Message to all staff from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
I hope you had a restful and safe Easter break. I took some time off and enjoyed spending some down time cooking and renovating an old wardrobe.
You will have seen the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor's announcement last week that the University will make offers to year 12 students based on their year 11 results to study at ANU in 2021. They just need to complete year 12.
I am very proud of this initiative. It provides domestic students with certainty, in a period plagued by uncertainty. It alleviates some of the anxiety final year students will be experiencing due the disruption to their studies. And it's the right thing to do. As the national university, we must show leadership and innovation to ensure our future leaders are provided with the pathway to success.
More information about this policy is available here.
I also wanted to address some reports you may have seen relating to student concerns with teaching quality. The University responded quickly to the public health need to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus by being one of the first universities to move to remote working and learning. I thank everyone for their efforts to make this transition as smooth as possible.
We always expected there would be some teething problems, and we appreciate student feedback to help us understand some of those issues. We are working with course convenors, student representatives and student support staff to find solutions and improvements.
But I wish to make one thing clear. While the teaching might be different, the teachers are not. Our students are being taught by some of the best academics in the world. We will continue to work together to ensure students are engaged in their studies and receive the world class education they deserve.