CHM
Thi Thu Huong Tran PhD CAP
Adam Triggs PhD CAP
Quang Thai Trinh PhD CHM
Karen Tu PhD CAP
Timothea Vanessa Turnbull PhD CAP
Anne Webster PhD CASS
Chun Wai Yu PhD COS
Kazi Zaman PhD CAP
Bonnie Zhang PhD COS
Peng Zhang PhD CECS


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