A message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor (NSW/ACT) Professor Marea Nicholson:
I wish to welcome you all back to a new year at ACU. I hope that each of you had a restful break and enjoyed time with friends and family over the Christmas and New Year period.
The start of the year has provided a number of challenges, including the threatened and actual disruption to public transport. I appreciate the many ways staff and their supervisors are working to ensure that our Sydney campuses’ services and critical national functions are being delivered.
Please take a moment to look at our Sydney campuses' calendar to see what we have planned for the year ahead. As in previous years, a calendar of events for 2018 has been prepared so that groups across the University are aware of activities on campus, and avoid unnecessary clashes which may impact on potential attendance at events.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the developments and improvements happening on both our Sydney campuses.
Construction is due to commence early this year on the Strathfield Campus underground carpark, which will provide parking for over 300 vehicles. It is envisaged that this will be completed late 2018. Also on the Strathfield Campus, H Block refurbishment is almost complete, providing three new creative arts learning spaces. There are currently a number of office relocations being completed prior to the commencement of Semester 1.
Other new works will include five new state of the art learning spaces in Tenison Woods House, North Sydney, which are being constructed in time for Semester 2. The relocation of the nursing and science labs to Level 2 of the James Carroll Building in North Sydney are due to be completed over the next few months. Associated with these works, the sports court's reinstatement is planned for late 2018.
Continuing on from the huge success of the Collaborate Plus Space at North Sydney, a second Collaborate Plus Space is opening up on the Strathfield Campus. Collaborate Plus aims to support students, staff, alumni, startups and small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are working on innovative projects or business ideas. The space will offer free working space, free high speed WiFi, seven days a week access, complimentary tea and coffee and access to collaborative meeting spaces. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new staff member Anthony Bayss, who is working as the Collaborate Plus Project Officer at Strathfield.
As the year commences, we continue to find new ways to live out our University Mission. Our re-engagement strategy with the local Strathfield community has continued. ACU’s Exercise Lifestyle Clinic, which opened its doors to 50 local residents, has helped rebuild relationships with the community. Another clinic is planned for early this year. Engagement has commenced and relationships are being built with Strathfield and North Sydney’s newly elected Councillors and Mayors.
Thank you to everyone for your contribution to our many projects and activities as we commence 2018.