It was great last week to have the first of the town hall meetings to discuss the new vision for ANU.
We had about 65 people at each of the sessions, and I was very pleased to see that everyone took part with such enthusiasm, despite an technical issue at the second event.
The theme of the new plan will be Enabling Excellence. It will realise the collective wisdom of the whole university as we move to the future and be a vision and plan that reflects the views of all of us.
I was very interested to see the range of responses - and the words that people chose to describe ANU. I will be fascinated to see how those words change with different groups and over time.
If you haven't come along yet, then please register for one of the upcoming sessions -please see dates and other details below, I would love to see you there.
I was also very pleased to take part in a panel event last week to reinforce the Pledge. For people who missed this event, you will find information about the Pledge on the website. I would encourage everyone to play a part in this by thinking about what you can do to make the campus safer and to create a culture of respect for everyone.
Last week we had Kim Beazley on campus. He spoke to a full house of about 1300 people at Llewellyn Hall about the U.S. election, with a conversation afterwards with the US Ambassador moderated by ABC's Michael Brissenden. His insights into the US election were fascinating and it was wonderful to host him back on campus.
Another event that I was very proud to attend was an event hosted by the French Embassy Residence. It was a ceremony to present the Insignia of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour to Professor Serge Tcherkézoff, Head of Partnership of the ANU Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and it was hosted by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Needless to say, on behalf of the whole University, I was extremely proud of Professor Tcherkézoff, who was presented with this highly deserved award, and the hosts did the celebratory champagne, particularly well!
We also welcomed on campus many international dignitaries on Thursday for an event recognising the Paris Climate Agreement. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Marnie Hughes-Warrington represented me at the forum which was jointly presented by the ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the Delegation of the European Union to Australia, the French Embassy and the United States Embassy.
I'll report back next week about my week in Europe, the results of the ANUpoll on Tax and Equity, and the Federal Budget.
With best wishes
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Sessions - please select session to go through to booking form.
Session 6, Monday 9 May, 2.30-3.30pm INNOVATIONS THEATRE (cancelled)
Session 7, Tuesday 10 May, 3-4pm THEATRE 1, HEDLEY BULL CENTRE (cancelled)
Session 8, Tuesday 10 May, 4.30-5.30pm THEATRE 1, HEDLEY BULL CENTRE (cancelled)
Session 9, Wednesday 11 May, 1.30-2.30pm FORESTRY THEATRE (cancelled)