On Campus

Staff Edition

Tuesday 23 April

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

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • A reminder that this Thursday 25 April is the ANZAC Day public holiday.  
  • Today, ANU reaffirms its commitment to achieve below-zero emissions – a target we now aspire to reach by 2040. Read the full statement and refer to the FAQs for more information.  
  • We understand that recent global and national events can have a significant impact on our sense of safety and wellbeing.  We want to ensure that you are aware that support is available to you.  

Photo: Tina Cannistra

How residential halls are minimising food waste and easing student financial burdens

A four-week trial is underway, where surplus meals from Bruce Hall and Wright Hall are being packaged and transferred to the Brian Kenyon Student Space for students to eat free of charge. 

The trial will run from 8 April – 3 May. If successful, the university expects to establish the program in a more permanent format. 

This staff-led initiative was designed by Geraldine Schmid, Head of Residence, Bruce Hall as an opportunity to do better for our ANU community.

The program aims to reduce plate waste by a minimum of 6 per cent annually, equating to roughly 576 kilos of waste.  

Read more 

Professor Rowena Ball. Photo: Nic Vevers/ANU

Maths has no borders: Professor Rowena Ball brings Indigenous mathematics to ANU

What constitutes mathematical knowledge? What is included in mathematics? Who gets to decide? These are some of the questions being asked in a growing decolonisation movement. 

“Mathematics is a universal human phenomenon, and students of under-represented and minority groups and colonised peoples are starting to be more critical about accepting unquestioningly the cultural hegemony of mainstream European-based mathematics,” says Professor Rowena Ball from the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute

“Mathematics has been gatekept by the West and defined to exclude entire cultures. We would like to enrich the discipline through the inclusion of cross-cultural mathematics.” 

Read more

What's on

Sci-Fi night at Questacon 

Saturday May 4, 6pm  

Journey to a galaxy far far away for the ultimate adults-only Sci-Fi night this May the Fourth. Come as your favourite sci-fi character and discover the science behind the fiction as you experience Questacon kid-free after dark. Explore the known universe with ANU astrophysicist, Dr Brad Tucker for his talk 'Aliens, Teleportation, and Monsters - Oh My! The Impact of Science Fiction on Science'. Sci-Fi night will include live music, themed cocktails, entertainment and science-fiction fandom at its finest.   

Register now

Beyond Conventional Assessment Formats Workshop 

Monday 6 May, 12-1.30pm 

Interested in enriching your assessment strategies and practices? Look no further – this workshop teaches lecturers and tutors innovative strategies such as using videos, interviews, music, poetry, art, dance, painting or observations to enhance student engagement and comprehension and make assessments more inclusive for various cultural backgrounds.  

Register now  

2024 academic promotion info sessions 

Monday 13 May – Friday 17 May 

Have you considered applying for academic promotion? Receive practical advice on the application process for levels B through to E1 from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Grady Venville and ANU staff guest speakers who have recently been promoted.  

If you’re applying, or you supervise a staff member applying, these sessions are essential.  

Attend an in-person or virtual session next month.   

Register now 

Adventures of a Mathematician – Free Film Screening 

Thursday 16 May, 6.30-10pm 

The Mathematical Sciences Institute, the ANU Film Group and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra are delighted to present the screening of Adventures of a Mathematician.  

After migrating to the US in the late 1930s, Polish-Jewish mathematician Stanislaw ‘Stan’ Ulam is offered an opportunity to work on a top-secret project in New Mexico. Ulam becomes part of a team of brilliant young immigrant scientists whose work leads to the creation of the hydrogen bomb. But despite his success, Ulam finds himself wracked with guilt over the family he left behind in Poland. 

Register now 

Meet the Author - Hugh Mackay 

Tuesday 7 May, 6-7pm 

Hugh Mackay will be in conversation with Virginia Haussegger on his new book, The Way We Are. Lessons from a lifetime of listening, in which Australia's leading social psychologist examines our society today and asks timely and urgent questions about its future.  

Register now  

Get your free flu vaccination 

Free flu vaccinations for staff are available on campus through: 

- ANU Medical Centre, by appointment until 15 May 2024 

- ANU Pharmacy, walk-in until 31 July 2024 

To access your free flu vaccine at either location, staff must:   

- bring ANU staff ID (otherwise you’ll have to pay)  

- have valid Medicare or Overseas Student Health Cover  

- for staff on Overseas Visitor Health Cover, you will need to pay upfront but can claim back 100 per cent of costs from your insurer  

If you would like to access your free flu vaccine off campus, you may obtain a voucher code from HORUS, to be used at a Terry White Chemist in Canberra and interstate. Off campus vaccines are available until 31 July 2024.  

ANU brand identity Pulse training module 

No matter your role at ANU, understanding who we are, what we say about ourselves, and how we visually communicate is important for all staff to understand. 

Whether you are an academic, researcher, or professional staff member, we all contribute and have a role to play in building the University's brand equity, awareness, and impact, both internally and externally. 

Access the new 30-minute Pulse training module from ANU Brand and Marketing Services to learn about the brand identity of ANU, and how it affects you.  

 2024 Vice-Chancellor Award for Reconciliation – nomination period extended 

The nomination period for the Vice-Chancellor Award for Reconciliation has been extended to Friday 3 May, 5pm. This award aims to encourage and recognise ANU staff members for initiatives and activities that support the pursuit of reconciliation, within the University or beyond.  

Last year's recipients, Dr Oliva Evans and Dr Junwen Chen, demonstrated leadership in developing the course 'PSYC2012 Culture and Psychology,’ addressing the colonial roots of psychology and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Nominate here 


Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland ticket giveaway 

Go find your costume box and get ready to shake your tail feathers for this giveaway. Enter for a chance to win one double pass to Brogla, this year’s iteration of the National Portrait Gallery’s 18+ late-night event.  

On Friday 3 May, 6.30pm – 12.00am the gallery will transform into an explorative wonderland of dance, art, film and performance, inspired by First Nations stories of the dancing brolga.  

For your chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the entry form below to participate in the draw, and you could be one of the fortunate winners. Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of double pass to attend Brolga at the National Portrait Gallery.  

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Monday 29 April. 

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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