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ANU Student Newsletter

Tuesday 6 June

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

What you need to know

  • A reminder that the King's Birthday Public Holiday will be on Monday 12 June.
  • We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus for Semester 2. Please note that our remote learning options for in-person courses will cease from Semester 2 2023. Read below for our return to campus communications.

All Small Steps Matter

What small steps are you taking to mitigate climate change? 

Did you know that our small everyday actions, compounding over time, can make a big difference to combatting the impacts of climate change?  

Whether it’s having our own compost heap at home or recycling our plastic waste, our individual actions often seem insignificant in the big picture of climate change action.  

That’s why Lily Dempster, an ANU alumna, has created One Small Step, a social enterprise that uses technology and behavioural science to make it easy and rewarding for people to successfully adopt greener habits. 

“You’re more powerful than you realise,” Lily says.  

“If you’re serious about climate change mitigation, and you’re worried about the future of the planet, then there’s a lot you can do.” 

ANU announced on Australia’s top performer list of the Access and Inclusion Index

Today, the Australian Network on Disability (AND) announced that ANU has been awarded fourth position among Australia’s top performers in the Access and Inclusion Index.  This recognises the hard work undertaken across the University to improve access and inclusion for the whole ANU community. 

While we have made progress towards being a more inclusive and accessible university, we acknowledge there is still much more to do.

The ANU Disability Action Plan (DAP) 2020-2024 will continue to guide our work for greater inclusion and accessibility, and it is currently being refreshed to ensure that we continue this positive progress. The recommendations from AND will help us to benchmark our continued efforts, particularly in the development of our next DAP which will start early next year. 

We will keep you updated on the progress of both as they develop. If you would like any more information about the DAP please contact the DAP Implementation Officer at bianca.culyer@anu.edu.au.

Events & activities

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Double Witness – Last weeks

3 April – 16 June 2023 

Double Witness presents a series of 20 video letters by Sydney-based artist Meng-Yu Yan retracing the last days of late queer Taiwanese author Qiu Miaojin in Paris. 

Read more about the Double Witness exhibition 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Australasian Leadership Computing Symposium 2023

Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 June, 9am-5pm 

The Australasian Leadership Computing Symposium 2023 (ALCS) is Australasia’s research supercomputing users’ forum, as well as a flagship promotion of High-Performance Computing and Data (HPCD) and artificial intelligence (AI), powered by national infrastructure at scale in Australasia. The symposium will bring together a multidisciplinary mix of scientists for collaborative, technical and network building sessions across three days. 

Register for ALCS 2023

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Meet the Author - Sally Young

Tuesday 20 June, 6pm

Sally Young will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on her new book  Media Monsters The Transformation of Australia's Newspaper Empires, which uncovers the key players, their political connections and campaigns and the corporate failures and triumphs of the companies that still influence Australia today.

Register for the Meet the Author with Sally Young

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Professor Tom Calma AO address

Thursday 22 June, 6-7.30pm 

As Australians prepare to vote on whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution, join ANU and UC to hear from one of the lead architects of the proposal. 

Professor Tom Calma AO, a Kungarakan Elder, a member of the Iwaidja people, 2023 Senior Australian of the Year and the Chancellor of the University of Canberra, will deliver the ANU Reconciliation Lecture for 2023.  

This year’s lecture is held in partnership with the University of Canberra.  

Register for the ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023


Welcoming all students back to campus: Our remote learning options for in-person courses will cease from Semester 2, 2023 

From 1 July 2023, the temporary provision of fully online program options in response to COVID-19 will end. This means that from Semester 2 2023 (including Winter Session), if you are enrolled in any ANU in-person programs, you must be present on the ANU campus for your studies. 

If you are an international student enrolled in an in-person program but currently located overseas, you must make arrangements to travel back to campus as soon as possible and ensure you arrive before you start your courses in the second half of 2023. 

Find out more about returning to campus


VC Search – Announcement of Selection Committee 

The search process to appoint the Vice-Chancellor and President is progressing well. We wanted to share the composition of the Selection Committee with the ANU community. 

This Committee has the critical task to engage with Candidates in the formal process and make a recommendation to ANU Council for the appointment. 

- Hon Julie Bishop, Chancellor (Chair) *

- Naomi Flutter, Pro-Chancellor *

- Professor Craig Mortiz, Director, Research School of Biology *

- Professor Lyndall Strazdins, Director, Mental Health Strategy Review *

- Alison Kitchen, National Chairman, KPMG Australia *

- Professor Sarah Pearson, Non-Executive Director *

- Ben Yates, President, ANU Students’ Association *

- Millan Pintos-Lopez, WHS Consultant, Safety & Wellbeing *

- Professor Peter Yu, Vice-President (First Nations)

- Professor Helen Sullivan, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

*Denotes ANU Council Member 

The ANU Community is encouraged to continue to give feedback and direct queries relating to the process to VCsearch@anu.edu.au

You can also stay up to date with the latest on this process via the VC Search Information Page


2022 ANU Socially Investment Report

ANU has a large Long-term Investment Pool (LTIP) of approximately $1.28 billion. Almost all of the LTIP (99.87 per cent) was compliant with the University’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy.

Read the 2022 SRI report


Student Giveaway  

Meet the Author – Sally Young

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Sally Young on Tuesday 20 June. You can win a copy of her new book Media Monsters The Transformation of Australia's Newspaper Empires and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event.   

Two copies of Sally'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 Tuesday 13 June 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 

Launch of the Environmental Management Plan 2022-2025

Yesterday, ANU launched Dhaagun, the University's sixth Environmental Management Plan.

The EMP results from a detailed planning exercise to set goals, targets and an execution plan with the intent to reduce the associated environmental risks and position ANU differently within global sustainability challenges.  

Need a break from study?

Why not a pick up the latest issue ANU Reporter magazine from around campus and read stories about our exciting research. Copies are available in the Kambri Culture Centre foyer, ANU Sport, Gods Café and La Baguette.

Check out the latest stories


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