Dean Higher Degree Research

The Dean, Higher Degree Research provides the academic leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the University's Higher Degree Research Programs (PhD, MPhil, Higher Doctorates) to ensure delivery of high quality, internationally benchmarked research programmes.

The Dean has responsibility for strategic planning, development and implementation of research training policy and for ensuring a vibrant, supportive and responsive environment for postgraduate research at ANU that enhances the research student experience and delivers excellent student outcomes.

The Dean works collaboratively with College Deans, Associate Deans (Higher Degree Research), University and College Research and Researcher Development, PARSA, supervisors and professional staff across the University, and the offices of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation).

Professor Ann Evans was appointed Dean, Higher Degree Research at the Australian National University from 20 May 2019. Ann is a demographer, trained at ANU, and has been an HDR student, HDR Convenor, Associate Dean HDR, and HDR Supervisor in her time here. She holds a PhD, Masters and a Bachelor degree from ANU

Committee memberships

Academic Board 
Higher Degree Research Committee
University Research Committee

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Phone +61 2 6125 8487
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Dr Kirsten Farrell  
Executive Officer
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Jenny Hyland  
Executive Assistant