The Cup & Spoon (aka Noticeboard)

College Executive Update - 3 Feb 2017

The College executive

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back!  Or, for those of you who did not go away, hello! 

I have been advised that the advent of February means that it is no longer appropriate to say ‘Happy New Year’, but I say ‘who cares?’ – Happy New Year!  Whatever the year holds in prospect for you, I hope that it is fulfilling.  I look forward to working with you.

For those who are able to attend, we will soon have our annual Commencement Dinner – on Thursday 16 February at Vivaldi’s Restaurant (with the upcoming demolition work in Union Court, this is the final time we will be able to use that venue for our Commencement Dinner).   Our guest speaker for the night will be Her Honour Chief Justice Helen Murrell of the ACT Supreme Court.  If you are able to attend, I encourage you to do so.

In September last year, I began the practice of circulating fortnightly updates of matters that are currently being considered by the College Executive team.  In the remainder of this email I provide the first of these updates for 2017.   Current matters are:


Not surprisingly, much of the focus at this time of year is on enrolments.  Because many of our programs take in enrolments across the year (particularly LLM and GDLP) it is difficult at this stage to make conclusive comments about numbers, although at this stage both of these programs are currently showing reduced numbers compared to this time last year.  Some good work is underway for both of these programs to boost their enrolments.

With regard to the LLBHons and JDC programs we can be a bit more certain (though the numbers are still coming in).  With the increased ATAR requirement (98), our LLBHons first year numbers are significantly reduced from the intake last year (at this stage, approximately 50%); as you will recall, a reduction in undergraduate numbers was the aim.  The JDC numbers have also reduced, and we are looking into possible reasons for this. 

Migration Law numbers are approximately the same as this time last year.  JDO enrolments are also holding steady on last year’s numbers.

Other matters:

  • The Working Group that is looking at the internal restructuring of the College, following on from the November Retreat, has met in December and January, and is due to meet next week to finalise its deliberations.  More to follow soon….
  • We are still waiting on a final decision from the University Executive about our proposed increase to the building renovation budget; I am pursuing this.
  • Shift of Migration Law program from Grad Certificate to Grad Diploma – a Proposal has been submitted to the Dept of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • National Centre for Indigenous Studies – by amicable arrangement we have now ceased to provide administrative support to NCIS as they move to be a self-sufficient Centre within the University.

These are the current matters; there is a list of upcoming issues, including development of a law school academic appointment round – again, more to come on this.

Regards, Stephen
Dean, ANU College of Law

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