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Enrolment-related administration

  • Enrol in your coursework subjects and make sure they are the right ones.
  • Know your compulsory subjects.
  • Your supervisor may also have other coursework they recommend you complete. Ask!
  • Don’t miss the first week of these courses as they aren’t recorded and put on Wattle.
  • Don’t know what Wattle is? Find out, fast. Wattle is where all your coursework information is held. If your lecturers load their slides anywhere it will be here. It’s also used to send important reminders and notices so don’t miss out. You’ll find reading lists, course notes etc. on Wattle.
  • Pay your student fee. It is a few hundred dollars and it’s the kind of admin you don’t want to have to do later on.
  • Update your statistical information on the Interactive Student Information System (ISIS). Also add your bank account details. When the university needs to reimburse you at some point they need this detail. Look around while you’re here. You can register for training courses here also.
  • Get a copy of the ANU's Guideline for the **Minimum Allocation of Resources for Research Students**. It lets you know where you stand on resources, what’s reasonable and what’s not.
  • Travel to Sydney or NSW ever? When you get your university student card ask for the NSW certification sticker to be added to your card so you can get student rates across the border.


  • Cyclists: Crawford Student Services Office (Reception) will organise access to the bike shed via your student card.
  • If you think you’ll need them, talk to your supervisor about getting business cards. These can’t be turned around overnight so you need to get on top of this as soon as you know you’re going to need them.
  • Get a copy of the Crawford Style Guide. You don't have to follow it slavishly, but it is a good start.
  • The stationery exchange is in the resource/copier room on the ground floor of Stanner. Have stuff you don’t need? Deposit it here. Need paper, pens, folders, post-it-notes? Check here first.
  • The internal and external mail is picked up and delivered twice a day Monday to Friday. The mailbags are in Crawford Reception – green for internal and blue for external post. Fulltime students are allocated a pigeon hole in the PhD Common Room (Stanner Building) for internal and external mail.
  • Go to all the various inductions you get offered (and there will be a few). Sounds crazy, but you can get really useful tips and leads by attending and meet people who might help during the years ahead; whether they be ANU staff or fellow PhD students who’ll offer support. It’s also a great way to find out what’s new. As you’ll discover ANU is quite siloed so this is the best way to keep your finger on the pulse.


  • Read the ANU's Code of Practice - **Supervision in Higher Degrees by Research**. It helps you to know your rights and obligations and what the supervisor’s role really is.
  • Go and see your supervisor, let them know you turned up and set up a regular meeting time with them to touch base, whether that be weekly, fortnightly or less often. Remember this is a working relationship that will last for years, so start as you mean to continue.
  • Don’t feel compelled to appoint your whole panel upfront. Once your lead supervisor is in place, you can work together for months before you have to add advisors. Don’t rush it and end up with the “wrong fit”.

Security, health and wellbeing

  • Note the ANU Security number – you never know when you’ll need it. It is 6125 2249 (5 2249 on an internal line)
  • Find out about the ANU UniSafe bus for after-hours. You have to call them to come to Crawford but it’s a safe way of getting around later at night.
  • As a student you can access GPs on a bulk-bill basis at the University Health Centre is located at Building 18, North Road on the ANU Campus (up near the Sports Centre in the northern part of the campus). You’ll need to take your student card in. Appointments are required. Health checks etc are available. Fluvax this year (2013) was $25.
  • The university has a Counselling Centre so if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a chat it’s a great, free option.
  • Periodically, general wellbeing courses come up (mindfulness training, etc) for free. Check your e-mail.
  • Look at joining the fitness centre run by ANU Sport. It’s relatively inexpensive for students and a great way to de-stress, unwind and stay fit.
  • You can access heavily discounted physio and nutrition advice at the student clinic at the University of Canberra.
  • Explore. Need an excuse to get up from your desk and stretch your legs while you ponder? The ANU Sculpture Walk will lead you around the campus and give you a whole new perspective on the ANU at the same time as oxygenating your brain! Download the free Sculpture Walk brochure.

IT and email

  • Get IT to change your e-mail address from a 'U number' to your real name. It’s much better to do this early.
  • Set up your e-mail sign off. Go to the ANU marketing page for the format.
  • The marketing site also has useful templates like the ANU PowerPoint template to make sure your presentations look professional and meet the standard.
  • Get your smart phone set up to receive e-mail.
  • Get your smart phone and personal laptop set up to automatically access the free wireless Internet in Crawford.
  • You can request remote access so you keep working on the same version at home and in the office – reducing the chance of any version issues.
  • You can also get programs you need installed – like EndNote, EverNote, Mendeley, Zotero or any one of the other fabulous referencing programs out there.
  • All downloads need to be approved by an IT administrator, so ask while they’re installing it about getting localised approval for updates so you don’t end up ringing every time you get an iTunes update (for example).
  • You can get the university’s antivirus software, Sophos, installed free on your home computer so you don’t share any germs with the ANU system.
  • Go to the library and fill out the form the gets all notices sent to you via e-mail. Much less chance they’ll go missing that way.

PhD Conference

  • Talk to the PhD Academic & Research Skills Advisor early about the PhD conference held annually. Every first year is expected to participate and help organise this. It’s a great experience and a great way to get to know the people you’ll be working with for at least the next three years. It also gives you a better appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes to create a successful conference.

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Training options

  • Get your hands on the ANU Learn How Guide distributed through the library. It has lots of training opportunities that are free. They range from research specific to software specific and it will help you enormously. You can register for courses online through (ISIS).
  • Think you know Word or Excel back-to-front? Wait until you see the cool advanced settings that can literally save you weeks of formatting HELL at the end.
  • The Issues in Literature Review Writing class is the singularly most useful course you can do. Get on it.
  • The thesis production process might seem a long way down the track at the beginning, but getting the heads up of what you’ll need to do is invaluable, so sign up for the training.
  • Get as much training knocked over in the settling-in period as you can. Why? The training is offered less regularly later in the semester and you’ll have less time and be more preoccupied with your topic later on. You can always do any of the courses again if you want to revisit it or refresh it later on.
  • Don’t love statistics? Enrol in the free online statistics course run by the Statistical Consulting Unit.
  • Get onto your research integrity and research ethics training. It’s compulsory. It’s not something you need to put off; in fact it can be a time distraction when you’re further it. Getting your head around the ethical considerations early helps you frame things correctly from the start.
  • Look up the Research Skills Training -- it's awesome. A lot of the classes book out within an hour; however, a lot are also now being run online or recorded. Check Wattle for those recorded; also sign up to the Facebook page.

Web-related stuff

  • List of Crawford PhD candidates: Make sure your name is listed on the site. Fill in the form and e-mail the completed form and a photo to Robert at crawford.webmaster@anu.edu.au
  • Go to the Crawford PhD students wiki (the site you're on now -- the link is off the main Crawford PhD webpage). Lots of great stuff goes up here. Go to the wiki for information on your PhD timeline, key dates etc.
  • Download the app Lost on Campus. It doesn’t just do your home university, you can also program it when you’re visiting other universities. The map is infinitely better than ANU’s campus map.