I hope you are all enjoying the change in weather. It's been a difficult winter for many of us and the sunshine is welcome. ANU has announced a recovery plan to address the financial impact of COVID on university finances. You can read all about it here and you will have a chance to take part in the consultation process via your school. I encourage you to raise any concerns you have.
I'd like to congratulate Nutsinee Kijbunchoo, from the School of Physics for winning the ANU 3MT 2020 for her presentation “Catching the Waves in the Sea of Noise”, Jessica Sharmin Rahman, from School of Computer Science won people’s choice. You can view the other excellent
3MT competitors here early next week. ANU Visualise your Thesis winner, Anthony Leung is still in the running at the University of Melbourne final - we wish him all the best.
Congratulations to all the people who have completed their program this month. If you are close to completion but need some motivation, please apply for a place in one of our 2 upcoming
Thesis Boot Camps listed below. These will run face to face, in a COVID safe way and will be a nice opportunity to connect with others and get up to 20,000 words written by Christmas! I hope to meet some of you there.

Professor Ann Evans

Dean, Higher Degree Research

ANU Researcher Development coordinates and facilitates workshops, events, and competitions to develop your skills even further. All of the sessions below are offered to you online. Click on one to find out more:

6 October | 
RSPH: Editing your work (PhD, MPhil, Honours)
6 October | Mindfulness Online
7 October | RSES: Editing for style & voice
7 October | CHL/CAP: Thesis structures
7 October | CHL/CAP: Presenting your research
8 October | RSAA Writing Program: Editing
13 October | Mindfulness Online
14 October | CHL/CAP: Crafting effective introductions and conclusions
14 October | CHL/CAP: Journal Article Writing
14 October | Research Ethics drop-in session on Zoom
13 October | NVivo introduction webinar ($95)
15 October | EndNote advanced webinar for Windows
16 October | ANU Student LGBTIQ+ Ally Training
20 October | NVivo advanced webinar ($95)
20 October | Mindfulness Online
21 October | Research data management webinar
21 October | CHL/CAP: Editing for style and voice
21 October | CHL/CAP: Corpus tools and academic English
22 October | HDR: Editing for style and voice (HASS)
22 October | Word for academic writing: formatting your document webinar
27 October | Mindfulness Online
27 October | HDR: Editing for style and voice (STEM)
28 October | ANUHDR: Working with the literature
28 October | EndNote in an Hour webinar for Windows
29 October | ANUHDR: 500 useful words every day

2 November |
How to write logically connected sentences
4 November |  Preparing for thesis examination
5 November | Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis webinar
5 November | Seminar: Ethics and development studies
10 November |
Editing your final draft
11 November | Research Ethics drop-in consultation session
11 November | EndNote advanced webinar for Windows
19 November | Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together webinar
19 November | CECS HDR Writing stylish results and discussions
26 November | What comes next? Post-PhD life and work

Updates from our research community and opportunities for you this month.

Our award-winning Thesis Boot Camps are back! *COVID SAFE*

Research candidates can often encounter difficulties with writing towards the end of their degree. Thesis Boot Camp helps you do a large amount of work on your thesis and develop productive writing habits in three days. The concept of Thesis Boot Camp is disarmingly simple. Put a group of people experiencing similar issues in the same room for a weekend, feed them regularly and provide a reward for every 5,000 words written. We have free two camps of 60 participants each this year, click here to find out more and join us.

  • 20-22 November, Fri-Sun
  • 14-16 December, Mon-Wed

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo2020)

Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? November is academic writing month! Join the Researcher Development community online for a festival of writing, set your writing goals and have some company along the way. We will provide online writing sessions and the usual discussion board and register for recording your output. Register your interest here.

Research to Impact


As a researcher, you may be frustrated by the difficulty of finding ways to apply your research or ideas into meaningful results in the real world. The changing landscape has led to career challenges for early-stage researchers and lower funding for research team leaders. The two-part webinar series will engage in these challenges and provide tools to enable you to find answers about industry needs, to adapt to be more prevalent in your field and attract the resources you need to take your projects forward. Find out more here.

Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarship information session

Attend an information session to find out all you need to know to apply for the prestigious Pat Turner scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian public servants. The Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarship is a 1-3 year full pay scholarship awarded to high performing APS 4 to SES Band 1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Public Service (APS) employees. Find out more information here.

From the Thesis Whisperer

'Roam' looks like an interesting new note-taking tool for those keen to scratch that 'need a new app' itch.
Missing your PhD friends who haven't returned to campus? GitLab, a 1600 person WFH company released an interesting ebook on how to create community remotely.
Structured procrastination might be the answer to your productivity dreams!
Associate Professor Inger Mewburn

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

Name Program College
Adrianus HendrawanPHDCAP
Andrew ReillyPHDCOS
Anthea KatelarisMPHILCHM
Aser AltalibPHDCASS
Callum ThirkellMPHILCHM
Cecile ElgindyPHDCOS
Charlotte DudaMPHILCOS
Daniel NixPHDCOS
Deborah JeppesenPHDCAP
Fateme ZarePHDCOS
Gary Keith SterrenbergPHDCBE
Hieu Minh Thi Holly NguyenPHDCAP
Hijaz Kamal HasnanPHDCOS
Hongguang ZhangPHDCECS
Hongtao YangPHDCECS
Howard WangPHDCOS
Jack Bruce SimpsonPHDCOS
Jesse HamblyPHDCASS
Joe KaczmarskiPHDCOS
Kenny Tiam Soon LauPHDCOS
Keshav Kumar GuptaPHDCOS
Lynda Kurnia WardhaniPHDCASS
Peter VouzasPHDCOS
Rabin BasnetPHDCECS
Raktima DeyPHDCOS
Remi Jose Georges BrancoPHDCOS
Shang Long YeoPHDCASS
Soniya SharmaPHDCOS
Weidong JingPHDCOS
Yong-Shen HanPHDCOS

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