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ANU Student Newsletter

Tuesday 14 March

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

First Generation welcome event

This event celebrates the stories and journeys of ANU students, alumni, and staff who are the first in their immediate family to attend university. Being at university is a significant achievement, especially when you step out of what is known or expected in your community. Come along on Monday 20 March, 3-5pm and be inspired by the journeys of these pioneers. 

Keep reading below for the story of a first generation ANU student - Natalia Burgess.

Register for the First Generation welcome event

Celebrating our first generation students at ANU

Natalia Burgess is a trailblazer.

As the first person to attend university in her family, Natalia is aware that she is forging a different pathway than her family.

“Being the first person in my family to attend university makes me recognise the considerable amount of support, guidance, and assistance I have received both leading up to and during my university career."

Read Natalia's story

ANU launches new reverse vending machine 

Bought a soft drink for lunch? Recycle it on campus! Put the 10c container deposit to good use with the new recycling machine on campus, located on the ground floor of the Marie Reay Teaching Centre. 

The reverse vending machine accepts eligible containers and redeems them for cash donations to local charities that were selected by ANU students. 

Read more about the scheme

Events & activities

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Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2023

Wednesday 15 March, 6-7.30pm 

Are you interested in current and emerging policy and societal challenges in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of the following questions, you don’t want to miss the Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2023: The Coronation, the Commonwealth and government integrity. 

Former Professor of Constitutional Law and a Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, Anne Twomey will deliver the annual lecture, named in honour of former ANU Vice-Chancellor and Commonwealth of Nations scholar, the late Professor Anthony Low AO. 

Register for the Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2023

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Chancellor’s panel

Saturday 18 March, 5.30-6.30pm 

Join the Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the 2023 ANU Alumni week 'Chancellor's panel' event featuring a discussion on cyber and national security trends. The panel of leading experts will share insights on cyber threats, artificial intelligence, potential consequences of a cyber attack, and the role of education, research, and international collaborations in addressing this critical issue. 

Register for the Chancellor’s panel

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Weekly Gardening Bees with ANU Thrive

Monday 20 March, 10am-12pm 

Come along to ANU Thrive’s Kitchen Garden to relax, socialise and take fresh produce home for free! Find us at the Plot behind Fenner Hall on Mondays 10-11am. No experience required – all are welcome. This Monday is also Community Day. Come along for a day of fun, celebration, and free lunch in the garden all while learning more about the Kitchen Garden program, Community Connect and the Canberra Food community

Find out more information about the Weekly Gardening Bees

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Can Australia ever be socially cohesive? Let’s talk about racism and Islamophobia

Tuesday 21 March, 3-4pm

Join us on Tuesday 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, when we explore how racism and Islamophobia impact Muslim communities across Australia.

Register for the ANU Grand Challenge ASCEND seminar

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ANU Careers Event - Career Fair

Tuesday 21 March – Wednesday 22 March 

‘Tis the season to meet potential employers! Did you miss the recent ANU Careers Week? Or did you go, but feel under-prepared?  

Here’s another opportunity to meet over 60 employers from public and private sectors at the Tertiary to Work (TTW) Career Fair - one of the largest and longest running career fairs in Canberra. 

This year's event takes place at the University of Canberra campus. Register and jump on one of the free buses to get you from ANU to UC. All students at any program level are welcome. 

For registration and more information about exhibitors, bus timetable and prizes, please visit the website:


Student Giveaway 

In Conversation with Saul Griffith 

 We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Saul Griffith on Tuesday 28 March. You can win a copy of Saul’s new Quarterly Essay, The Wires That Bind. Electrification and community renewal and be one of the first in line to have it signed at the event. 

Two copies of Saul’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 22 March 2023. Terms and conditions apply. 


PARSA Parents and Carers’ Survey - Go in the Draw to WIN! 

The Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA) is running a survey to determine the specific challenges and support needs of postgraduate students with caring responsibilities. 

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and participants have the option to be contacted to join in a focus group for further discussion. Completing the survey puts you in the draw to win a $50 Dendy Cinema gift voucher, so get in quick - the survey won’t be open for long! 

This survey will close on Friday 17 March

Take the survey now


Taiyang and Loong PhD scholarships in Computational Biology 

The ANU College of Health and Medicine are seeking candidates to join the Talo PhD program at the John Curtin School of Medical Research - where you will apply knowledge and research skills from computer science to address biomedical problems.  

Talo PhD scholarships offer a PhD stipend of 40,000 AUD per year in a top biomedical research school with the opportunity to work at the forefront of computational biology.  

Applications for international and domestic applicants will close on Saturday 15 April

For inquiry on projects and suitability, prospective applicants should contact potential supervisors from the Centre of Computational Biomedical Sciences (CCBS). Formal applications are done through the JCSMR PhD application page.

Find out more about the Taiyang and Loong PhD scholarships

Reducing your carbon footprint

Are you looking for ways to act more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint?  

ANU has launched its 2023 Green Impact toolkit. Green Impact is a sustainability program designed for staff and students to make a difference through sustainability actions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus.  

The ANU Below Zero team be hosting two info sessions from 12:30 – 1:30pm on Wednesday 22 March and Monday 27 March. We encourage anyone who’s interested to register for either of the sessions.  

To find out more information about the program and to register for these sessions, read the Green Impact at ANU webpage.

VC celebrates international day for π with a pie

March 14 (written as 3/14 in some countries) is the international day of pi.  

Pi day is a day to celebrate mathematics, take a crack at memorising the infinite digits of pi (3.14159), or to simply enjoy a slice of pie. 

To mark the day Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt baked a homemade raspberry pie with berries from his garden. 

Read the full recipe here 


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