The ANU Union
ANU Union Inc. – 2019 Election of Directors to the Union board of Directors.
“Live Uni Life”
It is our vision that the ANU Union should be the social heart of the ANU. A place where students, staff and visitors can come to relax, eat and socialise. We aim to provide our members with services that are appropriate to their needs. As the ANU Union is owned by its members (students), all the profits go back into the business to continue the ongoing improvement of services. It is hoped that by making the ANU Union the best it can be, we can assist students to fully engage in uni life.
History of the Union
The Union was set up in 1965 to provide a meeting place for students, graduates and staff. The original charter indicated that the Union would be an incorporated body based on “sound business principles”.
The Union evolved from the Student’s Association. It concentrated on small scale activities such as debates, films, music, food and even art exhibitions.
In 1965 the Union was established in what is now the Pauline Griffin Building and in 1973 it moved to building 20, where it operated a number of services and food outlets offering fresh affordable tasty meals and snacks within the Union building (building 20) and around the ANU campus. The Union offered students with a place to socialise and relax, and was a leading live music venue and also provided venues and catering for all types of functions.
In August 2017 the Union had to move out of building 20 due to the Kambri development.
Future of the Union
Joint media statement – ANU and ANU Union – 22nd Nov 2018
The ANU Union Inc. have announced new plans that will see the ANU Union continue to provide services for students at the University.
Chair of the Board of Directors of the ANU Union Inc Tom Lindenmayer said the Union was excited to commence occupying the ground floor space known as ‘ANU Commons’ to provide students with additional options for food, beverage and function services on the ANU campus.
“This space will allow the Union to once again meet its constitutional objectives by providing discounted food and beverage options for students, a common meeting space, and by distributing its profits back to the student body,” Tom Lindenmayer said.
“The new space will be developed to include a modern bar, beer gardens, food hall (with multiple food and beverage outlets), café and functions space. “
The Australian National University and the ANU Union have been working hard to ensure the space is a place where all students feel welcome, while having a minimal impact on residents in the surrounding buildings.
The Australian National University’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Grange said the University was pleased to have been able to make the space work for the ANU Union and for students.
Fit-out work for the new premises will start in the next few days with the Union scheduled to open during the first semester of 2019.
“We are really looking forward to providing students with updates throughout the process, including on the various offerings which will be provided and likely launch dates,” Tom Lindenmayer said
“Updates on this process will be available through the ANU Union’s social media platforms and website.”