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Research Digest


August edition

Welcome note

As many of you may be aware, the Human Rights Commission have conducted a survey of Australian university students about experiences of sexual assault and harassment – the first comprehensive survey of its kind. This work has been done in conjunction with Universities Australia and they will also be involved in the media release of national results, which will be followed by the release of University results, both on 1 August 2017. You may be interested to read what the Vice-Chancellor has to say about respectful relationships here. There is also more easily accessible information for anyone who is looking for help and advice, supporting a friend or colleague, or is just wanting to better understand what support is available here at ANU. For postgrad research students, we have added an additional link on our pages, which deals with health, safety and wellbeing and provides all the relevant information. In the next few months, we’ll provide further information about what we plan to do to ensure that we provide a respectful environment within the HDR environment, and improve our current support for our students. Meanwhile, please do contact me if you have any concerns.

The ‘Redefining the ANU PhD’ open forums are well underway now, but there’s still an opportunity to sign up for the remaining events. If you’re interested you can sign up here:

Thursday 3 August 10-11am (The Pop-Up Club, ANU Pop-Up Village)

Tuesday 8 August 10-11am (The Drawing Room, University House)

Thursday 10 August 10-11am (Fred Gruen Economics Seminar Room, HW Arndt Building)

So far, the level of engagement and discussion has been fantastic.
Finally, there are some events to bring to your attention.

The National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) Research Colloquium (18-20 October) is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, who are currently undertaking HDR programs in Indigenous studies, to come together and share research insights and approaches (for more information, click here).

The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) is presenting Indigenous Policy Research Matters: Considering Audience, Translation and Impact on 14-15 November. This is open to current and recently submitted HDR candidates, and will bring together emerging research candidates addressing issues relevant to public policy (for more information, click here).



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research

Upcoming programs



Thanks PARSA

Register now for one of our productive Shut Up & Write sessions!



1 Library: NVivo Advanced workshop


Shut Up and Write Night

2 Counselling: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind program
2 #ANU3MT: Presenting in English for ESL Candidates (repeat session)


#ANU3MT: Persuasive and Strategic Communication for the Sciences

2 ANU Online: Wattle Basics


ASLC: Kick Start your PhD


Library: Search Strategies and Subject Databases workshop


#ANU3MT: Persuasive and Strategic Communication for the Humanities

3 Redefining the ANU PhD


#ANU3MT: Media Skills Workshop with SCAPA


Shut Up and Write Night

4 ANU Online: Mahara ePortfolio


#GetSome – Social Media for Researchers

7 ANU Online: Using Video in Teaching and Learning (fully online)


Library: Word for academic writing: Formatting your document

8 Redefining the ANU PhD


Shut Up and Write Night


Library: Working with data in Excel


#ANU3MT: Three Minute Thesis Clinic with the Thesis Whisperer


Shut Up and Write-a-thon

10 Redefining the ANU PhD
10 Library: Endnote Workshop


Shut Up and Write Night

11 Library: SPSS Introduction workshop


Thesis Boot Camp Veterans' Day

14 #GetSome – Social Media for Researchers
15 Library: Search strategies and subject databases
15 Library: Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis


Shut Up and Write Night

16 Batyr Mental Health Seminar hosted by PARSA
16 Library: Internet and research


Shut Up and Write Night


Shut Up and Write-a-thon

19 Library: Endnote Saturday workshop


#ANU3MT Bootcamp

21 Library: Conference poster production using PowerPoint


#GetSome – Social Media for Researchers


Shut Up and Write-a-thon

22 Library: Word (2013) for academic writing: putting your thesis together


Shut Up and Write Night


Shut Up and Write Night


#ANU3MT Wild Card Draw at ANU Open Day


#GetSome – Social Media for Researchers

29 ANU Online: Wattle Gradebook


Shut Up and Write Night


Shut Up & Science (CMBE)

31 ANU Online:Turnitin Feedback Studio


Shut Up and Write Night





ASLC: Kick Start your PhD


Thesis Whisperer: Working with your Supervisor

16 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans' Day
28 Shut Up & Write-a-thon (Law and Engineering)






Academic Skills & Learning Centre
Are you new to research and not quite sure how to manage the PhD? Do you want to make a strong start? Come to the Kick start your PhD workshop and equip yourself to survive the journey! Find out times and venues, click here.

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. There you will find a range of self-help resources to help you communicate your research.

Do you ever struggle to get your message across clearly in your writing? Sometimes it’s hard to work out how to improve your use of language, expression and clarity. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre can help. Book an appointment with a Learning Adviser and they will review your writing and give individualised feedback.

Thinking about running a program of writing for your students or colleagues? Did you know that the Academic Skills and Learning Centre has a comprehensive writing program for research writing that can be tailored for disciplines and cohorts? Get in touch with us to find out more and book a workshop.

Counselling Centre

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind program, Five-week Program in Semester Two, 2017

Start the semester with a joint initiative between ANU Sport and the ANU Counselling Centre. The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Program will allow you to try different types of physical exercise, develop your knowledge of nutrition and an introduction to mindfulness.

Research skills and digital literacy training available: Register from our online training calendar.

Check out our self-paced, Small Private Online Course (SPOC) designed to build the capabilities you need to navigate the scholarly communications and publishing world.  Two modules, Publish and prosper and Talk data to me are available now!

Book a research consultation. Subject contacts are available for personalised, one-to-one research consultations. Book in now and get the subject specific advice you're after.

Learn how to use Word efficiently to format and navigate long documents, formatting tables, compare documents side by side, formatting breaks and sections and quick keys in Word formatting your document workshop.

Using Word to write your thesis? Our workshop will show you how to use templates to maintain consistency in your thesis: Word maintaining consistency workshop.

Do you need to analyse and present your data? Join the SPSS workshop and you will learn these skills and much more.

The One Button Studio, an easy-to-use self-service video recording facility located on Level 4 of Chifley Library can be booked during Library opening hours.

ANU researchers, register with ORCiD and share your identifier with ANU Open Research to aggregate your publications and manage your professional research profile in one place.



News & Links



ANU Online Wattle, Turnitin & Echo360 training

If you are teaching now or in the near future, ANU Online offers training on Wattle (Moodle), Turnitin, Echo360, and using technology for teaching and learning. You can come to one of the face-to-face sessions, get personal assistance at a drop-in session,  learn at your own pace with Wattle Basics online training, and Turnitin online training, or join the conversation about education technology with a coffee course.


HDR Administration Support Project

The University is committed to identifying improvements for administration and support functions that affect the HDR student experience. Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) the ANU Service Improvement Group has a project in progress aiming to identify effective ways of delivering significantly improved HDR Administrative Support outcomes. 

The HDR Administration Support Project is currently focusing on:

  • Admissions: Transparent, standardised and simplified process across ANU consistent with revised policy
  • Examinations & Thesis Submission: An efficient and effective process for managing thesis submission and examination reducing examination times and improved tracking and reporting
  • Renewed HDR Student Induction Program: Standardised, accessible and timely information available for commencing HDR students.

For more information on the HDR Administrative Support Project please visit the web site or contact the Project Managers: Karen Cameron (PM for the Admissions component) and Megan Easton (PM for the broader body of HDR work.



New ANU Press title: Bearing Witness: Essays in honour of Brij V. Lal edited by Doug Munro and Jack Corbett.


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

PARSA Survival Guide and more



From the Thesis Whisperer



Jobs Explorer Research

The Thesis Whisperer is working with an ANU team using machine learning to design a new app to help PhD students get jobs out in industry. The team is looking for students who are interested in participating in a three hour design workshop late in July. If you are interested in exploring your employment options outside academia, please register your interest for the Jobs Explorer Research.

Inger's picks from the web

An interesting post on the importance of mess in data

A free handbook from on social media for academics

Some lesser-known truths about academe

The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

What do examiners think of the PhD by publication?

How to start podcasting your research

Is it worth doing the three minute thesis?



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Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



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