We have a great year ahead of us at The Australian National University, and I am delighted to invite you to join me as we begin, on our 70th Anniversary, to write the next chapter of our history.
I'm delighted to lead ANU, one of the great universities of the world and an asset to all Australians.
This university is special. I could not have been part of the team that won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics without the intellectual environment, support network and freedom that this campus provided me as a 27 year-old astrophysicist.
It is an enormous privilege to now lead this place that nurtured me and have the opportunity to make sure that everyone who is part of ANU is provided with the tools and support to be their very best.
I am extremely fortunate to begin my tenure as Vice-Chancellor with the University in a strong position. My predecessor, Professor Ian Young AO, did a magnificent job building on the University's reputation as a centre for world-leading research and education.
The Excellence in Research for Australia results in November last year confirmed that ANU leads the nation in research excellence, with the QS rankings a few months earlier put us in the world's top 20.
We stand tall amongst our peers, one of only 11 members of the International Alliance of Research Universities.
During my term as Vice-Chancellor, we will build on our reputation for excellence and be defined by excellence. Excellence in research, excellence in education, excellence in everything we do.
I will be asking all members of the ANU community - researchers, teachers, technical and professional staff and students to focus on being great.
Together we will build on the University's reputation for providing a great educational experience, our ambition to offer education that is easily on par with our peers at the top echelon of global universities. The world of education and teaching is changing rapidly, and to give our students the best possible opportunities, we need to be a leader in educational innovation.
This University has been built on the foundation of great research - research that has had a profound influence on our nation, and contributed to global advances across science and humanities. Attracting the brightest minds to ANU, and nurturing and supporting them to make discoveries, to invent, to innovate, to influence and shape our world is our national role.
We will build on our role as a great resource for this nation, deepening our collaboration with government, industry and the not-for-profit sectors.
Our motto points to our role in shaping the future, to be the first to know the nature of things.
I believe that by working together, we can make sure that ANU secures its rightful place amongst the great universities of the world.
I want you to tell me what makes you proud of this University, and what could make it better, I invite you to participate in the coming months in the staff forums I will host as part of a Listening Tour of the campus.
I encourage you to come along to one of these sessions to share your ANU vision.
Please feel free to leave me a comment and I look forward to meeting you over the coming months.