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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 1 | 6–10 January 2020


Dear Staff and Students,

Happy New Year. I hope that you had a good break, at least not a too distressful one. With the State of Alert being declared for the ACT, please be vigilant, stay safe and keep up to date with ESA advice.

Please note the message from the Provost below.

Hoe Tan
Acting Physics Director


Message from Provost

Dear all

In light of the hazardous smoke conditions across the ACT and surrounds, we have decided to close the Acton, Mt Stromlo and Kioloa campuses to all but essential staff from midnight today Thursday 2 January until 9am Tuesday 7 January.  

There is no immediate threat to the campus and this is a precautionary measure to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. 

If you are essential staff, you will be contacted by a relevant University officer.  

We’ll send a further update about the campus’ re-opening to you at 11am Monday via email, the web and social media.   

You will be paid as per usual arrangements, and the closure does not affect your planned leave.     

If you wish to work from home and can, you are welcome to do so. 

Staff who are volunteering with the RFS will have access to extra leave, with ANU matching the Australian Government’s 20 extra days of paid leave.  

For staff directly affected by the fires, if you are unable to return to Canberra, or require extra support, the University will provide access to ex-gratia leave.  

In both these scenarios, please contact HR Division for assistance [email]

With fires and smoke having a major impact across the nation, the University strongly encourages everyone to stay up-to-datewith emergency advice.   

The ACT Emergency Services Authority has asked that all people in Canberra and surrounds  familiarise themselves with the ESA website at or social media accounts and download the "Fires Near Me" app to their phone.    

For those outside of the ACT and surrounds, please check the relevant State emergency authority website.    

The ABC is the national emergency broadcaster [go to]. 

ANU provides all staff with access to support and counselling through the Employee Assistance program which can be reached on 1800 808 374.     

We will post additional information on mental health and wellbeing, as well as links to critical services, to the ANU website shortly.    

In all circumstances, please prioritise your own safety and that of your family by making sure your fire plan is up-to-date and remain aware of the danger where you are, bearing in mind circumstances can change quickly. 

This is a difficult summer and is affecting many people. It is important we care for ourselves and one another as we deal with these unprecedented challenges.  
Professor Mike Calford 
Acting ANU Vice-Chancellor  
2 January 2020


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Director's Office
Tim Senden will be away from 1 - 31 Jan. The acting Director will be Hoe Tan.

John Close will be on leave 1-29 Jan, Ben Buchler will be acting HoD during this period.

Patrick Kluth will be away 12 Dec-12 Jan, Hoe Tan will be acting HoD during this period.

Andrew Stuchbery will be away 23 Dec - 2 Feb. Tibor Kibedi will be acting HoD during this period.


Staff Availability

Admin Arrangements

There will be limited administrative support over the holiday period with the following staff available to provide assistance:

7 - 10 January

Julie Arnold
Nikki Azzopardi
Gaye Carney 
Kath Hicks
Josephine Ivanic
Petra Rickman

Please email with any enquiries.


HDR and PEC Arrangements

7 to 10 January

Luda Mangos (away 7th)
Karen Nulty
Elena Ostrovskaya

Please email or with any enquiries


Purchasing and Stores

7 to 10 January

Hannah Phan
Goran Radovamovic (away 8th)
Patrick Romero Aquilera

Please email with any enquiries.



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