Boot Camps for Higher Degree Researchers

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What is Boot Camp?

Since 2014, The Australian National University has facilitated the Thesis Boot Camp program based on a concept created and developed by Dr Liam Connell and Peta Freestone at The University of Melbourne. This program won a Vice Chancellor’s award for innovation and excellence in service, in 2017.

In 2020, ANU developed additional Boot Camps to support HDR candidates across all stages of their research degree. These camps are offered online, and face to face on campus depending on the structure. The concept of Boot Camps is disarmingly simple. Put a group of people experiencing similar issues in the same room or zoom for three days with an experienced writing teacher, and expert led workshops. These programs help you do a large amount of work on your research project and develop productive writing habits in three days. This training is funded by the Dean, Higher Degree Research and is free for ANU candidates to attend. We offer multiple Boot Camps each year:

Due to COVID-19, 2020, 2021 and 2022 have been dynamic years to plan Boot Camps, as a result face-to-face camps will rightly only occur when it is safe to deliver them on campus.  If you have questions about this, please email us.

How can I apply?

Each Boot Camp program is extremely popular and spaces are limited. Places are offered on a needs basis, as with everything that the Researcher Development team offers, our camps are an inclusive and safe space for all students to work. These camps are targeted for students at particular points of their research project. Your application will go through an application process assessing your research progress, goals for the camp and personal circumstances.

Keen to join us? 

Make sure you read the monthly HDR Update for details about upcoming Boot Camp dates and other development opportunities. This is sent to your ANU student email address at the start of each month.