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Research Digest


May edition

Welcome note

Greetings from Cairns. I am here for the biannual Deans of Graduate Research meeting, where Australian and New Zealand Deans of HDR gather to discuss the hot topics of the day – both national and international. Issues include updates on national research training funding, industry internships, good practice in Indigenous research training, international benchmarking, and skills development within institutions. It is a genuinely collegial community of academics which foregrounds the interests of higher degree research students and the supervisory community, and I look forward to catching up with what is happening in the sector at large. I will update the Student Consultative Committee at our next meeting.

As the nights draw in, and we enjoy the beautiful colours of a Canberra autumn, it’s a good time to ensure you spend a little bit of your week checking the opportunities available to you within and beyond ANU. If you are keen to explore broader challenges, here are two exciting opportunities. So make yourself a cup of tea, take ten minutes away from your research, and click on the relevant links below. Who knows where that virtual journey may take you?

Australia Awards- Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowship 2018 Round now opened - the program provides opportunities for Australian postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to undertake international research and professional development in an eligible country overseas. Potential applicants should read the Application Guidelines and the FAQs section of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website. Should an applicant have further questions, they may email the Endeavour inbox directly on

Applications for the Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge are now open. The event sees participants organised into teams who then have 24 hours to develop a proposal, after which they pitch their ideas to a judging panel. The event runs from Tuesday 11 July to Wednesday 12 July and this year is in Adelaide. Applications close 9 am (AEST) Monday 8 May 2017, and must be submitted electronically (including supporting documentation), by a research office or grants office or equivalent, to, and can be made through the appropriate College Research Office.



Professor Imelda Whelehan

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research




Upcoming programs



Meet fellow researchers and get some work done.
SUAW is passionately supported by your Postgraduate and Research Students' Assoc.



1 ANU Online: Learn to use ePortfolio
3 ILP: Internet and research workshop


First Wednesday Connect. Network with entrepreneurs, innovators and businesspeople from the innovation community, hosted by CBR Innovation Network.


Shut Up and Write Nights


Shut Up and Write-a-thon May

11 ASLC: Research Project Management
11 ILP: Research Impact Training
13 ILP: EndNote introduction workshop (Saturday session)


Thesis Whisperer: What do thesis examiners really want

17 ILP: Word (2013) for academic writing: formatting your document
19 ILP: SPSS introduction workshop


Thesis Boot Camp Veterans Day

23 ILP: Conference poster production using PowerPoint
24 ILP: Word (2013) for academic writing: maintaining consistency
25 ANU Online: Building inclusive education with Universal Design for Learning
26 ILP: SPSS advanced significance testing workshop


Thesis Whisperer: Working with your Supervisor

31 ILP: Word (2013) for academic writing: putting it all together




ANU TTO: Social Enterprise Bootcamp, Develop a financially sustainable business model for a social venture.


Shut Up and Write-a-thon June


ANU TTO: Lean Startup Workshops. Apply Lean Startup methodology to your research projects.


#ANUTBC Thesis Boot Camp thanks to PARSA






Falling Walls Lab Australia calls for talented researchers and professionals to showcase their most innovative ideas. Falling Walls Lab Australia will take place on 12 September 2017, at the Shine Dome in Canberra, hosted by the Australian Academy of Science supported by the German Embassy in Canberra.

Throughout your research project you might find it very helpful to have an appointment with a Learning Adviser from the Academic Skills and Learning Centre. To find out more or make an appointment check the Appointments website.

Can't find that book? ANU postgraduate students and staff can now request books online from other BONUS+ participating Australian and New Zealand university libraries and pick them up from one of our branches. Visit the ANU Library website for more information on using BONUS+.

Discover the need-to-know of research impact with Dr Anthony Dona, Solutions Consultant at Clarivate Analytics, at our free one-day workshop on 12 May. Register at Research Impact Training ANU.

Upcoming NVivo workshops are available on 30 May (cost $180). Register online today!

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

Learn how to format the front sections of a thesis (e.g. cover page, declaration, abstract, lists of figures): Word putting it all together workshop.

Digital literacy training available: Register from our online training calendar.



News & links




An exhibition opening in May will showcase selected artworks from the Elizabeth Durack Clancy collection, which have never before been on display. The artworks convey Elizabeth’s first impressions of the women of Papua and New Guinea in 1968.

New ANU Press title: New Worlds from Below: Informal Life Politics and Grassroots Action in Twenty-First Century Northeast Asia, edited by Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Eun Jeong Soh

ANU Press has published its 2017 catalogue online, which includes new featured titles and an updated backlist

ANU Library PC availability is now accessible online and displayed on the information display screens at all ANU Library branches

Professor Ni Win Zaw, University Librarian at the University of Yangon, visited ANU Library to work on a digitisation research project. Read about her visit.


Statistical Consulting Centre

The Statistical Consulting Centre is in the John Dedman Building (27). There are four academic statisticians offering free stats advice for your PhD, Masterate or Honours project. They also provide stats support and collaboration for academic staff. Click here to make an oppointment with statistical consulting.


ANU Qualitative Research Network

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


Academic Skills & Learning Centre

The ASLC offers face to face, one to one appointments for research students, they also have extensive self-access online resources on their Research Writing website. Additionally, workshops can be arranged for groups of students on a number of topics (PDF, 661KB), including thesis writing, time management and presentations. Contact to find out more.


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



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Director of Research Training
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