The Australian National University


HDR Update


June 2019

In this issue

  • Campus wide HDR training calendar
  • Opportunities for HDR students
  • News & Events
  • Roll of Honour

Welcome note

Welcome to the June Edition of the HDR Update. I am writing here to introduce myself as the Interim Dean HDR. I am a demographer, trained at ANU. During my time here I have been an HDR student, HDR Convenor, Associate Dean HDR, and HDR Supervisor. I am passionate about making the HDR experience stimulating and rewarding. Over the next few months we will be working towards implementing the ideas that Imelda developed and articulated in the Redefining the ANU PhD White Paper. There is a lot to be done and you will hear more from me on this as we progress our work.

In the meantime, if there is anything you think we need to know please get in touch at



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Ann Evans

Interim Dean HDR





Upcoming programs




3-6 Online Coffee Course: Apps, platforms and open web tools: Navigating the murky waters
4 Careers Conference for PhDs - Beyond the Professoriate screening day 2
4 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
5 #ANUHDR Managing Relationships
5 #ANUHDR Communicating Outwards
5 Digital research workshop
5 Publishing in journals (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
6 #ANUHDR Thrive Don't Just Survive
6 #ANUHDR Managing Relationships
6 Identifying Your Career Opportunities
6 Kick start your PhD
12 Human Ethics Drop-In Session
12 EndNote workshop
13 Visualise your Thesis - Design and Develop your Digital Display
13 Publishing in journals (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
17 Official Research Candidate Induction for new HDR candidates
16 Resume and Selection Criteria Workshop
19 ANUHDR: Tragic Research Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
19 RSPE writing program: Developing your thesis: thesis structures, introductions and literature reviews
19 Writing program: Presenting your research
19 Innovative tools for communicating your research
20 ANUHDR: Raising your research profile
20 The final stretch
21 RSES HDR writing program: Mid-way day
25 Identifying Your Career Opportunities
26 RSPE writing program: Journal article writing 1: Targeting a journal and corresponding with reviewers
26 Journal article writing 2: Writing your journal article



3 ANUHDR: How to win the 3 Minute Thesis competition
3 ANUHDR: Muddling through the middle: maintaining research energy
7 Visualise Your Thesis: Concise Communication
8 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
9 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Marie Reay Teaching Centre 3.02
9 Research data management workshop
10 ANUHDR: Getting the most out of academic conferences
10 Getting Started in Wattle
10 Human Ethics Drop-In Session
11 Teaching in Kambri: Marie Reay Room 5.02
15 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Teaching Centre 6.02
16 Teaching in Kambri: Marie Reay Room 2.02
17 ANU3MT: Three Minute Thesis Clinic (Morning Session)
17 ANU3MT: Three Minute Thesis Clinic (Afternoon Session)
17 Persuasive and strategic communication skills workshop
17 Kambri Room Familiarisation Drop-In: Cultural Centre
18 Getting Started in Wattle
23 NVivo introduction ($90)
24 ANUHDR: What Do Thesis Examiners Really Want?
24 ANUHDR: Write That Journal Article in 7 Days
30 NVivo advanced ($90)
31 ANUHDR: Raising your research profile
31 ANUHDR: Spice Up Your CV




Visualise Your Thesis is back at ANU in 2019. This exciting competition that 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.

The ANU final is on Wednesday 7 August. Two specialist VYT training events will be run on June 13 and July 7. Register on Eventbrite.

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.





Research Integrity Training Exam Beta Testing

'We are looking for beta testers for our new research integrity training exam. If you have a sharp eye for mistakes and typos, 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. The first Pomodoro Break course will focus on the skills you have developed during your doctoral studies that are of interest to employers, especially employers outside universities.

The course will run over a week, 24-28 June 2019. Please register your interest, by 5pm Thursday 20 June. When you register, 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.


NCIS 2019 HDR Research Conference

The conference is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars who are undertaking Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs in Indigenous studies, to come together and share research insights and approaches. Invited keynote presentations will be given by eminent members of the Indigenous community. Register for a ticket here.

If you wish to attend and present a paper at the conference, please submit an electronic application setting out: (1) Your name, tertiary affiliation, a short biography of 150 words, and the stage of your candidature. (2) The presentation title and abstract (150 words): 20 minutes for 2-4th year scholars; 15 minutes for those in the first year of their candidature. (3) The title of your thesis research topic (if different to above). Apply to: by COB 12 June 2019


Audrey Fagan Leadership and Communication Program

The ACT Office for Women are running the Audrey Fagan Leadership and Communications Program which has been developed to provide opportunities for women to enhance their leadership skills, communication skills (particularly public speaking) and confidence in self-promotion.

Three workshops will be held for participants from June to September 2019. Participants will also be provided with coaching sessions and supporting resources and materials.

The Program is free to all participants and preference will be given to women from diverse backgrounds, women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period, women who are seeking to get into leadership positions and women who work in male-dominated fields. Apply by 5pm Friday 7 June 2019.


State Library of NSW Fellowships

The State Library’s fellowships program supports original research projects, undertaken by individual researchers, which aim to challenge or provide new perspectives on Australia’s past. For more information please visit this website.


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.


Vice-Chancellor's Student Leadership Program

The Vice-Chancellor's Student Leadership Program provides mentoring and professional development in leadership capabilities. Workshops are tailored to the needs of each year's intake and designed to facilitate the development of participants' leadership capabilities. Applications close on Friday 7 June 2019. For more information please 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

ANU staff and students now have access to the Mendeley Institutional Edition reference management tool through the ANU Library. Mendeley is a research management tool that can help researchers organise their research, collaborate with other academics in their discipline online, and discover the latest research trends. For more information click here.

Need support with EndNote? Writing a paper for publication? Book a one-to-one consultation with a library staff member for assistance with advanced EndNote troubleshooting and formatting..

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



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 Felix Pal (Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific) has been selected as the ANU 2019/2020 Yale Fox International Fellow. Felix, whose research topic is Saffron Salaams: Why Hindu nationalists want Muslim friends, will commence his exchange in late August 2019.

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale University and 20 international academic partners, of which ANU and the University of Melbourne are the only two from Australia. The exchange partnership has been ongoing since 2016. There will be a presentation and information session for the next round in the second half of the year.

Invitations for graduation have already gone out for those HDR candidate who have been approved. Final approvals will need to be received by the Graduate Research Office by 7 June. If you have any questions, please contact your local HDR Administrator as soon as possible.

Our dedicated counter for HDR students is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you on Level 6, 121 Marcus Clarke Street

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.



The Digital Engagement and Creativity Hub, nicknamed ‘The Deck’, is a BYO device room designed to encourage collaboration and offers students and academics with access to high-end technology they can use in new and innovative ways.

ANU Library users now have access to the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Digital Archives Collection through the Wiley Digital Archives platform. This is a collection of anthropological primary source materials going back 150 years. It contains manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, maps, and much more! 


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

Successful Public Policy : Lessons from Australia and New Zealand

This text aims to reset the agenda for teaching, research and dialogue on public policy performance. This is done through a series of close-up, in-depth and carefully chosen case study accounts of the genesis and evolution of stand-out public policy achievements, across a range of sectors within Australia and New Zealand. Through these accounts, written by experts from both countries, we engage with the conceptual, methodological and theoretical challenges that have plagued extant research seeking to evaluate, explain and design successful public policy.

China Story Yearbook : Power

In surveying the various ways in which the Party-state wields its hard, soft, and sharp power, the China Story Yearbook: Power offers readers a sense of the diversity of power at work both in China and abroad. As with previous editions in the series, we place important developments in historical context, and adopt a cross-disciplinary approach: it is our view that economy and politics cannot be divorced from culture, history, and society. The Yearbook provides accessible analysis of the main events and trends of the year and is an essential tool for understanding China’s growing power and influence around the world.

All titles can be purchased or downloaded for free from the ANU Press website.


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. Request a consultation 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.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

Interesting new report on the top employers of PhD graduates in Australia

This primer on emotional labour has some interesting insights for living with others, but can be turned to thinking about your relationship with your supervisor too!

"The best ideas make the least sense": Nothing to do with research really, but an interesting dive into the contradictions of human perceptions of value and how easily they can be manipulated


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

How to harness the power of semantic gravity in your writing

In praise of professional naggers

More advice on advice


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
Alexander Thomas Burchmore PhD CASS
Andrea Parisi PhD CHM
Angelin Gifta Henley Samuel PhD COS
Angus Timothy McLure PhD CHM
Anpeng Li PhD CBE
Athanasius Cipta PhD COS
Bobby Lee Maher MPhil CHM
Camille Goodman PhD COL
Chenxi Ma PhD COS
Clare Helen McFadden PhD CASS
Emma Jane Ligtermoet PhD COS
Fanyuan Zhang PhD CBE
Federico Davila Cisneros PhD COS
Florence Danila PhD COS
Galen Joseph Correy PhD COS
Jacob Solomon Hughes PhD COS
Jennifer Joy Robertson PhD CHM
John Matthew Nash PhD CASS
Jordan Peter Anthony Pitt PhD COS
Kelley Nicole Meder MPhil CHM
Kevin David Murray PhD COS
Kunlun Yan PhD COS
Kuntal Goswami PhD CAP
Laura Edward MPhil CHM
Nonie Tuxen PhD CASS
Noor Hafizah Mohd Pushiri PhD COS
Parvathala Reddy Narangari PhD COS
Patiyan Andersson MPhil CHM
Paula Carolina Cecilia Gonzalez Figueroa PhD CHM
Richard Andy Manzano PhD COS
Roxanne Jones MPhil CHM
Simone Georg PhD CASS
Stefanie Karen Oberprieler PhD COS
Steven Barry Thomas PhD CAP
Suzette Timmerman PhD COS
Tania Jo Evans PhD CASS
Tegan Emma Smith PhD COS
Tegan Maree McAnulty MPhil CECS
Thien Nguyen PhD CECS
Tye Young MPhil COS
Yen-Jung Tseng PhD CBE
Yi Wang PhD CECS


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