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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 16 | 25–29 April 2016



School Services
Mr Stewart Hilton, School Manager, commencing at RSPE Tuesday 26 April.  Stewart joins us from CECS and brings to our School a broad managerial experience from the private sector.  Please join me in welcoming Stewart to the school community and make yourself known to him.


ANU Strategic vision forums

ANU is embarking on a journey to build a new vision and strategic plan for the University. 

A series of forums to shape the new strategic vision for the University have commenced, you are encouraged to have your say.

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Gender Equity Insights 2016

From The RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

The persistent gender pay gap is an economic, political and social issue. Gender pay gaps do not always signal direct discrimination, but remain problematic for a number of reasons. They represent poorer outcomes for women in terms of economic and personal freedoms; lost human capital potential and investment; and an impairment of economic growth for a nation looking to remain competitive on a global scale.

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Research Supervision Development

Strictly limited places are available for two sessions for supervisors of research students. These sessions will be run again in Semester 2, so please join the waitlist if full.


Performance and Development Supervisor Familiarisation Sessions : May 2016

In September 2015 the University introduced a new on-line Performance Development Review (PDR) form for both Academic and Professional staff to replace the existing paper based process.   

This process has automated the workflow and is supported by data integration with a number of our key systems including ANU Insight (Statement of Academic Activity) and the Human Resources Management System (HRMS).

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Supervisor training course

ANU HDR supervisors have the opportunity to take up the following professional development activities offered by the research training team in the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) and you are encouraged to attend if you can.  The professional development being offered is specific to your needs as a supervisor of HDR students. Come along and learn from experienced peers and share your own knowledge of supervision.  This is also an opportunity to build collegial networks across the ANU.

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The United Uranium Scholarship

The recipient of the scholarship will receive up to AUS$6,000.  For further informartion please refer the website.

Closing date: 2 May 2016

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Wednesday 27th April 2016, from 12.30pm

Oliphant Link BBQ Area

All RSPE staff, students & visitors welcome!

Cost ~ $10 RSVP required.

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Work experience is a great way to engage high school students and convince them to come to ANU. Last week, Claire, Year 12, spent the week in PEC and made a major contribution to Science Week activities later in the year. On the last day, Work Experience, Meristem and Questacon came together in the lab as Lachlan demonstrated the Ruben’s Tube. Andrew Papworth


Prof Barry Ninham

Celebrated his 80th Birthday recently with colleagues in Applied Maths.


Caught out and about at lunchtime... One of the many sporting activities our staff undertake


Physics Education Centre

The inaugural students from the Photonics Masters program as well as tutors, academics and associates went on an excursion to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during mid-semester break on the 11th of April.   We contemplated the science of light in Nature and the Outdoors, enjoyed games and a BBQ in the presence of kangaroos and emus.  Many thanks to the tutors who assisted in organising the event.


Networking - PhD students in science

Bethany Ellis, RSES PhD student, is organising a networking event for female PhD students in science, as part of a leadership course she is completing. Any female students who are interested in helping to organise and/or in attending should get in contact Bethany direct



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