The following information has been established to Honours and Masters students with a research component whilst the University is functioning remotely. It includes administration, research, financial support, student wellbeing support, and information specific to residential students.
Information about arrangements for Semester 2 can be found here, and is supported by the University's graduated system for Return to Campus .
In the first instance you should be in contact with your supervisor to discuss all research-related issues - your supervisor should be able to assist you with reviewing your current situation and what changes can be made to mitigate / reduce the impacts on your research.
If you are not able to contact your supervisor then you should contact:
- Another supervisor on your panel or your research group leader
- Undergraduate Convener / Head of School / Associate Director (Education) (School level)
- Associate Dean Education (College level)
- Dean of Students (University level)
Most supervisory interactions will continue to be conducted remotely. A plan should be developed with your supervisor to manage project and team requirements, and to ensure the level of support is appropriate to you.
Remote research ability
If your research can be continued under remote working arrangements, then you should continue to undertake the research, in consultation with your supervisor. If it cannot continue, see below.
Change to project scope
If the research has been impacted by the current crisis (for example, due to inaccessibility of libraries and collections, closure of fieldwork sites, inability to conduct interviews and closure of laboratories), consider the following:
- Please discuss with your supervisor whether the project can be re-scoped in some way. For example, could comparable work be done remotely by adopting a more theoretical perspective?
- If a re-scoping of the project does not seem feasible, seek help from your supervisor to find a suitable alternative project.
- If the research project cannot be replaced or adjusted, the School will consider alternative assessment criteria.
A more complete guide can be found here.
Change to study load
If alternative assessment criteria cannot be established, you should discuss other options with your supervisor including deferring to semester 2 or reducing their study load. For example, a reduction to 18 units per semester is still considered a full-time study load at ANU. Students could also enrol in semester 2 at 18 units, with most of the more intense load towards the end of year (i.e. anticipating there will be at least limited work back on campus sometime in second semester). The final 12 units could be completed over Spring or Summer session with submission end of January or into February 2021. If you are on a scholarship you should check the Conditions of Award for your scholarship before making a decision.