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M0.  Settling in – the researcher's guide to ANU


This module is suited to all new researchers and professional staff at ANU involved with the university's research enterprise. It explores the ways in which you can optimise your research strategy and is designed to help you identify how research works at ANU. This induction module offers an efficient mechanism for identifying the key people, services and university strategies that will support you and your research work. The material is designed to provide you with a 'virtual tour' of the university's research context. It also assists you in identifying the people, services and knowledge that will be critical to your success. When you complete this module, you will have a strong understanding of how research operates at ANU and how you can commence or contribute in a strong, focused, efficient and collaborative manner.


This module aims to:

  • explore the research context at ANU;
  • clarify the university's expectations for researchers and their activities;
  • provide some useful tips and strategies to help you settle in;
  • assist you in planning your meetings with significant support people;
  • introduce some other elements of development that can greatly enhance your performance as a researcher.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • relate your research to the wider ANU and national research context;
  • identify the different aspects of research practice with which you should be familiar;
  • clarify your immediate research needs with respect to information, contacts and resources;
  • develop and implement an induction strategy to ensure you have all of the necessary networks and information to get started efficiently and smoothly;
  • identify suitable mentors who will be able to assist you, and manage a mentoring relationship to meet your current and future needs;
  • commence the process of positioning yourself and your research at ANU.


  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

Instructions for accessing this module

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