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Staff Edition

Tuesday 2 April

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

Nominate inspiring women for ANU building names

ANU Vice-Chancellor Genevieve Bell calls on the community to nominate inspiring women for the building renaming project. Speaking at the Susan Ryan Oration last week for International Women’s Day, she highlighted the need to honour more women, as only five out of 150 buildings across campus are currently named after female leaders.

Our community will be able to nominate outstanding women who have made exceptional contributions to the University. Nominations will open this month and close in May. Selected names will be celebrated, starting later this year and continuing into 2025.

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What's on

The face of the nation: exploring gender equality in international affairs

Thursday 4 April, 5-6pm 

Join the Chancellor The Hon Julie Bishop in conversation with by Dr Elise Stephenson, Deputy Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at ANU, as they discuss Dr Stephenson's new award-winning book, The Face of the Nation.

They will explore the lack of gender representation and diversity in international affairs, reflect on the barriers to participation, and consider strategies to advance change. This conversation will be facilitated by Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer. 

Register now 

Blue Island film screening

Tuesday 16 April, 6-8.30 pm

This mix of documentary and fiction by Chan Tze-woon blends archival materials, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, weaving an expansive tapestry that encompasses Hong Kong's tumultuous eras. This 2022 film was shot in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English and features Chinese and English subtitles.

Hosted by Australian Centre on China in the World this film screening is part of the Assembly exhibition.

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Meet the Author - Lech Blaine

Thursday 18 April, 6-7pm

Lech Blaine will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on his new quarterly essay Bad Cop. Peter Dutton's Strongman Politics. Who is Peter Dutton, and what happened to the Liberal Party? In Bad Cop, Lech Blaine traces the making of a hardman – from Queensland detective to leader of the Opposition, from property investor to minister for Home Affairs. This is a story of ambition, race and power, and a politician with a plan.

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50 years of statutory interpretation

Thursday 18 April, 5.30-7pm

Please join Chief Justice Stephen Gageler AC in celebrating the 10th edition of Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce's 'Statutory Interpretation in Australia' (Lexis Nexis, 2024), the most cited text on Australian law. 

For 50 years, courts, tribunals and legal practitioners have relied upon this text as their guide to the intricacies of statutory interpretation. Written by the ANU College of Law’s own Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce, this book is one of the most significant and enduing publications to have come from the ANU College of Law. 

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Transgender Day of Visibility

This week at ANU, we are celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility. Held on 31 March, this is an international day that celebrates gender diverse experiences, identity, community and awareness.

At ANU, we are building on a culture of care, respect and belonging. The University recently introduced gender affirmation leave under the ANU Enterprise Agreement. To further support staff and increase awareness, People and Culture have developed a new Gender Affirmation Guide. This document addresses frequently asked questions for affirming staff, their supervisors, and colleagues, provides links to resources and supporting organisations, and provides a template plan to help staff consider the steps that they would like to take in their affirmation journey. 

This guide is based on staff experiences. People and Culture would like to recognise and thank all transgender and gender diverse staff who shared their stories and feedback in the process of developing this guide.  

A new gender affirmation leave procedure is currently being developed.

Online Focus sessions: goal setting for the new PDR process

To support ANU staff with the implementation of Focus, the revised Performance and Development Review (PDR) process, People and Culture will be running 90-minute online skill builder sessions. 

Dates and times for all available sessions, as well as goal setting resources, are on the Focus SharePoint site.  

Join the session to learn how to set performance and development goals for yourself and your team. No registration required—just pick a convenient time and join on Zoom

ANU Anti-Racism Taskforce Recommendations Report

Last year the Anti-Racism Taskforce led by Professor Sujatha Raman conducted consultations and undertook research in relation to the prevention of and response to racism and racial discrimination in university spaces. The Taskforce then produced its Recommendations Report which sets out a three-phase implementation plan for ANU. 

ANU has already implemented the immediate and short-term actions in Phase 1 and is now on a path to implement longer-term actions in phases 2 and 3 of the Report which include improving data collection and widening both the participation of students and employing more staff from diverse backgrounds. The implementation of next phases and recommendations will be considered at the IDEA Governance Committee, and an update on progress will be provided throughout 2024.  

Professional Staff Pathways feedback sessions 

Professional Staff Pathways is being developed to create an environment where all professional staff thrive, feel empowered and supported to grow and develop at ANU. This program of work is crucial to deliver a staff experience that will ensure our campus and community is the best place to work and study in Australia.  

As we continue to build our Professional Staff Pathways roadmap, we would value your input. 

In addition to those held at the end of 2023, People and Culture are hosting two additional online sessions for staff to provide input and feedback on how to ensure the Professional Staff Pathways meets the needs of our community. 

Monday 8 April from 11.00 – 11.45am (join Teams meeting here)  

Friday 12 April from 11.00 – 11.45am (join Teams meeting here

Questions? Please contact HRD.Development@anu.edu.au 

Election of professional staff member of ANU Council 

A reminder that voting for the next professional staff member on the ANU Council is open and will close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 12 April 2024. 

The elected staff member will hold office from 26 May 2024 until 25 May 2026. You can view the list of nominees and a statement from each candidate and the election details.

To be eligible to vote in this ballot you must be a member of the professional staff and must have been a full-time, part-time or fixed term professional staff appointment in the University on payday 29 February 2024 and paid a salary by the University on that day. 

If you are eligible to vote, you can cast your vote through the ANU Apollo Poll.

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