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Research Digest


March edition

Welcome note

It is March and the campus is buzzing with students again. I am only six weeks in to my term as Dean of Higher Degree Research and I have already met a number of you. I have been fortunate enough to attend the first induction event, the PARSA welcome evening, a University House Wednesday dinner and the Commencement cocktails for Toad Hall. Last week we had our first Student Consultative Committee where we discussed the University’s new Strategic Plan and our plans to ensure that higher degree research candidates feel that their voices are being heard and that their contribution to the University is recognised. Each College has representatives on this committee, so do seek them out and let them know if there are issues you would like them to raise.

Congratulations to students Mr Simon McKenzie, Mr Henry Orton, and Ms Toby Hendy, who have been successful in the prestigious 2017 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships round. The scholarships focus on technology and innovation, strengthening Australia-Asia ties and enabling social change. Simon and Henry have already started at ANU, while Toby will start in the second half of the year.

Applications have now closed for the 2017-18 Fox International Fellowship (at Yale) and we welcome our first Yale Fox International fellow, Eugenio Gómez-Chico, who is working with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).

Last weekend 24 students wrote 283,293 words during the first Thesis Boot Camp for the year, the next camp is in April. I encourage you to apply for the many opportunities available to you this month, the upcoming programs are listed below.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research




Upcoming programs



Career Doctor free experts day.

Interested in pursuing commercial pathways with your research project?
Join us for a full day with the experts, all meals provided on 15 March




Career Doctor: Spice up your Academic CV


Career Doctor: Communicate your way into a job


Career Doctor: Mastering your Interview


Shut Up and Write-a-thon March


Career Doctor: From idea to market, pursuing commercial pathways with for your research project


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




Career Doctor with the Thesis Whisperer. Beyond Plan B: non traditional career options for PhD graduates


Shut Up and Write-a-thon April


Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day


Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) toolkit with the Thesis Whisperer.


Thesis Boot Camp






The Statistical Consulting Centre 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.

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




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.


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

Group Programs and Workshops for Semester One


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 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


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Associate Professor
Inger Mewburn

Director of Research Training
Thesis Whisperer



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