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📣 Staying alert. Staying COVID-Safe.

As we transition into pandemic-era business as usual, we have made some changes to our COVID-19 management systems.  

We are introducing a traffic light system for managing COVID-19 risk on our campus. This system is like the ACT Emergency Services bushfire rating system.


» Check the COVID-19 changes so you have the latest information

📂Campus Updates

Semester 2: The Return of the SELT

Academic Board has endorsed a new student survey policy which means course convenors will need to nominate all teachers contributing to their courses. This gives students the opportunity to provide feedback on all ANU classes and teachers.

» Read more about this policy change


Guess who’s back? Back again? (Answer: events on campus)

From Monday 7 September 2020, the University will reinstate functions, events and venue hire on the Acton campus. All functions will need to be compliant with the new Functions on Campus Protocol. The responsibilities created under the Protocol will minimise COVID-19 related risks.

» Read the full announcement now

Could the problem be us? COVID and Greater Good fatigue

Professor of Military and Aerospace Medicine, Tracy Smart AO, writes her most recent COVID-19 blog contribution on ‘Greater Good’ fatigue. She postulates about whether we can be trusted to do the right thing when the public good is at stake.

» Read Tracy's piece now


The ANU Climate Change Institute (and the planet) needs your help!

Members of the ANU community are invited to complete a brief (up to 10 mins) survey of their attitudes towards climate change and emissions reductions at ANU. We need your help to ensure the survey is representative of the entire ANU community.

» Fill out the survey now

🎉 In case you missed it

At the start of this year, the ANU Indigenous Trainee and Apprentice Network was established to support the future development and careers of the University’s Indigenous trainees. The Network was sustained throughout COVID-19 using a combination of strategies. Read about the Network during COVID.

Our teaching community gathered (virtually!) last Thursday evening to celebrate those who have enhanced the quality of learning and teaching in higher education at ANU. Our outstanding recipients of the 2020 VC's Awards for Excellence in Education are listed here.

ANU recently took part in the ACT National Science Week Satellite Selfie, along with national cultural institutions, schools and members of the Canberra community.


👀 Coming up soon

R U OK? Day is on Thursday 10 September. In what has been a challenging year, it is more important than ever to stay connected and support those around us. Keep an eye out for more news closer to the day about our R U OK? Day Learning Challenge, and your chance to win a Self-Care Pack of Sunshine.

The Australia Japan Research Centre and ANU Japan Institute are proud to host the virtual 2020 annual Japan Update conference — Japan's Choices Beyond COVID-19 — from Tuesday 8 September to Thursday 10 September.

Join an ANU College of Law panel of experts, Dr Jonathan Liljeblad, Yun Jiang, Helen Zhang and Dr Graeme Smith (moderator) as they explore China's rule-of-law project under Xi Jinping's rule. This event is part of the ANU College of Law’s 60th anniversary celebrations.


🏆 Heroes of ANU

Chloe Harpley has been working tirelessly since the summer fires. She started Books for the Bush, a project that aims to help affected school communities in the Riverina and South Coast communities of New South Wales. Read her story.

Having completed her PhD at the School of Culture, History & Language (CHL) in 2019, Dr Shimona Kealy began 2020 by pursuing her study of the movement and interconnectedness of ancient Indo-Pacific island communities through a research assistant position at the CHL Archaeology and Natural History (ANH) lab. When the University went into lockdown, Dr Kealy had to adapt.

Simon Jenkins has been telling ANU stories through this newsletter for seven years. We sat down with Simon to reflect on how storytelling can define who we are as a community.


🍔 Food for thought

“Most Australians have no idea about what activities actually constitute foreign interference and… the Australian Government still has not released any examples of what activities constitute foreign interference, beyond its general definition”, writes Yun Jiang, a Chinese-Australian and an ANU staff member.

Experts are calling for many of the 156 government policy measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to stay long term. A new report from ANU analyses the policy measures and highlights the growing gap in health outcomes between rich and poor in Australia.

The COVID-19 code of conduct? In this interview, ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) alumna Dr Jane Gunn discusses the opportunities for organisations and leaders in a post-pandemic world. Jane is the Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia's People & Change practice.

A new survey developed by ANU will examine the effects of this year's bushfires and COVID-19 on pregnant women and their babies.


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