Three inspired donations take us closer to fundraising goal

The University of Sydney has announced three major gifts totalling $16 million, underlining the importance of philanthropy to the future of Australian universities on the same day it publicly launched a major fundraising campaign. Find out more

Worthy ideas spread

An information revolution for 37 million blind people, data analysis democracy, and the insecurity of our food supplies and digital records were just some of the ideas discussed by our people in front of more than 2200 attendees at TEDxSydney. Find out more
Outstanding teachers recognised

Congratulations to five individual academics, two academic teams and two faculty teams who've been recognised for their outstanding contributions towards student learning. Find out more
Royal Society honour

Professor Steve Simpson has been announced as a new Fellow of the Royal Society. The honour sees him join a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, including more than 80 Nobel Laureates. Find out more

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Exam anxiety management

Learn practical strategies for coping with exam and performance anxiety from 1 to 2pm on Tuesday 14 May, or 1 to 2pm on Wednesday 28 May.

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.

Scholarships now open

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

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Travel photography competition

The Sydney Alumni Magazine has launched a travel photography competition open to students, staff, alumni and donors of the University. Send in your best or favourite travel photo to go in the running for a MacBook Pro or iPod Touch. Find out more

$30,000 in literary prizes on offer

Applications are now open for a range of literary prizes with a combined value of more than $30,000. Applications close on Friday 9 August. Visit the Literary Prize and Wentworth Medal websites for more information.
Conference: emerging researchers in ageing

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations from PhD, master's and professional doctoral students – from any discipline engaged in ageing-related research – can be submitted now for this conference in November. Find out more

Conference: labour law

There are generous discounts currently available to students wishing to attend this year's Labour Law Conference on Monday 22 July.

This year the labour law conference will explore ways to improve productivity within the existing system and consider how labour relations policymaking can be improved. Guest speakers include:
  • The Honourable Geoffrey Giudice AO, Honorary Professorial Fellow, the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum AO, Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney
  • Stephen Smith, Director, National Industrial Relations, AiG
  • Tim Lyons, Assistant Secretary, ACTU
  • Professor Joellen Riley, Dean, Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney
Event details
When: 9am to 5pm, Monday 22 July
Where: State Room, Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney
Cost: $895, early bird of $795 available until 22 May. To access the discount rates for staff and students email Cate Murray.

Register or find out more
Volunteer for research

The research we do at Sydney makes a real difference to our understanding of today's world – and you can help make that research happen.

New opportunities for volunteers include: a study on the effects of antidepressants on people with depression, and a study to help develop a vaccine for type B meningococcal.

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Winter School opens soon

From corporate finance to love and desire in early modern England – 50 intensive undergraduate and postgraduate subjects are on offer from 1 to 27 July. Online enrolments open 13 May. Find out more
Medicine and dentistry info evening

Thinking of applying to study graduate medicine or dentistry? 

Attend this information evening to get an overview of the graduate-entry medicine (MBBS) and dentistry (DMD) programs, as well as information on the application process and advice on preparing for the multiple mini interviews.

Event details
When: 6pm, Wednesday 22 May
Where: Footbridge Theatre, Camperdown Campus
Find out more

Master's of US Studies and Fullbright Chair lecture

Find out about the Master of United States Studies at an information evening with special guest, Fullbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science, Professor Burdett A Loomis.

Professor Loomis will explore the topic, The US Electoral College: an 18th-century relic in the 21st century. Academics, current and graduate students will also be on hand to provide advice on the master’s program. Register now to gain an insight into the world of US studies.

Event details
When: 5.30 to 7pm Wednesday 15 May
Where: United States Studies Centre, Institute Building (H03), Camperdown Campus

New short course: the theory of existence

Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow 'exist'. But what does it mean to say that something exists, or just 'is'? Find out more

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 USU  | Michael Kirby speaking competition: grand final

Hear Michael Kirby, legendary high court justice and former USU president, speak alongside students at the annual 'Kirby Cup'
Hear Michael Kirby, legendary high court justice and former USU president, speak alongside students at the annual 'Kirby Cup'

Hear our top-five student speakers battle it out for a first prize of $1000. This event offers students a rare opportunity to meet Justice Kirby, while celebrating our top speakers with a free finals feast and open bar! 

Event details
When: 1pm, Wednesday 15 May
Where: Verge Gallery, Darlington Campus
Cost: Free, all welcome 
Book now

 USU  | Revues showcase with Sydney Comedy Festival

The student revues showcase ‘Spoiler alert: everybody dies’ will be held at the Seymour Centre as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival today, Wednesday 8, and tomorrow, Thursday 9 May. The showcase combines the best bits of the 2012 revues season, restaged into a Hunger Games-inspired no-holds-barred sketch comedy death match! Find out more

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 MAY  | Sydney Ideas talks

This week’s Sydney Ideas talks include an examination of the rising maritime tensions in East Asia, an exploration of wrapping as a metaphor in fifteenth-century Italian painting, and a presentation on public art today.
This week’s Sydney Ideas talks include an examination of the rising maritime tensions in East Asia, an exploration of wrapping as a metaphor in 15th-century Italian painting, and a presentation on public art today.

14 May | Struggle without breaking: behind the rising East Asian maritime tension 

Dr Chong-Pin Lin (pictured) from Taiwan’s National Defense University will discuss East Asian maritime disputes against the backdrop of the shifting regional power balance between the United States and China. Find out more 

14 MAY | Clothing the word: Filippo Lippi, Donatello and Bellini 

Renaissance art historian Paul Hills examines the ways in which the 'word made flesh' (the body of Christ) and the 'word as text' (the bible or sacred book) are wrapped or clothed. Find out more

15 May | Public art today: from Space Invaders to place-makers 

Vivien Lovell, a visual arts curator with established expertise in commissioning art within the designed environment, will look at public art in a contemporary context. Find out more

 10 MAY  | Partial solar eclipse viewing

There will be a partial eclipse of the sun on the morning of Friday 10 May. You can join staff and students from the School of Physics and the Physics Society (PhySoc) to view the eclipse through telescopes. 

Event details
When: Friday 10 May
Time: Students from the PhySoc will be setting up telescopes from 7.40am to view the eclipse which will begin at 7.50am and end at 10.14am.
Where: Outside the Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
PhySoc will be providing a light breakfast for attendees.

 12 MAY  | Mummies day!

Celebrate mother's day with 'mummies day' at the Nicholson Museum. 

Enjoy a day of family activities including being wrapped like a mummy, handling genuine ancient Egyptian artefacts, writing your name in hieroglyphs and looking at ancient Egyptian mummies. Plus additional activities for kids aged 5 to 12. No need to book.

Event details
When: 12 to 4pm, Sunday 12 May
Where: Nicholson Museum, the Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation 
Contact museum reception via email or call 9351 2812

 22 MAY  | Forgotten plagues: in pursuit of neglected diseases

Between 14 and 17 million people die each year due to infectious diseases, and nearly all of them live in developing countries. Hear about our latest research addressing this international health crisis from award-winning chemists Dr Richard Payne and Dr Matthew Todd. Find out more

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