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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 2 May

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

What you need to know

  • If you are organising an activity for National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) please contact so we can help promote your event. Access a wealth of resources from Reconciliation Australia which will help you spread the word about National Reconciliation Week 2023 and its theme, "Be a Voice for Generations." 

ANU Staff Feedback Wanted: Help us find the next Vice-Chancellor 

We're excited to let you know that the advertisement for the new Vice-Chancellor position is now up and ready for viewing. We encourage you to take a look and share it with your networks as we're looking for the best and brightest candidates for this important role.  

We would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the qualities and attributes that are important to you in our next Vice-Chancellor. Your feedback will help us better understand the needs and priorities of our community and ensure that we select a candidate who is the right fit for ANU. 

Your opinions and feedback will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of informing our search for a new Vice-Chancellor. If you have any feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our People and Culture team at or fill our anonymous form

Making evidence a reality 

Kristen Graham is a midwife, nurse, educator and researcher.   

A PhD candidate at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and National Health, Kristen’s doctoral work explores the preparedness and readiness of primary care midwives for emergency maternal and neonatal care in rural and remote resource-limited settings. 

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife on 5 May is Together Again: From Evidence to Reality – a theme that couldn’t be more relevant to Kristen’s PhD.  

“From my PhD study I hope to provide evidence that can become a reality for midwives working in rural and remote communities in resource-limited settings.” 

Do not eat wild mushrooms found on campus

With the arrival of cooler wet weather, students and staff at the campus are reminded to stay away from wild mushrooms, especially death cap mushrooms, which are among the deadliest in the world. Although they can resemble store-bought mushrooms, death caps can be identified by their lighter-coloured gills and are found in the Canberra region during autumn and winter. It is recommended that you only buy mushrooms from the supermarket to avoid any confusion and health risks, and to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect consumption of death cap mushrooms.  

Events & activities

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Meet the Author - Guillaume Pitron 

Wednesday 3 May, 6-7pm 

Guillaume Pitron's book, The Dark Cloud, explores the impact of digital technology on the environment, revealing that it uses 10 per cent of the world's electricity and accounts for 4 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The book exposes the catastrophic consequences of digital technology and is the result of a two-year investigation conducted on four continents. 

Register here 

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Meet the Author – Heather Mitchell 

Monday 8 May, 6-7pm 

Esteemed Australian actor Heather Mitchell will be discussing her memoir, Everything and Nothing. Heather's memoir is a candid and immersive reflection on her life, exploring love, family, and the arts with raw honesty and lyricism. Heather will be in conversation with Professor Bronwyn Parry, Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Register here 

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Interfaith Dialogue Forum 

Tuesday 9 May, 6.30pm 

Speakers from Christian, Muslim, non-Abrahamic and Jewish traditions will present their perspectives on interfaith dialogue at the Burgmann College Chapel, followed by audience discussion. 

Register here 

Deadline extended - nominations for the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation  

Nominations for the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation are open and will close Wednesday 10 May. 

This award aims to encourage and recognise ANU staff members for initiatives and activities that support the pursuit of reconciliation, within the University or beyond.  

ANU Professor elected as new member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

Professor Ann McGrath has been elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This prestigious Academy recognises and celebrates the excellence of its members, who are world leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs. The other six members elected to the History Section this year include Professor Linda Colley of Princeton University and Tiya Miles of Harvard University. An induction and formal ceremony for new members will take place in September 2023 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

“I’m proud to be awarded such a high honour, which reflects well on the School of History, the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Australian National University. I appreciate the support that we have received for our projects, particularly for the Research Centre for Deep History”. 


Centre for Learning & Teaching Workshop Series 

Join the Centre for Learning & Teaching for a series of workshops this month on a variety of topics ranging from academic integrity, learner engagement, student wellbeing and assessment in a higher education context. 

These stimulating workshops will be delivered face to face and will provide practical examples and suggestions for participants. 

Register here

Making a difference

A group of postgraduate students at Toad Hall pitched in to help Facilities and Services plant a few new trees outside the residence. Thanks to all who participated, it was a great way to mark Earth Day 2023. 


Important Notice from the Information Security Office 

Please read this important advice from the Information Security Office about downloading pirated software and apps to ANU-issued devices. 


Academic Promotions 2023 Info Sessions  

ANU is hosting three academic promotions information sessions this month providing practical advice on how to prepare for the academic promotion process, featuring guest speakers who were successful in previous years and an opportunity for Q&A. It is recommended that all staff considering promotion attend the relevant information session and watch the video recordings of previous sessions. 

There are three information sessions: 15 May (virtual, all staff), 16 May (in person, all staff), 17 May (in person, women's session). 

Read more 

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