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HDR Update


July 2019

In this issue

  • ANU 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • Opportunities for HDR candidates
  • News & Events
  • Roll of Honour

Welcome note

Welcome to July. If the glorious but chill days are forcing you to spend more time inside I hope that you are keeping productive in whichever ways seem most appropriate. In my office we continuing to work on the Redefining the ANU PhD White Paper! I will be away from Canberra for the first part of the month but you can continue to contact my office ( if you need to.
I wanted to also share some opportunities with you.
If you are working in any field of science and technology you may be interested in the 8th edition of the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS 2020), which will be held in Singapore in January next year. The GYSS homepage has more information on past summits. We can nominate 5 young researchers to attend, so if you are interested contact my office (
If you have friends or colleagues who are yet to start their research degree or masters by coursework please encourage them to consider the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. Applications can be made through the link on the ANU page.
Finally, please join me in congratulating the latest J G Crawford Prize winners, who are recognised by the University for the outstanding quality of their research: Jonathan Henshaw (Research School of Biology), Anthea Roberts (School of Regulation and Global Governance) and Hugh Webb (Research School of Psychology).



Associate Professor Ann Evans

Associate Professor Ann Evans

Interim Dean HDR





#ANU3MT 3 Minute Thesis



ANU is proud to host the largest 3MT final in the world. Join us for a night of smart entertainment at 6pm on 4 September. We sold out of tickets last year – get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

The 3MT provides the opportunity for candidates to develop presentation skills that are crucial for a successful career post PhD, inside and outside of academia. If you are curious about the 3MT and developing your presentation skills, come along to the training on offer and get in touch with your HDR administrator, there is $5,000+ up for grabs. If you’re keen to participate in our Research Communication skills workshop, please register here. If you’d like to know more about the rules, prizes or eligibility, check out our website here.

This year, each college is coordinating the 3MT differently, see below what is happening in your area.

  • College of Arts & Social Sciences – Register your interest by emailing before 29 July. The Associate Dean HDR, Dr Douglas Craig will finalise CASS 3MT nominees.
  • College of Asia & the Pacific Associate Professor Simon Avenell, Associate Dean for HDR in CAP is leading the nomination process this year. If you’re interested in being nominated, please contact before 2 August.
  • College of Business & Economics – CBE is hosting 3MT presentations on 14 August, if you’re interested in participating, please contact Dr Al Munroe by the end of July on
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science – CECS is going to hold a College-level forum, and will fund the usual $1000 prize money for the winning finalist. If you’d like to know more, contact Dr Cathy Ayres on
  • College of Health & Medicine and College of Science – College of Science and College of Health and Medicine will hold a College 3MT event on 9 August for all JCOS candidates. Some schools will hold school events prior to this date but the College event is open to all candidates irrespective of their attendance at school events and will award $1,000 to the winner. If you have any questions, please contact Alison on
  • College of Law – has already nominated a candidate for the ANU 3MT final, if you have questions about this, please get in touch with
  • National Centre for Indigenous Studies – Get in touch with Diane on by the end of July if you’re interested in being in the #ANU3MT final.

Key dates for #ANU3MT 2019 final:

  • 19 August          College nominations for the ANU3MT final to be sent to RSAT by 12pm
  • 20 + 21 August  One on one, 1 hour meeting with RST**
  • 28 August           #ANU3MT camp 9am – 6.00pm**
  • 3 September      Dress rehearsal, 3-5pm**
  • 4 September      #ANU3MT FINAL, Llewellyn Hall, 6-8pm**
  • 4 October           Asia Pacific 3MT Final 2019, University of Queensland

Dates marked with ** are mandatory for finalists. If you have any questions about the #ANU3MT, please email and we would be happy to help.


From Research Skills and Training




3 How to win the 3 Minute Thesis competition
3 Muddling through the middle: maintaining research energy
8 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
9 Visualise your thesis: concise communication
10 Getting the most out of academic conferences
17 ANU3MT: Three Minute Thesis Clinic
17 Persuasive and strategic communication skills workshop
24 What Do Thesis Examiners Really Want? 
24 Write That Journal Article in 7 Days



5 Pomodoro Break: Emotions and the PhD
7 Top Tips for Working with Your Supervisor
7 Beyond Plan B
14 Muddling Through the Middle
14 Managing Your Milestones
29 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University


Other Development Opportunities




2 Canberra Innovation Network: Advanced Start-up Workshop: Finding Investors & Negotiating Terms
3 Masterclass: Create your free teaching tool kit 
3 Canberra Innovation Network: First Wednesday Connect
8 Online Coffee Course - Quiz Design
9 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Marie Reay Teaching Centre 3.02 
9 Research data management workshop
10 Getting Started in Wattle 
10 Research Ethics Drop-in Session
11 Teaching in Kambri: Marie Reay Room 5.02 
15 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Teaching Centre 6.02 
16 (Re)Valuing teaching philosophy statements in changing times 
16 Teaching Techniques: Maintaining student interest with engaging classroom activities 
16 Teaching in Kambri: Marie Reay Room 2.02 
17 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Cultural Centre 
18 Getting Started in Wattle 
23 NVivo introduction ($90)
24 Word for academic writing: formatting your document
25 EndNote X9 workshop
26 Canberra Innovation Network: EnergyLab Canberra Clean Energy Hackathon
30 Engaging with and influencing public policy 101 
30 NVivo advanced ($90)



1 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
2 Working with data in Excel
6 SPSS introduction 
8 EndNote X9 workshop
9 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
9 Canberra Innovation Network: Festival of Ambitious Ideas: Female Innovators
14 Research Ethics Drop-in Session
16 CoL HDR writing program: Thesis proposal reviews
17 Saturday EndNote X9 workshop
24 Saturday Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis




Visualise Your Thesis challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives. Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research. The digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation and is suitable for all disciplines.

Winners will be decided on a by an independent judging panel, and the prizes are generously funded by the Dean Higher Degree Research:
$1,000 will be awarded to the VYT 2019 winner.
$500 will be awarded to the VYT 2019 runner up.
All submissions meeting the VYT criteria will receive a $50 Canberra Centre gift card.

For more information on the Visualise your thesis competition check out this website, and keep an eye on this page to find out more about the ANU competition. To inspire you, check out the 2018 Visualise your thesis Australia showcase.





HDR Admissions Project – User experience (UX) sessions

The Service Improvement Group (SIG) has a project underway to implement a digitalised and automated HDR Admissions process from application through to offer decision.
The design and build for phase 1 of this project is underway and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help us test the new HDR application form. User experience (UX) sessions will take place from 30 July to 9 August and sugary treats will be provided! Your valued contribution will help us provide a better experience for new HDR applicants.
Please sign up for a UX session here: HDR Admissions User Experience Testing
You can find out more about the project here:
For more information on the UX sessions, please contact


Pomodoro Breaks – a professional development snack in your coffee break

Pomodoro Breaks are designed to give you bite-sized morsels of useful information while you are enjoying a coffee break from your studies. Each topic will run over a few days, and we'll invite you to join the conversation.

Emotions and the PhD
The August Pomodoro Break course will focus on the emotions that you are likely to experience during a research degree. 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, 5-9 August 2019. Please register your interest by 5pm Thursday 1 August. 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 Dr Cally Guerin.


The Equality Project

The Equality Project invites individuals and organisations to submit a proposal to run a session or workshop at their upcoming events with the aim of exploring the current issues facing the LGBTIQ+ movement in Australia.
Applications are expected to align with at least one of The Equality Project's mission and values. In addition, please read "Our Why" prior to submitting your idea.
If you have any questions about your application please direct your inquiries to For more information please visit this website.


Falling Walls Lab

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from researchers living and working in Australia who are postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators from all areas to attend Australia’s Falling Walls Lab in 2019.
Falling Walls Lab Australia will be held on 3 September 2019 at the Academy’s Shine Dome, Canberra. Twenty Australian contestants will be invited to participate in the challenge, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the ‘Which walls will fall next?’ concept.
Applications are closing 5 pm (AEST) Thursday 11 July 2019. To apply or find out more please visit this website.

Westpac postgraduate scholarship targets tomorrow’s leaders

Applications are now open for 2020 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships, a postgraduate scholarship program with a difference. Focused on developing leadership potential, the program supports individuals with the drive and ideas to help shape a better future through their work and studies. Valued up to $120,000 over 2-3 years. If you’re commencing a PhD or Masters by Course work in 2020 apply before 4 September 2019. Apply today or nominate someone who may be interested.


Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub

Engaging with and influencing public policy 101
Do you hear the words ‘engagement and impact’ and wonder how you can connect your research with the work of policy-makers in the public service? Are you curious about what the public service looks like from the inside, and how policy development really happens?
Mel Southwell-Lee is an ANU PhD graduate, has spent over a decade in policy roles in the Australian Public Service, and is now back at the ANU helping connect researchers and policy-makers through the new Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub.
This 2-hour workshop on Tuesday 30 July will take you through some of the basics of how the Australian Public Service is structured and operates, and tips and tricks on how to better engage and influence public policy. Register here.


J.G.Crawford Prize

The J G Crawford Prizes are awarded to those graduate research students who were admitted to the degree in the previous calendar year and who are most deserving of academic recognition. Up to three prizes for doctoral students and one for a master degree student are available to be awarded. Determination of these awards will be made by the J G Crawford Prize Committee. In order to be considered for the 2019 prize (2018 cohort) all complete nominations must be received by: Wednesday 31st July 2019. Please contact the Graduate Research Office for more information.


Fulbright Scholarships Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational research collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. The 2020 round of Fulbright Australia applications will remain open until 15 July 2019. For more information and to apply visit this 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

Navigating the sea of scholarly communications is a self-paced digital course is designed to build the capabilities you need to navigate the scholarly communications and publishing world. Topics covered include finding a best-fit publisher, predatory publishing, research data management, increasing research impact, open access publishing, and online researcher identity. Find the modules at

Research data management workshop will teach you the essential skills for organising and managing research data. Learn about the importance backups, version control, security, privacy, and data sharing, harnessing innovative and ethical methods. Associated data-related issues are explained, and methods for solving problems with software tools and ANU services are discussed.

Discover how reference management tools can support you throughout your research project. You’ll learn how to create an EndNote ‘living library’ of categorised, tagged, and curated references, which you can draw on to generate fully automated citations, produce bibliographies, and format documents using a wide range of popular academic writing styles. At the EndNote X9 workshops we’ll also show you how to annotate source materials, as well as use EndNote cloud storage to sync your library and collaborate with your peers and the broader research community. 

Using Word to write your thesis? Our workshops will show you how to format efficiently and navigate long documents, as well as understand section breaks and numbering.  The three workshops begin with the process of planning and formatting your document, focussing on creating its structure, style, and template. From here you can create chapters from the template, or apply the template to the existing chapters, in order to maintain consistency in your thesis and finally create a master document.   Register online via the full event catalogue.


News & links



Harry Hartog

Research Skills and Training have been working with Harry Hartog to build their collection of helpful books for researchers. The section is right up the front: check it out!


Science, Health and Medicine HDR Career Development Framework

The HDR Career Development Framework was launched late 2018 to assist HDR students in the Joint Colleges of Science, Health and Medicine to develop, and get recognition for, a broad range of academic and work-relevant skills.
The framework covers four tracks (Research; Teaching and Learning; Policy and Governance; Industry and Innovation) with students needing to provide evidence of completion in at least two tracks. Activities (workshops, courses, MOOCs, publications, leadership roles etc.) are assigned Career Development Skill (CDS) points. Students must gain at least 30 CDS points across two tracks, with a minimum of 10 points in each track. Upon completion a “Certificate of Completion” is provided for students to present to future employers. To log into the Career Development Framework please go to:, select COSCDP. 
For further information, please email


Graduate Research Office

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2018 J.G. Crawford Prize (2017 cohort) are Dr Jonathan Henshaw, Dr Anthea Roberts and Dr Hugh Webb. The prizes will be presented at the July Graduation Ceremonies.  The 2019 round (for the 2018 cohort) will begin in the near future to be presented at the December Graduation Ceremonies.
There are a small number of AGRTP Scholarships available through a mid-year round. If you believe you may be eligible, please contact your ANU College for further information and timelines.
The ANU will commence the 2nd round of data collection for the 2019 Researcher end-user engagement reporting in early August. The census period for this collection is 1 April – 31 August 2019. More information about this will be coming soon.
HDR Candidature Team is dealing with high volume of candidature-related applications i.e., program extensions, program leave, program changes/transfers.  If you have any concerns regarding your application please contact your ANU College in the first instance.  Your ANU College will then follow up with the GRO, if required.  You can also contact the HDR Candidature Team directly via:
The Graduate Research Office is here to provide administrative advice and support to HDR candidates at all stages of their time at ANU. If you need assistance, please contact GRO and one of our helpful teams will assist.
Please contact GRO by email or telephone +61 2 6125 5777 if you have any questions. More information can be found here.


Academic Skills

Need some advice on writing up your research? Want some ideas on how to effectively manage your research milestones, the publishing process, and presentations? Through one-to-one appointments a Learning Adviser can work closely with you to develop and improve your writing and writing habits. They can offer in-depth feedback on your thesis and publications. Academic Skills also offers workshops throughout the year on topics relevant to different stages in the PhD candidature, from writing an effective thesis proposal to editing and finishing the thesis. These workshops can be found on Eventbrite. Academic Skills also runs tailored writing programs in most Colleges. Links are provided in the events list above and personal invitations are sent to candidates. If your College or School does not currently have a program, contact Academic Skills at to discuss tailoring a program for you

Please note that Academic Skills is now located in the Di Riddell Student Centre, Building #154, Level 3.


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 regular newsletter with news, upcoming events and tips – see here. For more information on Wattle please contact, or for training please contact


ANU Qualitative Research Network

The QRN or ANU Qualitative Research Network has 260 members across ANU – in addition to the monthly newsletter (that outlines events and highlights interesting qualitative research happening at the ANU) there are regular Q & A style forums and seminars - advertised through ANU Events. Follow the link to the QRN members list to subscribe.


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. Find course and register here.


Counselling Centre

The ANU Counselling Centre runs a variety of group programs and workshops throughout the year, have a look at the programs and workshops on offer here.

The Counselling Centre has also developed a range of resources that cover common topics of interest to students such as homesickness, issues with study, relationships and mental health. We have translated some of these resources into numerous languages, including Chinese, Arabic and Indonesian. All these resources can be found here.


Human Ethics Training

Do you need ethics approval for your research? Not sure where to start? The ethics office run monthly face-to-face training sessions, as well as new monthly drop-in sessions to assist you with all of your ethics application questions in human, animal or rDNA research.



ANU Library users have access to a number of fantastic new resources, including:
The ANU Library has digitised the entire collection of theses developed by ANU students – dating all the way back to 1953! These are now available online through the Open Research Repository. This will see research once largely hidden from view being exposed to people from all around the world.
The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Digital Archives Collection - a collection of anthropological primary source materials going back 150 years. It contains manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, maps, and much more! 
The British Library Newspaper collectionone of the richest collections of primary source newspaper materials ever made available digitally with more than 163 newspaper titles dating from 1732 to 1950. This collection is full searchable – enabling you to make never-before-possible research connections!
Business Source Complete a collection of peer-reviewed business journals, covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more. This is the world’s definitive business database, offering a simple, yet powerful way to search across all of the most important business journals.
Mendeley Institutional Edition reference management tool – a free research management tool that can help researchers organise their research, collaborate with other academics in their discipline online, and discover the latest research trends.


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:
Understanding Oceania
This book is inspired by the University of the South Pacific, the leading institution of higher education in the Pacific Islands region. Founded in 1968, USP has been responsible for the formation of a regional elite of educated Pacific Islanders who can be found in key positions in government and commerce across the region. This book celebrates the collaboration of USP with The Australian National University in research, doctoral training, teaching and joint activities.
ANU Historical Journal II: Number 1
 The first issue of the revived ANU Historical Journal (ANUHJ) follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, bringing together the writing and research of several generations of Australian historians in a single volume. It begins with seven short memoirs from the editors and contributors of the ANUHJ (1964–87), which together offer an extraordinary window on to the student history of the ANU in the 1960s and 1970s. Following the memoirs, the articles in this issue are wide ranging.
All titles can be purchased or downloaded for free from the ANU Press 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.


Innovation ANU

Do you have a question about IP or the commercialisation of your research? Come chat to a specialist from the Technology Transfer Office. No bookings necessary, just drop in to one of these sessions. Innovation ANU runs a range of training and other events for researchers around industry engagement, commercialisation, entrepreneurship, etc. Check out their Skills Development Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Hear from an investor of clean-tech start-ups, who will be discussing the need for clean technologies and the opportunities this presents for researchers. More information here.

Want to see your research make a difference in the world? Over eight weeks, ON Prime will help you gain a deeper understanding of who could most benefit from your research and how you to communicate with them. Applications for the next round opens on 1st July.

Also check out the opportunities from the Canberra Innovation Network, who runs monthly networking events (First Wednesday Connect), workshops (Research to Impact) and other events for researchers.


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Shut Up and Write (SUAW) facilitated day and night sessions will be continuing with some great additions and changes to its delivery. SUAW is held at the Molly Huxley Room at University House. To stay up to date with session times and SUAW opportunities, or to register for a 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
Sophie Louise Phelan MPHIL CHM
Usama Elahi PhD CECS
Marwan El Hassan PhD COS
Jihui (Aimee) Zhang PhD CECS
Xinjie Shi PhD CAP
Yon Hon Ng PhD CECS
Stephanie Betz PhD CASS
Beau Edward Johnston PhD CECS
Mojtaba Rezvani PhD CECS
Kelvin Jian Ming Lee PhD CASS
Zakir Hossain PhD CECS
Pablo Fernandez De Canete Nieto PhD CHM
Erick Tanujaya Tjhin PhD COS
Sheetal Gupta MPhil CBE
Caroline Compton PhD COL
Peter James Anderson PhD CECS
Sarita Dhounchak PhD CHM
Md. Imran Hasan PhD COS
Sara Hamouda PhD CECS
Ksenia Bestuzheva PhD CECS
James Tolley PhD COS
Hongda Hao PhD COS
Caroline Ann Huf MPhil CASS


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