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HDR Update


July 2018

In this issue

  • Campus wide HDR training calendar
  • #ANU3MT2018
  • Shut Up & Write
  • Roll of Honour

Welcome note

After a busy few months I’m very glad to say that the Green Paper on 'Redefining the ANU PhD' is available at this link or by emailing This Paper represents the start of phase 2 of the consultation process: it provides principles, provocations and initial recommendations as well as a longer discussion section which utilises the views collected at last year’s open forums, from witness statements and discussed at the Committee of Inquiry. Now I am keen to get as many members of the ANU community to read and respond to this paper via Open Forums or the opportunity to submit further written statements. Once this Paper is presented and discussed at Academic Board in October I hope to be able to write the White Paper which will act as a blueprint for the redefined ANU PhD, with a clear plan for each stage of change or enhancement.

The Student Consultative Committee will also be discussing this Paper at our meeting on 10 July 2018. Do contact your representative if you have any issues you want them to raise. Open Forums are also scheduled at the following times. Click on the links to register via Eventbrite:

Tuesday 24 July 1-2.30pm Frank Fenner Seminar Room

Thursday 26 July 10-11.30am McDonald Room, Chifley Library

Tuesday 31 July 10-11.30am Fred Gruen Seminar Room, HW Arndt Bldg

Thursday 2 August 1-2.30pm Mills Room, Chancelry

I am looking at another Open Forum just for students with PARSA (to be confirmed). Further feedback on the Green Paper is invited between 23 July and 3 August 2018 by forwarding brief (2 page maximum) written statements to

Perhaps you have friends or colleagues who are yet to start their research degree or masters by coursework? If you do, and they are interested in making a difference to Australia's future in technology and innovation, strengthening Australia-Asia ties or enabling positive social change, please encourage them to consider the ANU Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. The ANU Westpac Research Fellowship for Early Career Researchers is also open for applications now, and may be something to think about in your future. The contact for any enquiries is Lyndall Wilson, Philanthropic Scholarships (



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research



Upcoming programs





First Wednesday Connect


Thesis Proposal Review Workshop


Turnitin Training Workshop


ANUTBC Veterans Writing Day


Applications for ON Prime 5 close


Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating


Research to Impact

20 Visualise Your Thesis Competition Final


NVivo introduction (cost $90)


ANUTBC Veterans Writing Day




ANU NECTAR - Early Career Academics Forum 2018


#ANU3MT2018: How to win the 3 Minute Thesis competition with the Thesis Whisperer


#ANU3MT2018: Storyboard your research with the Thesis Whisperer


NVivo advanced (cost $90)


Future of the Scholarly Book


Working with data in Excel




#ANU3MT2018: Three Minute Theatre, pitching and performance training


First Wednesday Connect




Word for academic writing: formatting your document


2018 Intelledox Hackfest


SPSS Introduction


Defence Export Controls Awareness and Training Seminar


Kick start your PhD


#ANU3MT2018: Persuasive and strategic communication skills workshop


ANUTBC Veterans Writing Day


Official Research Candidate Induction


Innovation ACT 2018 Launch Night


#ANU3MT2018: Three Minute Thesis Clinic with the Thesis Whisperer AM


#ANU3MT2018: Three Minute Thesis Clinic with the Thesis Whisperer PM


Discovery Translation Fund Showcase


ANU CoL HDR writing program: Thesis proposal reviews and oral presentations


Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis


Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together





The Three Minute Thesis challenges PhD candidates to present their research and its importance in plain language in just 3 minutes. Through participating in 3MT, candidates have the opportunity to develop presentation skills that are crucial for a successful career post PhD, inside and outside of academia.

Training workshops on performance, pitching, and storyboarding your research are being held in July and early August with the ANU College finals held in late August and the ANU Final is on Wednesday 12 September at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Information on the 3MT and the training courses is here and register for training here.

Shut Up & Write thanks to PARSA has expanded! Three day and two night sessions are now on offer each week and SUAW coffee sessions are now five days a week in five different locations around campus!

Come together in a supportive environment to work on your thesis using the Pomodoro Technique, and enjoy a hearty meal at the day and night sessions or a free coffee or tea. All HDR students welcome.

To register for the SUAW Day and Night sessions and to find out more information on the locations and times of SUAW Coffee sessions please check out the PARSA website.





PostAc App
Inger Mewburn and her team have been working on a new type of search engine for PhD graduates. If you would like access to the closed user trial, you can register here.

Scholarship opportunities
Applications for the Mandy & Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship from Crohn & Colitis Australia are now open. Applications close 31 August 2018 and more information can be found here.

The Defence Science Institute’s Research Higher Degree (RHD) Student Grant Scheme provides funding to support postgraduate research students undertaking research projects consistent with the Institute’s technology themes. More information here and apply here.

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.

Statistics Consulting Unit
The SCU has recently moved from the John Dedman building (#27) to the new Computer Sciences building (#145). The SCU provides face-to-face consulting free of charge to ANU Higher Degree Research students and staff in all parts of the University. The new Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences Institute building (#145) is located on University Avenue next to the engineering and psychology buildings. If you would like to request a face-to-face consultation or find out more information about the Statistical Consulting Unit please visit our website here.

ANU Library

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!

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.

Using Word to write your thesis? and EndNote to manage your research. 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 for the August workshops or contact us for prior to August assistance.

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

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



ANU NECTAR - Early Career Academics Forum 2018

Every year, Early Career Teachers and Researchers of ANU meet to discuss the challenges they are facing, learn important skills, and form a collective voice in a direct discussion with University and funding executives. Featuring discussion with Professor Mike Calford – ANU new provost and the CEO of the ARC, Professor Sue Thomas. Register now – don’t miss out! Registrations close July 13.


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, 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.

Training for July includes: Echo360 ALP training on 3, 11, 12, 17, and 19 July, an Online Coffee Course running from 9 Jul – 12 Jul on Designing Online Learning Environments, and Wattle Basics training on 18 and 24 July.

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

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.

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.


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

Indigenous Mobilities: Across and Beyond the Antipodes explores the way Aboriginal and Māori peoples travel in colonial contexts. It challenges stereotypes of Indigenous people as either fixed or mobile and reframes notions of Indigenous powerlessness during colonisation. As the theme of mobility grows more significant in our understanding of cultures and societies, this volume provides a platform from which crucial new research into the ways that Indigenous people moved, and their motivations for doing so, can progress.

Popular Music, Stars and Stardom delves into the popular fascination with fame and stardom that, in the twenty first century, reaches into almost every facet of public life. The chapters collected in this volume demonstrate the variety of work currently being undertaken in stardom studies by scholars in Australia, ranging from biographical considerations of the stars of popular music, contributions to critical discourses of stardom in the industry more broadly, and the various ways in which the use of astronomical metaphors demonstrate notions of stardom firmly embedded in popular music thought.

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


Statistical Consulting Centre

Free statistics consulting appointments for ANU research students


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

Interesting new mind mapping software 'thought condenser' organises your tagged digital material!

Academic overwork is in the news at the moment with some tragic news from Cardiff University. Here's an analysis piece by Liz Morrish (and please remember, ANU offers a range of support services if you're feeling stressed out)

If you read that previous article and got all depressed, this one on 'drown proofing' might be a pick me up! (I hope)


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

Beautiful fusion deliciousness... or a hot mess?

The dreaded doctoral defense

Help - I'm drowning in my own notes


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
Nur Anuar PhD CHM
Louise Baker PhD COL
Kristen Barratt PhD COS
Jennifer Beattie PhD CASS
Eleanor Campbell PhD COS
Song Cheng PhD COS
Benjamin Day PhD CAP
Kerrie Doyle PhD NCIS
Nadia Gao PhD COS
Nicholas Guoth PhD CAP
Dominique Kazan PhD CHM
Miles Keighley PhD COS
Abu Saleh Kibria PhD CASS
Bryce Kositz PhD CAP
Oleg Koudashev PhD COS
Xuerui Li PhD CBE
Shuai Li PhD COS
Qingchen Lian PhD CECS
Jiaai Liang MPhil CECS
Teng Lu PhD COS
Louisa Mamouney PhD COS
Ella Morrison PhD CASS
Michaela Purcell PhD COS
Fiorella Ramirez Esquivel PhD COS
Monique Retamal PhD COS
Eleanor Rose PhD COS
Ben Schmidt PhD CASS
William Shannon PhD CASS
Vi Kie Soo PhD CECS
Belinda Vangchhia PhD COS


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