ANU Global Summer Program for students of IARU partners: Mobilising Research

Stop imagining a better world-make it happen

Learn to harness research to become an agent of change

ANU is offering one course for the 2017 IARU Global Summer Program.

ANU1 Mobilising Research

Mobilising Research examines the role of research for the advancement of society. This intensive, interdisciplinary course will equip students to put research into action and reset the research agenda towards the advancement of the global public good.

Students are exposed to how scholarly inquiry is conducted in a range of disciplines outside their own through interactive sessions and site visits to leading research facilities on campus. The exposure to different mindsets, approaches, and cultural norms will challenge students to see how research can be used to make positive change.

Students will explore a complex global problem of their choosing, and understand how research can be used to navigate and shape public opinion about the issue.

An international experience for ANU students

The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects university students with outstanding peers from across the globe. Students have the opportunity to study alongside students from the best research institutions in the world, making this a truly international experience without leaving the ANU campus.

Students who have previously participated in a GSP course at an IARU partner institution are welcome to apply for Mobilising Research. Participating in the GSP at ANU will not render students ineligible for a GSP course at a partner institution in the future.

Applications should be lodged by 11pm Friday 17 March, by emailing the GSP Coordinator (Incoming students). Electronic application forms are available by contacting the GSP Coordinator (Incoming students).

Field trip

The course will include a field trip to the ANU Kioloa Campus on the South Coast. The trip is an opportunity to engage in interactive activities in a relaxed environment, as well as to explore local indigenous culture and environmental management, and the beautiful beaches and wildlife of the NSW south coast. Watch this video for an enticing preview of the unique Kioloa Campus and the beautiful scenery to be experienced on this field trip - a highlight of the Global Summer Program at ANU.

Students will travel by bus from Canberra to Kioloa and the trip takes approximately 3 hours.

Target audience

This course is aimed at high-achieving, later year undergraduates from all disciplines who are aiming for further studies in graduate level research.


Students are welcome from all disciplines but should have demonstrated interest in research during their studies.

ANU students must be enrolled in an ANU degree program at the time of application and for the duration of the course, with a minimum 'credit' GPA - 5 on a 7 scale - and a minimum one year's study completed at ANU. In addition, you must meet one of the following course specific requirements:

VCUG2002 Leadership & Influence, VCUG3001/LAWS3001 Unravelling Complexity
96 ANU units completed at time of application
PhB (or equivalent degree program) student

Delivery method & learning outcomes

Mobilising Research will examine the role of research for the advancement of society. Students will be exposed to how scholarly inquiry is conducted in a range of disciplines outside their own course of study through interactive discussions with academics and policy-makers, and site visits to leading research facilities on campus. This is an ideal opportunity for students to be exposed to the world-leading research being undertaken at the ANU and to build connections with international academics.

Course structure

Students will be treated as part of the research community at ANU. They will investigate the broader questions around research from multiple perspectives. Topics include:

  • the role of research in shaping the public good;
  • scholarship in and between the disciplines;
  • ownership of knowledge for the public good;
  • cultural perspectives on research in a globalised world;
  • organisational implementation of research;
  • mobilisation of research for the public good.

Delivery method

Students will be prepare for the course with a partner in the weeks leading up to the course. The preparation will be different for each partnership. This will work towards the 'Activity' facilitation in the first week.

There are no lectures in this course. Students will have introductory workshops, meet with academics, and be involved in the delivery of their own workshops about an aspect of research.

Morning and afternoon sessions will run Monday to Thursday, with additional sessions to attend relevant public events and research training workshops.


    Details about the size and scope of the assessment will be negotiated with students during the first days of the course. The assessment will be made up of three components, with the following suggested weightings:

    • Activity co-facilitations - 25%
    • Group position paper - 25%
    • Individual learning portfolio and 3-minute talk - 50%

    Credits equivalent at host university and contact hours

    Mobilising Research is a high intensity course. It is equivalent to a full semester-length course but conducted over just three weeks.

    The course is worth 6 units at ANU (ANU full time students take 24 units per semester). As the course is run in intensive mode, classes will be scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions, Mondays through Thursdays.

    All students should expect approximately 16 hours of contact per week, made up of face-to-face sessions and site visits. Students will also need to commit to eight hours of independent learning or group project work per week.

    Additionally, students are asked to prepare for the course ahead of time by allocated reading and resources with a partner before the course.

    Students will also be invited to engage in ANU public lectures outside of class time, typically in the evenings.


    Course convenor: Chris Browne, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Chris is a research fellow in the Research School of Engineering.  He teaches second-year undergraduate core systems engineering topics, in addition to convening two Vice-Chancellor courses; Creating Knowledge and Unravelling Complexity.

    Chris recently received an Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) as part of the Australian Government's 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

    For more information, please visit Chris Browne's profile page.


    25 June, Accommodation on campus

    Details to be advised

    26 June - 1 July, Kioloa Costal Campus

    The Mobilising Research course will commence with a four day field trip to the ANU South Coast Campus - Kioloa. The ANU Kioloa Campus is located near Bawley Point on the New South Wales south coast.  This historic rural property extends from the beach through coastal dunes to farmland and forests on the inland range of hills. Accommodation at Kioloa is in multi-room cabins with shared facilities. For more information:

    1 July - 15 July, Canberra Campus

    Students will stay in apartment style accommodation at ANU UniLodge. Each student will have a single room, including a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and washbasin.

    Additional information

    • Students must arrive by 25 June 2017
    • Students will be able to check in from 25 June 2017
    • Check-out date is 15 July 2017

    Estimated costs in local currency

    Tuition fees

    Waived for incoming IARU students.

    ANU students will attract the usual ANU course fees:

    • ANU Domestic Undergraduate students and CSP Postgraduate students will attract a HECS liability of AUD 794.
    • ANU International Undergraduate students will attract a course fee of AUD 4,080.
    • ANU Domestic Postgraduate students will attract a course fee of AUD 3,216.
    • ANU International Postgraduate students will attract a course fee of AUD 4,590.

    Accommodation at Unilodge, including meals

    Est AUD 800

    Field trip

    Est AUD 600

    Textbook fees

    Materials will be provided.

    Living expenses

    All meals are included with accommodation. An estimate of an additional AUD 150 per week as spending money. Cost will vary according to each student's personal spending habits.

    Scholarships/funding for incoming students

    The tuition fee for incoming IARU partner students will be sponsored by ANU. ANU will cover the cost of the field trip for ANU students.

    Visa information

    An Australian Visitor or Tourist visa may allow you to study in Australia for up to 3 months in a non-award program, and you are encouraged to investigate if this will apply in your individual circumstance. This short term non-award course may not entitle you to a Student visa. An electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will not be issued by ANU for your participation in the ANU GSP course. On request the ANU GSP coordinator can provide supporting letters for your visa application.

    It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all visa/entry requirements for coming to Australia, and this may take some time to arrange. We strongly encourage you to investigate your individual visa requirements with the relevant Australian Embassy or High Commission as soon as your participation in the course is confirmed.

    The visa fee will vary depending on how long students choose to stay in Australia following the program.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure they apply for the right type of visa, meet the application requirements and understand their obligations while in Australia.

    Information about visas is available from your nearest Australian visa office and may also be accessed at  You must check with the relevant Australian diplomatic mission for further information in obtaining a visa to visit Australia.

    Required and/or recommended insurances

    Students should make themselves aware of insurance requirements in order to obtain certain types of visas to Australia. It is strongly recommended that all students understand any reciprocal arrangements their home country has with Australia; and the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Further information

    Applications should be submitted via your home university. Contact details and information on eligibility can be found on the IARU Global Summer Programs website.