Indigenous Studies success earns centre new home

2 October 2014

A decade of achievements for the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) has been capped off by a move to refurbished offices at the John Yencken building.

The Centre has drawn the University's attention with its successes, such as securing two grants for research into cricket in Indigenous communities from the ARC and a $2 million grant for recording the stories of Indigenous service personnel since the Boer war.

"The newly renovated building is perfect for our purposes. We've got ample space to fit everyone in," says the Centre's Director, Professor Mick Dodson AM.

"We're not cramped up, like we were; there's been a real boost in morale. We're all back together again."

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Harding says that since opening a decade ago, NCIS has become a flagship centre for ANU.

"NCIS contributes a great deal to the ANU research community across a broad range of Indigenous subject matters and its experts are regularly sought out for commission research and public policy advice," Professor Harding says.

Professor Dodson also thanked the ANU College of Law and its Dean, Professor Steven Bottomley, for their ongoing support.

"The simple fact of the matter is that we've expanded primarily due to our success in grant-seeking. And it's not only grants, quite a number of our staff are sort after as good research partners by other institutions, which is a plus to the University's reputation."

Professor Dodson also praised the work of Facilities and Services in keeping staff up to date during the renovations.

"We had regular weekly meetings, it was our choice of carpet, furniture and paint. It was a very consultative process," he says.


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