On Campus

Student Newsletter

Tuesday 27 February

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for ANU students. In your inbox every Tuesday.

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • Planned network outage: The ANU firewalls are being upgraded and will take place on Saturday 2 March, between 6am and 10am. Read the full message and details below. 
  • Read Vice-Chancellor Genevieve Bell's update on the release of the Universities Accord Final Report. Read the full message here.
  • During hail storm warnings, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, parking stations on campus will be opened for shelter. However, please note there is no guarantee of a parking space. Should you park there, and are not a parking station permit holder, you must move your car immediately after the hail storm or before 8am the following day to avoid the possibility of receiving an infringement notice. 

Respectful debate at ANU 

As highlighted in last week’s On Campus, support is always available through the Student Safety and Wellbeing team, where you can set up a confidential conversation via students.wellbeing@anu.edu.au, phone +61 6125 2211 or visit the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Kambri between 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.   

All students are free to express themselves on any issue in line with Australian law. ANU is also a community that values diversity and inclusion. Please sincerely consider how expressing your views might impact how others feel.

If you feel distressed or unsafe because of conflicts overseas or the way they are discussed closer to home, support is always available. 

From left: Tuckwell Scholar Jasmine Pearson, Dr Louise Tuckwell, Dr Graham Tuckwell and Professor Grady Venville plant a Candlebark tree on the ANU campus. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU 

Seeding the future with strong roots: ANU celebrates 10 years of Tuckwell Scholars 

Ten resilient and beautiful native Candlebark eucalyptus trees have been planted on the ANU campus to celebrate a decade of Australia’s most transformative undergraduate university scholarship. 
Launched in 2013 with a $50 million donation from ANU graduate Dr Graham Tuckwell and his wife Dr Louise Tuckwell, the Tuckwell Scholarship Program has provided 260 exceptional high school students from 238 schools, representing every state and territory, with a scholarship to study at ANU covering financial, accommodation, study and travel costs. 
In 2016 the Tuckwell’s contributed an additional $100 million to the program to build two on-campus residences as well as ensure the scholarship was funded in perpetuity – marking the single largest gift to ANU in the University’s history. 

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ANU campus nurse health advice 

The ANU Medical Centre, located on level 2 of the Health and Wellbeing Centre (Building 156), offers a free and confidential email service for ANU students. The centre's registered nurse can assist with non-life-threatening and non-urgent health questions.

To use this service, email nurse@anu.edu.au from your ANU email address. You can inquire about various health topics, including sexual health, vaccination, and immunisation, and seek advice if you're unsure whether to seek medical help or need information on accessing health support. In emergencies, call 000.

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2023 Australian Award for University Teaching

Professor Alexander Maier, recipient of the 2023 Australian Award for University Teaching in science, focuses on parasites, highlighting their significant impact despite their small size.

While many of us strive to avoid thinking about parasites, Professor Maier's work in the Research School Biology and Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry aims to change perceptions and deepen understanding of their role in ecosystems.

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What's on

2024 Gareth Evans Oration delivered by the Honourable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Thursday 7 March, 2.30-3.30pm

Mark your calendars. Please join the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Honourable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who will deliver the 2024 Gareth Evans Oration on Navigating Geopolitical Currents: Malaysia and Australia's Pivotal Role in the Asia Pacific. The Australian Foreign Minister, Senator the Honourable Penny Wong, will deliver the opening remarks.

Register now

ANU “Science. Art. Film” series 

28 February – 5 June, 6pm 

Screening monthly for free at Arc Cinema, Science. Art. Film. is a series that uncovers wacky, weird and wonderful facets of science and art in films. Please join us tomorrow for the first screening - Jaws - at 6pm.


See the full 2024 program 

Free comedy at Kambri Amphitheatre 

Friday 1 March, 5.30-7pm 

Come along to a free comedy show after work at the ANU Kambri Amphitheatre, featuring Daniel Muggleton, Jenny Tian, Laura Johnston, Jeff Shen and Charlie Thomson. 

Presented by the Canberra Comedy Festival and ANU.  

Register now  

ADHD Skills Group Information Session

Tuesday 26 March, 2 -3pm

ADHD skills group is a free program for students facilitated by ANU Counselling.

This is open to all ANU students who have a suspected ADHD diagnosis (formal diagnosis is not required). The weekly sessions are intended to provide you with a safe space to share your experiences and learn strategies to help you with your studies.

Register now

ANU Careers Week

March 4 – March 8  

ANU Careers Week is back and better than ever in 2024. The week is filled with events where students can speak directly to employers. With over 30 events confirmed with more to come. Register today, download the Whova app:

Whova - Google play

Whova - Apple App store


Register now  

Network Outage – Firewall Upgrade 

The ANU firewalls are being upgraded on Saturday 2 March 2024, between 6am and 10am (AEDT). This will enhance our existing security measures and ensure the University remains cyber-safe. This is one of the many steps planned as part of our ongoing information security program.   

The outage will take place for 15 minutes and will impact the ANU Wi-Fi and all ANU network-connected services, including any devices connected to the network, and campus. Any system or services hosted on the network (including HORUS, ISIS, and ES Financials) will be unavailable.  

The outage will not impact Microsoft 365 (e.g. email, SharePoint, One Drive), which will still be available via your home internet or mobile network.  

Support and assistance.  

If you require technical support during and / or following the outage, please call the ANU Service Desk on +61 2 612 54321. In case of an emergency, please call 000. For all other security needs during the outage, please contact the dedicated ANU Security Hotline at +61 476 803 626.  

Read more about the network outage. 

ANU+ workshop 

Join us to learn about the ANU+ program, meet and build connections with other students, and find out about volunteering opportunities.  

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to articulate your reasons and motivations for volunteering. You will find out about the ANU+ workflow and the intended impact of the ANU+ program. Additionally, you will identify some of your skills, values, and interests and understand how these relate to choosing a volunteering opportunity. Furthermore, you will explore some of the barriers to volunteering, as well as some resources and services that may help with overcoming these barriers. Upcoming workshops available in Semester 1, 2024 include:

Monday 26 February, 2pm - 4pm

Thursday 29 February, 9.30am - 11.30am

Monday 4 March, 2pm - 4pm

Tuesday 23 April, 10am - 12pm

Please email anuplus@anu.edu.au if you have any questions or visit the ANU+ webpage to learn more about the program.

ANU Solar Racing is recruiting 

Ready for the experience of a lifetime? Look no further than ANU Solar Racing, a 100% student-led team that is building a solar-powered car to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2025. Regardless of your degree, there is an opportunity for you. We are currently recruiting for all positions across our Business, Operational, and Technical Sub-branches. 

Join Now



Dendy Canberra Movie ticket Giveaway

Dendy Canberra is offering On Campus readers the opportunity to win one of two double passes to see DUNE: PART TWO. 

These double passes are to attend Dendy Canberra HOUSE OF DUNE Cinema Takeover. For your chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the entry form to participate in the draw, and you could be one of the fortunate winners. The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 1 March

Enter now

Meet the Author Student Giveaway – Sarah Bailey 

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Sarah Bailey on Tuesday 12 March, 6 - 7pm. Sarah Bailey will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on her new novel Body of Lies

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of Body of Lies. and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night.Simply hit the enter now button below and fill out your details. The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 8 March. 

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Meet the Author Student Giveaway - Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette will be in conversation with Karen Hardy on Kathy's new novel The Revenge Club for the Meet the Author event with Kathy Lette on Wednesday 12 March, 6-7pm.

To enter this special giveaway and a chance to win one of two copies of The Revenge Club and to have your copy signed on the night. Simply hit the enter now button below and fill out your details. The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 8 March.

Enter now

The Australian National University, Canberra 

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The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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