2017 Phone Appeal

On Saturday 16 September, ANU commenced its annual phone appeal. Spanning six weeks, the student calling program gives the University's alumni community the opportunity to speak with students to share their personal stories, hear about what's happening at campus and to support The ANU Fund.

The 40-strong membership of the student calling program at ANU reflects our diverse and vibrant student population. Our callers hail from around the globe and are truly representative of the full student lifecycle. Together they all share one unique quality - bringing the same energy, curiosity and enthusiasm they have in the classroom into their conversations with alumni.

Flexible double degree (Law, Politics, Philosophy and Economics) student Georgie Quinn is one of several returning student callers.

"Last year I was lucky enough to be a caller on the ANU phone appeal and I was really impressed by the generosity of the alumni community. I think it's amazing what can be achieved by so many alumni getting involved and giving what they can. I'm really excited to be involved in the phone appeal again this year and I can't wait to tell alumni how gifts to The ANU Fund are having an impact here on campus." said Georgie.

If you would like to know more about the 2017 Phone Appeal, please contact the Annual Giving Team by email or telephone 02 6125 1827.


The ANU Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni community more than $280,000 was donated between 2014-2016. The ANU Fund was disbursed in July 2017 to the following areas:

Accelerating Career Preparedness

This project aims to actively engage industry partners, governmental institutions and local traditional custodians in developing new internship and employment opportunities for graduates from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. This project is aligned with the University's strategic aspiration of providing more work-integrated learning. Funding will support: a part-time Internship Program Officer; initial setup costs for course programs; and initial setup costs for the internship.

ANU Science Global Learning Program

This program will enable overseas learning opportunities for College of Science students. The Program aims to support 200 students per year by 2021 to complete part of their award through learning abroad. This program aligns with the societal transformation elements of the University's strategic plan, building on existing activities and drawing them together. The ANU Fund is contributing directly to the support of participating students.

Creating ANU Grand Challenge Scholars

This is an exciting initiative to provide scholarships for ANU students engaged in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) to undertake new and novel experiences and activities linked to their individual GCSP plan.

Curriculum Evaluation for Student Wellbeing

This addresses a clear area of student need and will develop an online self-evaluation tool for course convenors, assessing the extent to which a particular course promotes student wellbeing.

Demos Journal

This program has the potential for very broad impact and will expand the reach of the journal, up-skill current volunteers, and make the journal sustainable for future generations of ANU students. The ANU Fund will assist with enhancing the Demos website, publishing a print edition of the Demos anthology, and running internal training workshops.

Developing Essay Writing Practice

This program aims to enhance law student wellbeing by targeting two commonly identified stressors: lack of confidence in legal writing and research skills; and alienation of students' personal values from the study of law. The ANU Fund is supporting two workshops, delivered to 100 students over two weeks.

Digital Scholarship Lab - 3D Facility

ANU will install 3D printing technology in the University Library, enabling students to print models to enhance their educational experience. The addition of this facility to the library makes this technology available to the wider student population.

Online Skills Training in Business and Economics

This program aims to improve the employability and work readiness of its graduates through access to online skills training. The program will also to support research into the uptake and perceived benefits of the training to participating students. This pilot program will have a positive impact on a large group of students, with the potential for integration into the formal curriculum. Funding supports: access to GoSkills website; research assistant support; focus group transcriptions; and incentives for focus group participants.

School to Tertiary Outreach Mentoring Program (STOMP)

STOMP is a mentoring support program that pairs community ambassadors from Griffin Hall with refugee-status students from Dickson College. This project promises concrete impact beyond ANU and does so in a way that benefits current and future students. The ANU Fund is supporting: branding; events costs; training of community ambassadors; and merchandise for Dickson College students.

Tjabal Student WIPCE Project

This is a project to enable four Indigenous students to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, in Toronto, Canada. This project represents an important global opportunity, further enabling the development of Indigenous leadership. Funds supported return airfares for students taking part in this program.

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

This funding will go towards an RTP scholarship for an indigenous student. It seeks to meet an immediate need to provide additional support for indigenous students, competitive with other Australian Universities, that provides the additional funding needed for accommodation and living expenses, including connections with families that are important for successful completions.