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Tuesday 2 May

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

What you need to know

  • Friday 5 May is the last day to drop Semester 1 courses without failure (WD). Read more information on swapping and dropping courses and census dates
  • If you are organising an activity for National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) please contact so we can help promote your event. Access a wealth of resources from Reconciliation Australia which will help you spread the word about National Reconciliation Week 2023 and its theme, "Be a Voice for Generations." 

Message to students: ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI

ANU recognizes the increasing prevalence of generative AI and is actively designing courses to equip students with the skills they need to thrive in an AI-driven world.

We are committed to supporting our students and educators by providing guidance on the responsible use of AI tools and implementing measures to prevent academic misconduct and promote academic integrity. While each staff member may have their own approach to using ChatGPT in their courses, ANU has no plans to prohibit its use and is exploring ways to effectively and ethically incorporate AI tools in education.

Read more from Professor Maryanne Dever, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and her message to students about ChatGPT and AI. 

Do not eat wild mushrooms found on campus

With the arrival of cooler wet weather, students and staff at the campus are reminded to stay away from wild mushrooms, especially death cap mushrooms, which are among the deadliest in the world. Although they can resemble store-bought mushrooms, death caps can be identified by their lighter-coloured gills and are found in the Canberra region during autumn and winter. It is recommended that you only buy mushrooms from the supermarket to avoid any confusion and health risks, and to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect consumption of death cap mushrooms.  

Making evidence a reality 

Kristen Graham is a midwife, nurse, educator and researcher.   

A PhD candidate at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and National Health, Kristen’s doctoral work explores the preparedness and readiness of primary care midwives for emergency maternal and neonatal care in rural and remote resource-limited settings. 

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife on 5 May is Together Again: From Evidence to Reality – a theme that couldn’t be more relevant to Kristen’s PhD.  

“From my PhD study I hope to provide evidence that can become a reality for midwives working in rural and remote communities in resource-limited settings.” 

Events & activities

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Meet the Author - Guillaume Pitron

Wednesday 3 May, 6-7pm 

Guillaume Pitron's book, The Dark Cloud, explores the impact of digital technology on the environment, revealing that it uses 10 per cent of the world's electricity and accounts for 4 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The book exposes the catastrophic consequences of digital technology and is the result of a two-year investigation conducted on four continents. 

Register here 

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Meet the Author – Heather Mitchell 

Monday 8 May, 6-7pm 

Esteemed Australian actor Heather Mitchell will be discussing her memoir, Everything and Nothing. Heather's memoir is a candid and immersive reflection on her life, exploring love, family, and the arts with raw honesty and lyricism. Heather will be in conversation with Professor Bronwyn Parry, Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Register here 

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Interfaith Dialogue Forum

Tuesday 9 May, 6.30pm 

Speakers from Christian, Muslim, non-Abrahamic and Jewish traditions will present their perspectives on interfaith dialogue at the Burgmann College Chapel, followed by audience discussion. 

Register here 


Vice-Chancellor's Coursework Travel Bursary - Access & Equity 

Are you looking to enhance your academic experience by studying abroad? Funding is available through ANU Global Programs to assist coursework students who meet specified criteria to facilitate learning abroad, enrich their academic experience and enable them to undertake approved periods of overseas short-term and semester study. 

>Up to $5,000 for semester length study or year in Asia 

>Up to $1,500 for short course programs  


>Be an Australian domestic student 

>Prove to be financially disadvantaged  

>Have not previously received funding under the Vice Chancellor's Travel Bursary, Access and Equity category. 

Apply now 


Student Giveaway  

Meet the Author – Heather Mitchell  

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Heather Mitchelon Monday 8 May. You can win a copy of her memoir, Everything and Nothing, and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event.   

Two copies of Everything and Nothing 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 Thursday 4 May 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 


Student Giveaway  

Meet the Author – Robyn Caldwallader 

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Robyn Cadwallader on Wednesday 10 May. You can win a copy of her book, The Fire and the Rose, and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event.   

Two copies of The Fire and the Rose 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 Friday 5 May 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 

Making a difference

A group of postgraduate students at Toad Hall pitched in to help Facilities and Services plant a few new trees outside the residence. Thanks to all who participated, it was a great way to mark Earth Day 2023.


Important Notice from the Information Security Office 

Please read this important advice from the Information Security Office about downloading pirated software and apps to ANU-issued devices. 

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