Message from the Principal - COVID-19

Our thoughts are with every member of the Burgmann and ANU communities as we all continue to confront the unprecedented and evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our lives.

We extend our best wishes to all who have been impacted and express our sincere gratitude to all essential workers for their tireless dedication.

In uncertain times, community really matters. It especially matters in this period where we are being advised to practise social isolation. At Burgmann we are proud to be part of an international community, with a wonderful cohort of residents, staff, alumni and friends.  As we work through these challenging times, l am heartened enormously by how everyone has come together and supported one another. Remaining connected during these extraordinary times is more important than ever.

The health and wellbeing of our entire Burgmann community is our primary concern. Following guidance from ANU, the Australian Government and ACT Health we have closed our undergraduate residence and moved those residents who are unable to return home into the postgraduate village. We are committed to supporting those residents who are unable to return home and will continue to do so in every way possible. 

As our daily interactions are moving online, our sense of the Burgmann community is vital.  Whilst we cannot, for now, come together on campus, we can continue to interact virtually. Whilst we will be cancelling or postponing a number of special events, we are working on ways to support connectivity, to share insights, advice and opportunities.

These are very challenging times for Burgmann, and we are deeply thankful for your support, especially for our current and future residents.

Our Alumni are the greatest ambassadors and role models, and as a proud Burgmann Alumna l am heartened and proud of our alumni volunteers and appreciate your dedication and commitment at every level, sincere thanks for all that you do for our community.

I would like to thank those who are already supporting the College and thanks also to those who have offered support – your generosity has never been more welcomed and needed.

I would like to also take this opportunity to introduce our Director of Advancement, Debra Adamidis, who comes to us with a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas I know she would be delighted to speak to any who wish to find out more about supporting the College, particularly at this time - debra.adamidis@burgmann.anu.edu.au / 0482 666 113.

Thank you for being part of the Burgmann community. I remain positive and hopeful in these difficult times, knowing that the Burgmann spirit is strong. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the College when we are able, until then stay safe and stay connected.