Welcome to NECTAR, ANU’s Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics & Researchers

NECTAR is an independent space created by, and for, Early Career Academics at ANU.  It is a direct channel of communication between early career academics and the University Executive, effecting changes that ensure ANU continues to be an attractive workplace for early career academics.

Attending NECTAR events and joining in project development are great ways to meet early career academics from right across ANU. Build support networks, develop your ideas, build confidence, and acquire some of the skills and knowledge to become a future leader.

ANU staff are invited to learn more about NECTAR, what we do and how you can get involved.



Latest News

What will exalt ANU’s PhD graduates?

NECTAR has been invited to write another letter toward the redefinition of the ANU PhD. Our questions to you are:

  1. What would make ANU’s PhD graduates not just employable but highly sort after?
  2. Describe the pros and cons of oral thesis defence?
  3. How do we enable Candidates so they are not vulnerable to the power dynamics inevitable in HDR supervision relationships?

NECTAR will take your comments and write them up into a letter from our collective voice. Your identity will be kept secret (unless you want to own a particular idea).

We are looking for blue sky ideas!

Email your thoughts to nectar@anu.edu.au


ANU’s Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt has announced that the ANU Grand Challenges Scheme (now open) will be granted to teams with leadership from a ‘high proportion’ of early to mid career academics.

“This scheme should create leadership opportunities for Early Career Researchers and thus platforms for future funding.”

This scheme will favour unique interdisciplinary collaborations.

Prof Schmidt says he wants this scheme to “expose the next generation of researchers and scholars to the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration”.

Nevertheless, Early Career Academics have contacted NECTAR expressing private concerns that the ECA of ANU will be sidelined in the grab for this money bag.

“The professors in our school are putting together a proposal and I think they are just going to add some names of Early Career Researchers to their scheme but after they get the funds who knows if there will be any leadership opportunities for us!” They said.

What do the guidelines say on this scheme, do I hear you ask? They can be found here.

Basically they say established research leaders can be included in this scheme to provide guidance and support to develop future leaders.

NECTAR Custodian, Sophie Baker, wants to know how Early Career Academics are going with this scheme. Are you putting in a proposal and do you need collaborators or help? Are the established leaders around you supportive? What are the intractable problems you are facing? And would you like any support from the NECTAR team?

“I propose a meeting for Early Career Academics and Researchers to discuss this scheme at the next NECTAR meeting on Wed the 19th July 12pm Fellows Cafe“. Early Career Academics and their family members are actively encouraged to attend. Register for free food.

Submissions for this scheme are due on the 24th of July by 3 min video. Need help with that? Ask NECTAR.

Images of the NECTAR Early Career Academic Retreat

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Expressions of interest to serve on the ACCAN Independent Grants Panel

If you are an Early Career Academic at ANU and you want to be on this panel then ask NECTAR for back up. Contact us

ACCAN is calling for expressions of interest for one additional member to serve on the Independent Grants Panel.

The Independent Grants Panel is responsible for assessing grant applications for funding under the ACCAN Grants Program. The Grants Program funds projects that work towards the vision of communications services that are available, accessible and affordable for all consumers. Projects address current consumer concerns by providing education, representation and/or research into issues of importance in the telecommunications marketplace.

If you would like to make an expression of interest please write a short statement (no longer than three pages) addressing the selection criteria and submit this with your curriculum vitae (CV) to nominations@accan.org.au by 5pm AEST on Tuesday 18th July, 2017.

For more information on the process, selection criteria and the role itself, please visit the Independent Grants Panel page on our website.

Each panel member is recruited for a three year term. We are especially keen to hear from candidates with a background in community sector project selection and management, commercial or consumer issues generally, and/or technical expertise and the social impact of communications technology.

ACCAN values diversity: women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, persons with disabilities and people from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please also share this email with any candidates who would be interested in serving on the panel.

Warm regards,



Narelle Clark

Acting CEO



Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)


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Regular NECTAR Events

cropped-IMG_9692-4.jpgNECTAR Fortnightly Lunchtime Business Meeting

Join us to initiate, discuss and make decisions on current issues of relevance to the ANU ECA community, plus hear from interesting speakers.

Fortnightly on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, as follows:

Thu 16 Aug

Wed 31 Aug,

Thu 13th Sep and further to that pattern.

12-1pm at Fellows Café, University House (which is the cafe tucked under the South West corner of University House, see map).

NECTAR Monthly Social afternoon

First Thursday of every month.

Next on Thursday 7th Sep 2017 – speaker TBA – location University House

Who can attend?

Family members are actively encouraged to attend all NECTAR events.

NECTAR events are for Early Career Academics. Does that include you? We choose to define that group inclusively and welcome you to attend. This is most relevant to those between the final stages of PhD and Staff of Level D. Others who are welcome include: ANU Research Assistants, technical staff, sessional staff, PhD fellows and Honours students. Also some professional staff may also consider themselves Early Career Academics and you are welcome to attend, bearing in mind that NECTAR’s meetings need to be a safe place were ECA can express their concerns in confidence.

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