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ANU Student newsletter

Tuesday 21 February 


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

What you need to know

  •  A fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose is now available. If you’re eligible for the vaccine, ANU students can book an appointment to receive a FREE booster dose on campus at the University Pharmacy. For more info, visit the ATAGI’s vaccine booster advice.

  • Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) and P2 masks will be distributed at the Kambri Hub for all staff and students this week:   
    • Available between 10am – 4pm on Tangney Road (around the corner from Harry Hartog) TODAY, tomorrow 22 February and Thursday 23 February.
    • Don’t forget your student ID.
    • Read more on COVID-Safety on campus.

2023 Susan Ryan Oration delivered by Senator Katy Gallagher, Minister for Women 

Thursday 2 March, 3.30-5pm 

The 2023 Susan Ryan Oration will be delivered by Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Women. The Susan Ryan Oration was established in honour of one of Australia's greatest gender and age equality pioneers, the late Honourable Susan Ryan AO.  

Susan was a trailblazer. One of her many outstanding contributions that changed our nation for the better was introducing the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984, which gave Australian women equal rights in the workforce for the first time.  

Come and engage in an important conversation around gender equity and discrimination – national debates that Susan helped ignite across her many years of work. Spots are filling up fast, reserve your seat now.

Register for the 2023 Susan Ryan Oration


It’s Careers Week all week.

A week full of great opportunities to connect with employers, explore career paths, and develop skills that will ensure success in the professional world after graduation. 

Compete against your friends in the Optiver Trading Game to see if you have what it takes to be an Optiver global markets trader. Visit their booth on University Avenue on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 from 10am to 3pm. Optiver is the Careers Week Gold sponsor. Register here 

Get the ‘careers scoop’ from Deloitte Digital when they give out *free gelato* at the ANU Careers Fair on Thursday 23 February from 12pm- 3.30pm. Come along to Kambri Cultural Centre and network with more than 40 employers. Register here 

Manager of ANU Careers, Elizabeth Bailey offers her top tips for talking to employers at campus events: 

“Before attending a Careers Fair, check the list of employers attending, decide which ones you really want to talk to, explore their websites, and prepare some questions that demonstrate you are genuinely interested. Practise a maximum 2-minute personal introduction. Highlight your main strengths & pivotal career moments. Why are you here, and how can you add value? Hint: Every student at the fair either has a degree or soon will have – what makes you different?” 


Events & activities

Book Launch and In Conversation with Don Watson

Wednesday 22 February, 6-7pm 

Don Watson and Chris Wallace will be talking about Don’s latest book, The Passion of Private White, a journey of two worlds colliding – that of the intensely driven Vietnam veteran and anthropologist Neville White, and the world of some hunter-gatherer clans in remote north-east Arnhem Land with whom he has lived and worked for half a century, studying their culture and language and mapping their lands and their history. 

As White began to understand this ancient culture struggling between the demands of Western modernity and the equally pressing need to preserve their lands, customs, laws and language, he was also trying to transcend the mental scars inflicted on the battlefields of Vietnam. 

Register for In Conversation with Don Watson


Film screening - Critical capital: recovery and justice

Wednesday 22 February, 5-7.45pm 

The ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) Indigenous Reconciliation Projects invites you to join the free film screening, After the Apology followed by an online keynote address by Ngunnawal woman Dr Sharynne Hamilton. A confronting but important opportunity to engage with how the child protection system continues to fail Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples, separating children from families at an increasing and disproportionate rate. Dr Hamilton will share her extensive knowledge and research on models of reform within the child protection system for moving forward, particularly within the ACT.  

Register for Critical capital: recovery and justice 


Science. Art. Film. - FREE Film Series at the NFSA

Wednesday 22 February, 6pm 

Returning in 2023 with a monthly series, SCIENCE. ART. FILM. uncovers wacky, weird and wonderful facets of science and art in films - in discussion with artists and ANU scholars from different disciplines. The first screening is 2013 zombie romantic comedy film, Warm Bodies

Register for Science. Art. Film


2023 Gareth Evans Oration delivered by Lord Chris Patten

Tuesday 14 March, 6-7pm 

Are you studying international relations? Interested in world affairs? Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from the last Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Chris Patten who will visit campus next month to deliver in the Gareth Evans Oration for 2023. Lord Patten was stationed in Hong Kong from 1992-1997 and played a key role in returning Hong Kong to China. He kept a diary (that he has published as The Hong Kong Diaries) that offers rare insight into the historical transition of power. 

In his Oration, Lord Patten will point out ‘my generation is fortunate to have lived in the better half of the 20th century. It has been a little like living during the decades after the Congress of Vienna in the 19th century. There has been an effective world order which has, for most of us, ensured rising prosperity and peace. By the late 1980s some claimed that liberal democracy had triumphed everywhere. This was a rather rash prediction since we now see the splintering of the post war system of international order, the rise of China with all its consequences as well as an increase in the number of authoritarian states around the globe. With American leadership how can we ensure that liberal democracies are able to create a global partnership which does not exclude China and other authoritarians but ensures the survival and success of open societies." 

You will have the opportunity to ask Lord Patten questions following his Oration. 

Register for the 2023 Gareth Evans Oration



Have you heard about the Law Reform and Social Justice Program at ANU? 

LRSJ is an umbrella program for students, academics, practitioners, NGOs and other institutional partners to collaborate on timely issues of social and environmental justice. In short, the LRSJ program gives you the space to engage in a practical way with issues of law reform and social justice and make the most of the diverse and politically-engaged environment we have here at ANU. 

To mark World Day of Social Justice (20 February), Jessica Hambly, LRSJ Co-Director, highlighted why we need to care about social justice in 2023.  

“For me, social justice is a broad and inclusive term – we cannot talk about social justice without thinking about – and confronting – environmental, racial, historical and numerous other intersecting questions of justice and injustice,” Jessica said.  

“I think it is also important to think of social justice as a practice, and an ongoing commitment that we can bring to our everyday lives. How can we make life more liveable for everyone? Law is just one tool we have here.” 

Want to get involved in the LRSJ program? 

Check out the program’s many student-led projects currently on offer. The LRSJ Research Hub has been successful in getting student submissions highlighted before government committees. If you want to get involved in researching and writing law reform submission on topical social justice issues, you’re in the right place! 

The LRSJ program has an exciting event program for 2023, including a variety of panels, seminars, debates and film screenings throughout the year. On Wednesday 22 February, come to the screening of After the Apology, followed by a keynote address by Ngunnawal woman Dr Sharyanne Hamilton, a Senior Senior Research Fellow and the Co-Head of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. 

Find out more about the LRSJ program



Student Giveaway 

Even been to an ANU / Canberra Times Meet The Author Event? This free event series has captivated the community for over three decades, drawing some of the biggest names in literature, history and current affairs.

We're giving away two books (for each event) and the chance to have your book signed by the author for the next two Meet The Authors Events:

Tuesday 7 March

Maria Thattill Unbounded. Manifesting a life without limits.

Wednesday 8 March

Chris Wallace Political Lives. Australian Prime Ministers and their Biographers

Follow the instructions in the entry form to go into the draw and you could be one of the lucky winners! Both competitions close Noon AEDT Wednesday 1 March 2023. Terms and Conditions apply. 


Welcome Event: Equity Scholarship Holders 

Monday 27 February, 3-5pm 

You might have some questions about your scholarship, or perhaps you would like to meet others who are facing and overcoming similar challenges. This event is an opportunity to connect with other students. Come along to ask questions to friendly ANU staff, connect, make friends, and enjoy afternoon tea. 

Register here


Free laptop loans from ANU Library

Having computer troubles? We got you covered. 

ANU Library has five laptops available for two-day loans, thanks to funding from ANU Services and amenities (SSAF) Fund. 

This initiative allows ANU students to borrow a laptop for two days, with an option to extend their loan, giving you the time to finish any urgent assignments, get across coursework, or do some extra research. 

All students need to do is type ‘laptop loan’ into the ANU Library SuperSearch to check availability and head to the Information Desk at Chifley Library during business hours to collect the laptop. Find more information about how to borrow here. 

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Services' fun fact for the week 

The ANUOK app has almost 20,000 users. You can use ANUOK to request support from the UniSafe team if you are walking alone, report faults or breakages for repair, and stay up-to-date in the event of an emergency. Download the App now. 


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