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Research Digest


February edition

Welcome note

It seems rather belated to wish you all a happy new year, but this is the first digest of the year and it seems wrong not to open with good wishes, and signal that for many of us this is the time for new habits or renewed good intentions. I hope that if you made resolutions you are enjoying keeping them and if, like me, you have had a break, you now feel restored and revitalised. If you have soldiered on through the break I hope this quieter time of year was productive for you. A special welcome to all of you recently enrolled on your higher degree research program: make sure you check in to the Research Digest on a monthly basis to keep abreast of current events in the HDR calendar Now that I have been Dean for a year I seem to be acquiring more resolutions and ambitions by the month. I know 2018 will be another interesting year and my current wishlist includes improving on the gains we have made to HDR administration, better support and guidance for HDR supervisors, and, above all, an improved experience for you, wherever you are in the research journey. While the year is still new you might want to think about some of the broader opportunities available for HDR students. Just before the Christmas break applications for the Yale 2018-19 Fox International Fellowship opened, and there is still a little time left to apply if you fancy spending the academic year at Yale. You can find more information here, applications are due by 13 February 2018. A little closer to home is the Go8 and Westpac STEM PhD Program, which is being offered for only the second time. Successful PhD students will have a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and will be offered part-time employment with the Westpac Group in Sydney during their studies. The full time equivalent salary is $100,000 (an annual base salary of $60,000 p.a. for three days per week). Applications open 1 February and close 22 February 2018. If you are interested, you will need to establish that you can be a part-time employee of Westpac Group concurrent with your PhD candidature at ANU. You can also contact Westpac directly on



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research


Upcoming programs



Make significant progress on your thesis at Thesis Boot Camp 23-25 March.
Applications are now open and close on 1 March 2018.



1 Echo360 ALP Hands-On Training Session

NVivo introduction workshop ($90)

7 Building Wattle Quizzes

Mahara ePortfolio Training

13 NVivo advanced workshop ($90)
13 Wattle Basics
15 EndNote 1: Building and managing your library
15 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
15 Echo360 ALP Hands-On Training Session
17 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day
17-18 Thinking Qualitatively’ (“TQ”) workshop series

Presentation techniques workshop

21 Working with data in Excel
21 Library research workshop
21 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day
22 EndNote 2: Formatting and perfecting your paper
23 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture: Reconciliation, Treaty Making and Nation Building
27 Research data management workshop

Conference poster production using PowerPoint workshop

27 Digital research workshop




Word for academic writing: formatting your document

2 Endnote 1: Building and managing your library
5 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
7 Advanced digital research
8 Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis
9 Endnote 2: Formatting and perfecting your paper
14 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day
14 Internet research workshop
15 Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
15 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
17 Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day
19 Official Research Candidate Induction to the Australian National University
21 Thesis Whisperer: Tragic Research Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
21 Thesis Whisperer: Working with your Supervisor
23-25 Thesis Boot Camp, applications open until 1 March

Saturday Endnote 1: Building and managing your library

24 Saturday Endnote 2: Formatting and perfecting your paper






Academic Skills & Learning Centre
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.

Statistical Consulting Centre
The SCU is in the John Dedman Building (27). The four academic statisticians here can give you free stats advice for your PhD, Masterate or Honours project. We also provide stats support and collaboration for academic staff. If you would like to make an appointment, go to our website for more information. One of the statisticians will then contact you to organise a suitable time. If you are a postgrad, for your first appointment it is good to come with your supervisor. Useful to you too if you can see one of us at the start of your project for stats design advice, rather than waiting until after you have collected your data.

Commonwealth Defence Export Controls Office
Individual researchers in Australian universities have a legal obligation to consider whether they may require a permit from the Commonwealth Defence Export Controls Office to physically export or electronically transfer regulated goods, software and technology or ‘know how’ outside Australia’s borders. The Research Services seminars are targeted towards researchers, join us on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 10–11am, register on Eventbrite.



News & links



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.


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


ANU Qualitative Research Network

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


Centre for Higher Education, Learning &Teaching

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


Counselling Centre

Group Programs and Workshops for Semester One


Ethics training

Twice monthly Human Ethics Training sessions



Using Word to write your thesis? Our workshops will show you how to format efficiently and navigate long documents, understand section breaks and numbering and use templates to maintain consistency in your thesis. Register online via the full event catalogue.

Need help with reference or research data management? ANU Library has a number of online how to guides for academics and researchers that support research skills development.


1917 – a year of turmoil ANU Archives presents an exhibition looking at two of the dramatic and divisive events of 1917, the great strike and the conscription referendum. It includes photographs and documents from the Noel Butlin Archives Centre and Unions NSW and a film from 1917, restored by the National Film and Sound Archive, showing strikers and strike breakers around Sydney.It is on display in the foyer of the Menzies building until mid February 2018.

JB Chifley Library 50th anniversary. The Chifley Library celebrates it’s anniversary with exhibitions in the Chifley and Menzies Libraries – see the great researchers who used the library, the banned books of 1968 and more. Watch the Library social media for information on the great celebratory BBQ!

New ANU Press titles

Teaching Proper Drinking: Clubs and Pubs in Indigenous Australia by Maggie Brady
Solomon Islanders in World War II: An Indigenous Perspective by Anna Annie Kwai

On Monday 19 February, all ANU Library branches will commence Semester One opening hours


Statistical Consulting Centre

Appointments for statistical consulting are free and very worthwhile. The SCU is a team of experts keen to support you to design and analyse your data collection.


Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

The Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA) is the democratically elected representative body for postgraduate students at ANU. Our membership is comprised of approximately 11,000 postgraduate students. PARSA exists to ensure the interests of postgraduates at ANU, namely through representing postgraduate students rights and welfare. PARSA is hosting many free events in Febuary 2018, click here to find out what's on.



From the Thesis Whisperer



Inger's picks from the web

'The rise of the Trump Academic' raises some troubling questions about academic integrity

“The resume is dead: your next click might determine your next job” - an interesting article on the rise of Linkedin and new ways of hiring

The 'un-writing' concept is an interesting way to think about the work of revising your thesis


The latest from the Thesis Whisperer Blog

Using diagrams as research aides

Is the advice you get about your PhD wrong?

Helen Kara – book ninja


Doctor Inger Mewburn

Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



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