Council News – 7 April 2017

2 May 2017

ANU Academic Plan 2017-2023

The Council has endorsed the ANU Academic Plan 2017-2023, which was presented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The Plan, which has been circulated broadly through the University for feedback, including through the University's Education Committee and Academic Board, underpins the University's strategic objective of building on a culture of academic excellence so that ANU will be recognised, unambiguously, as one of the world's great universities. Key actions include:

  • regenerating academic recruitment policies and procedures to reflect the performance expectations of the world's best universities, and global best practice in diversity;
  • ensuring all staff with teaching responsibilities will meet the requirements of an ANU Higher Education Academy fellowship (or equivalent);
  • designing and implementing a multi-dimensional instrument that captures student sentiment concerning learning and teaching and staff sentiment concerning learners and the learning environment; and
  • constructing state of the art physical and digital infrastructure in Union Court which prioritise the needs of teachers of the University's largest courses.

2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Council has received and approved the 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements for the University. It reports that the University continues to achieve high accolades in terms of research, education and public policy excellence, and 2016 was a successful year across a variety of disciplines and endeavours. The Annual Report will be made publicly available on the ANU website, once it has been tabled in Federal Parliament.

Socially Responsible Investment

The Council received its annual update on the implementation of the Socially Responsible Investment Policy. Driving an investment approach that demonstrates our commitment to social responsibility and sustainability ensures we are recognised nationally and globally as a leader on issues of critical importance. The University continues to manage the delicate balance between these objectives and the need to provide the University with financial stability.  The Council was pleased to note that by December 2016, the CO2 intensity of the domestic equity portfolio was 26.5 per cent lower than the ASX200 Index. We have also improved our ESG rating by 10.7 per cent relative to the benchmark. Our next challenge is to look at our overseas investments to bring them into line with the achievements we have made domestically. 

Research School of Physics and Engineering Precinct Master Plan

The Council has approved the Research School of Physics and Engineering Precinct Master Plan, which provides a strategic framework to guide the redevelopment of that part of the campus, enable RSPE to reach its potential for growth and excellence in research and learning, and provide high performance facilities that are in need of improvement. The Master Plan provides for a staged re-development over a period of years, and will include the relocation of the Department of Quantum Science from Physics North, to the RSPE precinct.

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC