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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 14 March

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

What you need to know

  • The ANYOU Staff Engagement Survey launches today at 3pm and will be open until Tuesday 28 March. You will receive an email from at 3pm today that will include your unique link to the survey. This is from Culture Amp, the external online platform that is hosting the survey.  

Want to win a free sausage sizzle for your team?

Make sure you and your team members complete the 10-minute ANYOU staff engagement survey by midnight Tuesday 28 March. The College or Portfolio with the highest response rate in the survey will win a free BBQ!

Your feedback is important to see what is working well and what needs improvement at ANU. The ANU leadership team is committed to using the feedback to take meaningful action to improve the staff experience across the University. For more information watch Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt’s message. 

First Generation welcome event

This event celebrates the stories and journeys of ANU staff, students and alumni who are the first in their immediate family to attend university. Being at university is a significant achievement, especially when you step out of what is known or expected in your community. Come along on Monday 20 March, 3-5pm and be inspired by the journeys of these pioneers. 

Keep reading below for the stories of two ANU staff members who are first generation university graduates. 

Register for the First Generation welcome event

         Dr James Brann

Dr James Brann didn’t always think a tertiary education was for him.  

Now the Director of University Experience at ANU, James shares his story and his advice to current first generation students.

Read James' story

         Ms Darvina Rahmat

As a first generation student, Darvina often didn't know what was expected of her. 

Faced with setbacks and moments of doubt, Darvina persevered to achieve her dream of a tertiary education. 

Read Darvina's story

ANU launches new reverse vending machine

Bought a soft drink for lunch? Recycle it on campus! Put the 10c container deposit to good use with the new recycling machine on campus, located on the ground floor of the Marie Reay Teaching Centre. 

The reverse vending machine accepts eligible containers and redeems them for cash donations to local charities that were selected by ANU students. 

Read more about the scheme

ANU repurposing building material for bushfire affected farmers

More than 200 ANU buildings on the Acton campus suffered damage due to the severe hailstorm that hit Canberra in 2020.

The remediation process is ongoing, with the ANU School of Art and Design set to commence its second stage of repairs in Semester 2, 2023. To make the process sustainable, ANU has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Bungendore to transport and re-purpose roof sheets for local farmers affected by bushfires, creating a beneficial re-use program for the community. 

Read more about the sustainable initiative 

Events & activities

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Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2023: The Coronation, the Commonwealth and government integrity

Wednesday 15 March, 6-7.30pm 

Mark your calendars - the Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture is back for 2023. 

Former Professor of Constitutional Law and a Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, Anne Twomey will deliver the annual lecture, named in honour of former ANU Vice-Chancellor and Commonwealth of Nations scholar, the late Professor Anthony Low AO. 

Register for the Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2023


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Chancellor’s panel

Saturday 18 March, 5.30-6.30pm 

Join the Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the 2023 ANU Alumni week 'Chancellor's panel' event featuring a discussion on cyber and national security trends.

The panel of leading experts will share insights on cyber threats, artificial intelligence, potential consequences of a cyber attack, and the role of education, research, and international collaborations in addressing this critical issue. 

Register for the Chancellor’s panel 

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Weekly Gardening Bees with ANU Thrive

Monday 20 March, 10am-12pm 

Come along to ANU Thrive’s Kitchen Garden to relax, socialise and take fresh produce home for free! Find us at the Plot behind Fenner Hall on Mondays 10-11am. No experience required – all are welcome. 

Find out more information about the Weekly Gardening Bees 

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Parenting and public life discussion 

Monday 20 March, 7-8pm 

Explore the significance of work-family balance for women and the barriers that prevent equal representation in politics and leadership positions, while networking with like-minded individuals. As a part of Alumni Week The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at ANU will be hosting a panel of politicians and public servants with personal experience juggling parenting and a political career. The panel will include the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Elizabeth Lee MLA, and Sally Sitou MP. 

Register for the parenting and public life discussion 

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Reducing your carbon footprint

Are you looking for ways to act more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint?  

ANU has launched its 2023 Green Impact toolkit. Green Impact is a sustainability program designed for staff and students to make a difference through sustainability actions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus.  

The ANU Below Zero team be hosting two info sessions from 12:30 – 1:30pm on Wednesday 22 March and Monday 27 March. We encourage anyone who’s interested to register for either of the sessions.  

To find out more information about the program and to register for these sessions, read the Green Impact at ANU webpage.


2023 Open Day - Saturday 18 March - Tech support

If you are on campus on Open Day and require technical assistance, IT Support will be available on x54321.

VC celebrates international day for π with a pie

March 14 (written as 3/14 in some countries) is the international day of pi.  

Pi day is a day to celebrate mathematics, take a crack at memorising the infinite digits of pi (3.14159), or to simply enjoy a slice of pie. 

To mark the day Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt baked a homemade raspberry pie with berries from his garden. 

Read the full recipe here 


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