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HDR Update


November 2019

In this issue

  • Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo)
  • Development opportunities for HDR candidates
  • Scholarships and Programs
  • Roll of Honour
  • News from around ANU

Welcome note

Happy November. While Spring is a fitting time to take a fresh approach, the changes in the HDR Update you’ll see are actually in response to your feedback. This edition is shorter than previous versions, and has a focus on upcoming events and activities as well as scholarships and opportunities available in the next few months. We have done away with a lot of the general reminders but you’ll also see that our service units are all listed (with hyperlinks) at the end of the Update.

I will continue to use my welcome to highlight HDR news so firstly congratulations to Lithin Louis, who took second place in the 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT final. It was a good reward for a lot of hard work, and a great outcome for Lithin (and really for all our 3MT participants).  

I’m pleased to welcome Associate Professor Alice Richardson as our new Director, Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU). Alice is a biostatistician who has been working at ANU in the Research School of Population Health. If you are not familiar with the work of SCU you can of course find more information by following the link in this Update.

Lastly, I’m also pleased to tell you that by the time you read this the new HDR supervision development webpages will be available. These pages support best practice in HDR supervision at ANU to support you in your research program. 



Associate Professor Ann Evans

Associate Professor Ann Evans

Interim Dean HDR





Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo)


Time to Write: November is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo)

Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? It’s not too late to join AcWriMo in November! Join the RST community in person and online for a festival of writing, set your writing goals and have some company along the way. 

Why do it? 
Writing always seems to take longer than we expect, and for lots of us it’s really very hard work – so we procrastinate and procrastinate… Breaking through your usual barriers and establishing the habit of writing is very motivating. AcWriMo will kickstart your writing and provide a community to help you succeed. 

How does it work?   
Sign up via this Google Form. There you’ll find a link to the register to add your details (name and writing goals). You decide how many words you are going to write each day, or how many hours you will devote to writing each day. Aim high, but within reach. At the end of each day enter your output for the day; at the end of each week, tally the results and brag about your total. 

We’ve also scheduled a series of writing events for AcWriMo participants during November – online writing groups, writing sessions in our seminar room (20 & 27 Nov), a blog for conversation, and workshops on fixing your writing trouble and working with the literature. Links and further details will be made available when you register.

If you have any questions, please contact Cally Guerin or Research Training.


From Research Skills and Training




4 Book Launch! How to fix your academic writing trouble
6 Thinking Resiliently as a Researcher - Building 10T1
6 Maintaining the research balance - Building 10T1
7 Beyond Plan B - Robertson Building #46
7 Raising your research profile - Haydon Allen Building #22
7 The emotionally intelligent researcher - Building 10T1
7 Managing Professional Relationships - Chancelry #10
13 How to fix your academic writing trouble - Building 10T1
14 Working with the literature - Building 10T1
15 What do thesis examiners (really) want? - Florey Building #54
26 Getting noticed in a sea of attention seekers - Canberra Hospital campus



2-6 Researcher Identities - Pomodoro Break online course
9 Official Research Candidate Induction to ANU
All are welcome to come meet the authors of this fabulous new publication. Get your free ticket here!


Other Development Opportunities




4-6 Online Coffee Course - Learning Analytics Explained
4 Disabilities Catch Up
6 Managing your Digital Footprint
6 Research School of Physics: Writing up results with logic, clarity and style
6 Research School of Physics: Editing your work
7 The final stretch
12 EndNote X9 in an Hour Webinar for Windows
12 Text and Data Mining (TDM) with JSTOR
13 Research School of Physics individual writing advice
14 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
19-20 TELFest: A festival of education innovation
20 Mobilizing your learning - Mobile tools and tips
21 EndNote X9 workshop
21 Video Consulting & Interviews using Zoom
29 EndNote X9 in an Hour Webinar for Windows


4 Build your own multimedia eBook


Scholarships and Programs


Australia-France Collaborative Research Program
The French Embassy in Australia invites applications for student and scientific exchange programs. There are a number of opportunities such as the Australia-France Social Sciences Collaborative Research Program. Please visit the Embassy of France in Australia website for full list.
Japan Society Science Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the Japan Society for the promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020. Deadline for applications is 5pm (AEDT) Monday 25 November 2019. Application and Program information available through the Australian Academy of Science website.
Research to Impact Innovation Fellowship
Are you near the end of your PhD degree and wondering 'what next?'. The Research to Impact Innovation Fellowship is a competitive program providing researchers who have just submitted their PhD thesis with a living stipend for up to 6 months. Find out more here.
Fox International Fellowship
Please be on the lookout for information about the Fox International Fellowship which will be circulated in the coming weeks. 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. Please contact if you would like to be notified when details are available.
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated's 2020 Summer Program

ACSPRI's 2020 Summer Program is now live. ANU is hosting a week of courses from January 20-24 on qualitative research, statistics, data analysis and more. Course fees and general information are listed on the Summer Program Page and the early bird deadline for summer is Wednesday 4 December.


From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

I saw the new 'Remarkable' tablet in action recently - amazing! It is on my Christmas list, but Santa might not want to spend that much on me this year... 

I was interviewed by Nature about last minute glitches affecting PhD hand ins

Having trouble finding your stuff? This introduction to tagging might be useful

The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

Me, Myself and I

Being in a minority: It's not all bad

Book review: two new guides to academic life


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer


Roll of Honour


Warm congratulations to the following candidates who have been recently approved to graduate from their PhD or MPhil. Well done all!

Name Program ANU College
Aurysia Ann Romany Hii MPhil CHM
Brad Jessup PhD COL
Buddhie Samanmalie Nanayakkara PhD COS
Chi Hoong Leong PhD CAP
Dominic Berger PhD CAP
Fiona Helen Panther PhD COS
Grayson Joy Gerrard PhD CASS
Hong Sheng Ong PhD CHM
Jian Ding PhD CAP
Julia Imrie PhD COS
Kaitlyn Miranda Vette MPhil CHM
Kathryn Ellen Rose Parker PhD COS
Lachlan Stuart Horne PhD CECS
Lilian Margaret Pearce PhD COS
Lorena de los Angeles Nunez Villacis PhD CHM
Muidh Alheshibri PhD COS
Na Rah Lee PhD CAP
Peter John Gibbard PhD CBE
Robert Culling PhD COS
Sarah Maree Andrew PhD COS
Umbu Raya PhD CAP
Yang Liu PhD CECS
Yessi Vadila PhD CAP






Research Integrity Exam

All HDR candidates must complete a research integrity training milestone exam early in their candidature. The milestone exam is supported by a Wattle site which explains the principles and practice of research integrity at ANU, more information can be found here.

A new National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research was released in 2018. The Wattle site has been updated to reflect these changes and a new Research Integrity Milestone exam has been updated in the eForms. The exam still offers you two chances to pass. If you have any questions or concerns about the new exam, please contact the Director of Research Training:



Digital literacy training concludes for 2019 at the end of November. However, a range of research and learning support resources are available on the Library website. Urgent assistance can be arranged via email or at 6125 8886.


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Want to avoid the distractions, get out of your office, and get more effective writing done? PARSA Shut Up and Write sessions are running in November and December. These sessions focus on short, intense bursts of productive writing in a supportive environment, using the Pomodoro technique. Sessions run across 5-days a week with healthy meals and trained facilitators. For the schedule and registrations visit this link.



Helpful services around ANU



Academic Skills

Access and Inclusion

Accommodation Services

ANU Online

ANU Sport


Centre for Higher Education Learning & Teaching (CHELT)

Counselling Centre

Dean, Higher Degree Research

Dean of Students

Graduate Research Office (GRO)



Medical Service

Network for Early Career Academics (NECTAR)

Postgraduate & Research Students association (PARSA)

Research Services Division

Research Skills and Training

Respectful Relationships Unit


Statistical Consulting Unit

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (SCAPA)

Technology Transfer Office

Tjabal Centre

University House


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