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DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (EDUCATION) PORTFOLIO NEWS
AUGUST 2012
Dear Colleagues
 
WELCOME
Welcome to Semester Two, 2012 and to the second edition of our newsletter. A great deal has been achieved by the portfolio this year, so I would like to begin by saying thank you for your individual and departmental contributions to our successes in Semester One, 2012.

Welcome to Semester Two, 2012 and to the second edition of our newsletter. A great deal has been achieved by the portfolio this year, so I would like to begin by saying thank you for your individual and departmental contributions to our successes in Semester One, 2012. 

I was fortunate enough to be invited to sit in on a first year sociology tutorial in Semester One. The experience reinforced to me the great joy and sense of achievement that learning brings to our students.  Through our work in collaboration with the faculties we are committed to enhancing the student experience, providing a learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging, and encouraging our students to become lifelong learners. Our focus on improving the learning spaces at the university, our commitment to curriculum renewal, our work on community engagement and widening participation through the Compass program, and our leadership in enhancing the experience of the University’s research students are examples of the portfolio’s role in supporting students and enhancing the learning environment.

I am also pleased to announce the launch of the new Education portfolio website. This website was designed with you, our staff, in mind. The website publicises our vision and values and our commitment to enhancing the student experience. It also lists our strategic priorities for 2012 and gives an overview of events and news within the portfolio. I’d strongly encourage you to have a look and bookmark the page.   

If you have any feedback about the newsletter or the new website, please reply to this email.

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

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RECENT EVENTS
Faculty Visits
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) has started visiting faculties to discuss key University strategic objectives for 2012 and the role of the portfolio in leading some of these initiatives.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) has started visiting faculties to discuss key University strategic objectives for 2012 and the role of the portfolio in leading some of these initiatives.

The meetings aim to identify how the portfolio can continue to provide strategic programs to support faculties to deliver outcomes against these agreed objectives. 

Discussions have focused on identifying areas of greatest priority, strategies for meeting agreed targets in areas such as admissions and teaching performance standards and to ensure alignment of the work of faculties and the portfolio with the University’s Strategic Plan.

The office of the DVC (Education) will of course keep you informed of any outcomes, and further details can be sought by contacting Mr David Pacey.

Farewell Peter Ball
It is with regret that we bid farewell to Peter Ball, Director of the International Student Office.
It is with regret that we bid farewell to Peter Ball, Director of the International Student Office.

Peter has made a significant contribution to the international student program at the University of Sydney during the past 7 years, and has been associated with the Australian international higher education sector for over 25 years, so his well-deserved retirement marks the end of an era of distinguished accomplishments. Peter’s colleagues at the University, and especially in the International Student Office will miss his calm personality, wise counsel, unobtrusive management style and diplomatic leadership skills.

At his farewell, held in late July, the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and staff of the University acknowledged and recognised the role Peter has played with such distinction during his period of service at the University of Sydney.

We wish Peter all the best in his future endeavours.

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International Student Orientation Day
Over 500 students were welcomed into the University of Sydney community at International Student Orientation Day on July 24.
Over 500 students were welcomed into the University of Sydney community at International Student Orientation Day on July 24. The event kicked off with a formal welcome in the Great Hall, where students heard from staff at the University and witnessed a traditional dance by the Aboriginal dance troupe, Thullii Dreaming. 

After the welcome, students were provided morning tea in the Quadrangle, and had the opportunity to meet current students, University of Sydney Union representatives and staff members. The students were then led down to Oval Number 1 where Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF) provided a barbeque lunch and sports games and demonstrations. The University of Sydney Union (USU) then took interested students on Sydney Day Trips to the Rocks, Darling Harbour or Manly.

The International student Orientation program has been substantially refined over the past two years and represents a collaborative effort between Student Support Services, the International Student Office, USU and SUSF. The program aims to give new students the best possible introduction to life and study at the University, and enhance students' sense of belonging to the university community.

Find out more about the Orientation program here.

Internship and Vacation Work Fair
Over the past months, Careers Centre staff have been busy preparing for the Internship and Vacation Work Fair. Held on Tuesday 7 August in the Great Hall the fair was hugely successful with more than 1500 students turning up to speak to over 40 employers.
Over the past months, Careers Centre staff have been busy preparing for the Internship and Vacation Work Fair. Held on Tuesday 7 August in the Great Hall the fair was hugely successful with more than 1500 students turning up to speak to over 40 employers.

For students the fair is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to recruiters and HR managers about their organisations, their internship and graduate programs and what to expect from the application process. Employers are able to showcase various facets of their organisation and engage in one-on-one communication with students who are interested in finding out more about their company’s culture and job opportunities. Feedback from both employers and students alike indicates that the opportunity to interact face-to-face is a highly valued.

The Careers Centre will also be holding a number of Employer Information Sessions and Careers Workshops in the first three weeks of Semester Two, to provide students with more networking and skills development opportunities. There are also a number of faculty based workshops being offered in Semester Two to enable students to equip themselves with job seeking skills specific to their degree area.  Check the events calendar for more details.
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OUR WORK
Congratulations to our Office of Learning and Teaching grant recipients
The portfolio would like to congratulate Ms Michelle Dickson and Ms Suzanne Plater, from the Sydney Medical School, and Mr Jonathan Birch, from the Sydney School of Public Health, for their success in being awarded a $50,000 Seed grant by the National Office for Teaching and Learning in the first round of Office of Learning and Teaching grants this year.
The portfolio would like to congratulate Ms Michelle Dickson and Ms Suzanne Plater, from the Sydney Medical School, and Mr Jonathan Birch, from the Sydney School of Public Health, for their success in being awarded a $50,000 Seed grant by the National Office for Teaching and Learning in the first round of Office of Learning and Teaching grants this year.

Their project, entitled 'Creating a collaborative learning community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion students – enhancing access, progression and learning in higher education', aims to increase access to, and engagement in, the graduate diploma in Indigenous health promotion. The team hopes the project will help build bridges between campus learning and community learning, and between theory and practice, in the field of health promotion. The project will bring current students together with staff and alumni to form a learning community that fosters collaborative knowledge exchange.

For further information visit the Teaching@Sydney website

Sydney Student Update
It is an exciting time for The Sydney Student Program, with the new online enrolment experience being piloted with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the release of the second phase of Sydney Courses.

It is an exciting time for The Sydney Student Program, with the new online enrolment experience being piloted with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the release of the second phase of Sydney Courses.

The majority of students commencing study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Semester Two have been invited to enrol online. This new online functionality enables students to enrol, view indicative course fees, and select majors and units of study.  Feedback to date has been very positive, with surveyed students describing the experience as user-friendly and intuitive.

Collaboration across the University, including staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Student Centre, was key in ensuring the process flowed smoothly and students had all the information they need to make informed academic decisions. The pilot has been a valuable opportunity to test online enrolments before the University-wide rollout for 2013 enrolments. Online enrolment will provide a convenient alternative to travelling to campus for face-to-face enrolment, and allow you, as staff, to focus on valuable tasks including the provision of academic advice.

July also saw the release of the second phase of Sydney Courses. Future students will be able to find their course information more easily with new and improved search functionality including partial word and predictive search, and the ability to filter results. They will see more media (slideshows, videos and images) on the area of interest and subject area pages, and be able to share course pages on social media sites.

The Sydney Student Program team is now focussed on the next major ‘go live’ in 2012; the September rollout of University-wide core student administration modules.

To find out more on the Sydney Student Program or subscribe to weekly updates, head to the Sydney Student website.



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E12 Scheme launched
Applications are now open for prospective students to apply to the E12 scheme, launched by the Social Inclusion Unit in July.
The scheme enables principals to nominate up to 10 students from their school – those students can then apply for an early conditional offer for a range of courses at the University.

Visit the E12 website to find out more.
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ON THE HORIZON
Open Day 2012
On Saturday 25 August the University will throw open its doors, inviting prospective students to explore the campus, learn about the hundreds of courses on offer, and discover what life at Sydney is really like.
On Saturday 25 August the University will throw open its doors, inviting prospective students to explore the campus, learn about the hundreds of courses on offer, and discover what life at Sydney is really like.

Each year the Student Recruitment Unit, in liaison with faculties and other central services, run “Open Day”. Prospective students and their parents are given the chance to attend mini lectures, tour the campus, participate in hands on activities and get advice on the hundreds of degree choices available at Sydney.

Read more about Open Day.

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Sydney Teaching Colloquium
Following the success of the inaugural Sydney Teaching Colloquium in 2011, the second Colloquium will be held on 3 and 4 October 2012. Challenging Curriculum is the theme for the two-day event, which provides an opportunity for stimulating conversations about the curriculum renewal work that is currently going on across the University.
Following the success of the inaugural Sydney Teaching Colloquium in 2011, the second Colloquium will be held on 3 and 4 October 2012. "Challenging Curriculum" is the theme for the two-day event, which provides an opportunity for stimulating conversations about the curriculum renewal work that is currently going on across the University.

The Colloquium will enable staff and students to learn about innovations and achievements in teaching and learning and share their knowledge of successful practices. As last year, this year’s Colloquium aims to involve both staff and students, right down to the organising committee. The committee represents a highly collaborative effort by portfolio services, faculties and students, and is chaired by Associate Professor Simon Barrie, head of the Institute of Teaching and Learning.

Professor Marie Carroll, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and member of the organising committee said;
“Curriculum renewal is occurring right across the University; in the HDR space as well. The Colloquium will provide an opportunity for colleagues to share their views of the PhD renewal, particularly around measures to improve the climate for research students such as good supervisory practice, skill and knowledge development, career enhancement, and inclusion in the scholarly community.”

To get involved or find out more, visit the ITL website.



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CONTENTS
Welcome
Recent Events
Our work
On the horizon
Portfolio website launched
Return Home Ceremony for AusAID Students
Students attend ethics seminar
Resources
PORTFOLIO WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Visit our new Education portfolio website. If you have any feedback or suggestions about the site, please email us.
RETURN HOME CEREMONY FOR AUSAID STUDENTS
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Over 100 students and university staff attended the first return-home ceremony for AusAID-sponsored students.
Over 100 students and university staff attended the first return-home ceremony for AusAID-sponsored students.

The event was held in July at the Old Teachers' College with special guest, Ms. Rachel Ingwersen, Program Manager of the Scholarships Section from AusAID Canberra delivering a congratulations speech to the completing students.

Following, selected postgraduate students spoke about their personal and academic journey in Australia with many references to their invaluable experience at the University of Sydney.  The event was deemed a great success by both the students and staff. The AusAID Unit will continue this tradition of giving their students a great farewell before they return home to put their new skills and knowledge into practice.

STUDENTS ATTEND ETHICS SEMINAR
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During Semester One, the University of Sydney sent a team of four students to the inaugural Ethical Decision-Making Seminar organised by the Group of Eight Universities.
During Semester One, the University of Sydney sent a team of four students to the inaugural Ethical Decision-Making Seminar organised by the Group of Eight Universities

The seminar was hosted by the Australian Defense Force Academy and facilitated by staff of the St James Ethics Centre. Throughout the sessions, students canvassed ethical topics such as the use of social media, respectful relationships, defence force ethics and common issues arising in shared university accommodation.

Speakers presented case studies and initiated dialogue between the participating students to contest issues and share problem solving ideas. The importance of peer-to-peer leadership was reiterated during fish bowl discussions, specifically the need to encourage and apply moral courage at all levels of organisations. The seminar provided an excellent forum for students across Australia to interact, to consider how we can emphasise ethical values both as individuals and within the organizations that we are involved with at the University of Sydney.
RESOURCES
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> Resources to assist you in supporting students
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> Teaching@Sydney
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