College in Focus: College of Arts and Social Sciences

30 October 2017

The College of Arts and Social Sciences continues to go from strength to strength.

This year saw the ANU move into 1st place nationally in Social Sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and now ranks equal 23rd in the world. CASS also retained its number one place nationally in Arts and Humanities in the same rankings. In the QS World University rankings, CASS has 11 disciplines ranked number one in Australia and among the best in the world.

The College opened a new, world-class recording studio in the ANU School of Music that is proving to be an enormous educational and professional asset and has facilitated once in a lifetime opportunities for students to meet their heroes. Historian Professor Ann McGrath was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and Philosopher Professor Philip Pettit was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC). The College also welcomed a new Dean earlier this year, respected historian Professor Rae Francis.

Excitingly, the School of Music and School of Art and Design respectively produced the music and glass trophies for next year's Australian of the Year Awards. Both were unveiled to the public last week.

Shine on ANU Art and Design

This year is the 40th anniversary of the ANU School of Art and Design - a jewel in the crown of not just ANU, but Canberra and the region. Graduates of the School have gone on to make their mark nationally and internationally. Many of our alumni - along with current staff and students - will again be showcased in the preeminent Design Canberra Festival, which CASS is proud to be a gold sponsor of. A key event in Design Canberra will be the School's Graduating Exhibition, which features the works of graduating students across all its workshops and is open to the public.

Field work funding for students

The ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology recently won $200,000 in New Colombo Plan funding to help students from around the University take part in the Vietnam Field School. The field school is run jointly with Fenner School, and students participating next year and in 2019 will receive funding towards travel and study costs.

New paths for School of Philosophy

The School has embarked on new directions with the creation of the Centre for the Philosophy of the Science, with Director Dr Rachael Brown, and involvement in an Australian education TV series and US podcast series. Professor Christian Barry was the lead consultant for the ABC-TV Education series, Ethics Matters, and has also created an ethics curriculum the ACT Government will introduce to secondary schools in 2018. The School will also host the third season of popular podcast Hi-Phi Nation, by Barry Lam in 2018, which has a worldwide listenership of more than 300,000.

Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography

The ANU National Centre for Biography has launched a four-year project to document the lives of around 400 of Australia's leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography aims to help redress the chronic under-representation and lack of awareness of Indigenous biography in Australia.