Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Graduate research students

New to CECS? Click here for the CECS HDR Induction Website


Current news and notices for students

Three Minute Thesis Latest news

The ANU 3MT 2014 webpage is now live here.

THe 3MT launch party is on Thursday 12 June. This event will officially kick off the ANU 3MT season.

Further 3MT resources are available here.

Three Minute Thesis

Graduate students participate in a wide range of activities that add to their educational experience, including the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition that was held at ANU for the first time in 2013. Information on last year's competition is on the 3MT page.

The 2014 'How to win the 3MT competition' workshop will be held on Thursday 26 June 2014 from 1.30-4pm in Room N101, CS&IT Building. The workshop will be run by the Research Services Division. They will also be running a 3MT slide design workshop from 5.30-6.30pm on Thursday 3 July (more details to come. Students can also contact for information.

For more information see the CECS 3MT page!

HDR Induction Session

The most recent HDR Induction session for new students was held on 23 April 2014. The next session is scheduled for around July 2014.


HDR contacts

You should direct all queries to your school HDR administrator in the first instance.

Forms and templates

You must complete the appropriate form or template for many administrative and academic processes within the University. In general it is your responsibility to ensure that any forms or templates submitted have been signed by yourself and by your panel chair (where required) before being submitted to your school HDR administrator.

HDR milestones

It is a University requirement for all HDR students to submit regular reporting milestones. They are integral to ensuring that you maintain satisfactory progress, and alert us to any issues that may arise and which may hinder progress towards completing your thesis. You can find relevant PhD monitoring templates here.

Personal support and guidance

Student advisors

The student advisor program aims to help you with any problems which affect your study. If you do have concerns please feel free to contact one of the academics in the program. All discussions are confidential and informal.

Student mentors

The student mentor scheme aims to help new research students during the first six months of their program. Mentoring is available to all students but it is expected that all International students arriving direct from overseas will be assigned a mentor.

Student associations

There are many different student-driven associations on campus for socialising, networking and support.

Other support

Dean's travel grants

This grant enables currently enrolled PhD students to spend a period of up to three months undertaking research as an intern at an overseas institution. Grants are for a maximum value of $15,000.

ANU travel grants

Apply for funding support to assist with travel related to your research.

Rules and guidelines

It is important that you become familiar with University rules, policies and guidelines that are likely to affect you as a graduate research student.

Useful reading material

Material here has been gathered from students and staff. If you would like to add anything please email the HDR student team.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

This code discusses issues like research misconduct, record keeping, how to publish and proper authorship, how to conduct effective peer review, and how to manage conflicts of interest. You must be familiar with these guidelines.

Advice on thesis writing
How to have a bad career in research/academia (PDF)
Ten simple rules for... (best research, getting published, oral presentations, getting grants, etc.) by Philip E. Bourne et al. (PDF).
Poster-Perfect. This article gives some great tips on preparing posters. It is by Edyta Zielinska and it appeared in the August 31, 2011 Careers issue of The Scientist.

Updated:  29 July 2014 / Responsible Officer:  JavaScript must be enabled to display this email address. / Page Contact:  JavaScript must be enabled to display this email address.