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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 9 May

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

What you need to know

  • Nominations for the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation are still open and will close tomorrow (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. Start the nomination process now
  • A reminder that the new ANU Anti-Racism Taskforce is still accepting comments from staff and students until tomorrow (Wednesday 10 May). The Taskforce, chaired by Professor Sujatha Raman, wants to hear from staff and students about the good practices already within the University and further opportunities to promote a respectful and inclusive culture, where diversity is embraced and celebrated. If you would like to contribute to the consultation process, please send your comments and ideas to belonging@anu.edu.au
  • After a year of consultation and discussion, the Postgraduate Service Support and Representation Taskforce has reached an agreement for the implementation of a new single service model for student associations at ANU. Please read the full update in Notices below.

Power outage resolved

Yesterday’s power outage that affected approximately one third of the ANU Acton Campus was caused by a fallen tree that struck power lines on Liversidge Street. Evoenergy fixed the impacted power lines, and power was restored to all affected buildings yesterday afternoon.

The ANU Landscape & Conservation Team has removed the tree fall and debris, and the sidewalk is now open to the public. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this incident.  

Stay informed and prepared for any potential campus security issues by downloading ANUOK, the app that provides up-to-date information, services, and alerts - available on App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android. 

Staff Spotlight: From brains to batteries

Associate Professor Marnie Shaw, ANU School of Engineering and Research Lead at the ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, has taken an unconventional path from biotech and brain imaging research to her current role. 

Marnie’s work focuses on battery storage and the services they can provide to support the uptake of renewable energy, including her research on neighbourhood batteries which combine engineering and social research to understand both the technical and social benefits of this medium-scale shared form of energy storage. 

We hope to tell many more staff stories in upcoming editions. If you know someone who deserves a spotlight get in touch with the On Campus team. 

Events & activities

Global Climate Policy for Philosophers

Double Witness | Drawing Workshop with the Artist

Wednesday 10 May, 12.30-2pm 

Artist Meng-Yu Yan will be hosting a drawing workshop as part of the Double Witness exhibition public program. 

This workshop will be facilitated by the artist, Meng-Yu Yan, Emma Beer and Ari Heinrich at the ANU School of Art and Design. 

Find out information about the Double Witness exhibition.

Register for the Drawing Workshop with artist Meng-Yu Yan

Global Climate Policy for Philosophers

The Lactation After Loss Quilt: Commemoration, Agency and Advocacy

Friday 12 May, 5-6pm 

Join researchers Katherine Carroll, Debbie Noble-Carr, Lucy Irvine and Rebecca Mayo to celebrate and reflect upon their collaborative research project, The Lactation After Loss Quilt: Commemoration, Agency and Advocacy.  

The Lactation After Loss quilt will be an important device in workshops with health care professionals to prompt reflection and action upon lactation care delivery for parents bereaved by stillbirth and infant death. 

Register The Lactation After Loss Quilt 

Righteous, Regal and Recherché?

Restitution: ANU Classics Museum

Tuesday 16 May, 1-2pm 

Dr Georgia Pike-Rowney, Curator of the ANU Classics Museum, and Maggie Otto, Collections Officer for the ANU Research School for Humanities and Arts will present Restitution: The beginning of a new chapter for the objects and people of the ANU Classics Museum. 

Register now for the Restitution lecture

Righteous, Regal and Recherché?

Religion, Magic, and Science revisited: A Material Approach to the Everyday (online)

Tuesday 16 May, 6-7.15pm 

Join Dr Suzanna Ivanic from the University of Kent as she presents her research into chalcedony to explore ideas about religion, science and magic in the material everyday. 

Register now for Religion, Magic, and Science revisited

Negotiating your wellbeing 

Meet the Author – Clare Birgin and John Blaxland      

Wednesday 17 May, 6-7pm 

Clare Birgin and John Blaxland will be in conversation with Sue Williams on their new book, Revealing Secrets. An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence & the advent of cyber. 

Register for the Meet the Author with Clare Birgin and John Blaxland 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Meet the Author – Stan Grant

Tuesday 23 May, 6-7pm 

Stan Grant will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on Stan's new book The Queen is Dead, a searing, viscerally powerful, emotionally unstoppable, pull-no-punches book on the bitter legacy of colonialism for Indigenous people.

Register for Meet the Author with Stan Grant 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia – Conversations stall and picnic

Wednesday 17 May, 10am-2pm 

Join the ANU Ally Network for a Conversations Stall and Picnic to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia next Wednesday. The Network will be running an information and engagement stall with resources to share on University Ave from 10am-12pm, followed by a conversations picnic from 12-2pm with free food and drinks provided. Staff are encouraged to join students on Uni Ave to talk about what we can all do to make our campus a safe and positive environment.  

Register for the IDAHOBIT Conversations Stall and Picnic


Single Service Model for Student Associations – Announcement

After a year of consultation and discussion, the Postgraduate Service Support and Representation Taskforce has reached an agreement for the implementation of a new single service model for student associations at ANU.

The ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA) will operate 'business as usual' until 30 June 2023. From 1 July, the ANU Undergraduate Students’ Association (ANUSA) will represent and provide continuing services for postgraduate students. This decision has been jointly agreed by ANUSA and PARSA. 

The University is now taking steps to release additional funding to allow ANUSA to become the single student association and expand their scope of work to include postgraduate students.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will review the transition of postgraduate services to ANUSA in November 2023, and subject to a successful transition period, will commence discussions regarding future, longer term funding. 

Please direct any enquiries you may have about this announcement to the Director of University Experience at director.university.experience@anu.edu.au 


ANU Travel Policy & Procedures – Changes  

The Senior Management Group (SMG) has endorsed the revised ANU Travel Policy and creation of a new Travel Handbook which contains all travel related procedures and useful information. 

A series of in-person and online information sessions are scheduled this month to inform staff of key changes. The online session will be recorded and made available for anyone who is unable to attend. 

Here are the sessions happening over the next week:


Thursday 11 May, 3.15-4pm  

Reserve your spot 

Friday 12 May 10-10.45am 

Reserve your spot 

Monday 15 May 9.45-10.30am 

Reserve your spot 

Tuesday 16 May 1-1.45pm 

Reserve your spot  


Vice-Chancellor Search Consultation 

We received a significant amount of feedback and are grateful to everyone who took the time to provide their thoughts and insights. We are already noticing some key themes emerging. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion was a common thread throughout many of your responses, as was a desire for a candidate with strong academic credibility and a proven track record of academic excellence. Additionally, many of you emphasised the importance of leadership skills and good management capability for all our students, academic and professional staff. 

Consultation is still open and feedback can be received via VCsearch@anu.edu.au or fill out the anonymous form


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. 

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 


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. 

Upcoming workshops: 

Course Design Workshop – Tuesday 16 May, 1.30-3pm 

Student Safety & Wellbeing  – Tuesday 23 May, 1.30-3pm 

Not Another Essay – Tuesday 30 May, 10-11.30am 

ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme (EFS) Workshop – Tuesday 6 June, 2-3.30pm 

Register for the Centre for Learning & Teaching Workshop Series 

Have you listened to the Sci_Burst Podcast? 

75th Anniversary Debate: University of the future

Sci_Burst is a brand-new science in pop culture and entertainment podcast, co-hosted by ANU science communication graduates Isabel Richards and Ella McCarthy. Released monthly, the episodes cover everything from science in film and video games to comics, music, books, art, and beyond. 

Listen now 


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