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ANU Student Newsletter

Tuesday 28 February

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

What you need to know

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Join the ANU LGBTIQA+ Ally Network

To mark and celebrate World Pride, find out how you can show your support for the ANU LGBTIQA+ community.    

Q: What is the ANU LGBTIQA+ Ally Network 

A: It is a group of ANU staff and students committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual.  

Q: Who can become an ANU Ally?  

A: Any staff member or student who is passionate about providing a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTIQA+ people can become an ANU Ally.    

Q: What does an ANU Ally do?  

A: After completing free training to become any ally, you will undertake a voluntary role that includes being a role model, raising the visibility of the ANU Ally Network, providing a confidential and safe environment for people to make enquiries, proactively addressing homophobic or heterosexist behaviour on campus, and actively seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding about the issues.  

Q: What is the purpose of LGBTIQA+ Ally Training 

A: The 90-minute training session is free and available to all ANU students and staff and aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to create an inclusive culture for all LGBTIQA+ staff and students and be an effective ally within the ANU community.  

Q: What are the benefits of joining the ANU LGBTIQA+ Ally Network?  

A: You will have access to training, events, and networking opportunities throughout the year, helping to create a diverse and inclusive campus where everyone can work and study free of harassment and discrimination.  

If you're interested in learning more about the ANU LGBTIQA+ Ally Network, watch out for their newsletter coming out next Tuesday via their mailing list or check out the ANU Ally Facebook page and Instagram page

Join the ANU Ally Network

Key dates for S1 2023


To help you stay on top of this semester, write down these key dates.


10 March - Due date for up front payment of Semester 1 tuition fees

31 March - Semester 1 Census Date

2 April - Daylight Saving time ends

3-14 April - Semester 1 teaching break

5 May - Last day to drop Semester 1 courses without failure 

26 May - Semester 1 ends

1-17 June - Semester 1 Examination Period

29 June - Semester 1 results released


Good luck! 

ANU and Macquarie forge Australian-first agreement

In an Australian-first collaboration, alumni from ANU and Macquarie University are now eligible for reduced fees on postgraduate study at either institution. 
Both universities offer alumni postgraduate support schemes to help their graduates return to study and upskill. This 10 per cent fee waiver has now been extended to be available on a reciprocal basis. 

Read more about the ANU and Macquarie collaboration 

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International Women's Day 2023

How are you marking #IWD2023?

Check out the events happening across the campus in the lead up to IWD on 8 March. From law and justice to women in STEM, workshops and panel discussions to networking events, come along and join in on the important conversations about gender equality and the issues facing women today. And in case you missed out on last year's events, you can catch up on the recordings and conversations from IWD2022.

Planning your own local IWD event? Let us know about it!

Events & activities

Canberra Campus Comedy Competition

Thursday 2 March, 5.307pm 

The search is on for Canberra’s funniest student or faculty member. The open mic comedy competition is now open to any students or staff from any Canberra based tertiary or Vocational Education providers including ANU, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology.  

Sign up for the Canberra Campus Comedy Competition

Painted Walls and Tiles Floors from Pompeii, Herculaneum and beyond

Thursday 2 March, 6–8pm 

Friends of the ANU Classics Museum invite you to the Annual General Meeting with an exciting talk by Dr Estelle Lazer, Honorary Research Associate in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. Held in the RSSS Auditorium, the event will be followed by refreshments in the Classics Museum. 

Register for the ANU Classics Museum talk 

Chief Minister’s 2023 Student Welcome

Friday 10 March, 4.30–6pm 

New and returning ANU students – put the 2023 Chief Minister’s Student Welcome in your diaries. Indulge in a delicious dinner, grab a welcome pack, play lawn games, and meet fellow students. Fantastic Canberra experiences – including a balloon flight for 2 people - will be given away on the day. 

Register for the Chief Minister’s 2023 Student Welcome

Gareth Evans Oration delivered by Lord Chris Patten

Tuesday 14 March, 6–7pm 

The last Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Chris Patten will visit ANU next month to deliver in the Gareth Evans Oration for 2023. 

Lord Patten will do an exclusive book signing before the Oration. The Hong Kong Diaries (2022) will be available for purchase.

Register for the 2023 Gareth Evans Oration2023 Gareth Evans Oration

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Are you trying to imagine your future and where your ANU education could lead you?

If you're interested in public policy and gender equity, this could be you.  

ANU alumna Julie McKay graduated with a Master of Public Policy in 2008. After graduating, Julie became the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, the first full-time staff member of the organisation. Julie set about raising awareness of the United Nations’ work to improve the lives of the millions of women struggling against poverty, violence and discrimination.  

“I want women and men to be considered equals – under law, in policy and in reality,” Julie said. 

In her time at the UN, more than $1 million was raised for projects which directly affect the lives of women and girls in the developing world and hundreds of thousands of Australians have engaged with the organisation’s work.  

Julie’s other roles include Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, working to support the cultural change program within the ADF. In recent years, as Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being Officer at PwC, Julie has the responsibility for ensuring PwC is implementing world leading inclusion and well-being strategies and supporting clients wishing to benefit from more diverse and inclusive organisations. 

Read more ANU Alumni profiles


Student Giveaways 

In Conversation with Alison Pennington 

The ANU/The Canberra Times Meet the Author series is back again this year with a great line-up of authors.  We have a special giveaway for the In Conversation with Alison Pennington on Wednesday 15 March. You can win a copy of her book Gen F'd?. How Young Australians Can Reclaim Their Uncertain Futures and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event. 

Two copies of Alison’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! Competition closes at noon AEDT on Wednesday 8 March 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 


Gareth Evans Oration delivered by Lord Chris Patten 

Copies of Lord Patten's latest book Hong Kong Diaries (2022) will be available for purchase before and after the Gareth Evans Oration. Lord Patten will be available for book signings from 5.30pm in the foyer of the Kambri Cultural Centre. 

Two copies of Lord Patten’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! Competition closes at noon AEDT on Wednesday 8 March 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 


University House repairs finally underway... 

Repairs to University House, the campus icon closed by the January 2020 hailstorm, are now underway in earnest. In the meantime, University House events continue at Rimmer St and the new Symposium wine bar will be opening soon in Kambri... stay tuned. 

Read more information about University House

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Insta of the week

Congratulations on making it through the first week of classes! Remember to take time out to relax - like this student, photographed reading on our sprawling campus lawns back in 1982.

Rob Little/ANU Photographic Services, @anuarchives 

Follow @ouranu for the latest highlights around campus. 

Share your photos of life at ANU using #ourANU.


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