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ANU Student Newsletter

Tuesday 16 May

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

National Volunteering Week: Get involved with the ANU+ award 

Are you interested in gaining valuable new skills, building strong relationships and giving back to the community while also earning recognition for your volunteer work?  

ANU+ is a volunteering program designed to help undergraduate and postgraduate students develop skills related to employability prospects and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. The ANU+ award requires volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours and submitting reflections on development outcomes throughout the volunteering journey. The program provides opportunities to support skill development, such as completing a strengths assessment and a tailored career planning appointment.  

To celebrate National Volunteering Week (15 May-21 May), the On Campus team interviewed two ANU+ students who are set to graduate from the program at the end of Semester 1, 2023. 

Queering science: what it means and why it matters 

In celebration of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) tomorrow (Wednesday 17 May), we are featuring Emily Standen’s story of queering science, why it matters and how we can make science more inclusive and accessible for all. 

Growing up queer in Townsville, Emily Standen knows about the importance of role models. 

“It’s North Queensland, so in terms of inclusive environments and visible role models, both of those things at the time were limited. I don't think that I really thought queer people could be scientists. 

“So from my own experience, I know that it's hard to be what you can't see. You can definitely do it - someone has to be the first - but it's not an easy thing to do.” 

Now with a degree in biomedical sciences, a career in science communication and education, and a PhD project with the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU, Emily feels like she can help to make it easier. 

“I think I’ve lived enough roles that I can actually speak to this now. I can say: we can do this better.” 


Events & activities

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Meet the Author - Clare Birgin and John Blaxland  

Wednesday 17 May, 6-7pm  

Clare Birgin and John Blaxland will be in conversation with Sue Williams on their new book, Revealing Secrets. An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence & the advent of cyber.  

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We Need to Talk: Peacebuilders Rami and Bassam in conversation    

Monday 22 May, 5.30-7.30pm 

Don't miss this inspiring conversation with Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, two self-proclaimed 'brothers' who forged a path of dialogue and reconciliation, rather than hate and revenge, after both losing their daughters. Rami is a Jewish Israeli from Jerusalem who lost his daughter Smadar in a Palestinian suicide bombing in 1997, the same year Bassam’s daughter Abir was born. Bassam, who grew up in Hebron, was a former Palestinian resistance fighter who had spent time in an Israeli jail where he saw the film Schindler’s List that changed his life. His daughter, Abir, was tragically killed by the bullet of Israeli border police when she was only 10 years old. 

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Meet the Author - Stan Grant 

Tuesday 23 May, 6-7pm  

Stan Grant will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on Stan's new book The Queen is Dead, a searing, viscerally powerful, emotionally unstoppable, pull-no-punches book on the bitter legacy of colonialism for Indigenous people. 

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Meet the Author – Marcia Langton and Aaron Corn   

Wednesday 31 May, 6-7pm 

Join Professor Marcia Langton AO, PhD and Professor Aaron Corn, alongside Professor Anthony Connolly, for a thought-provoking discussion on their new book, Law: The Way of the Ancestors. Explore how Indigenous law has enabled people to survive and thrive in Australia for over 2000 generations, and how it can inspire new ways forward for us all in the face of global crises. Through this conversation, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the significance of traditional law in all its manifestations, and how it forms the foundation of all Indigenous societies in Australia.  

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ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Postgraduate Information Session 

Wednesday 31 May, 5.30-7.30pm 

Become part of a global community of leaders committed to making a difference. Join the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Postgraduate Showcase and explore your study options in international affairs, diplomacy, development, security, policy, governance, sustainability, and culture. 

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ANU Student Research Conference Abstract Submissions Now Open 

Present your coursework in a supportive conference environment, access free workshops and network with academic staff and students. First year undergraduate and first-time presenters are welcome. 

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ANU Check-In Survey - closes tomorrow 

Are you a coursework student and new to ANU this semester? How is it going? ANU Check-In Survey closes tomorrow.  Submitting the ANU Check-In Survey earns students a unique code that they can use to pick up one item of their choice, either a mug, beanie, or long sleeve shirt, from the ANU Student Experience team at the Kambri shopfront. 

Take the ANU Check-In Survey 


Residential Life Survey, Semester 1 - closes tomorrow 

Do you live on campus? We need your feedback! Semester 1 survey closes tomorrow. 

Take the Residential Life Survey

Help us create the ultimate study session playlist 

Lord Chris Patten

Exam season is coming up, and we want your favourite music recommendations to help us compile an epic ANU study playlist that's bound to help you ace every test*. Drop us a line at and tell us about your favourite songs, genres and lo-fi playlists.  

*Not scientifically proven....yet 



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