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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 21 March

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

What you need to know


Have you checked your team's ranking on the leaderboard?

Congratulations to the ANU Advancement team who currently hold the highest response rate! Will they be able to hold onto that spot in the days ahead? The tally will be updated at 12pm everyday this week on the ANYOU survey website

The College or Portfolio with the highest response rate in the survey will win a free team BBQ!

Make sure you and your team members fill out the survey by midnight 28 March.  


Friday prayers at ANU Sport

Friday prayers at ANU Sport

How to be a supportive teacher, colleague and friend during Ramadan

To those staff members celebrating this month, Ramadan Mubarak! Happy Ramadan! 

Ramadan is a sacred month for Muslims worldwide, which involves fasting from dawn to sunset, prayer, reflection, and acts of charity. The month is set to start this week at the first sighting of the crescent moon. 

As a non-Muslim, it can be challenging to know how to support Muslim colleagues or friends during this period. To help with this, members of the ANU Muslim Student Association have provided guidance on how to be accommodating, flexible, and respectful of those celebrating Ramadan, including scheduling meetings and events around prayer and meal times, and sponsoring or hosting an iftar. 

Read more helpful tips


Events & activities

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Launch of the new Maple Glass 3D Printer 

Thursday 23 March, 6-8pm 

Join Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento to launch the Australian-made Maple Glass 3D Printer which uses recycled waste glass to create beautiful 3D printed objects. This state-of-the-art technology is the latest addition to the University's glass workshop and will be used for collaborative research and teaching with Engineering and ANU Makerspace. This is one of many events on this week for Alumni week.

Register now


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FREE film series at the National Film and Sound Archive 

Thursday 23 March, 6pm 

The SCIENCE.ART.FILM. series uncovers wacky, weird and wonderful facets of science and art in films - in discussion with artists and ANU scholars from different disciplines. This week the FREE screening is science-fiction film Elysium, followed by a discussion about the movie's themes and relevance to modern society. The discussion panel features Dr Ehsan Nabavi, Dr Tatiana Bur, and Professor Simon Niemeyer, who will bring their diverse expertise in engineering, sociology, classics, and democracy. 

Register now 


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The IPCC Synthesis Report: Key findings from this 7-year cycle 

Monday 27 March, 5:30-7pm 

This month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to release its Synthesis Report, the final product from its last seven years of reporting. Hear directly from Australians involved in preparing and approving this report about its key findings, and the urgent action required to address the challenges and opportunities of climate change. 

Register now 


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Celebrating Teaching Excellence at ANU

Monday 27 March, 5.30-7pm 

Staff are invited to join this special event to recognise the outstanding achievements of our University’s most inspiring educators for 2022.  

As strong advocates of quality teaching, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Grady Venville and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) will highlight the teaching context offered by their shared focus on academic projects and educational initiatives from which learning and teaching partnerships can flourish.  

Register now 


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Meet the Author Series: Saul Griffith  

Tuesday 28 March, 6pm 

Inventor and engineer Saul Griffith will be in conversation with Emma Aisbett on his latest Quarterly Essay, 'The Wires That Bind. Electrification and community renewal.' Griffith's vision of green energy at a local level offers practical solutions for community renewal and financial empowerment through renewable energy. This electrifying essay challenges us to build a better world and benefits every Australian economically, socially and health-wise.  

Register now 


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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

Racism has no place on our campus or in our society. International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed 21 March each year, is an opportunity to reflect on what you can do to help eliminate racism. ANU is an official supporter of the Australian Human Right’s Commission Racism. It Stops with Me initiative, and there are some great resources available on how to contribute to a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.  

Time for a Check Up – What are we doing about racism?  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience racism stemming from ongoing settler-colonisation.  

Like a health check up can help us track our health and wellbeing, this Check Up can help you track what you are doing, and what more we could be doing to help eliminate racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is not an exhaustive list, but rather a series of prompts to help guide and track our ongoing efforts to eliminate racism. As this check up is a tool for reflection and self-assessment, it also provides links to useful resources. 

Tackling racism is the necessary first step to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing. Watch the video to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the impacts of discrimination and their visions for world without racism. 

If you’re interested in learning more, have a read of a recent article from ANU academics on the contribution of discrimination to psychological distress among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. Read the full article here.

Complete the Check Up today


 Panellist call out - ANU Trans Day of Visibility 10 Questions with 10 ANU Students & Staff 

To celebrate Trans Day of Visibility the ANU LGBTIQA+ Ally Network (led by the Respectful Relationship Unit) are inviting you to share your experiences as a Trans / gender diverse ANU student. In a rapid-fire panel format you will be asked to respond to ten questions about your journey, your time at ANU and what it means to be Trans / gender diverse. This panel will be dynamic and engaging, inviting you to openly share your hopes, triumphs, and challenges, as well as highlighting any services and supports you have accessed. EOIs close midnight 26 March. 


Enrol as a mentor in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program 

If you're an ANU staff member with a passion for helping early and mid-career researchers (EMCR) succeed, consider enrolling as a mentor in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program. We're seeking mentors with diverse experiences to help EMCRs navigate challenges ranging from balancing teaching load to gaining research impact. Enrol as a mentor in just 5 minutes before 24 March to make a meaningful difference in someone's career. 

Register to be a mentor now 

In case you missed it...

Lord Chris Patten

Gareth Evans Oration 

Last week, Lord Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong, visited the ANU campus to deliver the Gareth Evans Oration for 2023. Lord Patten was stationed in Hong Kong from 1992-1997 and played a key role in returning Hong Kong to China. He kept a diary (that he has published as The Hong Kong Diaries) that offers rare insight into the historical transition of power. Watch Lord Chris Patten deliver the 2023 Gareth Evans Oration. 



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