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Learning difficulties

By 16 August 2013

Joy Burch has announced her response to the Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties Final Report.
The ACT Education and Training Directorate will improve training and support for teachers so they can better support students with learning difficulties, in response to a taskforce’s report.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said the Government had agreed [...]

Beryl Rawson building occupied at ANU

By 15 August 2013

We’re hearing enraged arts students at ANU have gone back to the future, occupying the Dean’s office.
More as it comes to hand, feel free to share in the comments.

Public stargazing this Friday night at Mount Stromlo

By 15 August 2013

There are only three more public viewing nights scheduled for this year on Mount Stromlo. Daylight savings makes dates over summer too late for the kids.
So far the weather forecast is looking good, which will make a nice change. But it always pays to check the all-sky camera on the MSO website to make sure [...]

ANU school of Computer Science gets new chair

By 14 August 2013

Pascal Van Hentenryck has been appointed a chair in Data Intensive Computing within the Research School of Computer Science as a part of Professor Ian Young’s plans to reform the research base of the ANU.
Professor John Hosking, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said he is delighted that Van Hentenryck will be [...]

Behold the global cream of science communications

By 13 August 2013

Elise Andrews of I f***ing love science* was at ANU on Friday night.
For reasons passing understanding this prompted one Casey Hamilton to generate a storify from the tweets and today it was posted onto the ANU website.
Shortly after a grownup appears to have looked at it and it was swiftly removed.
But on the basis that [...]

The ANU Experience?

By 12 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Australian National University has just added a fascinating promo video titled “The ANU Experience”.
Find out what makes ANU the ideal environment for higher learning.
Students living in B&G, reading at the Chifley Library, and getting lectured in the Haydon-Allen building might not recognise it!

Primary school class sizes in Canberra?

By 12 August 2013

I wonder if anyone can tell me if there are official limits for primary school class sizes in the ACT, and if so, is this information online somewhere? Searching for obvious terms has not come up with much useful info.
Thanks!

New Sporting Commons being built at UC

By 9 August 2013

Today Andrew Barr turned the first sod at the new UC Sporting Commons.
The ACT Government has committed $5 million into developing this facility, which will apparently be “world-class”.
The Commons will include an ACT Sports Hall of Fame, a new headquarters for the Brumbies, sports studies teaching and research facilities, a bocce court and new [...]

Steven Bailey set up a tent outside the ANU.

By 8 August 2013

Katter’s Party Candidate Steven Bailey set up a tent outside the ANU today to make a stand about arts and humanities cuts at the ANU.
In Canberra Tonight’s twitter account has posted a nice a photo of Stevens Tent Embassy for Humanities.
Did anyone swing by for a chat/lesson?
[Image courtesy of @InCanbTonight]

Glenn Murcutt at the National Gallery

By 8 August 2013

[ 4 September 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]

The National Gallery has word the the rock star of Australian Architecture Glenn Murcutt is coming to talk.

For the past 17 years the ACT Chapter of the Australian Architects Institute and the National Gallery of Australia have been presenting the engaging and exciting Contemporary Australian Architects Speaker Series sponsored by BCA Certifiers, which showcases [...]

ANU Vice-Chancellor on funding

By 7 August 2013

Vice-Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young speaks about the ANU’s funding, and compares it with the funding models of other Universities.
If you’re interested in what’s going on with the whole ANU funding brouhaha, it’s worth hearing the University’s take on it.
In this video, I explain my thoughts on the Australian model, where student [...]

Katy is China bound

By 7 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s off the China to shill for students to come to ANU and UC:
The ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today announced that she will lead a delegation to China in the first week of September on an education mission – with the Australian National University and the University of [...]

ANU links language problems with mental health

By 6 August 2013

ANU researchers have linked childhood language impairments with the development of mental health issues later in life.
Using data sourced from research articles dating back to the 80′s, ANU researchers Shaun Goh and Richard O’Kearney found that young children with specific language impairments (SLI) were over twice as likely to be diagnosed in their later childhood [...]

NFSA Scholars and Artists-in-Residence Fellowship 2014 applications open

By 5 August 2013

The NSFA are now taking applications to be a part of their artist and/or scholar in residence for 2014.
It’s a pretty amazing opportunity so if you work with film get to it.
Are you an academic, an artist, a performer or a professional working in the audiovisual area? The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia [...]

ACT Education facepalm

By 5 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Padoof has been browsing the ACT Scaling Test Sample Questions.
Sadly Q 42 leaves a bit to be desired:

Barcham is at this time keeping mum as to his involvement.

Ian Young on what he’s doing to Humanities

By 2 August 2013

ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young is so happy with how his interview this morning on the ABC went that he’s posted the transcript by way of explanation:
What you start to do is to combine the lecture and the tutorial into a single workshop. So, the lecturer comes along, they actually deliver a broad overview [...]

Dinosaurs Down Under @ The National Dinosaur Museum

By 2 August 2013

Steve Doszpot wants you to go see some dinosaurs, and you should listen to him.
Dinosaurs Down Under is a travelling exhibition and you can go check out the launch at the National Dinosaur Museum tomorrow (Saturday the 3rd) at 10.00am.
So what are you waiting for?
I mean other than tomorrow, obviously.
“I am extremely honoured to be [...]

UC doing a Ngunnawal rebrand

By 1 August 2013

While debate rages over whether Canberra is Ngunnawal or Ngambri country UC is charging right ahead and renaming their residences to a Ngunnawal theme:
The University of Canberra Village, a dedicated student accommodation facility located in the University of Canberra campus, will formally rename its buildings in the Ngunnawal words for a variety of native [...]

ANU pay rises rejected by union

By 31 July 2013

Hey remember when the ANU did that massive consultation process and then released all these plans and promises about reducing staff by 230 but making sure their current staff get a 2% pay-rise both this and next year?
The NTEU wasn’t cool with that and would like to see a 7% increase over the next 4 [...]

Open Day at the John Curtin School of Medical Research

By 31 July 2013

[ 2 August 2013 to 3 August 2013. ]

This just in:

The John Curtin School of Medical Research will open its doors to the public from 10am – 3pm on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August as part of our celebrations of the Centenary of Canberra.

The School continues a 65 year tradition of excellence in medical research. Join us on Open Day to [...]

Australia’s most powerful super computer unveiled

By 31 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The ANU have revealed their new super computer and I have some serious tech-envy.
It’s called the Raijin, it’s the most powerful computer in Australia, and I want one.
The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University [...]

Is this the final nail in the Humanities coffin at ANU?

By 29 July 2013

This in from a reader who wishes to be anonymous:
Following the major restructure of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences in 2010, a final move to disestablish what was left of the humanities has been proposed. Brought to you by the same team that conducted the “major curriculum change” of the School [...]

Centenary Professors for UC’s quest for glory

By 29 July 2013

The University of Canberra has announced they’re setting aside some big bucks to lure big names to help them make the charts of world university rankings:
A new international recruitment campaign will bring 10 top researchers to Canberra to mark the capital’s centenary. The University’s strategic plan includes the goal of being world-ranked by the time [...]

Royal medal for ex-ANU Mathematician

By 24 July 2013

Professor Rodney Baxter has received a Royal Medal for his work in mathematics, which is a pretty cool thing to happen to a retired mathematician.
Professor Baxter, who retired in 2003 after almost 35 years at ANU, says he was very pleased to receive the news, which he almost mistook for junk mail.
“The news came in [...]

Competition sends students to Gallipoli

By 24 July 2013

Katy Gallagher is calling on students to enter the 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize, the winners of which will revieved two fully-fuinded trips to trips to Gallipoli where they will be able to research the ANZAC story firsthand.
“The 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize is a special opportunity for two students in the ACT to experience a tour [...]

Canberra history buffs, these are the books for you

By 23 July 2013

A set of booklets about Canberra’s early history have been released and considering the popularity of the “then and now” Canberra photos we’ve been showing on this site, I assume more than a few of you will be interested in them.
A set of high-quality booklets about Canberra’s fascinating early history is now complete, with the [...]

Five things you should know before you enrol in a PhD program

By 20 July 2013

Online event/webcast
Tuesday 30 July, 7-8pm
Thinking of doing a PhD? Then this online session is not to be missed.
Dr Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer), Director of Research Training at ANU and author of How to tame your PhD, will discuss five ways to set yourself up for success in your PhD and beyond. She will [...]

Third ANU Philosopher admitted to the British Academy

By 19 July 2013

The ANU has the intrigying news that Professor Philip Pettit has received a signal honour:
Professor Philip Pettit has joined a long linage of esteemed academics including John Maynard Keynes and CS Lewis following his admission into the British Academy.
Professor Pettit was among 15 fellows from outside the UK to be invited into Britain’s most [...]

More childcare centres in Canberra please!

By 16 July 2013

More of a whinge than anything. I know, shock and horror, a Canberran whinging.
I am looking for just one day a week in a childcare centre for my 12 month old. I have the other four days sorted with in home care but really wanted to have one day for her to socialise with other [...]

Lucy Kirk of Gowrie wins an inaugural Tuckwell Scholarship

By 12 July 2013

The ANU has announced the first recipients of what they hope will become the Rhodes Scholarships of the South, the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation scholarships:
The scholars will receive $20,000 a year for the length of a single or double undergraduate degree as well as ongoing academic and career mentoring. They will live in [...]

But what about the students who don’t use drugs?

By 8 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from John:
Bordering the ANU on Marcus Clarke Street is this sign. Now, far be it for me to accuse uni students of activities outside the mainstream, do we really need a street sign to tell us what they get up to? And why are the old and very young been [...]

Big boost to ANU community arts program

By 5 July 2013

The ACT Government have committed to a three year deal with the ANU’s arts community outreach program starting from January the 1st next year. They are promising $1.6 million in annual funding to the program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate [...]

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