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💡 ANU Recovery – initial consultation closes tomorrow

The ANU Recovery Plan consultation period closes tomorrow. If you haven’t already provided your feedback, or asked your questions about the Plan, please visit the ANU Recovery website. You can also read the FAQs, watch a copy of the staff and student forums, or sign-up for upcoming meetings.

Feedback and questions can be submitted at or by emailing:


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💝 Our top picks

Make an informed vote in the ACT elections

Voting in the ACT election begins on 28 September. Led by Professor Patrick Dumont (ANU School of Politics & International Relations), smartvote improves democratic engagement by acting as a convenient information bridge between voters and candidates.

» Check out smartvote now


Withdrawn without Failure (WD) Date moved to 4 Nov

The Withdrawn with Failure (WN) date has been removed for Semester 2, 2020 to allow additional time for you to decide if you're comfortable with continuing to study your course/s without the pressure of academic penalty.

» For more information, visit this page.

Mental Health Month

October is Mental Health Month. This year's focus will be on mental health and the challenges, resilience and growth that have been experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

» Register for our World Mental Health Day 2020 Panel now, and hear from ANU experts and alumni, Thérèse Rein


Hero of ANU: Martha Evans

Martha Evans makes up one half of our North American Liaison Office. We caught up with Martha to celebrate her 10-year anniversary working for ANU.

» Catch up with Martha

📢 Reminders and updates

We've made some adjustments to exams, grading and assessment in Semester 2 to support you and your wellbeing.

Fellows Beer Garden will return to campus from 8 October, in the pop-up location of the Law Courtyard. Reconvene there with friends and colleagues on Thursdays and Friday evenings from 3.30 – 6.30pm to enjoy daylight savings and a refreshing drink.

Thinking about applying for an overseas exchange? Applications for Semester 2 2021 open on 1s October 2020. ANU has 180+ exchange partners in 40 countries. Please note that participation in any overseas study programs is still subject to approval (and internal borders).

Are you an undergraduate student who has been financially impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for financial assistance through the ANUSA Emergency Grant. The Grant offers up to $750 and does not need to be paid back.


🚀 Innovation and big thinking

A new international research consortium led by ANU will work to improve communication in healthcare, which cause hundreds of thousands of avoidable critical incidents in Australia alone each year. In addition to existing issues, the consortium is also addressing COVID-related communication problems, from misinformation to vaccine hesitancy.

A new seed-funding initiative - which enhances connections between ANU academics and Australian policymakers - is sprouting fresh opportunities and bearing fruit.

How can we meaningfully integrate diversity and inclusion into career fairs? On 20 August 2020, ANU co-delivered the first-ever National Diversity Careers Fair to showcase the importance of workplace diversity and inclusion.

How can we reduce ANU contributions to climate change, encompassing how we travel, behave, use energy, what we buy and how we make decisions at an institutional level? We’re seeking your ideas to help facilitate the transition to a below zero emissions university. Join us at an online workshop or contribute your ideas via our online idea capturing platform.


🍎 Food for thought

Demand for fruit and veggie boxes has soared because of COVID-19, but a PhD researcher has found the benefits of some fresh produce schemes extend beyond the convenience of skipping supermarket queues: it seems the humble fruit and veggie box can make you feel, well, happier.

The Pacific has the lowest rate of women in parliament. Dr Kerryn Baker is trying to change that. Read about Dr Baker’s work highlighting the importance and value of having more women in Pacific parliaments.

Dr Sainsbury, who lectures at the ANU, has picked up the inaugural National Luminary Award at the 2020 Art Music Awards - scooping one of classical music's top honours. He was recognised for founding and driving the "critically important" Ngarra-Burria: First Nations Composers program.

As we pass the six-month anniversary of our first COVID-19 lockdown it's a good time to reflect on where we are and what the path ahead looks like. Read our Public Health Lead Professor Tracy Smart AO’s latest blog post.


🎤 Our event recommendations

Our ‘Australia and the World’ Annual Lecture will be taking place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 September. Tune in via ABC News or Sky News Australia for this live broadcast: The Long Cry of Indigenous Peoples to be heard – a defining moment in Australia, to be delivered by Pat Turner AM.

KAS Australia in partnership with the ANU Centre for European Studies will be presenting the 4th Konrad Adenauer Lecture to be delivered by ANU Chancellor The Hon Julie Bishop on Multilateralism and Regional Cooperation in Times of Global Crises: Australia and Europe and the International Order.

On 6, 13, 20 and 27 October the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) will host four virtual events (Data, Virus, Corporations, Complexity) examining the role regulation and governance can play in navigating these uncertain times.

What does it mean to “decolonize” the university or to “decolonize” research? In this webinar, the Humanities Research Centre will present a range of views on decolonization from across the sciences and the humanities, focusing on local and global challenges to prevailing academic practices.

Kinship terminologies - the patterns of words languages have for denoting and referring to family members - are a striking opportunity for understanding the interplay of culture, language, and cognition. Presented by the School of Culture, History and Langauge (CHL), this talk will feature Professor Fiona Jordan who will describe the VariKin project, a multidisciplinary approach to understand the patterned variation in human kinship systems.


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