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ANU Student newsletter

Tuesday 7 February 


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

What you need to know

  • Our thoughts are with our staff and students impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. If you are affected, please reach out to the Student Safety and Wellbeing Team who will ensure you get the right support you need - we are here to help. Reach out for a confidential chat via email student.wellbeing@anu.edu.au, phone +61 6125 2211, or visit the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Kambri between 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
  • Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) and P2 masks will be distributed at the Kambri Hub for all staff and students from next week: 
    • Available between 10am – 4pm in the Kambri Hub on Joplin Lane on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February, and Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 February.  
    • Bring your student ID to collect (one pack per person).  
    • Please remember to be kind and patient when collecting your pack. Our volunteers are doing their best to help keep our community safe. 
    • You must continue to notify ANU using the e-form if you test positive. Read more on COVID-Safety on campus.
  • Yesterday there was a Service Outage affecting authentication systems. Read the Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISO) message.

Tips to make the most of O-Week

#1 Register for O-Week events  

Monday 13 February – Friday 17 February 

Orientation Week (O-Week) is a great opportunity to help you meet others, find your place on campus and prepare for the start of your studies. New or returning students, there is always something to do. 

Register for O Week events

#2 Book your seat at Commencement 

Monday 13 February, 10-11am  

In person tickets for the 2023 Commencement Address have sold out! Commencement is the opening event for ANU O-Week and serves as a welcome to campus for new students, giving guidance on how to make the most of your time at ANU.  You can still join in on the event virtually so please register. If you are registered (in-person) and can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so those on the wait list can take your place.

Watch virtually or put your name on the wait list

#3 Sign up for New Student Orientation  

Monday 13 February, 1-2pm 

The New Student Orientation is an induction for new students. You’ll learn more about what your first few weeks at ANU will look like. 

Register for New Student Orientation 

#4 Grab your student card 

Your student card is your official form of identification as a student at ANU. It gives you access to a range of services on campus like borrowing rights for ANU libraries, access to printers, copiers and computer labs and access to examination venues. 

How to get your student card  

#5 Join a club at Market Day 

Wednesday 15 February 10am-4pm 

Come learn more about ANU and the clubs, societies, services and activities you can join. There will be free merch and goodies. Registrations are not required, just wander down to University Avenue and Kambri on the day. 

Find out more about Market Day 



Events & activities

Book Launch and In Conversation with Geoff Mulgan  

Tuesday 14 February, 5.30-7pm 

Move over Saint Valentine, celebrate Valentine’s Day by immersing yourself in all things cybernetics. Join Associate Professor Catherine Ball and Sir Geoff Mulgan in conversation to discuss Sir Geoff’s latest book and explore how collective intelligence might be applied to cybernetics to inspire new models of engagement and governance, critical thinking and systems reform. 

Register for the Book Launch 


An introduction to computational methods for economics and finance  

Thursday 16 February, 10am-12pm 

The Research School of Economics will host a free two-hour workshop on modern methods in computational economics. The workshop will be run by John Stachurski,a Professor of Economics at the ANU and a co-founder of QuantEcon, and Thomas J. Sargent, a Professor of Economics at New York University and a 2011 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences. The workshop will be hands-on and participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops. 

Register for the workshop  


Meet our Master of Ceremonies for Commencement 

Not only will you hear from inspiring students and ANU graduates, you will also have the opportunity to meet Professor Katerina Teaiwa who will act as MC at Commencement.  

Katerina won the 2021 Australian University Teacher of the Year award for her contributions to Pacific studies - a field she expanded at ANU when she founded the Pacific studies undergraduate program in 2007. She was also the first Indigenous women to win this award, and is celebrated as a visionary teacher, mentor and leader here at ANU.  

If you’re interested in Pacific Studies, you may be lucky enough to have Katerina as your teacher.  


Apply for money to host a Sustainable O-Week event 

Do you want to be part of the change to help save the planet? We are looking for students to pitch their best sustainability ideas for events during O-Week.  

Last year, Lllewellyn Hall developed their Sustainability Plan which saw over 2660 cans and bottles recycles in the last quarter. They raised $266 and are looking for a student group to donate this to.

Successful pitches will be provided with the money raised to support their O-Week activity and contribute towards a more sustainable campus. Please send through your pitches to Geraldine via email at Geraldine.Schmid@anu.edu.au. Deadline is Friday 10 February. Happy pitching! 


Apply to be a part of this year’s Winter Innovation Festival 

ANU is a partner of the ACT Government and Events ACT’s Winter Innovation Festival this year. The Festival runs from Friday 7 July – Sunday 16 July 2023 and is an opportunity to showcase the creativity that exists in Canberra in the innovations space. 

Innovators, artists, creatives, businesses, community organisations and researchers, can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for grants between $5,000 and $20,000. The grant will support events and activities that are uniquely Canberra and people focused. Don’t miss the deadline and get your EOI in before 5pm, Sunday 12 February 2023. 


Special Event - Student Ticket Giveaway 

ANU is honoured to host a special event as we welcome Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden and Mr Johan Forssell, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade to our campus. 
Australia and Sweden share commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and stand by the letter and spirit of the Paris Agreement. This special panel event will provide an opportunity for Australian and Swedish experts to share views on best practices to fully leverage electrification on the path to net-zero. 

We have a special giveaway of 20 tickets available for ANU students (any program level) to attend. Follow the instructions in the entry form to go into the draw and you could be one of the lucky winners! Closes Noon AEDT Thursday 9 February 2023. Terms and Conditions apply. 

Need transport from Canberra Airport to your accommodation? 

The ANU welcome service provides free Canberra airport pick up to commencing international, domestic and eligible students on select days prior to and during orientation week.  

Students who have registered for the service will be provided with free transportation to their accommodation in Canberra.  

Registration is available here

Follow @anuengagementandsuccess to stay informed as you prepare for the upcoming Semester.  


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