The University of Sydney
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (EDUCATION) PORTFOLIO NEWS
TUESDAY 29 MAY 2012
Dear Colleagues
 
WELCOME
Welcome to our new quarterly portfolio newsletter. This newsletter will keep you informed about the great work that is happening within the portfolio and celebrate our achievements.

Welcome to our new quarterly portfolio newsletter. This newsletter will keep you informed about the great work that is happening within the portfolio and celebrate our achievements.

We are a large and diverse group, that functions together as a coherent whole due to your individual and departmental efforts. You, as portfolio staff, make a valuable, ongoing contribution to enhancing the student experience and achieving the University's strategic goals.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Professor Tyrone Carlin to the new position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations). This new position will compliment Professor Marie Caroll’s re-titled position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs).

Thank you for your contribution to the work of the portfolio thus far.  I look forward to continuing our good work throughout 2012 and beyond.

I hope you enjoy reading about our portfolio in this newsletter. If you have any feedback, or would like to make a contribution to subsequent editions of the newsletter, please reply to this email.

Professor Derrick Armstrong
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar

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RECENT EVENTS
Students experience Hogwarts!
From the perspective of a nine-year-old, the Quadrangle is Hogwarts Castle, so it was appropriate that flying toys and alchemy were on the agenda at the recent Year 3 Introduction to University Day.
From the perspective of a nine-year-old, the Quadrangle is Hogwarts Castle, so it was appropriate that flying toys and alchemy were on the agenda at the recent Year 3 Introduction to University Day.
700 curious, smiling, energetic primary school students and their teachers from our thirteen partner primary schools, spent the day touring, talking, and testing in the first of many experiences at the University.  The Social Inclusion Unit’s Compass program, who run the Year 3 Day, welcomed three more high schools onto their programs this year, giving them 25 school partners in Sydney plus new partnerships with regional areas.  The Compass program's activity continues to increase in depth and breadth and our collaborative work with four other Sydney based universities grows and intensifies.

The work of Compass sits alongside the University’s continued efforts to widen participation and increase the diversity of our student cohort through the Widening Participation Scholars Network and associated grants and projects and our expanded pathways and support programs.

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Helping our students thrive
Free yoga classes, boot camps, a movie night and theatre sports helped our students connect with each other throughout Counselling and Psychological Services' inaugural 'Thrive' festival.
Free yoga classes, boot camps, a movie night and theatre sports helped our students connect with each other throughout Counselling and Psychological Services' inaugural 'Thrive' festival. The festival was held from 3-5 April and consisted of 3 days of fun, talks and sports aimed at promoting student mental health and wellbeing. Highlights of the festival included the launch by the Chancellor Professor Marie Bashir and a colourful and entertaining flashmob.

During the week of the Thrive Festival, the first Student Mental Health Census was delivered to all students via e-mail. 4125 students (8.2%) participated in the census-- an overwhelming response! The data will paint a picture of our students’ current mental health and help inform the development of future interventions to ensure our students Thrive!

Thrive Festival Vox Pop: What Makes You Thrive?

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Graduate recruitment season
March is graduate recruitment season. Employers are also online and on campus looking to recruit our students.
March is graduate recruitment season. Employers are also online and on campus looking to recruit our students.
A huge effort goes into promoting employer activity on the Careers Centre website, facebook page and around campus to ensure the events are successful.
The main event each year is the Careers Fair, this year held on 26 March. The fair provides an ideal opportunity for students to gain direct access to employers and ask questions that will give them the edge when it comes to finding graduate recruitment. Between this event and other fairs and presentations offered, over 5000 students were able to ask questions of 108 different employers.

This year, the Careers Centre has also worked collaboratively with faculties to enhance the students’ experience of life and study at the University. Careers have had input into mentoring programs in Law and Arts, career development sessions in Jumpstart your Science Career, career preparation for Education students and a professional development careers program for international students.

Find out about the services the Careers Centre offers to our students.
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OUR WORK
Sydney Student Update
The Sydney Student Program aims to provide you with improved support to make clear decisions, reduce risks and spend more time on valuable activities.
The Sydney Student Program aims to provide you with improved support to make clear decisions, reduce risks and spend more time on valuable activities. Its integrated online porthole offers our students a simplified, seamless relationship with the University and enables students to carry out tasks such as enrolment, paying fees, checking exam results and accessing timetables. The program will also define and manage the broader organisational changes required to fully harness the system’s benefits and deliver an improved student experience.

Your involvement in the design and implementation of Sydney Student is essential for the program’s success. You are encouraged to contribute feedback and subscribe to weekly updates through the Sydney Student website. Nominated staff participate in regular ‘sprint’ meetings, where they build requirements, processes and guide the developers on screen design and content.

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Enrolment working party looking forward
The Enrolment Working Party is chaired by the Director of the Student Centre, and includes representatives from the Student Centre, Sydney Student, International Student Office and Student Recruitment Unit, who work with divisional representatives to develop policies, procedures and communication strategies around enrolment.
The Enrolment Working Party is chaired by the Director of the Student Centre, and includes representatives from the Student Centre, Sydney Student, International Student Office and Student Recruitment Unit, who work with divisional representatives to develop policies, procedures and communication strategies around enrolment. The Working Party is just one of the several reporting to the SEG (Education) Commitee, chaired by Professor Armstrong.

2012 saw a dramatic increase in the number of UAC domestic enrolments, making this year's enrolment environment the most challenging for many years. Semester One, 2013 will mark the beginning of online enrolment for all new students. The Enrolment Working Party envisages that the new procedures put in place will provide a welcome improvement to the student experience.
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ON THE HORIZON
University app in development!
Semester Two will see the release of a new University mobile app, giving students and staff the flexibility to access University resources on-the-go.
Semester Two will see the release of a new University mobile app, giving students and staff the flexibility to access University resources on-the-go. The app will be available for both iPhone and Android devices and will allow you to access campus maps, University calendar and events, library resources, University directory and more! Students will also be able to log in to the University Learning Management System (LMS) and access their unit of study resources.

The app is being developed in conjunction by eLearning, Web and Print Production, Inofrmation and Communications Techonology and the Library.

Find out more about the work of Sydney eLearning
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CONTENTS
Welcome
Recent Events
Our work
On the horizon
Students experience Japanese tsunami
Portfolio Managers
What is the SSAF?
Resources
STUDENTS EXPERIENCE JAPANESE TSUNAMI
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In March 2012, almost one year after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, a group of 30 students from Tohoku University in Sendai, northern Japan used a five-week English course at the Centre for English Teaching (CET) as an opportunity to articulate their feelings about the disaster, and the grief accompanying the country's recovery.
In March 2012, almost one year after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, a group of 30 students from Tohoku University in Sendai, northern Japan used a five-week English course at the Centre for English Teaching (CET) as an opportunity to articulate their feelings about the disaster, and the grief accompanying the country's recovery.

The students prepared the project before their arrival in Sydney and gave their presentations at the conclusion of the course.
Agriculture student Mai Shimura, 21, fled from her university accommodation when the earthquake struck.
She said she first heard radio reports of fire and ‘’hundreds of bodies on the road’’, while in a refuge in a gym, and ‘’couldn’t believe what I had heard was real’’.
CET's Director, Mr Patrick Pheasant, said that speaking in another language allowed the students to talk about their experiences more directly than they might have in the past. ‘’I think it’s really powerful for them because they all wanted to stay and listen to each other’s stories,’’ he said.

Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald website.
PORTFOLIO MANAGERS
The Portfolio departments are managed by the following people.
The Portfolio departments are managed by the following people:
  • Ms Jordi Austin (Director, Student Support Services),
  • Mr Peter Ball (Director, International Student Office),
  • Assoc Professor Simon Barrie (Director, Learning and Teaching),
  • Ms Annette Cairnduff (Director, Social Inclusion),
  • Professor Tyrone Carlin (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations),
  • Professor Marie Carroll (Pro Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs),
  • Assoc Professor Rob Ellis (Director, eLearning and Learning Space),
  • Ms Gillian Luck (Director, Student Lifecycle Management),
  • Mr David Pacey (Executive Director and Portfolio Manager),
  • Ms Sally Paynter (Executive Officer)
  • Mr Patrick Pheasant (Director, Centre for English Teaching),
  • Assoc Professor Chris Roberts (Director, Community Engaged Teaching and Learning)
WHAT IS THE SSAF?
The SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee) was introduced by the Australian government in late 2011 as an initiative to increase student support and services in Australian universities.
The SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee) was introduced by the Australian government in late 2011 as an initiative to increase student support and services in Australian universities. The University of Sydney began charging the fee in the 2012 enrolment round. The introduction of the fee, together with identified priorities for funding, enables the University to further enhance the important co-curricular experiences that Sydney has to offer to all of its students. The University has, and will continue to, undertake extensive consultation with students and other stakeholders to determine the priories for the allocation of the funds in a transparent and democratic way. Further details can be found on the Current Students website.
RESOURCES
> Your health and safety representative
> Resources to assist you in supporting students
> eLearning resources
> Teaching@Sydney
> Staff News
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