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HDR Update


February 2020

In this issue

  • Development opportunities for HDR candidates
  • Scholarships and Programs
  • Roll of Honour
  • News from around ANU

Welcome note

Welcome a little belatedly to the start of 2020 and a new decade. While I hope you all had a good break over the holiday period it has been a devastating start to the year for many communities across our part of Australia. The impact of smoke on our local community has been felt strongly with our air quality reaching dangerous levels and our campus closing down. This provided an opportunity though for some amazing community outreach and leadership from our own ANU students, who organised donated masks from students arriving back to Canberra from interstate. They then distributed the masks to vulnerable people across Canberra before the government released masks from the national stockpiles. I hope that you are just as impressed as I am and read more about this good news story here. The university community has also been impacted by hail and coronavirus. If you have concerns about the impact on your research program please talk to your supervisor, HDR Convener or the Graduate Research Office I should also say a very special welcome to all our newly commencing candidates and I very much look forward to meeting you at our induction events over the next couple of months. If you have already started you perhaps haven’t seen the campus at its best yet, but I’m confident that you will quickly come to appreciate what a lovely place ANU is, as well as enjoy being part of our thriving HDR community. Finally I am still enjoying my time as interim Dean HDR, and look forward to what will be an interesting year. I trust there will be continuing improvements and enhancements to the collective HDR experience, flowing not just from the Redefining the ANU PhD White Paper which gained approval at the highest levels late last year, but also from other ongoing projects including the HDR Supervisor Development and HDR Admissions projects. Once again, welcome to 2020.



Associate Professor Ann Evans

Professor Ann Evans

Interim Dean HDR





Three Minute Thesis update


The ANU Three Minute Thesis final will be on 21 July 2020, this results in college nominations to be given to the RD team by 29 May 2020. If you are eager to participate in the largest 3MT final in the world, get in touch with your HDR Administrator to find out what your college has planned. The RD team will start offering training in May. More information about #ANU3MT 2020 can be found here.



Development Opportunities




10 Get Up & Go walking program

Getting Started in Wattle – Introduction to Online Platforms at ANU

11 Research Ethics Drop-In Session
13 EndNote X9 workshop
19 NVivo introduction workshop ($95)

Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis workshop


Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together workshop

28 SPSS introduction workshop



EndNote in an Hour Webinar for Mac

3 Enhancing Personal Performance (For Postgraduate Students only)
10 Kick-start your PhD
11 Editing for style and voice (STEM)
23 Editing for style and voice (HASS)
24 Literature review writing

Keep an eye on the ANU Library digital literacy training calendar for their 2020 workshops.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

A new, flexible note taking and organisational system I've been using which is worth checking out (it even has a thesis timeline template!) ANU now has a subscription to

While I'm on the topic of productivity, a brief history of the 'to do' list and a psychology of its success.

Finally - self plagiarism, is it even a thing?


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog


You have to believe that what you do matters

Winding Down the Thesis Whisperer?


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Researcher Development
Thesis Whisperer


Roll of Honour


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

Name Program ANU College
Aditi Shams PhD CBE
Alexandra Cobb PhD CHM
Alyssa Rhiannon Morse PhD CHM
Belinda Jade Jones MPhil CHM
Benjamin James Ascione PhD CAP
Brendan John Moloney PhD CECS
Christine Shu Mei Lee PhD CHM
Daniela Carnovale PhD COS
David John McManus PhD COS
Deborah Anne Wohlfahrt PhD CHM
Elina Andriyanova PhD COS
Faiyaz Khan PhD COS
Jacinta Watkins PhD COS
Kai Wang PhD COS
Kelly Dixon PhD COS
Madison Sowden PhD COS
Marziyeh Hamidi PhD CECS
Mitchell Owen de Vries MPhil COS
Mustafa Habib MPhil CECS
Rodrigo Fonseca De Santa Cruz Oliveira PhD CECS
Shahin Rahmatollahi Namin PhD CECS
Shouvik Aditya PhD CHM
Susan Regan PhD CAP
Teng Choon Kho PhD CECS
Weizhen Pan PhD CAP
Xiaoshuang Lin PhD CBE
Yaya Ihya Ulumuddin PhD COS






Research Integrity Exam

All HDR candidates must complete a research integrity training milestone exam early in their candidature. The milestone exam is supported by a Wattle site which explains the principles and practice of research integrity at ANU, more information can be found here.

A new National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research was released in 2018. The Wattle site has been updated to reflect these changes and a new Research Integrity Milestone exam has been updated in the eForms. The exam still offers you two chances to pass. If you have any questions or concerns about the new exam, please contact the Director of Research Training:



Helpful services around ANU



Academic Skills

Access and Inclusion

Accommodation Services

ANU Online

ANU Sport


Centre for Higher Education Learning & Teaching (CHELT)

Counselling Centre

Dean, Higher Degree Research

Dean of Students

Graduate Research Office (GRO)



Medical Service

Network for Early Career Academics (NECTAR)

Postgraduate & Research Students association (PARSA)

Research Services Division

Research Skills and Training

Respectful Relationships Unit


Statistical Consulting Unit

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (SCAPA)

Technology Transfer Office

Tjabal Centre

University House


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