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From ANU to you, our staff: thank you

In the first staff thank you event held by ANU over Zoom, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt joined the ANU executive in thanking the University’s staff for their tremendous efforts over 2020 dealing with the smoke, hail storm and now COVID-19 pandemic.

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Awards fit for a queen

Four ANU researchers and teachers, one graduate and a former fellow have all been recognised in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Vale Mervyn Paterson

The man behind a geological tool used to measure rock formation, Mervyn Paterson, has died aged 95. Professor Paterson is considered one of the forefathers of the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences and his 50 year old machine, the ‘Paterson apparatus’, is still in operation today.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Forum – financial health and you: Tuesday, 23 June 1-2pm

Do you have questions about the Vice-Chancellor’s recent messages about our financial health and how that might relate to your working arrangements? The Vice-Chancellor will be hosting another staff forum to answer any questions about flexible working arrangements and other financial health issues.

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Voting to open for variation to the University’s Enterprise Agreement

Eligible staff will be invited to vote on deferring the scheduled pay rise for July 2020 and July 2021 under the ANU Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Voting will be open from Wednesday 17 to Tuesday 23 June via electronic ballot. A replay of the Thursday 11 June information session with Human Resources Director Nadine White can be found here

» You can see more information ahead of the vote here

The future of universities – ANU Crawford Leadership Forum (ACLF)

Weren’t able to catch the ACLF’s discussion on the future of universities, featuring VC Professor Brian Schmidt? Watch a recording of the discussion on our youtube channel.

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Global public health and COVID-19 – ANU Crawford Leadership Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant weaknesses in both national public health systems and in international institutions like the World Health Organization. Look back on the ACLF’s discussion on this issue as part of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.

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ACLF sessions coming up

What will our shared regional future look like in a post-COVID world? Join this session of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum as they focus on the Pacific’s needs and how Australia can assist. Register here.  

Asia’s rise in recent decades has changed the world and shifted economic, geo-political and even cultural power eastward. Now Asian governments and societies are grappling with the immense damage caused by COVID-19. Join the ACLF in discussion with experts from Asia on how the pandemic is changing their region. Register here. 

Join the ACLF for a live panel discussion and Q&A with policy makers and business leaders to chart a way forward for Australia on climate action in a COVID19 world. Register here.

What kind of world will exist after the COVID-19 pandemic? What will happen to globalisation, the distribution of power, multilateralism and what won’t change? Join the ACLF in this session to find out what the experts think. Register here.  


In other news

Academic promotions underpin the University’s goal to recognise academic staff achievements in research/creative activity, education, service and leadership. Please register in advance to attend one of two sessions on Monday, 29 June from 3-4pm or Wednesday, 1 July from 1-2pm.  

How have you been coping during the pandemic? Have you been looking at ways to maintain your mental health during these abnormal times? The ANU Research School of Psychology has a free webinar that looks at exactly this.

Have you been finding it tough to sort the facts from the fiction on COVID-19? The ANU Research School of Psychology has teamed up with the Black Dog Institute to offer a free webinar on the impact of information (and misinformation) on mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has tipped the world’s concept of ‘normal’ on its head, and has forced our society, and our University, to rethink the way we interact with each other. This fortnight we focus on Wright Hall and the efforts they’ve gone to so students remain connected.  

Emergency Undergraduate Accommodation Bursaries have been extended to international students and retrospective applications will be considered. If you know an international student who will benefit, please encourage them to visit our website to submit an application.

A ‘classic’ of the Classics Museum has returned home following the January hailstorm.  

Congratulations to Vice-President (Advancement), Barbara Miles, who has been named the 2020 recipient of the John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of Education.  

Engineer and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science Deputy Dean Professor Nick Birbilis was recently announced as a Fellow in electrochemistry.  

Does meditation change your brain? According to ANU experts, it does!


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