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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 101 | 24–28 December 2018


Acting Director's Message

Dear Colleagues

Thanks to all staff in RSPE who contributed to what has been a very successful year for the School.

Have great break for the festive season, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Best wishes



2019 Major Equipment Committee Grants Scheme (MEC)

Reminder that applications for the ANU 2019 Major Equipment Committee Grants Scheme (MEC) are open and due to the College Research Office by Monday, 14 January 2019.

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End-of-Year University Close-Down Period

The Vice-Chancellor has confirmed that the University will be closed from close of business Monday, 24 December 2018 until Tuesday, 1 January 2019, and reopening on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

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Admin Arrangements

There will be limited administrative support from Wednesday, 2 January to Friday, 4th January 2019 but the following administrators will be available to provide admin assistance:

Nikki Azzopardi – Reception

Gaye Carney

Sonia Padrun

Belinda Barbour

Departmental administration coverage will return to normal from Monday, 7 January 2019.


JCOS Career Development Framework

The ANU Joint Colleges of Science invite Higher Degree Research student to participate in the JCOS Career Development Framework – this is an opportunity for HDR students to develop and get recognition for transferable skills, discipline-specific training, industry connections and experiences to be managed.

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Nominations are being sought for the Janet Elspeth Postgraduate Leadership Prize.

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Jaeger Hub Staffing Arrangements

Please see details below regarding the Jaeger Hub staffing arangements over the festive period.

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HR Team Notifications

Did you know that you can assign your approval delegation whilst you are on leave to a person who can action on your behalf.  Navigation: HORUS> nav bar > Main menu > Self Service > Manage Delegation

If you require any further assistance, contact HR team on:


Finance Team Notifications

Note that it is mandatory to purchase stationery, office supplies and furniture from WINC. See more.

2019 ARC Acquittal Statement period.  RSPE’s College Finance team asks that all CIs and Administrators please, liaise and respond to all queries and requests from the Finance team members during this very critical ARC Statement period.


Research Office Notifications

Two ARC Centres of Excellence from Professor Dragomir Neshev and Professor Ping Koy Lam were submitted to the ARC on 19 Dec. We wish them positive outcomes next year.

The European Commission have created the Funding & Tenders Portal to allow searching for EU funding and tender opportunities, and managing grants and contracts in one place. Whether you are an SME looking to bid for an EU procurement contract or an NGO having won an EU grant, it is just one click to get involved.


Equity and Diversity

Too often, the burden of work involved in increasing diversity and inclusivity at conferences and events falls on those from under-represented groups. Read more here.




Director's Office
Tim Senden will be away on field work during the summer. The acting Director will be as follows:

30 Nov – 18 Jan : Ken Baldwin
21 - 25 Jan : Cedric Simenel
28 Jan - 1 Feb : Lan Fu

Sue Wigley, Director's EA, will also be away until the 11 Jan 2019.  Belinda Barbour will be acting in this role until then.


DQS HOD Leave Arrangements

Prof John Close is away from 9 Dec until 10 January 2019. Acting HOD will be:

10 Dec - 1 January: Nick Robbins 

2 - 10 January: Joe Hope 


NP HOD Leave Arrangements

Prof Andrew Stuchbery will be away from the 24 December until the 14 January.  Dr Tibor Kibedi will be Acting HoD for the period.


RSPE Orientation

Every Monday at 10:00am all new starters are invited to meet at reception to have a short tour of the School’s central areas and receive a welcome pack.

Bookings are not required.


Building Update

Two weeks ahead


RSPE Contacts

Admin Team

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates


Other - 14 January

25th International Physics Summer School -

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