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Research Digest


February edition

Welcome note

January is the time for new resolutions and good intentions. Some of your resolutions may still be works in progress by the time you read this, but I hope all your research plans and strategies are still fresh in your mind. To those of you returning from the holiday break, welcome back: I hope you feel restored and ready to hit the ground running. To those of you that are beginning your research degree this year, welcome to a thriving HDR community. If you are new to Canberra, like me, you may be still wandering around, campus map in hand, and getting settled. I have discovered that the ANU and Canberra are friendly and accessible places, and I am sure you will feel part of the community before too long.

Why not resolve to make the Research Digest essential reading this year? It aims to distil essential information about upcoming training events, opportunities, news and links of interest to you. It also offers regular links to the Thesis Whisperer blog – a marvellous source of provocation, practical advice and collegiality.

I hope to meet many of you during the coming year at research training and other events. If you see me wandering around the campus (probably with a map), do say hello.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research




Upcoming programs



Next free Thesis Bootcamp 24-6 February. Apply online.

Download the Research Skills and Training Program Calendar for 2017 (PDF, 400KB)




Official welcome to the ANU Research Community


Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day


Thesis Boot Camp




Career Doctor: Spice up your Academic CV


Career Doctor: Communicate your way into a job


Career Doctor: Interview techniques


Shut Up and Write-a-thon March


Career Doctor: SPARK Commercialisation Boot Camp


Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day


Career Doctor: Career Crafting with Dr Shari Walsh


Career Doctor: Managing the Gap with Dr Shari Walsh


Career Doctor: Career Crafting with Dr Shari Walsh (repeat session)


Career Doctor: Communicating outwards with Dr Shari Walsh






Once again there is an exciting opportunity for PhD students working in social sciences and kindred humanities disciplines to undertake independent research and receive a prestigious Fox International Fellowship from Yale University for the northern hemisphere 2017/8 academic year (10 months commencing mid-August). For details see the Fox International Fellowship website, but any interested students should contact Peter Francis ( You will need to apply to ANU by February 21st (all applications should also go to Peter).

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is inviting post-graduate students in the biophysical and social science fields to apply for its 2017 Science for Management Awards.

Semester one opening hours will commence on across all Library branches on Monday 20 February. Check the Library website for the current hours.

The American Doctoral Dissertations database now includes access to full text and expanded coverage of 20th century. This free enhanced resource includes 80,000 new citations from 1902 to the present and links to full text when available.

New ANU Press title: What if we could reimagine copyright?, edited by Rebecca Giblin and Kimberlee Weatherall.



News & links




New to ANU? The Library can help get you oriented through branch tours or information sessions. A full schedule is available on the Library website.

Upcoming NVivo workshops are available on 7 February and 21 March (cost $180). Register online today!

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.

Free training is a great way to prepare for the start of the semester. Why not consider attending a free course or two. Register from our online training calendar.

Discover how SAGE Research Methods can help you at every step of your research project. Explore research design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, literature review writing, data collection and analysis through hundreds of videos, case studies and the Methods Map. Bring your project together with advice and tips on sharing your research findings, completing a thesis and submitting work for publication.


Statistical Consulting Centre

Appointments for statistical consulting


ANU Qualitative Research Network

QRN Forum: Qualitative research at the margins: case studies of innovative methods


Academic Skills & Learning Centre

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre has launched a new Research writing website. This site has self-paced resources to help students from across disciplines with writing their thesis and disseminating their research.

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre has a variety of workshops that can be tailored for a particular discipline or cohort of students. Download the flyer (PDF, 661KB) or visit their website for more information.

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre is offering Research project management workshops throughout the year. For more information and to register go to their website.


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 train ing, or join the conversation about education technology with a coffee course. All are welcome to attend. For more information on Wattle or training, contact us at


Counselling Centre

Get Up and Go Walking

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind - 5 Week Program


Ethics training

Twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions


Centre for Higher Education, Learning &Teaching

Are you a PhD student who has tutored at ANU? Learn about new ideas and practices


Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA)

PARSA Survival Guide and more



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

The price of doing a Post Doc

Top tips for presentations (brought to you by cats)

No more Beall’s list


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

In praise of redundancy

Struggling With Thesis Production?

Doing a copy edit of your thesis


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



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