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HDR Update


November 2018

In this issue

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

Welcome note

As the year draws to a close life seems to get busier. I hope you’re managing your workload, but also taking the opportunity to enjoy the longer, sunny days. A lot has happened this year and we hope you will see the fruits of some of our labours in 2019. The supervisor development program has begun and will gain further momentum next year with the additional introduction of a supervisor register. Our supervisor workshops to date have been extraordinarily well-received and are continuing in November. This link takes you to remaining events, and I encourage you to remind your supervisors about these opportunities!

I am delighted to announce at long last, that we are making good progress with the development of a dedicated Graduate Research Office (GRO). We will update you early in 2019 with details of location, staffing, and clarification of functions and responsibilities. Watch this space! Our focus has been, and remains, on enhancing the HDR candidate experience so this is a really important step for us.

As mentioned briefly last time, the applications for the Yale 2019-20 Fox International Fellowship have now opened (they will close on December 14th 2018). If you like the idea of spending ten months from August next year at Yale and have a desire to make a difference, this could be for you. You can find more information here, and can always contact my office for more information.

Finally, congratulations to the successful applicants for the Global Young Scientists Summit 2019 (GYSS 2019). All four this year were PhD students, although GYSS is open to early career researchers as well. Join me in congratulating Adrian Cioanca, Jackson Dowie, Ankita Gagrani and Imran Hasan.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research




Upcoming programs




1 Official Research Candidate Induction
1 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
1 Fix Your Wattle Gradebook
6 Journal Article Writing Workshop 2 (Sciences)
6 Publishing with LaTeX Day 1: Introduction to the LaTeX World
7 RSES HDR writing program: Writing retreat
7 Journal Article Writing Workshop 2 (Humanities)
8 Thesis Proposal Review Workshop
12 Publishing with LaTeX Da 2: TeX Authoring and Collaborating
12 RSPH Research writing day
13 NVivo Introduction ($90)
15 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
16 CHL HDR All-Day Writing Retreat
20 CECS HDR Writing Retreat
20 NVivo Advanced ($90)
21 EndNote X8 workshop
21 Unblock your PhD thinking, with blocks!
21 Thesis Whisperer: Beyond Plan B, planning a post PhD career in an age of uncertainity
22 Advanced digital research workshop
28 Working with data in Excel
29 ANU CoL HDR writing program: Introductions and conclusions




Congratulations to our October Thesis Boot Camp writers, together they wrote 295,365 words over just one weekend!

We want your feedback about the Three Minute Thesis competition. Complete this survey and you go into the draw to win a $50 gift card. Four cards to be won!





We would like your feedback on the HDR Update

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey on the usefulness and content of these monthly HDR Updates. The survey can be found 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.

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

Digital literacy training will conclude at the end of November for the year, however a range of research and learning support resources are available on the Library website. Urgent assistance can be arranged via email or by calling 6125 8886.   

Book a consultation with a subject area expert to get personalised, one-to-one research support on your subject.

Need to brush up on your digital literacy skills? ANU Pulse offers self-paced online learning modules to help you develop a range of personal and professional skills, including skills in Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word.

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!


News & links



The HDR Thesis Submission and Examinations project is now complete!

The Examinations and Graduations Office (EGAP) and the Service Improvement Group (SIG) have spearheaded the creation of a series of digitalised and automated thesis submission and examination eForms. As a result of a collective effort of the HDR University community, the final stage of the project went live on 9 October 2018. The new Thesis Submission Process has been stream-lined to allow for increased administrative efficiency and a faster thesis submission and assessment process. Check out what the changes will mean for you here!


Academic Skills & Learning Centre

Need some advice on writing up your research? Want 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, ePortfolio, Echo360 ALP, and using technology for teaching and learning.
We offer:

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

A new Mindfulness Short Course is now available on the ANU Counselling Centre website along with a whole range of talking tips on common student issues.


Ethics training

Twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions



Hancock Library is now open 24/7! This will ensure students and staff have access to additional safe and comfortable study areas on campus. Don’t forgot to bring your student or staff card to access Hancock after hours. And of course, Chifley Library Levels 2 and 3 are also open 24/7.

ANU has launched a new Data Management Planning service DMPTool. Students and academics can now use the DMPTool to easily create data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. More information is available on the ANU Library website.

BONUS+ is a free resource-sharing service that allows ANU students and staff to borrow selected material from participating Australian and New Zealand university libraries and pick it up from one of our branches. The BONUS+ service has been enhanced by allowing you a second renewal on borrowed materials! This means you are able to renew materials twice, as long as no one else has requested the same item.

ANU Archives has launched a new exhibition showcasing material relating to early Australian trades – including confectioners, hatters, wigmakers, shearers, railwaymen, stonemasons and undertakers. It has amazing photographs, historical documents and objects. Items are on display in the Menzies Library foyer and ANU Archives Reading Room through January 2019.

ANU Library is continuing their work to rebuild our J.B Chifley Library collection following the February flooding. Prof Paul Pickering and Roxanne Missingham have provided an update on this process, including refurbishing Chifley Level 1 into a student study space, planning for a new Library building, and replacing the materials that were lost.

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 at Biology Place, the road next to Hancock Library. The ANU Campus Traveller bus can be tracked in real time using the ANUOK app.


ANU Press

New this month from the ANU Press:

A New Rival State? Australia in Tsarist Diplomatic Communications  - This book is a unique collection of dispatches written in 1857-1917 by the Russian consuls in Melbourne. These dispatches offer a Russian view of the development of the settler colonies in the late nineteenth century and the first years of the federated Commonwealth of Australia.

East Asia Forum Quarterly: Volume 10, Number 4, 2018 – This series has developed a reputation for providing a platform for the best in Asian analysis, research and policy comment on the Asia Pacific region in world affairs. EAFQ aims to provide a further window onto research in the leading research institutes in Asia and to provide expert comment on current developments within the region.

Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific: Juxtaposing harmonisation with flexibility – This book provides a contemporary overview of developing areas of copyright law in the Asian Pacific region, taking the perspective that there is a significant amount of potential for the nations of the Asian Pacific region to work together, find common ground and shift international bargaining power.

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


Statistical Consulting Centre

The Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) would like to thank Professor Stephen Haslett and Associate Professor Robert Clark for their work at the SCU. Stephen has been a statistical consultant for over 30 years during which time he has published over 100 academic papers and written more than 120 research and consulting reports. Stephen has shown commitment and dedication during his time as Director, working hard to make sure all areas of the university are able to use the SCU’s resources. Robert has been a researcher and teacher for over 25 years, and has published a major textbook on model-based survey sampling, 21 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. Stephen and Robert ran extremely successful short courses for Honours and HDR students in CASS and CAP this year, and their consulting support has been invaluable to students and staff around the SCU. We wish them both the best luck with their future endeavours, they will be greatly missed.

ANU Technology Transfer Office

Do you have a question about the commercialisation of your research? Not sure where or how to get started? Come and chat to a specialist from the Technology Transfer Office. No bookings necessary, just come along to our last session of 2018:

  • Wednesday 14th November, 11am-12pm: Technology Transfer Office, Level 6, 121 Marcus Clarke Street (enter via Childers Street entrance)


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Shut Up and Write (SUAW) where you come together in a supportive environment to work on your thesis using the Pomodoro Technique, and enjoy a hearty meal courtesy of PARSA.

SUAW is held at the Molly Huxley Room at University House. Day sessions include lunch, and dinner is provided in the evenings. Register here.

As part of the SUAW program, PARSA also runs Shut Up and Write (SUAW) Coffee Sessions. Join our SUAW Coffee Sessions every weekday, in cafes around campus.

For more information visit the PARSA website.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

'PostAc', a job search site for PhD graduates seeking employment outside academia, developed by ANU, is now in live user trial. You can access the trial version here: We are seeking feedback on the product for a public release, which will be available next April.

How can we make more circles of niceness in academia

What I'm reading: Project management for the unofficial project manager has a lot of useful tips for getting projects going and keeping them on track


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

Are you prepared for the problems of success?

A voice from the precariat

Dealing with administrative grief


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
Saeed Anwar PhD CECS
Anthony Bartlett PhD COS
Mukete Dynamic Beyongo PhD CAP
Marguerite Boland PhD CASS
Xi Wen Chan PhD CBE
Llewellyn Davies PhD CASS
Megan Deas PhD CASS
Adelaide Dennis PhD COS
Dario Di Rosa PhD CAP
Sarah Down PhD NCIS
Bonnie Maree Flohr PhD COS
Angad Johar PhD COS
Tejshree Kala PhD CBE
Tahseen Kamal PhD CECS
David Kernot PhD CAP
Brendon Lee PhD COS
Jennifer Ma PhD CHM
Helen McGowan PhD COL
Jackson Moore PhD CASS
Boris Runov PhD COS
Robyn Shaw PhD COS
Ahmed Sohaib PhD CECS
Jared Streich  PhD COS
Alexander Thorman PhD COS
Rebecca Wheatley PhD CASS
Rosemary Wright MPhil CHM
Bobin Xing PhD CECS
Yusniliyana Yusof PhD CAP
Bo Zhang PhD CBE


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