I’ll be holding a series of discussion forums for the ANU community from Friday 15 March through Thursday 21 March, and would be delighted to have you participate. You can register here.
The forums will be an opportunity to discuss the year ahead for ANU, and, indeed, for our sector.
While our students have just started the first weeks of classes, we’ve already had an extraordinary start to 2013.
The bushfire at Siding Spring Observatory tested our community and our fire preparedness. We can be very glad that no one was hurt, and the core facilities suffered limited damage. We can be especially proud of our community response to the crisis – the staff who responded to the fire and its aftermath, and everyone who generously contributed to the ANU Bushfire Appeal, which raised more than $25,000 for ANU staff who lost homes and belongings in the fire.
It was also my very great honour at the beginning of February to announce the generous $50 million gift from Graham and Louise Tuckwell to support the transformational Tuckwell Scholarship program.
There is much to look forward to at ANU this year, and I look forward to speaking with you in coming weeks.