STUDENT NEWS

WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST 2013

Sydney Uni prodigy unveils new chamber opera

As a 10-year-old, Master of Music student Sophie Spargo became the youngest person in history to have written a full-scale opera and libretto – taking over from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Catch her most recent chamber opera, Somewhere Between the Sky and the Sea, free this Friday 23 August.

No time for poverty in federal election

Are the major political parties doing enough to address poverty? With the economy dominating media coverage and public anxiety in the lead-up to the federal election, a new campaign by leading academics urges us all to consider how decisions on expenditure will affect poverty.

Rate the rooms!

Ever wanted to have a campus sleepover? The University plans to increase the range of student accommodation on offer and is building five 'test pods' on Eastern Avenue. We need students to stay in them overnight and give feedback on the experience. Apply now

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NOTICES

Industrial action Tuesday 20 August

Some members of the student and staff unions took part in protests and pickets on Tuesday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that the negotiations will be resolved soon.
Some members of the student and staff unions took part in protests and pickets on Tuesday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that the negotiations will be resolved soon.

No student will be penalised if their class did not take place or if they were unable to attend their class. If your class was cancelled and you feel that you have been disadvantaged as a result, you should contact the appropriate faculty office for information about how to address any practical consequences.

Find out more about the the University's proposed agreement.
Upgrade your VPN client by 13 September

If you use the University's virtual private network (VPN) client, you'll need to upgrade it if you wish to continue using it. Please download the new version from the ICT website before Friday 13 September. If you encounter any issues, please contact the helpdesk on 9351 6000.

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GET INVOLVED

Going hairless for the hairy

Would you lose your locks for charity? Brave Vet Science student Sy Woon has shaved her head to raise money for her favourite animal causes. Find out more

Workshops for parents of children with autism

This series of six workshops aims to help parents of children aged 8 years and younger with Autism Spectrum Disorder to understand their child’s behaviour, promote positive behaviours, teach new skills and explore ways to manage behaviour.
This series of six workshops aims to help parents of children aged 8 years and younger with Autism Spectrum Disorder to understand their child’s behaviour, promote positive behaviours, teach new skills and explore ways to manage behaviour.

When: From 28 August to 6 November
Where: Brain and Mind Research Institute, Camperdown
Cost: $45, $20 for students

For more information, download the flyer (PDF 1.4mb) or contact Lisa Whittle on 9114 4104.

All workshops are facilitated by qualified professionals with backgrounds in providing services, advice and support to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

Surviving in the post-research world

How do we better prepare postgraduate research students for life after uni? PhD student and Fulbright scholar Dominick Ng has a 'wish list' of resources he'd like to see made available. Find out more
Job of the week

Apply for a junior developer role in the graduate talent management programme at C Smart International.

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS

 USU  | Student leadership roles now open

The USU's student leadership roles are paid positions that give students the flexibility to fit in work on campus with their academic timetable. Get some real work experience while having fun and meeting new people across a wide range of areas including queer, international, humanitarian and interfaith roles. Find out more 

 USU  | TheatreSports grand final


The much-anticipated TheatreSports grand final and 25th birthday showcase on 29 August sees returning players go head-to-head with current players for the trophy. Hosted by Tom Walker and Bridie Connell, plus special guests including Jon Williams and Rebecca De Unamuno (World Champion Improviser). Entry is free and strictly 18+. Find out more 

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EVENTS

 AUG  | Sydney Ideas

This month: the future of open knowledge, the God debate in Ancient Greece, globalisation and world sovereignty, and novelist Sarah Dunant.
This month: the future of open knowledge, the God debate in Ancient Greece, globalisation and world sovereignty, and novelist Sarah Dunant.

26 AUG | The future of open knowledge: what impact will it have on research, the economy and the public?
The Open Knowledge Foundation is a global movement dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. Founder Rufus Pollock will discuss the importance of the movement for Australia.

27 AUG | A grand illusion and old atheism: the origins of the god debate in ancient Greece
A classics scholar from the University of Canterbury looks at how questions about the existence or non-existence of the divine were raised and discussed in ancient Greece in the sixth and fifth centuries BC.

28 AUG | Globalisation and world sovereignty: perpetual peace in the 21st century
Spanish politician and economist Professor Ramón Tamames, a visitor at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, shares his thoughts on globalisation and the need to work together to ensure a better world.

29 AUG | Getting under their skins
Novelist Sarah Dunant shares the secrets of her vivid recreation of Renaissance Italy in her bestselling novels. In a sumptuously illustrated talk she tells how the decoding of old paintings and the work of historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance.

 11 SEP  | Turning road blocks into speed bumps: the importance of innovation to our future


Alumni and former judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors Chris Russell (BScAgr '76) will discuss innovation in agriculture and industry at this Sydney Connections Breakfast. Find out more

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