STUDENT NEWS

THURSDAY 8 AUGUST 2013

Learning together in Timor-Leste

Students and staff from the faculties of Agriculture and Environment, Education and Social Work, and Sydney Medical School have experienced first-hand how interdisciplinary collaboration is critical in tackling global challenges such as food security, thanks to a pilot program in Timor-Leste coordinated by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Find out more

National Science Week

From 10 to 18 August, the University is showcasing the wonders of science to mark National Science Week. Listen to some of our leading scientists, see amazing microscopic images, participate in science trivia and be part of a crowd-sourcing research experiment. Find out more

Moving towards a healthier university

How do you get to and from Uni? More than 3000 students and staff participated in a recent physical activity and travel behaviour survey as part of a University-wide initiative to improve health and wellbeing on campus. 
See the key findings and find out more.
First postgraduate accommodation building on campus

Sancta Sophia College will open the first purpose-built accommodation for postgraduate students in January 2014. Once completed there will be 128 rooms and common areas, including two kitchens and a rooftop terrace. Apply now
Disability Action Plan launch

Join us on Friday 16 August to launch the Disability Action Plan 2013-2018. The plan is part of the University’s commitment to become a more inclusive and equitable place for all of our staff, students and visitors.

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO will be the keynote speaker. He is one of Australia's most respected industrial and discrimination lawyers and is the first blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in any Australian university. Register or find out more

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NOTICES

Donate blood on campus

The mobile blood bank will be on Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus from Monday 12 to Friday 16 August. Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, mothers-to-be and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients. Make an appointment online or call the Red Cross on 13 14 95.
Print documents wirelessly from your laptop

You can now print documents from your laptop when it is connected to the ‘UniSydney’ wireless network.

Wireless printing is available for laptops that run Windows 7 and above or Mac OS 10.7 and above. Follow these instructions to install the wireless printers on your machine. Once you have sent your document to the appropriate wireless printer, you need to log in to an ICT Print Release Station (located at Carslaw, Fisher, PNR, Law, Wentworth and Cumberland Learning Hubs) and confirm the documents you wish to print. 

At this stage, wireless printing is not available from smart phone or tablets. Speak to a Student IT staff member at any of the following labs for further assistance: Carslaw, PNR, Wentworth, Fisher and Cumberland.
Health and wellbeing workshops

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

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.


13 AUG 1–2pm | Act with confidence

Learn strategies to build your self-confidence in your personal and professional life.

16 AUG 1–2pm | Mindsets: optimise your performance

Learn strategies to help you maximise your performance at Uni by understanding how your brain learns.
Autism Spectrum Disorder workshops

Disability Services is offering a range of workshops to help build the skills necessary for the transition to University for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

14 AUG | Organisation and motivation skills

Learn strategies for time management and how to stay motivated during your studies.

21 AUG | Communication and social skills

Learn appropriate ways of communication and build your confidence to interact socially at uni.

28 AUG | Practical skills

Learn about self-management strategies and the tools to help you become an independent student.

Register now or find out more

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GET INVOLVED

$10,000 in prizes for budding entrepreneurs


Bring your ideas to life with workshops, mentoring, networking and $10,000 in cash and prizes with the Sydney Genesis entrepreneurship program. Applications close at 5pm, 16 August. Apply now or find out more
Smoking cessation conference

Early-bird registrations close on 12 August for the 'Australian Smoking Cessation Conference - translating the science into clinical practice’, 6 to 8 November 2013. Find out more
Volunteer for research

We can't do research without your help. If you'd like to get involved, the following research studies need participants:

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

Summer scholarships with the Charles Perkins Centre

Full-time undergraduate students have the chance to be involved in research into new ways to prevent or manage the individual and societal impacts of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Full-time undergraduate students have the chance to be involved in research into new ways to prevent or manage the individual and societal impacts of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Projects start as soon as each scholarship is awarded, but must conclude by 28 February 2014. Students selected to participate will receive a stipend of $300 per week (for a maximum period of eight weeks).

Submit your application by 30 August 2013. Find out more and apply now.
Need help with academic reading and writing?

The Learning Centre is offering free academic writing workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Topics for undergraduates include essay writing, managing time, reading more effectively, avoiding plagiarism, grammar and clearer writing. Topics for postgraduates include preparing a thesis proposal and writing a literature review. See the full list of workshops

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS

 USU  | New website launched!

The new USU website adapts to your mobile and tablet devices, and features all the latest events, competitions, grants and student leadership opportunities. Clubs and societies can now make their event submissions with ease and each club now has their very own page.

 USU  | New student startups announced

 SUSF  | Get fit with Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness


Join the gym now for free months of membership and the chance to win a holiday to Vanuatu. Find out more 

 SUSF  | Free family open day


Celebrate the opening of the brand new Sports and Aquatic Centre with a day of free family entertainment on Saturday 17 August, from 10am to 3pm. Find out more

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EVENTS

 AUG  | Sydney Ideas events

Coming up: talks on eco-business, artist JMW Turner, Australia’s leadership paradox and Iranian media.

12 AUG | Eco-business: A big-brand takeover of sustainability

Big-brand companies are now competing to position themselves as 'sustainability leaders'. But could big-brand sustainability be causing even greater dangers for people and the planet?

12 AUG | Sydney Ideas and Power Institute - Townsend on Turner

Join Dr Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Tate, and ABC Radio National presenter Richard Aedy as they discuss British artist JMW Turner's outstanding career. 

13 AUG | The Australian leadership paradox

How do we address the culture of complaint about Australian leadership? This presentation looks at four paradoxes holding Australia back from effective leadership.

16 AUG | Public diplomacy: Iranian state, Iranian people, and the West

With recent media and political revolutions, the standard definition of public diplomacy, which applied mainly to relations between sovereign states, is no longer sufficient. Hamid Naficy, an authority on Middle East cinema, discusses the impact of the Iranian diaspora on the Iranian media and more. 

 15 AUG  | Beauty and the Greek


Ancient Greece gave us democracy, philosophy, mathematics and more. Less celebrated, but equally important, is its contribution to notions of beauty. Join us at the Nicholson Museum for the next lecture in our evening series celebrating The Glory of Greece by Dr Alastair Blanshard. Find out more

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