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Research Digest October edition


What's on

12 October: Official welcome to the ANU research community for HDR students. Register here.

16 October: The Thesis Whisperer's top tips for starting your research project. Register here.

26 October: Life after the PhD: what do employers want? Register here.

26 October: Destination: academia (for those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Register here.

26 October: Do you want an academic job when your doctorate is done? (HASS edition). Register here.

26 October: Destination: academia (for those in the humanities, arts and social sciences). Register here.

26 October: Do you want an academic job when your doctorate is done? (STEM edition). Register here.

5 November: Understanding research fellowships: the what, why and how. Register here.

10 November: How research is measured and what it means for your career. Register here.

From the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training

We surveyed all current students for their views on the research experience at ANU in May (the PRES survey). The results are pretty interesting and a summary report is available on request (email Peter Francis). The 20% who responded were happy with the research environment and with the expertise available to them but told us that we weren't responding to feedback well enough. They also said they weren't really sure how their theses were evaluated and didn't have enough opportunities to discuss their research with other researchers besides their supervisors. We're taking this on board – particularly the point about responding to feedback – and will look for ways to create more opportunities.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Congratulations to the 12 finalists who competed in the ANU final. You did yourselves and ANU proud. View the photo story, finalist research profiles and results from the night. Kiara Bruggeman from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science won the ANU final and is representing the University in the 3MT grand final in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday 2 October). Watch her compete in her semi-final via livestream. She's on at 1.06pm, proceedings commence at 8.46am.

Thinking statistically in your research

There is no easy road from learning statistics outside of the context of your research area to applying the most relevant statistical methods to your research. The Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) offers a context-dependent approach to statistical thinking within your research area through short courses by design. Statistical thinking within your research area can be developed, for example, using journal articles and case studies.

Here's the plan: get together with your course convener and contact the SCU to set up a short course targeted to statistics relevant to your research. The course content and delivery format will be decided by agreement between the SCU and convener. The course can be lecture-based, group discussion or could involve hands-on teaching using statistical software. Email the SCU.

From the Counselling Centre

The art of failing and how it might help us succeed

Tuesday 20 October, 12.30–1.30pm. Location: Finkel Theatre, JCSMR Building 131, Garran Road, ANU. No registration required.

Presented by Maureen MacGinley.

This seminar will explore the art of failing and how it might contribute to or undermine success. What is failure? What does it mean to fail? Could the art of failing, that is what we do when we fail, be important to our wellbeing, creativity and success? This talk may sound like an exploration of failure but ultimately it could help guide us toward a clearer exploration of what helps us create and succeed in academia, relationships and in how we relate to ourselves.


Apply! The Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. More information here.

Participate in the Dropbox Campus Cup! More information here.

From the Library

Open Research at ANU website is now live! Visit the new website – and follow the new @ANUOpenAccess Twitter account – for all the latest open access at ANU info. You can find theses, journal articles conference papers and more from ANU academics and students.

Must see! If you missed the University Librarian's predatory publishing information session, check out her tips for avoiding these publishers via the Library website. We can help you find quality publishers for your books and articles.

Digital literacy? We'll show you how. Find our resources and workshops on the Library website.

Legal research drop-in sessions, 1–2pm every Tuesday in study room 1. Can't make Tuesday? Visit the Information Desk or email us.

Current exhibitions

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea's Independence, 1975–2015, Menzies Library foyer
>> Event details

High Street Dreams – shops and shopping in the early days, ANU Archives reading room
>> Event details

Let's be friends!
ANU Library Facebook page
ANU Library Twitter account
ANU Press Twitter account
ANU Archives Facebook page

New ANU Press title

A Dissident Liberal: The Political Writings of Peter Baume, by Peter Baume, John Wanna and Marija Taflaga.

From the Thesis Whisperer's blog

Managing conflicting feedback on your thesis

Researcher organise thyself

From scholar to dollar

Academic FOMO?


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