MARCH 2020 

Belated New Year good wishes to you all. The start of 2020 has been a challenging time for us all but I wish to thank you all for your tireless efforts and collegiality to support one another through the bushfire/smoke, hail and travel restrictions that have affected us all. If your research has been impacted please contact your school HDR Conveners or Administrators for assistance.
A special welcome to our newly commenced higher degree research candidates – I look forward to meeting you at our induction session to be held on 15 - 16 April,
register here. This induction, organised by the Researcher Development team, offers essential information and support you in a friendly environment – and with food!
The Redefining the ANU PhD White paper has been approved and this year we will be working towards implementing the strategy. The most obvious changes you will see straight away is increased support across the University for HDR candidates to develop their professional and interpersonal skills to ensure you are not only exceptional researchers but are competitive in all career aspirations.
2020 is likely to be a busy year of change for the ANU HDR cohort and I look forward to working with you and hearing your feedback (


Professor Ann Evans
Dean, Higher Degree Research

ANU Researcher Development facilitates workshops, events, competitions and online classes to develop your skills even further. Find out what is available for HDR candidates this month and next across the University:

3 | Enhancing Personal Performance (Postgraduate Students only)
3 | EndNote in an Hour Webinar for Mac
3 | Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating
4 | Library Research Webinar
4 | Billion Dollar Series: Michelle Melbourne & Phil Williamson
5 | Digital research workshop
10 | Kickstart your PhD
10 | Enhancing Personal Performance (Postgraduate Students only)
11 | Research Ethics Drop-in Session 
11 | Word for academic writing: formatting your document workshop
11| Editing for style and voice (STEM)
12| Honours Skills-based Program: Kickstart your Honours
12| Introduction to Responding to Disclosures
13 | Research School of Physics writing program: Thesis proposal reviews
14 | Saturday Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis workshop
16 | 500 useful words every day
17 | Enhancing Personal Performance (Postgraduate Students only)
17 | EndNote X9 workshop
17-31 | ANU Library resource sessions for our Asia Pacific collections
18 | Human Ethics ARIES training
19 | Research data management workshop
20 | ANU Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy 2019 - 2026
21 | Saturday Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together workshop
23 | Working with data in Excel workshop
23 | Editing for style and voice (HASS)
24 | Literature review writing
25 | From Researcher to Writer
25 | 3MT: Your Time Starts Now!
25 | Digital research workshop
26 | EndNote in an Hour Webinar for Windows
27 | Conference poster production using PowerPoint workshop
28 | Saturday EndNote X9 workshop
30 | EndNote in an Hour Webinar for Mac
30 | Getting the Word Out and Getting Your Message Across
30 | Making Effective Presentations

1 | RSES HDR Writing Program: Mid-Term Review Reports
1 | NCIS HDR Student Research Lab 2020
1 | SPSS introduction workshop
1 | Tragic research mistakes and how to avoid them
2 | Consent Matters
2 | Mendeley in an Hour Webinar for Windows
6 - 7 | Mental Health First Aid HDR Candidate course *free*
6 | Thesis Proposal Review (HASS)
6 | CBE HDR Research writing program: Kickstart your PhD
6 | CBE HDR Research writing program: Thesis Proposal Reviews
6 | Library Research Webinar
7 | Publishing with LaTeX workshop
7 | CBE HDR Research writing program: Thesis Structures
7 | CBE HDR Research Writing Program: Introductions & Literature Reviews
8| Research Ethics Drop-in Session 
8 | EndNote X9 workshop
8 | Honours Skills-based Program: Thesis Structures and Introductions
9 | Kickstart your PhD
15 | Human Ethics ARIES training
15 - 16 | Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
16 | Research Ethics Seminar: Thinking About Your Participants 
15 | Journal Article Writing (HASS)
15 | SPSS advanced significance testing workshop
16 | Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Writing Program Day 1: Starting Up
17 | Thesis Proposal Review (STEM)
22 | ANU Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy 2019 - 2026
23 | Journal Article Writing (STEM)
23  | Understanding Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
29  | How to win the 3 Minute Thesis competition
29  | Top tips for working with your supervisor

The latest opportunities, stories and updates from the ANU research community.

Mental Health First Aid course for ANU HDR candidates *free*

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. The course runs from 9am - 4:30pm on both Monday 6th April and Tuesday 7th April. Attendance at both days is required.

Research Communication Three-Day Masterclass *free*

Take up this phenomenal opportunity for HDR candidates interested in the #ANU3MT. Simon Clews, from the University of Melbourne, is the best communication coach in the country will host a 3-day masterclass for PhD candidates to write, develop and perform their 3 Minute Thesis. Be ready to be transformed into confident communicators for life after this. Limited to 25 places. It is free, and catered thanks to the Dean HDR.

Research to Impact Innovation Fellowship

Research to Impact Innovation Fellowship is a competitive scholarship program providing researchers, who have just submitted their PhD thesis, up to six months of support to explore ways to have an impact outside academia by applying their knowledge and skills.

Sponsored attendance: Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

The 14th biennial Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) Conference takes place 21-23 of April 2020. This year’s conference is on the theme of ‘Success in doctoral education: perspectives on research training’. ResearchMaster is sponsoring the attendance of one postgraduate student to this conference, a package which includes not just the conference registration but also travel and accommodation.

From the Thesis Whisperer

Associate Professor Inger Mewburn

A warm congratulations to these students who have been recently approved to graduate from their PhD or MPhil. Well done all!

Name Program College
Alice Isobel TaylorPHDCOL
Ankita GagraniPHDCECS
Ankur SharmaPHDCECS
Bayu Dardias KurniadiPHDCAP
Bharanitharan KarunanithiPHDCBE
Blair WilliamsPHDCASS
Carlos Ignacio Carrasco GodoyMPHILCOS
Christina ChauPHDCAP
Conor Owens-WaltonPHDCHM
Cushla CoffeyMPHILCHM
David Bruce StevensMPHILCOS
Emily Kathleen MillanePHDCAP
Fatemehsadat SalehPHDCECS
Felipe MaldonadoPHDCECS
Heleen KrugerPHDCASS
Imogen MathewPHDCASS
James BednallPHDCASS
Jesse Canaan Roe BuckPHDCASS
Julian BaileyPHDCOS
Kongkea ChhoeunPHDCAP
Nima Akhavan ZanjaniPHDCECS
Owen FreestonePHDCAP
Phillipa BealePHDCOS
Veronica Mary BullockPHDCASS

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