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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 12 September

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

What you need to know

Applications for the 2024 Jawun Secondment Program close this Friday 

The Jawun Secondment Program offers high-performing academic and professional staff at ANU a unique opportunity to expand their skills and understanding while contributing to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The ANU partnership with Jawun supports Indigenous-led initiatives, providing secondees with valuable experiences and insights.  

This challenging yet rewarding six-week secondment program aims to enhance cultural awareness, leadership capabilities, and professional skills while fostering collaboration with Indigenous organizations. Four placements are available in 2024 (one per quarter), offering participants the chance to work in regions like the Lower River Murray, Far West Coast, or East Kimberly, provided they have the support of their management and commit to representing ANU professionally throughout the program.  

We interviewed a recent secondee, Dr Brett Scholz, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Medicine and Psychology, ANU College of Health and Medicine, to hear about his experience in the program. 

Applications for 2024 close this Friday 15 September.  

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Events & activities

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Immersia Festival – Engaging with Asia and the Pacific   

Today – Saturday 30 September 

Come and join us as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and cultural immersion with the 2023 edition of Immersia: Engaging with Asia and the Pacific. From dance performances and music to workshops and seminars, explore the cultures of the Asia-Pacific region for a truly immersive experience. 

Register here 

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2023 McMichael Lecture and Award Announcement

 Thursday 14 September, 10-11am 

In this lecture, Dr Leviston will reflect on how participating in collective efforts to address environmental decline can change not just the physical environment, but our own emotional responses and wellbeing. In particular, she will discuss the role of how humans perceive each other as an important driver of this change. Following the lecture, the 2023 McMichael Award recipient will be officially announced by Associate Professor Aparna Lal, Director of the McMichael Award Program. 

Register here 

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18th Latin American Film Festival – Part Two

Thursday 14 September – Wednesday 20 September 

The 18th Latin American Film Festival concludes its second uninterrupted week at the ANU Film Group with these seven final films, from countries such as Uruguay, Cuba and Brazil. 

All screenings are FREE to attend and open to the public – no membership or registration is required. Sessions will commence at 7:30 pm, with the exception of Sunday screenings which start at 6pm. All films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles. 

Proudly presented by the Latin American Embassies in Australia with the support of the ANU Latin American Students' Association. 

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Twin health and education crises in Myanmar and the role of the international community  

Thursday 14 September, 5-6.30pm

In this lecture, H.E. Dr Zaw Wai Soe, Minister for Health and Education, National Unity Government, Myanmar will outline the complexities of Myanmar’s health and education situation, and offer reasons that it requires sustained commitment, collaboration, and support from the global community. This event is presented by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and the ANU College of Health & Medicine. 

Register here

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Meet the Author – Chanel Contos   

Tuesday 19 September, 6pm 

Chanel Contos engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Natassia Chrysanthos about her new book, Consent Laid Bare: sex, entitlement, and the distortion of desire. Explore the urgent issues surrounding sex, consent, and equality, and discover how this game-changing book offers vital insights for both women and men in today's world. 

Register here

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Early Modern Women and Discourses of Civility

Tuesday 19 September, 5-7pm 

Centre for Early Modern Women PhD candidate, Emma Rayner presents her PhD thesis, Early Modern Women and Discourses of Civility, in the final year of her candidature. 

Register here

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Conflict Resolution through Constitution-making: Insights from Asia and the Pacific

Tuesday 26 September, 6-7.30pm 

Frequent intra-state conflicts reignite after initial resolution through resource disputes, territorial control, and self-determination issues. Professor Anthony Regan from ANU College of Asia and the Pacific examines the role of constitution-making in preventing these conflicts. 

Register here 

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Towards ecosocial cities? Urban-nature encounters and relations

Friday 29 September, 9.30am-4pm 

In this workshop we’ll will be diving into the impact of urbanization on the environment, exploring how our bustling cities affect nature and wildlife. Let's discuss climate change, sustainable cities, and the complex relationships between humans and nature in a changing world.

Register here 

Hancock Library welcomes 1 millionth visitor since going 24/7 

On Friday 1 September the staff at Hancock Library were excited to welcome the Library’s millionth in-person visitor since opening 24/7 in 2019. The visitor, Rory Olsson, who is studying Engineering, entered Hancock mid-morning last Friday and was delighted to receive some ANU merchandise and a gift voucher for Harry Hartog Bookshop.

Following a few years of disruptions to regular on-campus learning and teaching activities, it is a joy to see high numbers of students and other Library users coming through the doors again.

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Listening to carers and parents – Survey now open | People and Culture 

All staff can now access the Carers Survey to have a say on the factors that support, or limit, their ability to progress work goals while balancing caring needs.  

This link will take you to the Families and Carers webpage where there are instructions on how to complete the survey. The survey is optional and confidential. It closes on 22 September and will take 5 minutes to complete.   

ANU has made significant improvements for carers through access to flexible work arrangements, creating an electronic change of hours form, paid parental leave of 26 weeks for primary carers (regardless of gender), provisions for career re-entry following parental leave, maintaining superannuation contributions during parental leave and improving the availability of childcare centres on campus. 

While we have made good progress, there are further improvements that can be made to create an environment where everyone can be themselves and achieve their aspirations, regardless of their gender, background or caring responsibilities. People and Culture is focused on listening to staff to understand the conditions, systems and culture that will enable everyone to thrive equally in their careers. We will collate responses to develop a set of practical, innovative actions. 

If you have feedback or questions regarding the survey, please reach out to the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) team.


Staff Discount for Continuing Education Courses  

Did you know as an ANU Staff member you are eligible for discounted Continuing Education courses

Start learning Arabic, Mandarin or French. Discover the enchanting world of Shakespeare's timeless works in the Introduction to Shakespeare class. Join the Gamilaraay language class to learn a vibrant language and contribute to preserving the heritage of Australia's First Nations people. 

ANU staff are eligible for a 50 per cent discount. Email the Continuing Education team to enrol today (using your ANU email address).  

Courses start soon so book in your seat now.


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