VC’s Update – Interim discussion paper on the future of the School of Music

2 May 2016

One thing that is very clear from the first round of consultations is that there is a shared desire across our community to put the past behind us, and to re-establish enthusiasm for the School and its role at ANU, in Canberra and internationally.

Dear all

As many people around ANU know, one of the first tasks I took on when I became Vice-Chancellor was to resolve the issues around the ANU School of Music, and to ensure a strong vibrant future for the school.

I appointed Professor Andrew Podger AO to undertake a comprehensive community consultation about the School's future so that we would have the deep understanding we needed to make the best possible decisions.

Professor Podger has today released his Discussion Paper and I encourage all of you who are interested in music and our music school to take part in the next part of the consultation by responding to the questions the paper raises.

One thing that is very clear from the first round of consultations is that there is a shared desire across our community to put the past behind us, and to re-establish enthusiasm for the School and its role at ANU, in Canberra and internationally.  

There is no one person or group of people responsible for the difficulties the School has had over many years but it is clear from the discussion paper that the University has not handled the challenges facing the School very well. I want to see us do better.

Professor Podger also identifies that the School faces real financial challenges. Regardless of which option or options we pursue for the School in the future, the University will need to continue to provide strategic financial support to the School and we will need to also seek the support of the ACT Government and the Canberra community to help the School contribute to the life of the city.

This discussion paper gives us all something very tangible to think about. Please do have your say on the options and the issues raised. I hope that the next stage of Professor Podger's work will help us find the right approach for our School, one that is both affordable and consistent with the ANU vision of international excellence in education, a strong research focus and contribution to society.

With best wishes

Brian

Download the Interim Discussion Paper [pdf 1.14kb]

Submissions should address the core choices and issues highlighted in the conclusion,as well as the questions identified throughout the paper, indicating preferred directions, for the School. These should be emailed to somconsultations@anu.edu.au by 4 June 2016. Professor Podger will also be arranging meetings with selected individuals and groups in June, before preparing a final report.

If it is more convenient for you please respond through our submission form.  

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