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PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor contact details

Dr Megan Poore
o: Room 2.06, Stanner Building (Turn left at the top of the stairs on the way to the PhD Common Room and keep going until you find me)
t: +61 2 6125 4762
f: +61 2 6215 5570
e: megan.poore@anu.edu.au
h: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Please note that I sometimes work from home.

Check the Advisor's calendar for availability

One-on-one consultations

The PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor can help you with things such as thesis writing, journal article writing and publication, research project management, chapter outlining, feedback on your writing, reading strategically, structuring text, research proposals, compiling literature reviews, time management, oral presentations, thesis completion, supervision, and more. Consultations generally run for 30 minutes. To organise a consultation time, contact the PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor.

Contact the PhD Academic Skills Advisor early in the writing process, even during the planning stage of your proposal, chapter or paper. To avoid disappointment, do not wait until the last minute. You can email the Advisor with an attached draft or plan, but please allow 1 week if your draft is over 5000 words.

Please note, the advisor does not edit, copyedit, or proofread text; however, Crawford will organise copyediting of the final draft of your thesis if a copyedit is deemed necessary. Visit the copyediting page for more information. If you want any work copyedited before the final draft, contact the PhD Academic Skills Advisor and you will be put in touch with a copyeditor.

Formatting your text

The following these guidelines are based on section 3.3.2 Typing of Theses, of the ANU's Guideline: Research Theses Submission and Examination: Information for Higher Degree Research Students -- get used to formatting your text like this so that you have less to do when you are finishing up:
  • Double spacing or one and a half spacing may be used (double spacing preferred); single spacing is not acceptable (apart from indented quotations, footnotes and bibliographies) except in special circumstances
  • Easy-to-read font (Times New Roman preferred) no smaller than 11 points for text and 9 points for footnote text (12 point preferred)
  • Single-sided or double-sided (single-sided preferred)
  • Margins no narrower than side margins 4cm, top and bottom margins 2cm (4 cm margins all round preferred)
  • Left-justified text
  • No staples
  • Include page numbers
  • Include a word count

PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor's availability