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ANU on where it gets its money from

By 22 August 2013

Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has produced a video in an effort to educate people on how the ANU makes and spends its money. Worth a look if you’ve been following this whole budget saga unfold.
In this video the Vice-Chancellor explains the University’s budget model. Budgets are allocated across the University using a formula where colleges receive [...]

THINK CANBERRA bringing conferences to Canberra

By 22 August 2013

Katy Gallagher yesterday launched the THINK CANBERRA Conference Support Program, a cunning plan designed to lure international conferences to Canberra, presumably using CAPITAL LETTERS as bait.
THINK CANBERRA is an initiative of the Canberra Convention Bureau.
“THINK CANBERRA is not just about $10,000 to bid for or put on a conference. It’s about the enormous expertise and [...]

NTEU unanimously endorse action industrial action against ANU

By 21 August 2013

The ANU members of the National Tertiary Education Union unanimously endorsed a protected action ballot yesterday to further their claims for decent salaries and workloads in response to the new ANU Enterprise Agreement.
The application for this ballot will be lodged today for the bans and stoppages endorsed by the meeting. On the advice [...]

UC hosts crystal growing competition

By 21 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

More than 3,000 kids have created their own crystals to compete in UC’s crystal growing competition, which is a pretty fantastic thing.
The crystals will be displayed at Questacon also, which is another pretty fantastic thing.

ANU establishes new chair

By 21 August 2013

A new industry sponsored chair was announced today at the ANU.
The Sirtex chair (funded by Sirtex Medical Limited) will be held by Professor Ross Stephens will focus on research into localised cancer treatments.
Sirtex has made a commitment to sponsor the Chair for a total of up to three million dollars over three years.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor [...]

Chifley Preschool Spring Fair

By 20 August 2013

[ 8 September 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

This just in:

Chifley Preschool Spring Fair, to be held at the preschool, 60 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley on Sunday September 8 from 10am – 2pm.

There will be sausages, miso soup, jumping castle, ice cream, espresso coffee, cake stall, second hand books and toys, craft stall, hair spray and fake tattoos.

We will also [...]

ANU claiming crack-proof encryption

By 19 August 2013

Courageous ANU Researchers are claiming to have perfected encryption:
Current encryption systems have flaws – as ASIO and Sony can no doubt tell you. But QuintessenceLabs – a cyber security company developed by ANU researchers – has invented a crack-proof encryption system that has been attracting attention from some of the world’s largest organisations.
Secret codes [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August 2013

[ 18 September 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!

Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.

Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.

On the night, watch eleven [...]

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 [...]

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