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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 1 | 7–11 January 2019


Acting Director's Message

Dear RSPE staff and students

A Happy New Year and welcome back after the holiday period.

I hope that you had a good break and are now refreshed and energised for the year ahead.

Many of you will be thinking about writing ARC proposals (DP and DECRAs), so I encourage you to take advantage of the School and College review system in the first week of February.  In the meantime, liaise closely with your supervisor and your Head of Department on your proposed topic, and good luck with putting your proposal together over the coming month.

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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Study solves mystery of how atoms split during fission

Scientists from the ANU and the University of Tsukuba have solved an 80-year-old mystery of how atoms split during nuclear fission, in a discovery that improves understanding about which atoms can form in star explosions and collisions in space.  See more.


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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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

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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