The ABC reports that ANU is going to take a more gradual approach to trimming the fat.
In an email to staff this afternoon, Professor Young conceded the timeline for the savings had been ambitious.
He said any forced redundancies would now only come as a last resort.
“It is likely that this process will result in significant [...]
This is one of those things that starts of being cutesy but can be infuriating if you start to think about it.
It’s a bit like the way housing has become a lottery where the Government takes care of a lucky few through a variety of media release worthy schemes and leaves the rest to rot.
I thought readers might be interested in seeing the wonderful new mosaic at Birrigai.
It depicts the history of life on Earth and is around 50m long!
The ongoing PR woes of the University of Canberra continue this morning as their PhD student Lynne Minion goes for another trot in The Australian (you can get around the paywall via google.
On Thursday, following Parker’s arrival home, UC issued a media release defending its conduct, claiming that English expression was only one component [...]
ANU has published to YouTube an hour and a half of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Kraus in conversation here in Canberra with this lengthy note:
Critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics at this event entitled ‘Something [...]
Congratulations to Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus (second from the left). ANU has announced that she has been selected to attend the G20 Youth Summit in Washington. Marie-Alice is a fourth year Bachelor of Arts and Asia-Pacific Studies undergraduate who will be joining five other young Australians attending the Summit this June. They will be making up the [...]
Woroni’s brave satirisation of Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has had another outing to explain the planned cuts saying in part:
As part of the draft discussion paper released to ANU staff today, it is proposed that the $40 million figure be reached by a combination of sub-prime loans, drug-dealing and jewel heists to be planned and executed [...]
Jim Waterson is leaving ACT education.
After acting like Oprah and delivering Ipads to principals Jim is leaving us.
Although Ipads are unsupported IT devices that teachers and students cannot get departmental support for, Jim feels good that he was cutting edge in his tenure.
While his clear out of senior executives who seemed to [...]
The Australian is running more leaks out of the University of Canberra journalism school, this time a tutor Lynne Minion expressing her displeasure at being asked to pass Chinese exchange students:
Crispin Hull, a former Canberra Times editor, and course convenor, advised a UC tutor to pass two students in their journalism assignments, despite her objections.
Not naming any names, but I keep seeing people coming up from the University of Canberra revelling in the title of “Assistant Professor” who are yet to complete their doctoral thesis.
I’m curious as to what, if anything, our learned readers make of this?
WorkSafe ACT has announced the publication of their report on bullying at CIT:
“The WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the CIT had breached its responsibilities under the Territory’s health and safety legislation,” said Mr McCabe.
“WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and [...]
The Australian National University has announced Dr Ken Henry (formerly of Treasury) is going to be the go-to guy for public policy at ANU:
In a major new boost to ANU’s longstanding role in national public policy research, teaching and outreach, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young announced today that a renamed and expanded Crawford School of Public [...]
The UC Monitor is advising their students to get down for some free ticket goodness:
The University of Canberra Brumbies have been busily preparing themselves ahead of this Saturday’s big home game against the Rebels.
The game is being promoted as ‘Tertiary Student Day’ and free tickets will be available for University of Canberra students. [...]
This is the last 19 hours of UC journalism lecturer Julie Posetti’s twitter feed:
The weight of comments are whipping up yesterday’s story in Crikey which does no favours to UC or Ms Posetti’s colleague Crispin Hull.
In fact we were tipped off to the issue by Ms Posetti’s tweet.
One can only imagine tings are going to [...]
Minister for Community Services Joy Burch is celebrating a rise in the number of licensed long day care places in Canberra’s childcare centres:
Data from the Community Services Directorate shows that between January 2011 and March 2012 the Directorate approved licenses for an additional 532 long day care places in 26 centres across Canberra.
“These extra places [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to add the right to education to the Human Rights Act:
Mr Corbell said that the right to education was an important inclusion to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community.
“Children are some of the most precious but vulnerable members of the ACT community, and it is the [...]
The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is asking pesky questions about just what the Government is up to with its semi shelved plans to merge the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology:
The ACT Greens will today move a motion calling for the ACT Government to bring some much needed clarity to the University of [...]
The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne has taken the very brave step of announcing she’s going to try and block the construction of a childcare centre in Holder:
In 2008, the ACT Labor Government promised two new childcare centres at a cost of $4 million. Neither has been built, but the government now wants to spend almost double [...]
ANU’s Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has announced he’s planning to trim his budget by $40 million (or 5% of revenue):
We are not alone in having global and national financial circumstances cut into our bottom line.
Investment returns have declined in recent years. The 2012 budget indicates investment returns will be $30 million less than in 2011. This [...]
The Canberra Times has the unfortunate news that police have become involved in the dealings of the Islamic School of Canberra:
It has been reported that a letter of support submitted as part of the application contained a forged signature for a prominent Australian Taxation Office staffer, who was also president of the Islamic Society of [...]
The Liberals’ Steve Dozspot is asking what the go is with asbestos in Canberra’s schools after the closing of Taylor Primary:
ACT Shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot today called on Chris Bourke to explain the safeguards he has in place to protect students from asbestos, following the closure of Taylor Primary School after structural damage [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are warning that there will be no library services on wednesday as all staff attend a planning day:
“It is important that all Libraries ACT staff come together for one day a year and have the opportunity to contribute to the planning of future services, programs, events and initiatives for the library [...]
2012 ACT TERRITORY CONFERENCE: UN Youth ACT invites local students to participate in the 2012 ACT Territory Conference. The conference is a 3-day residential event. It is open to students in years 9 to 12 from the ACT and surrounding NSW schools. The conference provides a fantastic introduction to global diplomacy and the inner workings [...]
The ABC has a story on the closure of Taylor Primary School with the students going to Namadgi.
The timber sub-frames have been ruined by water damage…the building is unstable.
[ 27 March, 2012; 6:00 pm; ]
Paperchain sent in this news which sounded interesting enough to share with you:
Please join us for the launch of ‘The Censor’s Library: Uncovering the Lost
History of Australia’s Banned Books’ by Nicole Moore.
The book will be launched by Professor Angela Woollacott, Manning Clark Chair
of History at the ANU.
Tuesday March 27
5.45 for 6.00pm
RSVP Monday March 26
Telephone 6295 [...]
Woroni bringsa new wrinkle to the storied saga of the ANU Student Association presidency as Fleur Hawes has had to resign following losing her appeal against academic exclusion, a proceeding she’d neglected to mention to her colleagues.
As per the ANUSA constitution, Vice-President Alice McAvoy is currently acting President whilst Education Officer Tom Barrington-Smith is [...]
Yesterday, The RiotACT reported on the opening of ANU’s latest accommodation for students, Lena Karmel Lodge. You might imagine that after years of campaigning about the need for more student accommodation, the ANU Student’s Association would welcome this.
Instead ANUSA has launched a scathing and shamefully ironic attack on the University, lambasting the new accommodation as [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the official opening of the vast 550 domicile Lena Karmel Lodge at ANU:
“Just last week I was pleased to open Weeden Lodge – which is already home to up to 220 University of Canberra students in the refurbished Cameron Offices in Belconnen. It is great to follow that this week [...]
[ 8 March, 2012; 6:30 pm; ]
Room to Read’s International Women’s Day celebration event will be held at Tilley’s in Lyneham on 8 March at 6.30pm.
Room to Read works to increase literacy and access to education in the developing world by building schools and libraries, publishing books in local languages, and providing scholarships for girls’ education, across parts of Asia [...]
Local songsmith and scientist drew walky is moving up in the world. Where once he wanted silverfish he’s now after praying mantises, and is willing to pay for them with bottles of wine according to facebook.
I need some praying mantises so that I can collect some of their egg-cases and shine X-rays at them [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has proudly announced the opening of a 220 student residence where the Cameronn Offices used to be:
Development of the property was made possible by support of both the ACT and Commonwealth Governments through the National Rental Affordability Scheme. Features include modern common areas and a complimentary shuttle bus service that connects [...]
It used to be you had to look pretty hard to find evidence you’d entered the ANU campus.
It’s nice to think the signage could be discrete because the achievements of those within spoke so loudly for themselves.
But times change, and the new Exchange building on Barry Drive sports a sign no one will ever [...]