The Australian National University


HDR Update


March 2019

In this issue

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

Welcome note

In February the ANU campus really came back to life – and the opening of Kambri has created a real buzz (not to mention making it easier to walk around campus again). It was great to see some of you at the PARSA welcome evening on 19 February, and be able to enjoy the stunning views from the top of the new Marie Reay Teaching Centre. Even more exciting was the start of our 2019 HDR induction program for all new PhD and MPhil candidates, launched on Valentines Day. These inductions happen regularly throughout the year, so if you have recently commenced, I strongly recommend you come along and meet some of the people who work in our central services to better understand how they can support you. These sessions, organised by the Research Skills and Training team, offer essential information and orientation in a friendly environment – and with food!

In other news, the Australian Council for Graduate Research (ACGR) has produced some development videos and supporting materials to help both supervisors and HDR candidates discuss issues around promoting respectful relationships between supervisors and candidates. ANU is one of the 34 institutions to subscribe to this resource and we should we receive it later this month. This is just one of the ways we will support development and training in this area in 2019.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research





Upcoming programs




7 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
7 EndNote X9 workshop
12 Digital research workshop
12 Research to Impact workshop – Canberra Innovation Network
13 Advanced digital research workshop
13 ANUHDR: Tragic Research Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
14 Working with data in Excel
14 Official Research Candidate Induction for new HDR candidates
15 Conference poster production using PowerPoint
19 SPSS introduction
19 Library research workshop
20 EndNote X9 workshop
21 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
22 Kick start your PhD
22 Research data management workshop
23 Saturday workshop: Word for academic writing Day 1
25 Official Research Candidate Induction for new HDR candidates
25-28 Online Coffee Course: Facilitating Effective Discussions
26 SPSS advanced significance testing
26 Digital research workshop
26 Thesis Proposal Review (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
27 ANUHDR: Working with your Supervisor
27 ANUHDR: Tragic Research Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
27 Word for academic writing: formatting your document
30 Saturday workshop: EndNote X9



2 Advanced digital research workshop
2 Thesis Proposal Review (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
3 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
5 NVivo introduction ($90)
6 Saturday workshop: Word for academic writing Day 2
9 Presenting your research
10 ANUHDR: Beyond Plan B, planning a post PhD career in an age of uncertainty.
10 ANUHDR: Managing your milestones
11 Publishing with LaTeX Day 1 Introduction to the LaTeX world
12 NVivo advanced ($90)
16 Journal Article Writing  (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
17 ANUHDR: Storyboard your Research
17 ANUHDR: What Do Thesis Examiners Really Want?
18 Publishing with LaTeX Day 2 TeX authoring and collaborating




We've welcomed 67 new HDR candidates at our first two Official Research Candidate Inductions of 2019. If you're a new HDR candidate it is essential to attend, register here. We look forward to meeting you soon!





HDR Supervision workshops and resources

The HDR Supervision team is offering a series of workshops to support HDR supervision development in 2019; view the program here. These complement programs offered by the Research Training Team and NECTAR; feel free to bring these to the attention of your supervisors. You can also review the online resources about good practice in HDR supervision, Supervising Doctoral Studies.


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

Beginning your research at ANU? Our weekly workshops, Library Research, Digital Research and Advanced Digital Research will show you how to discover a range of information using the library’s online catalogue, SuperSearch, scholarly databases, full text e-journal collections, ANU Press and ANU Open Research.  Register online via the full event catalogue.

EndNote X9 reference management software has been installed on all Information Commons computers at ANU. It is also available for free download to personal devices.
Go to the EndNote Wattle site and enrol to receive download instructions. You can also register for EndNote X9 workshops or contact the ANU Library Digital Literacy staff for troubleshooting and further information.

Using Word to write your thesis? Our free 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.

Do you have special typesetting requirements, such as heavy use of mathematical notation? TeX is used in scientific and technical research fields and these LaTeX workshop provide an introduction to basic LaTeX usage with a focus on thesis and journal publications typesetting. Come along to obtain a LaTeX template adaptable for your own work, and to discuss collaboration, referencing and graphics software that can help produce documents that will impress your supervisors, reviewers and colleagues.

Book a research consultation with a subject specialist librarian for support during your literature review.


News & links



Graduate Research Office

The Graduate Research Office (GRO) is now open.  The GRO is dedicated to supporting your HDR candidature and manages a range of services including enquiries from prospective students and current applicants, admission and scholarship offers, variations to candidature and thesis submission and examination.
You can contact GRO by email or telephone +61 2 6125 5777. More information can be found here. GRO staff members will be available from 1-3pm from 18 February - 15 March 2019 at Level 1 Di Riddell Student Centre, Kambri for HDR enquiries. Staff will temporarily relocate to Level 6 of 121 Marcus Clarke Street (Building X005) by the end of March and a final relocation will occur mid to late 2019 to Ground Floor 121 Marcus Clarke Street where there will be a full counter service for HDR candidates.


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 from 18th March, Academic Skills will be 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 has 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? Never fear, information on applying for ethics approval, registering for the online application system ARIES, and to sign up for ARIES training and the twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions is here.



Semester one opening hours are now in place, with branches opening at 8:30am on weekdays. Hancock and Chifley are open 24/7. View the opening hours on the library website.

You can take a quick tour of the ANU Library in our new videos! Watch to discover the places, spaces and facilities in the library branches across campus.

The ANU Library Guide is a great resource for both new and returning students – providing the information you need to know when using our libraries, as well as fun activities! You can download it online, or pick up a hard copy in your nearest library branch.

Good news everyone - off-campus single sign-on is up and running. This means that you can login using your ANU credentials wherever you are, and it will remember you for the duration of your session. So, no more logging in every time you go to a new service. Amazing!

The social pathology, social and public welfare, and criminology collections (HV class) and education collections (L class) have moved from Chifley and are now located in the Law Library. If you are ever unsure about where to locate materials, speak to our friendly librarians!


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

The Court as Archive - This collection offers a unique contribution to the conversation about what an archive might be, what it can do as a consequence, and to whom it bears custodial responsibilities. In particular, this collection addresses what it means for contemporary Australian superior courts of record to not only have constitutional and procedural duties to documents as a matter of law, but also to acknowledge obligations to care for those materials in a way that understands their public meaning and public value for the Australian people, in the past, in the present and for the future.

Drawing in the Land - Drawing in the Land offers an important contribution to the field of rock art research and Australian archaeology. It provides a detailed study of the previously under-examined rock art of the Hawkesbury/Nepean area of New South Wales. The study presents a detailed historiography of Australian rock art research and, through the lens of landscape archaeology, offers an innovative contribution to rock art studies in the wider Sydney Basin.

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.


ANU Technology Transfer Office

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.

Also check out the Canberra Innovation Network; they run monthly networking events (First Wednesday Connect), workshops (such as Research to Impact), and events (such as the Zero Co2 Hackathon).


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
Michelle Shirley Almiron PhD CASS
Nilar Aung PhD CAP
Roisin Boadle PhD COS
Alex Carey Hulyer PhD COS
Justine Alexandra Chambers PhD CAP
Lisa Lawson Fowkes PhD CASS
Fiona Averil Fraser PhD CASS
Young Joon Han PhD CECS
Davis Henry Hopkins PhD COS
Shereen Jabar PhD COS
Pin-Te Lin PhD CBE
Kelsie Elizabeth Long PhD COS
Jonathan Elier Roco Alegre PhD CHM
Amit Singh PhD COS
Naomi Mirjami Zouwer PhD CASS


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