News You Might Have Missed: Mid-Semester Break

By Anthea Dockrill 


The 3 Minute Thesis final was held on 12 September. Twelve finalists delivered a three minute presentation on their thesis for the opportunity to win up to $4000 in prize money and the chance to compete in the Asia-Pacific grand final. Ankur Sharma was awarded first place, while Rommel Real was runner up. Katherine Cox won the People’s Choice Award

The Bachelor of Philosophy – Arts and Social Science (PhB Arts) program will no longer accept applications from 2020 due to low enrolment numbers. Current students enrolled in the PhB Arts course will not be affected and CASS Deputy Dean and Associate Dean of Education Royston Gustavson have suggested that a similar degree may be created to commence Semester 1, 2020.

Professor Keith Nugent has been appointed as ANU’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at La Trobe University and will commence his duties at ANU starting early 2019.


A Harry Hartog bookstore will be opening in the new Kambri development. The shop will stock textbooks, other books, and stationery, and open at the start of next year. ANU confirmed that this will be the only bookshop in Kambri, meaning Co-op will not have a place.

ANU has banned the use of portable gas barbecues on campus after an incident during preparations for Open Day. WHS Officials are re evaluating risk assessments in order to release the ban . ANUSA is having clubs use the permanent campus barbecues, such as those at Fellows Oval, for events.

Higher Education

The School of Music’s H-Course, an advanced music program for senior high school students, will be discontinued from 2019 due to a termination of government funding. ACT Arts funds will instead be directed towards music programs aimed at the wider community, such as ‘Girls Rock’ and the ‘Developing Musicians Program’.


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