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Message from Professor Ian Anderson AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience)

As some of us prepare to return to campus to resume some resemblance of normal, I would like to start this message by acknowledging the work of the many staff who have remained on campus for the past few months to keep the buildings secure, our computers running well, processing our pays each fortnight and supporting the residential students for whom campus is home (among other things!). I’m sure they’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet to some degree, but are also looking forward to seeing some more friendly faces around the place. Thank you for all your work during these unprecedented times.

You will have seen the Vice-Chancellor’s blog last Friday about the graduated return to campus, and I know many of you have seen the stages of return on the website. Today’s edition of On&OffCampus provides more of the operational and day to day information you will need for a safe return to campus. This information for returning to campus will guide and inform decisions about local areas, which will be made by Deans, Portfolio heads, School and Service Division Directors. These staff will be communicating directly with you on their decisions and when it is safe for you to return.

» Read DVC's full message here

A COVID safe return to campus

The University's Return to Campus Taskforce has created a graduated system for our return to campus.

Information about the activities to ensure a CovidSafe campus is available here.

» More information here

VC's community forums – 26 and 28 May

The Vice-Chancellor and members of the University Executive will be holding virtual community forums next week to answer your questions about the University, the scheduled return to campus and provide feedback on anything that may be impacting you.

Please bring along any questions you have. If you are unable to attend, please send your questions to

» Register here


Wellbeing and Remote Education surveys

Help ANU plan the path beyond COVID-19.

SWiRL, WHiRRL and TWiRL surveys are now open, and will close on Friday 5 June.

» Participate in survey here

Campus services

Information is available about campus services including parking, IT, cleaning and COVID Safe workplaces.

» COVID Safe workplaces information

» ITS information

» Parking information


Flexible working arrangements

Information about flexible working arrangements for staff and supervisors is available here. The HR fact sheet also includes information for staff planning to return to campus.

» More information

Sport, gyms and the pool

The pool will be reopening this Saturday 23 May, as will all outdoor ovals, tennis courts, the boat shed and the sailing boat shed.

Users of these facilities must follow strict COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Indoor gyms on campus will remain closed.

» Sport, gym and pool information


COVID-19 database

We have built an online database of all the research and engagement work ANU academics have been involved in to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions to the database are welcome.

Click the link below to see all the work that’s been captured.

» COVID-19 database


If you are feeling worried, anxious or need some support, please make use of the various support services available to the ANU Community.

New wellness resources have been added to the website. These include financial, mental, physical, social and spiritual wellness, and resources for parents and carers.


On Campus on Facebook

For all the latest updates, follow our 'ANU On Campus' page on facebook or head to our dedicated COVID-19 response webpage

Want to contribute to On&Off Campus? Please send COVID-19 related information to

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