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Student Newsletter

Tuesday 13 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

  • Enjoying O-Week? There is still time to plan the rest of your week ahead. Check out the Orientation webpage to help you navigate your new home and meet new friends. 
  • ANU is a smoke-free campus. The University's Smoke-Free Policy prohibits the use of all smoking products. Read the full message below. 

Arriving after Orientation Week?

Don’t worry, we'll still be here to help get you settled in just visit us at Student Central any time between Monday 19 - Friday 23 February, 9am – 4pm to sort out your student card and pick up your ANU welcome pack.

During O-Week, the Student Central team are available in person in the Student Central Annexure. The Annexure is conveniently located in Kambri, right across from the Kambri Lawns.

Ashleigh Streeter-Jones 2024 Commencement Address. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU

Be audacious to change the system 

For youth and gender equality advocate Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, packing up her life to start over in a new city was a crossroads moment.

It wasn’t always easy, but Streeter-Jones told students at ANU 2024 Commencement Address that putting her stuff in the back of her car and coming to Canberra to study was worth it.

Watch the livestream

Special Address by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 

On Thursday 8 February, the Honourable James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, made a historic address to the ANU community. In his address, the Prime Minister reflected on the Australia-PNG relationship and PNG’s history over the last 49 years. 

This event was proudly hosted by ANU and the High Commission of Papa New Guinea.  

Watch the address

The Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year in 2024, kicked off on Saturday 10 February and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon. 

What is the significance of this annual festival that is celebrated in many different cultures across the world, particularly throughout Asia, and what sets the dragon apart from the other animals of the Chinese zodiac?

Read more 

What's on

Stick em up punk it's the fun lovin criminals Photo:Fun Lovin' Criminals

Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Wednesday 21 February, 8-10pm 

Grab your ‘Scooby Snacks’ and come along and watch Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ at Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre. This infectious blend of cinematic hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues-jazz, latin-soul is famed for sampling Tarantino movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, their debut single ‘Scooby Snacks’ spent 17 weeks on the Billboard chart, quickly achieving gold status in the US.

Register now 

Welcome to First Year Mathematics

Friday 16 February, 10.30am –4pm 

Join us for Orientation Day at the Mathematical Sciences Institute! Discover the institute's structure and expectations in informative sessions, then enjoy a relaxed picnic with interactive games outside the building. Connect with peers and faculty while blending academic insight with social fun, setting off your journey on a positive and collaborative note.

Register now 

Putting global migration into practice

Tuesday 20 February, 12.30 - 1.30pm

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) stands out as the inaugural UN agreement among governments for coordinating global migration policies. Dr Rasika Jayasuriya, a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, ANU, will present insights on the practical application of the GCM in advancing migrant rights across global, regional, and national spheres.

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Register now 

ANU is a smoke-free campus  

The University's Smoke-Free Policy prohibits the use of all smoking products (tobacco product, herbal product, personal vaporiser or personal vaporiser product) on all ANU campuses, including residences, buildings, properties, grounds and study and work spaces.  

There is a range of support services available to assist in reducing or quitting smoking. You can also access counselling services through ANU, visit the ANU Medical Centre or talk to your own health care practitioner for support.  

Read more 

Changes to ANU PhD research milestones   

For candidates starting their research degree from January 1, 2024, the Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) at ANU for PhD and MPhil candidates will be replaced by Confirmation of Candidature.   

The TPR is a research training milestone that usually occurs around the end of the first year of a PhD or MPhil. It’s a process where candidates pursuing a higher degree are required to demonstrate their readiness and suitability to proceed with their research.  

This shift to Confirmation of Candidature will provide a more comprehensive evaluation, ensuring that candidates have the skills, resources, appropriate supervision and a well-defined plan to successfully complete their research within the time constraints of their degree.  

The strategic move to a Confirmation of Candidature process at ANU is intended to provide candidates with effective support systems, clarity about their projects and a strong understanding of their place within the ANU research environment. This heightened support is designed to instil confidence in candidates as they progress in their research.   

The first Confirmations of Candidature are scheduled for Q3 2024.   

More information 

Every choice matters; it just takes One Small Step | ANU Green

Taking action on climate change looks different to everyone. What does climate action look like for you? 

As an ANU student, you now have free access to an amazing new sustainability app that supports you in reducing your carbon footprint, both on and off campus. Whether you’re already taking steps to reduce your impact or are unsure where to start, this app has something for everyone. Get support to tackle waste, save energy, embrace green transport, switch to climate-friendly products and more. 

Complete challenges, earn eco points and see your impact alongside a community of people invested in a more sustainable future. Delivered by ANU Green in partnership with the award-winning app One Small Step. 

Together we can decarbonise our campus and community.  

Get started 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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