STUDENT NEWS

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2013

Sydney students take on the 'China 9'

More than 100,000 Chinese students study at Australian universities, but less than 3000 Australian students attend universities in China. Two of our PhD candidates are part of a federal government program aimed at addressing this disparity. Find out more

Recent industrial action: moving forward

We're sorry to hear that many of you had your studies disrupted during the recent industrial action on campus. We've taken your email and social media feedback on board, and are working to reach an agreement with the staff unions, in the hope that this will bring to an end activities impacting on your learning and enjoyment of uni life.
We're sorry to hear that many of you had your studies disrupted during the recent industrial action on campus. We've taken your email and social media feedback on board, and are working to reach an agreement with the staff unions, in the hope that this will bring to an end activities impacting on your learning and enjoyment of uni life.

To reassure you on a point of particular relevance to students, the University does not intend to increase the proportion of casual academic staff, despite what you may have heard. Other universities may be increasing casualisation, but not Sydney. In fact, the proportion of Sydney Uni staff on casual contracts has declined steadily since 2001. If you’re interested in the detail of these and other issues relating to the enterprise bargaining negotiations, you can read recent messages to staff from the Provost and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management).

We'll keep you updated over the coming weeks with what we hope will be positive news.

Fostering student entrepreneurs

Last month young entrepreneurs from the University pitched their new start-up businesses to investors at Incubate's inaugural Demo Day.
Find out how they got on

National Youth Week

National Youth Week 2013 runs from 7 to 14 April. Sydney student and Australian Youth Forum member Brooke Sachs blogs about what it means to university students.

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NOTICES

Changes to wifi: action required

The University’s wireless network has been upgraded. If you’ve previously connected to the ‘UniSydney’ or ‘UniSydney-guest’ networks, you’ll need to remove them from your network lists and reconnect them.

If you have any questions or experience issues, please contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000.
Health and wellbeing workshops and activities

Get the most out of student life by taking part in one of these free workshops or online challenges. 

Please arrive at the Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office (Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building) 10 minutes before each workshop starts. For more information call 8627 8433.

Are you ready to take the challenge? 

Uni life can be hard. Check out these monthly psychological challenges, designed to help you thrive. 

11 and 18 April, 1–2pm | Speaking confidently (two sessions) 

Learn practical strategies to help manage public speaking anxiety at this two-session workshop. 

15 April, 1–2pm | Manage your feelings 

Explore the purpose of emotions, and develop strategies for managing distressing emotions.

16 April, 1–2pm | Procrastination 

Learn how to deal with the worry of study and get the job done.
Scholarships now open

Find out about the latest undergrad, postgrad coursework and postgrad research scholarships.

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GET INVOLVED

Another chance to donate

Did you know that every blood donation helps save three lives? The Australian Red Cross mobile blood service will be returning to Eastern Avenue on Camperdown Campus next week from Monday 15 April.
Did you know that every blood donation helps save three lives? The Australian Red Cross mobile blood service will be returning to Eastern Avenue on Camperdown Campus next week from Monday 15 April.

Appointments are still available so sign up online, call 13 14 95 or email

You must be feeling fit and healthy to make an appointment. Not sure if you are eligible? Check now
Film music insights

The Conservatorium Open Academy is offering Sydney Uni students a 10 percent discount on this course, commencing 30 April. Find out more

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

International Exchange Fair this week

Looking for an exciting and challenging way to expand your horizons? Explore our partnerships with more than 285 universities in 35 countries at the International Exchange Fair, this Thursday 11 April.
Graduate Edge 2013 – applications extended until Monday 15 April

Improve your networking and employability skills and get the edge over your peers in the highly competitive graduate and internship recruitment process. First-year and penultimate year students are encouraged to apply! Find out more

Job of the week

2014 Commonwealth Bank graduate program – regional and agribusiness
. Expand your knowledge and skills, gain valuable networking and community experience, and rotate through a range of roles to help determine your best career path.

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS

 USU  | Win a semester of free coffee

To celebrate the switch to Rainforest Alliance Certified and 100 percent organic coffee beans in USU outlets (and the awesome new-look cups), USU is giving you the chance to win a semester of free coffee. To enter, Instagram a new-look USU coffee cup in an interesting place, position or situation and tag #USUCupComp and @USUAccess. 
See the terms and conditions.

 USU  | Mid-semester party


The mid-semester party will be held next Thursday 18 April at Hermann's Bar. Tunes for the night will be provided by Beat The System DJs, The Trouble with Templeton, Sures and Maples. Bands start at 5pm. Free entry, happy hour from 4 to 6pm. 

 USU  | Band Comp: are you on the list?


If you’ve entered the Band Comp, please check the list and contact the USU if your band does not appear. 

 SRC  | Student carers: forgotten or ignored?


If you provide unpaid, informal care for someone you know with a disability, an ongoing illness, mental illness, a chronic condition, or a drug or alcohol condition, we want to hear your story.

There are no support mechanisms in place on campus at present for student carers that acknowledge the need for study or assessment adjustments due to ongoing care commitments.

The SRC's Disabilities and Carers Collective is campaigning for the recognition and academic support of student carers and would like to hear how your caring commitments affect your studies. Please complete this quick survey or contact the SRC Disabilities Officers for further information.

 SUPRA  | Councillor elections


Nominations are now open for the election of 23 ordinary councillors to the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) Council for 2013–14. Any postgraduate student who is a SUPRA member is eligible to nominate and vote in this election.

Nomination forms, the electoral regulations and full notice of election may be obtained at the SUPRA Offices or the SUPRA website. Electors must be SUPRA members by the close of nominations in order to vote in this election. SUPRA membership is free for all postgraduate students.

Nominations open on Tuesday 2 April and close at 7pm on Tuesday 16 April.

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EVENTS

 APR  | Sydney Ideas

This week at Sydney Ideas: Japan’s international relations dilemma, trusting the media and helping stutterers.
This week at Sydney Ideas: Japan’s international relations dilemma, trusting the media and helping stutterers.

15 APR | Japan’s dilemma concerning the rise of China

Is it necessary for Japan to pursue both a Japan–US alliance and a Japan–China entente, allowing the long-lasting anguish of having to choose between Asia and Europe to be overcome? The Consul-General of Japan, Dr Masahiro Kohara, discusses what is necessary for his country to enjoy peace and prosperity.

16 APR | Trusting the media

Trust in media has become a central issue for media workers and the public. But do notions of objectivity, transparency, accountability and the public interest still have force in this new media environment? A panel of academics and media practitioners go back to basics to discuss these questions.

17 APR | Early stuttering intervention: speaking is living

Stuttering typically starts in two to three-year-old children and can hinder educational and occupational success, and cause serious psychological problems later in life. The Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, Professor Mark Onslow, shares the latest research on this area.

Sydney Ideas is the University's premier public lecture series program, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers to the wider Sydney community.

 APR  | School holidays at our museums


There will be activities for children aged between 5 and 12 throughout the April school holidays.

There's no need to book. Entry by gold coin donation.
  • Wednesday 17 April - Models for science at the Macleay Museum.
  • Friday 19 April - Ancient Greece at Nicholson Museum
  • Wednesday 24 April - Art in Paris at the University Art Gallery.
Opening times 10am to 4pm. Email or call the museums on 9351 8746 for more information.

 15 APR  | Law distinguished speaker: separation of powers in the US


Professor Harold Bruff from the University of Colorado will review the main consequences for the United States of its choice to separate legislative and executive power. Find out more

 16 APR  | Museum exhibition - True to form: models made for science


Join us at the Macleay Museum as curator Jan Brazier gives a talk on her new exhibition ‘True to form: models made for science’. 

The talk will look at the educational role of the models, their place in the history of science and the artisanship required to make them.

Event details
When: 12pm, Tuesday 16 April
Where: Macleay Museum, Camperdown Campus
Contact:  Email the museum reception or call 9036 5253

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