Discussing Impact: Insights On Keeping a Record of Disruptions During Research

Nobody anticipates a disruption, and nobody wants one. But what do you do it one comes up? What is classified as a disruption, what does a researcher, Honours, PhD or Masters student need to do to document a disruption, and why? 

This short Q&A-style discussion panel hosted by Fenner PhD Scholar Rachael Lowe, with incoming HDR Coordinator Katie Liesinger and outgoing coordinator Matthew Davis, explains the need for record keeping and what it does at the administrative processing end of applications.

This session is designed for students and staff to share ideas for documenting hardship, recognising what a hardship or disruption is, and also develop language and routines for making disruption documentation clear.

At the end of the session, those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions, and share their own advice and ways of record-keeping, what they define as ‘worth’ recording, what their records are made up of, and/or times when their record-keeping has helped them in the past.

Zoom link: https://anu.zoom.us/j/95670317163?pwd=U2xvQmYxK2FYNnZyVjdjY2RML3o1QT09
Meeting ID: 956 7031 7163 
A password is required to enter the event. To attend, please register and we will send it to you, as well as a direct link to the Zoom session.

About the Panellists
Matthew Davis (outgoing) and Katie Liesiner (returning) are Fenner HDR Coordinators. Their role is to assist Candidates and Supervisors with the lifecycle and administrative processes of all Higher Degree Research programs at Fenner. They offer advice to students regarding a wide range of student administration matters including admissions, enrolment, academic progress, scholarships, prizes and graduation whilst ensuring compliance with University policies, procedures and Government Legislation. The care and support of Fenner’s students is their number one concern.

About the Chair
Rachael is a second year PhD candidate at the Fenner School researching the impact of climate change on African elephants and the communities they coexist with. After many disruptions during her honours year, half her PhD and all her fieldwork is now on an indefinite pause as a result of COVID-19, so she’s well versed in the ways of reporting and navigating disruptions to research.