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ANU Student Newsletter

Tuesday 20 June

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

What you need to know

  • Friday 30 June marks End of Financial Year 2022-2023. If you’re lodging your own tax return, you need to lodge it by Tuesday 31 October. For more information, visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.
  • The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be performing a burn off of infected material tomorrow Wednesday 21 June during the day. They are hoping to limit the amount of smoke but it may still be visible from ANU campus.

Tax time with the ANU Tax Clinic

Are you working while studying? 

If you answered yes, this is an important notice for you. 

With End of Financial Year 2022-2023 fast approaching, did you know that the ANU Tax Clinic provides free and confidential tax assistance to taxpayers?

The ANU Tax Clinic assists taxpayers in understanding their tax affairs and meeting their tax obligations. The friendly, student-led clinic provides you with information and guidance under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners. It is a requirement that clients don't have an existing tax agent.

Appointments are available in-person or via phone and videoconferencing. 

All assistance provided by the ANU Tax Clinic is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

The Power of Education

Tuesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day.  

Join us in marking the significance of World Refugee Day as we shine a light on Pouya, an inspiring ANU student who shares his story. 

My name is Pouya Jacob Saeedian. I am an Iranian refugee and a scholarship recipient at ANU studying a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD). 

I always wanted to study to become a doctor. However, for a long time it was not possible to make this a reality. I came to Australia at the age of 16 and had to overcome significant challenges, from basic survival to accessing education. 

My whole life felt as if I was in a car with no fuel, I was ready but I could not go anywhere. The scholarship was the fuel that made it possible to live while studying. 

I attended high school thanks to an amazing supporter that awarded me and 32 other refugees a scholarship. Now at ANU, a scholarship provides me the support I need to juggle life, study, help my family and community, and to rest a little bit when I need to. 

When you have gone through a traumatic experience, it feels like you lose years of your life. Despite best efforts, you struggle to form connections and find cultural support. Your self-esteem suffers. A scholarship allowed me to reclaim those lost years. 

The fellow refugees I studied with have become software engineers, nurses, and lawyers, who now have the power to support their communities and families. I am pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor and conducting research towards becoming a neurosurgeon. 

Events & activities

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Artist talk with the artist, as part of exhibition JamFactory ICON Jessica Loughlin: of light

Tomorrow - Wednesday 21 June, 5-7.30pm 

JamFactory’s ICON series celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most influential visual artists working in craft-based media. Jessica Loughlin is one of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed glass artists and is renowned for her highly innovative technical approach to kilnformed glass.

Join us for the opening and artist talk with Jessica Loughlin.

5-6pm | Artist talk with Jessica Loughlin 

6-7.30pm | Public opening with refreshments 

Register to the artist talk and exhibition opening

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Fred Gruen Public Lecture: The longevity and budgetary impact of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Thursday 22 June, 5.30-7.30pm 

In this lecture Professor Frank R. Lichtenberg will assess the effect of long-run changes in the drugs provided by the PBS on mortality and hospital utilisation in Australia. 

Register to the Fred Gruen Public Lecture

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

The Capital Unis Challenge

Thursday 22 June, 6.30-9.30pm 

Get ready to put your knowledge to the test and represent your alma mater at The Capital Unis Challenge – where alumni of The Australian National University, University of Canberra and UNSW Canberra will go head-to-head in the ultimate trivia challenge! 

Join us in the Juliet Room at Verity Lane Market on Thursday 22 June for a night of friendly competition and unforgettable fun. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself and win some exciting prizes. 

Purchase tickets to the Capital Unis Challenge

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

How can we defend Australia from disasters?

Monday 26 June, 5-6.30pm 

In the next Game Change Webinar, Dr Roslyn Prinsley will provide an overview of some exciting new transformational solutions that are Game-Changers in helping prevent and reduce the risk of climate-fuelled disasters. 

Register to the Game Change Webinar

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

RETURN: Reconnecting objects and collections with people and places

Tuesday 27 June – Thursday 29 June 

Objects held in Australian and international museums are returning to Country, but what is involved in these ‘returns’?

Across a three-day symposium, hear from Indigenous people from across Australia, including university-based researchers and museum professionals, who collaborate on projects to return objects, knowledge, and decision-making to local communities and groups.  

Register to the RETURN symposium 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Uncharted Territory

Friday 7 July – Sunday 16 July  

Join us on this incredible 10-day adventure as we bring together innovators, artists and researchers to explore new frontiers in creativity, science, and art.

With a range of events happening on ANU campus, Uncharted Territory offers over 50 exciting events, some of which are completely free! It's the perfect opportunity for you to discover the limitless possibilities that lie within your reach. 

Read the upcoming events program for Uncharted Territory 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Starting up and spinning out: taking smart ideas to market

Monday 10 July, 6-8pm

This event is in association with the Uncharted Territory program. 

Turning innovation into a business takes more than a great idea. Join us for an exciting panel event with Canberra's leading entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers to be inspired from those who've been there and done it.

Register to Starting up and spinning out


Extenuating Circumstances Application (ECA) | Supporting Coursework Study  

ECA is a new initiative that supports coursework students where extenuating circumstances have impacted their learning experience. Accepted grounds for an ECA will in most instances be previously unknown and unavoidable incidents that have a demonstrable and significant impact on a student's ability to study or to undertake an assessment item.     

ECA requests will be lodged by students via ISIS (the previous Special Consideration and Deferred Examination – SCADE - eForm will be retired).  

ECA will go-live for Semester 2 2023 study.  

Read more information about ECA


Seeking Input - Research Infrastructure Survey 

ANU is developing an ambitious strategy to support research infrastructure at a whole-of-university level. 

As part of the discovery phase for this strategy, we are seeking the input of Honours and Higher Degree Research students. Your insights are valuable to ensure the strategy is responsive to the needs of our ANU research community.  

The survey is open until COB Friday 14 July.  

Complete the survey 

Any queries, please contact rii@anu.edu.au 

Professor Tom Calma AO address

THIS WEEK - Thursday 22 June, 6-7.30pm 

One of the lead architects of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament proposal, Professor Tom Calma AO, will deliver the 2023 ANU Reconciliation Lecture.  

As Australians prepare to vote later this year on whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution, Professor Calma’s address is timely. 

This year’s lecture is held in partnership with the University of Canberra, and the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation will be announced on the evening. 


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