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HDR Update


October 2019

In this issue

  • Thesis Boot Camp EOIs open
  • Development opportunities for HDR candidates
  • Scholarships and Programs
  • Roll of Honour
  • News from around ANU

Welcome note

Welcome again to your HDR Update. I hope as I am that you are enjoying our milder weather, although it does mean we are getting that much closer to the end of the year. We have been continuing to develop the Redefining the ANU PhD White Paper to enhance our support for HDR candidates and their supervisors. Other ongoing work that will contribute to the overall HDR experience includes the HDR Supervisor Development project, where an online module for supervisors is being finalised, and the HDR Admissions project, which is now in the design and build phase.

On another front we recently hosted a very successful workshop for Graduate Research leaders from the Go8 universities, where a range of common HDR issues were discussed. My own experience of attending one of these events previously as a new convener for an HDR program was a very positive one for me. I have also attended an ACGR workshop on mental health and wellbeing to hear about the work being done in this area across Australia and New Zealand.

Once more the #ANU3MT final earlier in September was a huge success, and as always a great opportunity to showcase our HDR research to the world. This year’s Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition at UQ is to be held on 4 October. I’m sure that you will join me in wishing Lithin Louis good luck in the final. Well done again to all our 3MT participants.



Associate Professor Ann Evans

Associate Professor Ann Evans

Interim Dean HDR





Thesis Boot Camp



Expressions of Interest are open for the last 2 Thesis Boot Camps of 2019! Late-stage PhD or MPhil students are encouraged to register their interest.

To attend the November 8-10 boot camp, apply here by Friday 11 October

To attend the December 13-15 boot camp, apply here by Friday 7 November

Thesis Boot Camp is held on ANU campus from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, and are free to attend. More information on the Thesis Boot Camp can be found here and if you have any questions please email


From Research Skills and Training




1 What do thesis examiners (really) want? - Hedley Bull Building
1 Milestones not millstones - Florey Building
2 Top tips for working with your supervisor - Building 10T1
3 Beyond Plan B - Haydon-Allen Building
4 Beyond Plan B - Mount Stromlo Campus
10 Managing your milestones, or why researchers run out of time - Building 10T1
10 Official Research Candidate Induction to ANU - Menzies Library
11 Getting the most out of academic conferences - Mount Stromlo Campus
15 Raising Your Research Profile - Robertson Building
16 Write that journal article in 7 days - Building 10T1
16 Tragic research mistakes and how to avoid them - Building 10T1
17 Getting the most out of academic conferences - Building 10T1
17 Post-PhD employment: Translating research skills - Haydon-Allen Building
18 Managing up: how to work well with your supervisor - Florey Building
21 Official Research Candidate Induction to ANU - Menzies Library
22 Post-PhD employment: What are you good at? Translating research skills - Hedley Bull Bldg
24 What do thesis examiners (really) want? - Haydon-Allen Building
28 How to get an academic job? - CBE Building #26C



4 Book Launch! How to fix your academic writing trouble
7 Beyond Plan B - Robertson Building #46
7 Raising your research profile - Haydon Allen Building #22
13 How to fix your academic writing trouble - Building 10T1
15 What do thesis examiners (really) want? - Florey Building #54
26 Getting noticed in a sea of attention seekers - Canberra Hospital campus
ANU AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month) 2019

Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? November is academic writing month! 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 during November – more on that later.


Other Development Opportunities




2 First Wednesday Connect
3 NHMRC Fellowships workshop -Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants
4 Publishing in journals (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
8 Publishing in journals (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
8 RSES HDR writing program: Journal article writing day
8 HASS Research Impact - Expanding opportunities through Stakeholder Engagement
8-11 Teaching with Twitter
9 CHL HDR; Structuring your thesis
10 World Mental Health Day panel discussion
10 Monthly NECTAR Social
10 Research data management workshop
15 Working with data in Excel
15 InnovationACT 2019 - Pitch Night
16 High impact ICT research to tech start-up
16 EndNote X9 in an Hour Webinar for Windows
16 Introductions and conclusions
16 Write like a scholar (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
16 CHL HDR: Presenting your research
17 Digital research workshop
18 Conference poster production using PowerPoint workshop
22 SPSS introduction
22 RSES HDR writing program: Finishing up
23 Journal article writing day
23 Researcher trauma - its nature, impacts on researchers and how to mitigate it
24 EndNote X9 workshop
24 Write like a scholar (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
25 ANU CoL HDR writing program: Finishing up & editing
28-29 EdTechPosium: Education Technology Conference
29 SPSS advanced significance testing
31 Word for academic writing: maintaining consisency in your thesis


4-6 Learning Analytics Explained
14 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
15 NVivo introduction ($90)
19-20 TELFest: A festival of education innovation
21 EndNote X9 workshop
22 NVivo advanced ($90)


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.
Central Domestic Scholarship Round
Applications for domestic Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships will close on 31 October 2019. If you are currently studying you can still apply. Please contact your ANU College for further information on eligibility and advice.
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.
Parliamentary Library 2020 Summer Research Scholarship program
The Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship gives scholars the opportunity to work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks (January-February 2020) to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program. More information here.
Fox International Fellowship
Please be on the lookout for information about the Fox International Fellowship which will be circulated in the next month. 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.
Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award

The Royal Commonwealth Society invites applications for its annual research award. The Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award is open until 18 October 2019. Please visit the website for eligibility and further details.


From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

An old (but good) article on what 'service work' means for academics - and how it is under threat 

Will the robots be writing our grant applications? 

I got a laugh from these honest academic job ads...

The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

How to approach an inter-disciplinary thesis

Book Review: The Scopus Diaries

On finishing 'early'


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



Roll of Honour


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

Name Program ANU College
Andrei Komar PhD COS
Anwar Musadat PhD CASS
Brenton Von Takach Dukai PhD COS
Bryan Nobu Harris PhD CASS
Christopher Lean PhD CASS
Damien Nicolas Esquerre Gheur PhD COS
Daniel Paul McNamara PhD CECS
David Feng PhD CECS
Frederick Anyan PhD CHM
Glen Stephen Scott PhD CASS
Ilya Bobrovskiy PhD COS
James O'Donnell PhD CASS
Jennifer Metcalfe PhD COS
Kate Elizabeth Ogg PhD CAP
Kylie Bennett PhD CHM
Lan Thu Nguyen-Hoan PhD CASS
Laura Ann Ford PhD CHM
Magali McDuffie PhD NCIS
Mayura Vivek Wagle PhD CHM
Michael Carrington Cromer PhD COS
Mike Jia PhD CECS
Morgan John Williams PhD COS
Paul Wyrwoll PhD CAP
Rohan Peter Alexander PhD CBE
Rus'an Nasrudin PhD CAP
Sanghyeok Lee PhD CBE
Sergey Suchkov PhD COS
Sofia Cristina Samper Carro PhD CAP
Sophie Johns MPhil COS
Supawan Pingjai PhD CAP
Sydney Michelle Kingstone PhD CASS
Tobias Vogl PhD COS
Tze Shiung Ng PhD CAP
Yan Angela Mei PhD CHM
Yun Zhou PhD CAP
Zhe Li PhD COS






Graduate Research Office

The HDR end-user engagement form round 2/2019 has been completed with a response rate of 64%.  The results show that 7.8% of ANU HDR students are engaged in one or more research end-user activities. The ANU collects information on HDR student engagement with industry through internships, Joint supervision and funding. The University reports on this data twice a year to the Department of Education and Training (DET).
A reminder that with December Graduations approaching, you should contact your local HDR Administrator for any cut-off dates that apply. Final approvals will need to be received by the Graduate Research Office by 6 November. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility to graduate in December, please contact your local HDR Administrator as soon as possible.
Contact GRO by email or telephone +61 2 6125 5777 if you have any questions. More information can be found here.



The new student commons area has opened in the Chifley Library. This 24/7 space has over 200 new student seating spaces and lockers; a new print station; extra group study rooms and brand-new bathrooms!
Join our webinar introduction to EndNote X9 for Windows on 16 October 12-1pm. Discover how to create, build and organise your library, along with the basics of managing your EndNote references in Word. Places are limited!
Starting your literature review? Book a research consultation with a subject specialist librarian for support.

Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Want to avoid the distractions and get more effective writing done? Look no further! PARSA Shut Up and Write sessions is for you to get together on a regular basis and 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.

For a comprehensive listing of ANU support services for HDR candidates visit the website.

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