ANU College of Law 2020 HDR Training Program

Date & time

11am Friday 28 February – 12.30pm Tuesday 24 March 2020

Contact

Marketing and Communications
Workshop
2020 HDR Training Program

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Please note these sessions are continuing via Zoom until 29 June 2020. For details about how to join please email marketing.law@anu.edu.au

Sessions

Working with theory academic panel / Writing about theory

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 29 May 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by ANU Academic Skills in conjunction with ANU CoL academic staff

Working with theory academic panel

What is the role of theoretical frameworks in structuring your thesis? How can theory guide empirical legal research? Are some theoretical perspectives more helpful than others for helping you to answer your research question? What is the relationship between theory and methods in law? In this workshop, a panel of ANU CoL academics will provide tips for how you can work successfully with theory. 

Writing about theory

The academic panel discussion will be followed by a workshop facilitated by Academic Skills on how to critically incorporate theoretical perspectives in your writing. What’s your chosen theoretical framework and why? Using samples in law, we examine how to write effectively and persuasively about your chosen theoretical framework/approach.

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Thesis structures

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 26 June 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by ANU Academic Skills

The thesis is a persuasive genre that needs to clearly communicate your original research contribution. Develop a structure for your whole thesis, and plan ahead to ensure a coherent and consistent narrative. In this workshop we introduce the thesis argument map as a useful tool to help you to develop a logical sequence of your ideas and work out the structure (the individual chapters) of your thesis.

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Maintaining resilience and good mental health through the PhD journey

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 31 July 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by Carol Beynan, ANU Counselling Centre

This may be the most important workshop you attend this year. 

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Thesis Proposal Review

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 28 August 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by ANU Academic Skills

The Thesis Proposal Review outlines the what, why and how of your research. As the first major milestone for PhD students, the TPR is important for convincing your College that you understand the process of scholarly enquiry, and that you have a viable and feasible research project. In this session, past research proposals are analysed to better understand their purpose and key components. Come along to get advice on structuring, writing and presenting your own!

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Style & Voice

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 25 September 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by ANU Academic Skills

Is there a clear sense of ‘you’ as the author in your writing? Learn how you can become a strong advocate of your own work and lead readers towards your intended meanings using a range of strategies. Understand how disciplinary-specific conventions can affect how you engage with others’ work, structure writing and integrate evidence. This session draws on examples from your areas to develop your toolkit for stylish and persuasive writing. We drill down into the nuts and bolts of academic writing including what makes a clear sentence, how to explain the connections between ideas, what will entice your readers, and what the dos and don’ts of academic writing are. Come along to the workshop to challenge or affirm your own views about what constitutes ‘stylish academic writing.’

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Masterclass: Examining the PhD thesis

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 30 October 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by Research Skills & Training in conjunction with ANU CoL academic staff

How can you know that you’ve done enough work and your thesis is ready to submit? The process and decisions around examination can seem rather mysterious. This masterclass explores how examiners approach their task and identifies what they are looking for when deciding whether a thesis is good enough to award the degree. Understanding examiner expectations can help you prepare your thesis to meet the required standards. This session starts with a discussion panel of examiners, then confirms the relevant ANU regulations and processes. 

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Finishing up and editing

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 27 November 2020
Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Presented by ANU Academic Skills

Craft a strong conclusion to cap off your work, then weave your message back into the introduction. Apply editing techniques in a systematic way to make your narrative come through as clearly as possible. Put in place a plan to get you through the final stretch of your candidature to ensure a successful and stress-free submission.

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Past Sessions

Stick with it! Maintaining research momentum

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 28 February 2020
Overview

Presented by Research Skills & Training

Why do so many HDR students struggle to finish their PhD on time, and why is it so hard to maintain momentum throughout the project? In this workshop we explore why standard ‘waterfall’ approaches to delivering a project don’t work for research and offer an alternative approach to project management. We also consider how you can renew your enthusiasm for your project and stay motivated during the middle stages when so many candidates start to run out of steam.

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Tops tips for getting what you need from your supervisors

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 27 March 2020
Overview

Presented by Research Skills & Training

Why do things sometimes go wrong between HDR students and their supervisors? Often, it is mismatched expectations that cause tensions in this crucial relationship. This workshop offers ways of avoiding common problems, so that you can succeed in your studies. We critically examine the rights and responsibilities of both HDR students and supervisors and establish how to negotiate good outcomes for everyone.

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Literature reviews

11.00am to 12.30pm Friday 24 April 2020
Overview

Presented by ANU Academic Skills

Understand the vital role of literature reviews for demonstrating your knowledge of the field, contextualising your research, identifying gaps, and showing how your research is making a contribution to knowledge. This workshop covers how to plan and structure your literature review to justify your central research question and approach. We also discuss how the literature can be incorporated within individual chapters to support and develop arguments.

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