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ANU Student Newsletter  

Tuesday 17 October

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

What you need to know

  • We acknowledge the outcome of the Referendum and understand the result has been upsetting for many of our students. You can read the Chancellor’s full statement on the Voice referendum outcome here.

Ongoing support for students

With recent national and global news, we understand this may be a particularly challenging and confronting time for our community. Please remember we are here to help and there is support available.

You can always reach out to the Student Safety and Wellbeing team for a confidential chat via email students.wellbeing@anu.edu.au or phone +61 2 6125 2211. You can also drop into the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Kambri between 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Campus incident 

You may have seen in the news that a man has appeared in court today in relation to the incident on campus on 18 September. If you have been impacted or upset by any of the news reports this week regarding the incident and would like to talk to someone, please contact the Student Safety and Wellbeing team for their assistance.  

Conflict in the Middle East

We also understand the escalating conflict in the Middle East is deeply concerning and distressing for many in our community and the Student Safety and Wellbeing team can also provide confidential support to help you during this time. ANU upholds values such as respect, collegiality, and community, and strictly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and bullying in all work and educational contexts, whether on or off campus. The University treats all forms of discrimination with the highest level of seriousness. 

The Student Safety and Wellbeing team also offers a range of financial support options available for students, including emergency grants. Please reach out if you need to speak to someone.


Let’s talk Mental Health this October 

Unlock Your Potential: Focus on now 

Embrace the present moment for improved mental health. Discover the power of now, reduce stress, and enhance well-being with practical tips. If you love podcasts and the ANU campus, why not enjoy them while walking? Check out some appealing options below:

- Not Alone - a Beyond Blue podcast 

- The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos on Apple Podcasts 

- The Imperfects on Apple Podcasts 

Mental health events to check out:

- ANU Thrive – ANU: A program that supports students to connect, grow, and thrive at university. 

- Free ANUSA Class Pass: If you’re an ANU undergraduate or postgraduate, take advantage of these free ANU Sport classes, thanks to ANUSA. All you need to do is register. 

- Get Up & Go walking program – ANU: This is an excellent chance for physical activity and social interaction, offering a way to support your mental health and overall well-being.


Exploring the promise of Australia's emerging Net Zero Authority

Have you ever pondered the true meaning of "just" in the context of climate action and transitioning to a sustainable future? Dr Bec Colvin, a distinguished Senior Lecturer at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, sheds light on the importance of Australia's fledgling Net Zero Authority.  

In her insightful commentary, she not only underscores the significance of this emerging authority but also pinpoints key avenues for fostering collaborative engagement with coal communities as we chart a path towards a decarbonised future. 

Watch the full video

Pictured: Tom Perissinotto and Claudia Petrie, Johns College XXIII. Image: Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Bleeding the way – ANU steps up to support Lifeblood 

Did you know ANU is a leader when it comes to donating blood? Over the last three years our community have made almost 10,000 donations and introduced close to 700 new donors to the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood program – more than any other organisation in the ACT and among the top 20 in Australia.  

Hear from regular donor Safi Wheeldon from Burgmann College about why she and her peers are ready to roll up their sleeves and help save lives – and learn how you can take part. 

Read the full story

Events & activities 

Trivia and ‘Schnitty with Schmidty’ 

Thursday 26 October, 5.45 – 8pm

Calling all brainiacs and trivia enthusiasts, join us for a ‘Schnitty with Schmidty for only $7.50’ and put your intellect to the test to see if you can outshine a Nobel laureate. This memorable evening will be filled with knowledge, laughter and delicious food in celebration of Professor Brian Schmidt's final student event as Vice-Chancellor.

Come for the challenge, stay for the schnitzels.

Register now

ANU School of Music upcoming events

19 - 31 October 2023 

Experience a month of musical excellence with the ANU School of Music. Immerse yourself in a captivating soundscape crafted by Nicholas Moynihan, delight in the enchanting Sublime Voices & Strings, and embark on a musical journey spanning four centuries. This unforgettable concert will feature compositions by William Byrd, Monteverdi, Handel, and Sibelius, along with a premiere by the talented student composer Jack Banfield. 

Find all upcoming events

International Pronouns Day  

Friday 20 October, 5 - 7pm 

In honour of International Pronouns Day (18 October), we're cranking up the festivities on Friday.  

Let's make a statement for inclusivity and diversity as we come together to enjoy live music and embrace and celebrate the diverse mix of gender identities and pronouns. 

Great Writer's Festival   

Friday 20 October, 3.30 - 7.00pm 

The students of ENGL2222: Great Writers welcome you to their Great Writers Festival. Discover innovative, creative and exciting work on authorship, gender and history as students examine a host of canonical and popular literary works, from William Shakespeare to Taylor Swift.

Register now

Careers in regulation: Meet and greet event     

Thursday 26 Oct 2023, 6 - 8pm 

The ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) together with the Department of Finance is hosting a meet and greet session for students. Come along and find out what a career in regulation is all about, connect with prospective employers and explore postgraduate study opportunities. Our panel will include Kelly Wood, Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Reform Division, Department of Finance, Kate Henne, RegNet Director and Jarrett Blaustein, RegNet Education Director. 

Register now

The Order of Australia Lecture      

Thursday 26 Oct 2023, 6 - 8pm 

ANU and the ACT Branch of the Order of Australia Association proudly present the 2023 lecture at The Australian National University.  

Professor Kiaran Kirk AM will deliver this year’s The 2023 Order of Australia Association – The Australian National University lecture on Humanity’s ongoing battle with infectious disease.

Register now


Meet the author Kate Fullagar Student Giveaway    

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Kate Fullagar on Wednesday 25 October. You can win a copy of her new book and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event.  

Kate Fullagar will be in conversation with John Paul Janke on her new book Bennelong and Phillip. A History Unravelled, the first joint biography of Bennelong and Governor Arthur Phillip, two pivotal figures in Australian history - the colonised and coloniser - and a bold and innovative new portrait of both.  

Two copies of Kate’s book are up for grabs for ANU students (any program level) to win. Follow the instructions in the entry form to go into the draw and you could be one of the lucky winners!   

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Wednesday 18 October (Terms and conditions apply).  

Enter now


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