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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES . NEW HDR STUDENT INDUCTION 2011. Sir Roland Wilson Building, Monday 11 April 2010 9.30 – 11.30am. Welcome to student life & what to expect. Dr Kylie Message, Associate Dean (Research Training), College of Arts and Social Sciences

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College of arts and social sciences




Sir Roland Wilson Building,

Monday 11 April 2010

9.30 – 11.30am

Welcome to student life what to expect
Welcome to student life & what to expect

Dr Kylie Message, Associate Dean (Research Training), College of Arts and

Social Sciences

Professor Toni Makkai, Dean and Director, ANU College of Arts and Social

Sciences, College of Arts and Social Sciences

This induction aims to
This induction aims to

Welcome new students to the College of Arts and Social Sciences

Introduce the requirements, processes, and people involved with HDR – that is

higher degree research (PhD & MPhil) – study in the College

Outline opportunities available to HDR students

Provide an opportunity for you to meet other current and recent students and


Encourage you to think of HDR study as a fundamentally social activity,

and to invite you to become part of a research community of independent


Outline of induction session
Outline of induction session

1. Welcome & 2011 HDR student profile


Effectively managing your postgraduate program

Seven steps for a successful start

Milestones and opportunities

Where to get help / Other services available


Who are you
Who are YOU?

110 new students commencing HDR programs in CASS this year

Most are Australian, but of the internationals, 11 countries are represented

56% of students are female and 44% are male

The average age of new students is 37 years old, while the median is 34

Most studying full-time at this stage

Who is your cohort?

CASS has around 650 HDR students

Last year 75 students in CASS successfully completed PhDs and MPhils (mostly in Political Science & International Relations and Archaeology/Anthropology – 55% female and 45% male).

What are your motivations for undertaking higher degree research
What are your motivations for undertaking higher degree research?

To get the job you want?

Because you are seeking personal affirmation and a sense of achievement?

To provide an opportunity to refocus employment possibilities?

Because your children have left home and you have more time to do what you always wanted?

For many of us, completing the PhD is akin to gaining our ‘union ticket’, that is something that will allow us to move into the world of academia and further research. For others, it will satisfy a personal goal, or provide a professional qualification that confers credibility in sectors beyond the university.

It is useful to discuss your motivation for undertaking a research degree with your supervisor.

College of arts and social sciences

The diversity of CASS programs means that what is considered as constituting ‘evidence’, ‘research’, and a significant innovation or contribution to the field of study differs greatly different across the College. The uniqueness of our contribution means that the College has a very important – and valuable – profile within the ANU.

Introduction to college structure administration and services understanding where you are located
Introduction to College structure, administration, and services —Understanding where you are located

  • HDR students are based in an academic ‘school’ unit and also aligned with a Graduate Research Field.

  • CASS has

  • 13 disciplinary ‘school’ units: The School of Archaeology & Anthropology; School of Cultural Inquiry; School of Art; School of Language Studies; School of Music; School of Sociology; CAIS; School of Politics & International Relations; School of History; School of Philosophy; CAEPR; & ADSRI. Each School sits within the Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA); the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS), or the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI).

  • 13 Graduate Research Fields (GRFs). These correspond roughly to the schools. GRFs are designed to provide an intellectual framework for the discipline, and intellectual leadership/guidance to students in these areas.

Approaching your candidacy effectively managing your postgraduate program
Approaching your candidacy: Effectively managing your postgraduate program

  • Be aware of:

  • Critical dates

  • HDR rules and expectations, see:

  • Higher Degree Research Guide (online version of the ‘Blue Book’):

  • ANU Research Awards Rules (2010):

  • All HDR ANU policies:

  • Key administrative contacts:

  • Your School research student administrator

  • CASS research student officers:

Approaching your candidacy seven steps to a successful start
Approaching your candidacy: Seven Steps to a successful start

In the first 2 weeks:

In the first four weeks:

2 of the seven steps
2 of the seven steps… start

  • TOAST Learning needs analysis:  

  • …and for further down the track see the online training site: Thesis Writing: Robust Practices:

  • Demystifying the panel process: Approach building your panel like a toolkit, every supervisor or advisor should have a particular role… You can have between 3 and 5 supervisors/advisors on your panel and its up to you and the Chair of the Panel (who is also your primary supervisor) to project manage the team.

  • Discuss and establish expectations about learning styles, meeting times, etc with your primary supervisor

  • Panels need to be formalised 3 months after initial enrolment

  • Also see: ANU Research Awards Rules (2010):

  • Guideline on Supervision and Candidature of Doctoral Research Students:

  •  Code of practice for supervision of higher degree by research students:


Milestones and opportunities
Milestones and opportunities start

  • Writing:

  • 12. Thesis chapter/s


  • Fieldwork:

  • 13. 6-12 months of Fieldwork (if required) would normally be undertaken in the second year of candidature.

  • Teaching:

  • 14. Teaching portfolio (Pinnacle program)

  • Conferences/Poster presentations/publications:

  • 15. Conference/poster presentations, submission of article/exhibition/performance.


  • 1-4: Coursework

  • Milestones:

  • 5. Learning Needs Analysis (TOAST)

  • 6. Confirmation of supervisory panel

  • 7. Research Integrity Training completed

  • 8. Annual Report (and Plan) completed

  • 9. TPR

  • 10. Oral Presentation of thesis

  • 11. Submission of thesis for examination

Research integrity training and fieldwork
Research Integrity Training and fieldwork start

  • Research Integrity covers issues of academic conduct, privacy, and public perception of ANU’s research integrity, as well as Human Ethics.

  • Research Integrity Training is mandatory for all HDR students in the university, and forms a key component of ARTS8103 (Research Design and Ethics), and equivalent courses

  • Human ethics office:

  • All HDR students in the College are able to apply for different kinds of support to assist with their research and fieldwork. Contact your school administrator for School-specific information and guidelines, but for general information see:


Hdr research training program coursework aims
HDR Research Training program (Coursework) aims: start

  • Develop breadth and depth of knowledge about the discipline within which students are working to establish the best possible conditions for the generation of PhDs and MPhils that make an original contribution to knowledge and a serious contribution to intellectual debates.

  • Prepare CASS graduates for future careers in a range of professions by enhancing their capacity to operate ethically, function as analytical and creative problem-solvers, communicate confidently across diverse audiences, and effectively manage complex projects to completion.

  • Build a socially active community of scholars in which students engage with debate and discussion, that may also lead to collaborative and interdisciplinary projects and partnerships with researchers at different career levels.

  • Provide the support and structure that is required to complete high quality PhDs within a reasonable time frame

  •   Coursework is expected to help students meet major milestones, and assessment is designed to contribute directly to the research degree or related activities. It should not add extra time to your period of candidature.

Typical coursework program
Typical coursework program start

  • Each research area has developed specific programs but a typical program looks like this:

  • Course 1: ARTS8101 (Research methods and techniques) (6u)

  • Course 2: ARTS8102 (Situating the Thesis (TPR)) (6u)

  • Course 3: ARTS8103 (Research Design and Ethics) (6u)

  • Course 4: CASS Elective Course (6u)

  • You will be advised by your supervisor and graduate convenor on the specific program that

  • will suit you.

  • General information about the coursework program is available in the CASS HDR Handbook,

  • and at:;overview.html

Where to get help advice other services available
Where to get help & advice / Other services available start

  • Your supervisor → Head of School → Associate Dean (Research Training),

  • ANU Dean of Students, Dr Penny Oakes:

  • Also—Research Student Development Centre (RSDC):


    … CEDAM; Graduate Research Centre; Graduate Lounge; PARSA; Careers Centre; Inter-University Research Workshop program; Academic and Professional Skills Program; Statistical Consulting Unit; Graduate Teaching Program; Information Literacy Program; Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. All link from RSDC site.

The anu experience what it s like being a research student in cass
The ANU Experience: startWhat it’s like being a research student in CASS

  • What do you now know that you wish someone had told you when you were

  • just starting your research degree?

  • Adam Masters, School of Politics and International Relations (2nd yr)

  • Raihan Ismail, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (2nd yr)

  • Julie Rickwood, Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research Program (RSHA) (3rd yr)

  • Ingereth MacFarlane, School of History (completed PhD 2010)

  • Donna Seto, School of Politics and International Relations (completed PhD 2010)

  • Nick Guoth, School of History (completed MPhil 2010)

G etting your research off to a good start getting to know your peers upcoming anu opportunities
G startetting your research off to a good start & getting to know your peers: Upcoming ANU opportunities

ANU Orientation & Welcomefor new research students

Monday 11 April 2011 5.30pm - 6:30pm Common Room, University House

  • ANU Induction for newly enrolled HDR students

  • Wednesday 13 April 2011, 9.00am - 1.30pm, Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3,

  • Topics:

  • - How do supervisors view research supervision?

  • - Managing the research project

  • Networking for an Academic Career

In closing…. Further queries or ideas?

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