On Campus

ANU Staff newsletter

Tuesday 24 January 


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

Do you have an idea, notice, or story that you would like included in On Campus this year?  

We will be implementing new submission deadlines in 2023. 

Content submissions for On Campus can be made via the online form. Items should be relevant to the broader ANU community. Please submit content by Monday the week before an On Campus edition. For example, if you wish to include content for the 14 February edition, please submit content by Monday 6 February.  

If you have any questions, please contact the On Campus team at on.campus@anu.edu.au 

What you need to know

As a registered provider of higher education to domestic and overseas students in Australia, ANU is required by TEQSA to include particular registration details on public materials. More information on the materials that need to be updated.

The easiest way to help us be compliant with this TEQSA requirement is to      update your e-signature to include our TEQSA Provider ID as per the ANU Identity Hub e-signature resource page.

20 years since Canberra’s bushfire disaster at Mount Stromlo 

It has been two decades since the 2003 Canberra bushfire that burned through 70 per cent of the Australian Capital Territory.  

In one ruinous day, four people were killed, hundreds injured and 500 homes destroyed. The internationally-renowned Mount Stromlo Observatory was among the many government and commercial buildings wiped out.  

At the time, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt was based at Mount Stromlo, pursuing the work that ultimately earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

He spoke with ANU Reporter about his close encounter with the fire.

Read more about that day

Events & activities

2023 State of the University Address 

Thursday 2 February, 10-11am, followed by morning tea 
The State of the University Address is an opportunity for ANU staff to hear from the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor about their vision for the University in 2023 and beyond. 

Register for the 2023 State of the University Address

2023 Commencement Address

Monday 13 February, 10-11am, followed by morning tea 

The ANU Commencement Address is the opening event for ANU Orientation Week at the start of the academic year and is an opportunity for staff to welcome new students to ANU. There is no dress code for this event but if you have an ANU shirt feel free to wear it on the day. 

The 2023 keynote will be delivered by ANU alumnus Kieran Pender, a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre and an honorary lecturer at the ANU College of Law. 

Register for the 2023 Commencement Address

Free public tour of the ANU Classics Museum

Friday 27 January, 11am-12pm 

Join volunteer guides on a tour of the museum’s collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. The ANU Classics Museum is located in the AD Hope building. 

Register for a tour of the ANU Classics Museum

Meet our new Vice-President (Advancement), Alex Furman

Following a comprehensive international search, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt is pleased to announce that Alex Furman has been appointed Vice-President (Advancement). Alex may be known to many of us at ANU already from his role as Director of Development (Colleges).

Read more about Alex's recent appointment


The Fourth Annual Australia & the World Symposium: Constitutional Change in Australia and beyond 

The purpose of the annual symposia is to spark interdisciplinary conversations between scholars on the major issues confronting Australia and engender future research and publications. The symposium is also a potential pathway into the ANU Press Australia and the World Series. Contributions from early career researchers and from scholars from any discipline, nationally or internationally, are welcomed. 

To participate, please submit a title, abstract (250-500 words) and bio (100 words) by midnight (AEDST) Friday 27 January by emailing admin.ausi@anu.edu.au 

Find out more about the submission topics and guidelines


  • Wattle, the ANU learning management system, was upgraded from Moodle 3.9 to version 4.0 on Monday 5 December 2022. Find out more about the upgrade and how you can take advantage of everything it has to offer.
  • As the start of Semester 1 is approaching fast, it’s important to ensure that you, who will be teaching, know what support will be available and how to engage with these support initiatives prior to and during the start of Semester 1. Read more on our Learning Space Technology SharePoint Site. 
  • There is a new process for providing new staff with access to the University’s systems and services. Shared Services and PSP have launched the Staff Provisioning Request eForm to streamline access to University systems and services for new staff members and internal staff movements. The eForm will initially be used to provision new staff for all Service Divisions as well as new staff in CECC and CAP. 
  • Major changes are coming to AARNet provided CloudStor Services. AARNet are decommissioning CloudStor service in December 2023. AARNet will continue to offer the FileSender feature of CloudStor as a stand-alone service for transferring large files online. They will also continue to host legacy Zoom recordings that are stored on CloudStor. Please contact Helen Duke (helen.duke@anu.edu.au) if you have any questions. 
75th Anniversary Debate: University of the future

Services' fun fact for the week 

The University’s payroll system received some major upgrades in December. This work involved securely archiving 526 million rows of former payroll information. This will significantly improve the reliability and speed of future pay runs. 


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