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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 28 March

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

What you need to know

  • LAST DAY TO HAVE YOUR SAY! ANYOU Staff engagement survey closes tonight at midnight. It takes less than 10 minutes, individual responses are confidential and it's an opportunity for University leadership to hear what you think is working well and what needs improvement. Complete the survey now

  • The clocks are going back! Daylight Saving Time is a seasonal time change when clocks are adjusted to better align the daylight with waking hours. The clocks will go back one hour on  Sunday 2 April at 3am.   
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Thy O'Donell

Finding yourself: Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility at ANU

Friday 31 March marks Trans Day of Visibility, an annual international celebration of transgender pride and awareness, recognising the rights, experiences and stories of trans* and gender diverse people.

Thy, a Health and Wellbeing Support Officer at ANU Counselling and Wellbeing, began his transition in 2019, after toying with the idea of his gender and being unsettled with it since he was a pre-teen.  

For Thy, being trans means finding freedom.  

"It means living as my truest self but also figuring things out along the way, both of which are amazing." 

Read Thy O’Donell’s story


Come and celebrate Trans Day of Visibility at ANU! 

There will be free food, good company and so much pride!

When: Friday 31 March, 3-5pm 

Where: Marie Reay - Ground Floor Kambri 

Who: This event is open to all ANU staff, students and alumni 

Register for Trans Day of Visibility

Note on language/terminology used: The term “trans*” is used throughout this article as it encapsulates the umbrella term of “transgender” which can encompass a large array of terminology that transgender and gender diverse people use.

Events & activities

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Seminar - Complexions / Reflections: Cosmetics, Adornment, Disfiguration

Monday 3 April – Tuesday 4 April, 9am-5pm  

Come along to this two-day conference for an opportunity to reflect on changing ideals of beauty through an examination of a range of visual, material, and medical representations of the manipulated human body. 

Register for the Complexions/Reflections seminar

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Meet the Author: Brendan McCaffrie, Michelle Grattan and Chris Wallace

Monday 3 April, 6-7pm 

Michelle Grattan, Brendan McCaffrie and Chris Wallace will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on their edited book, The Morrison Government. Governing through crisis, 2019-2022, in which leading thinkers assess the policies and leadership of the Morrison Government from 2019 to 2022. 

Register for the Meet the Author event with Brendan McCaffrie, Michelle Grattan and Chris Wallace

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Meet the Author: Pip Williams

Tuesday 11 April, 6-7pm 

Pip Williams, will be in conversation with Karen Viggers on Pip's new novel, The Bookbinder of Jericho, set in the same world as her international bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words. 

Register for the Meet the Author event with Pip Williams

Murky Waters: Drinking water challenges in regional and remote Australia

The Institute for Water Futures (IWF) are shining a light on researchers at ANU who are spearheading critical work to improve drinking water quality in regional and remote Australia.

Leading scholars from the IWF are investigating the challenges Australia faces in meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 6.1 - access for all to safe drinking water, and what needs to be done to reach this pledge.

Read about the latest research from IWF


Enterprise bargaining update 

The ANU Bargaining team has been engaged in productive discussions with bargaining parties, meeting fortnightly and working through key items within the University’s and the respective party’s logs of claims. 

Key matters that have been discussed so far this year include: gender affirmation leave, flexible work, hours of work, overtime and shift work, higher duties allowance, personal leave, parental leave, academic freedom and superannuation. 

In addition to the above, a number of minor amendments have been proposed by the University to reduce anomalies and ambiguity, and to simplify the Enterprise Agreement to make it easier for staff to understand. 

For more information on enterprise bargaining at ANU, please refer to the ANU Enterprise Bargaining webpage


Have you checked your team’s ranking on the leaderboard? 

Congratulations to the ANU Advancement team who are still holding the highest response rate!  

Will they be able to hold onto that spot as we lead up to the survey deadline? 

The College or Portfolio with the highest response rate in the survey will win a free team BBQ! 

Today’s the last day! Make sure you and your team members fill out the survey by midnight tonight. 

Services' fun fact for the week

Lord Chris Patten

The Landscape and Conservation team have planted over 1000 plants throughout campus, these are replacement plantings and small garden enhancements. This does not include large scale plantings undertaken by the Physics, CECs and SA8 projects.


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