VC’s Update – fossil fuels and bringing about positive changes in gender balance

28 October 2016

Hello everyone

One of the key highlights of my week was taking part in a meeting with students to talk about investment/divestment and fossil fuels over pizza on Monday. We had a great turnout, probably the biggest yet, and I was very pleased to be able to talk to so many students about the issues that are concerning them.  We had a very robust and useful discussion, and I look forward to progressing some of the ideas from the meeting.

Increasing the opportunities for women to progress into senior academic levels of the University is a key priority for me. I was therefore very pleased to attend the inaugural meeting for the STEM component of the Male Champions of Change at the beginning of this week in Sydney. Male Champions of Change brings together men who hold positions of power and influence to help bring about gender equality in organisations and institutions. It is interesting to have a bunch of male business and academic leaders getting together to talk about gender diversity.

On Wednesday the inaugural Women in Research Citation Awards were held at ANU. The awards recognise early to mid-career female researchers whose work has been highly cited. Twelve leading researchers across science, social sciences and the humanities were recognised including Dr Rachel Wood from ANU.

Congratulations also goes to ANU alumna, Ellen Cliff, who has been named the Queensland Rhodes Scholar for 2017. As we all know, competition for these scholarships is intense and it is an outstanding achievement to receive this award. Ellen will be off to Oxford in 2017 to take part in a world leading marine science project. I'd also like to congratulate Professor Robyn Lucas, who has been awarded the 2016 John James Foundation Tony Ayers Prize for Excellence in Translational Medicine for her work on multiple sclerosis. We are very proud of their achievements.

Finally I would like to highlight the Academic Board, which is tasked with ensuring the University maintains the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research. The Board produces a digest after all of their meetings. You are encouraged to subscribe to this digest if you would like more information about the Board meetings.

Have a great weekend,

Brian