Message from Dean HDR to HDR students

COVID-19 and your HDR program
20 March 2020

Sent to HDR students, Friday 20 March 2020

Dear HDR Candidates

I am writing to you about the University's continuing response to COVID-19 and the impact this will have on our community.

Your Research

It is important for you to maintain regular contact with your supervisors. You should discuss possible changes to your research projects in light of COVID-19. It is essential that you work with your supervisors to ensure that there is a well-considered plan for your project should travel or other restrictions continue for six months or more.


The administration of your program will continue as normal. If you have any questions about your milestones or other administrative matters please contact GRO (, or your local HDR Administrators for advice.

Researcher Development

The Researcher Development team is working to bring you workshops and programs in different ways. Keep your eye on their Eventbrite page ( and the monthly HDR Update to stay up-to-date.

If you feel unwell

You are required to stay home if you develop fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat, runny nose or muscle pain. Call your GP and seek medical advice. You should inform your supervisor and HDR Administrator of any changes in your circumstances.

Working remotely

If you are required to self-isolate you may be able to continue to work on your research project off-campus. Please contact the Community Wellbeing Team for further guidance and support as required (

If you need, or choose, to work remotely discuss your situation with your supervisor and ensure you have appropriate IT and software access.

Current and future travel

The University has decided to recall all staff and students on university travel. The Australian Government is asking all travellers to self-isolate for 14 days when you return to Australia. You can find information on traveller requirements here: The University will also support returning students to self-isolate, if necessary.

All future travel is being suspended. We understand this may have an impact on your research plans and encourage you to talk to your supervisor as soon as possible.

COVID-19 and staying safe

For the most up-to-date information about the virus and health advice, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website: and the ACT Health website:

You can also access ANU related information here

Please do not hesitate to contact me, your supervisor, or HDR administrator if you have any questions.

Financial matters

As ANU students, you are eligible for the ANU Travel Restrictions Relief Bursary if your travel has been impacted by Australian Government travel restrictions.

For those of you who are also casual staff, you will not be impacted financially if you stay at home if you are unwell. More information about this policy can be found here

If you need additional support during this time, please contact PARSA Assistance who have a range of assistance and support options available.

We are all impacted by COVID-19 and understand the additional stress this places on staff and students of the University. We are here to support you to continue your research through this difficult time. I will be in touch again when further decisions are made that might impact you.


Professor Ann Evans

Dean, Higher Degree Research