STUDENT NEWS

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2013

It's your money, so have your say!

Your Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee helps to fund student support and services across the University. This includes the continued support and improvement of the co-curricular aspects of student life, provided by the University in partnership with your student organisations. Help us prioritise the allocation of this fee by completing the Sydney Student Life Survey. 

On completion, you'll have the chance to win a $250, $150 or $100 Co-op Bookshop voucher. 


Meet our Three-Minute Thesis finalist

Kate McDonell, a postgraduate Civil Engineering student studying carbon nanotubes, will represent the University in the Trans-Tasman Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition after winning the Sydney Uni heats at Open Day. Watch her winning pitch.

Outstanding mentor awarded

Congratulations to Professor Rick Shine from the School of Biological Sciences, who has won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. Find out more

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NOTICES

DNF (Discontinue Not Fail) deadline 13 September

This Friday 13 September is the DNF deadline. Find out what it means and what you need to do about it.

IT repairs this Saturday 14 September

Some IT services will be unavailable between 9am and 5pm this Saturday 14 September, including the Research Data Store and staff email. Find out more
Annual UniKey password resets

As a security response to increasingly sophisticated compromises of UniKey accounts, the University is preparing to implement annual password resets for all students and staff. While the password security system is strong, undetected misuse of UniKey accounts has been recognised as an ongoing risk.

New UniKey password rules will be implemented to ensure greater password security. While some rules may be seen as complex, please keep in mind that unlike other organisations, the University protects a wide variety of systems through UniKey. We are doing everything we can to minimise any inconvenience by making the password change process as simple as possible. Find out more
Upgrade your VPN Client by 13 September

Are you planning to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client in the future? In order to use it, you will need to upgrade your VPN Client from version 2.4 to version 3.1 by Friday 13 September. As the older version will no longer work after this date, please download the new version of VPN from the ICT website by Friday 13 September to enable a smooth transition. If you encounter any issues, please contact the Helpdesk on 9351 6000.

New AV help videos

Learn how to use the University’s audio visual systems, including Cisco Jabber, Adobe Connect web conferencing tools, and Echo360 lecture recording with these short 'how to' clips.

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GET INVOLVED

Rate Camperdown and Darlington Campus retail for your chance to win

Have your say on food and retail services on Camperdown and Darlington campuses for your chance to win an iPad mini. Take the survey
Open Academy short music courses for adults

Short courses for adults at our Conservatorium of Music start in October and include: 
  • music fundamentals 
  • jazz piano 
  • jazz guitar 
  • vocal fundamentals 
  • improvisation basics 
  • composition 
  • sound recording basics 
  • live sound 
  • the contemporary singer 
  • jazz harmony.
Enrol by 23 September to receive a 15 percent early bird discount. Find out more

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

Science Honours Information Week

Thinking about your next steps into research? Attend information sessions from a range of disciplines, find out what honours in a particular discipline involves, the types of projects available, and how to apply for honours at Science Honours Information Week, Monday 16 to Friday 20 September.

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS

 USU  | being. opens at Verge

The USU Art Collection Officers annual exhibition opens this Thursday 12 September at 6pm. Find out more

 SRC  | Vote for your student representatives

Candidate stalls and posters have taken over campus! That can mean only one thing: the Students' Representative Council (SRC) elections commence on 24 September. Find out more

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EVENTS

 SEP  | Sydney Ideas

Coming up at Sydney Ideas: lessons from antiquity for modern higher education, foreign policy implications of Chinese nationalism, the launch of the Sydney Environment Institute, and Buddhism's challenge to modernity.
Coming up at Sydney Ideas: lessons from antiquity for modern higher education, foreign policy implications of Chinese nationalism, the launch of the Sydney Environment Institute, and Buddhism's challenge to modernity.


16 SEP | Academies under stress: lessons from antiquity for modern higher education institutions

After Plato founded his ‘Academy’ in the 380s BC, teaching of a broadly Platonist character survived multiple domestic crises and endured without major interruption for almost a millennium. What can we learn from successful adjustment of a curriculum to changing circumstances? 

17 SEP | Foreign policy implications of Chinese nationalism revisited: the strident turn

What are the foreign policy implications of Chinese nationalism in the context of China’s increasingly confrontational and assertive behaviour in recent years? Has the Communist state become more willing to play to the popular nationalist gallery in pursuing the so-called core national interests? 

17 SEP | Sydney Environment Institute launch

Join us for the launch of the Sydney Environment Institute, a network of environmental researchers from across the University, which aims to investigate impacts and adaptive solutions to living in an epoch where humans have begun to influence the core forces of nature in dramatic ways.

19 SEP | Buddhism and the challenge of modernity

Why is Buddhism often considered the most ‘scientific’ of the world’s religions? This lecture will trace the development of a self-conscious Buddhist modernism from the 19th century to the present day, and will assess its strengths and weaknesses as a response to the challenge of modernity.

 SEP  | Seymour Centre

Coming up at the Seymour Centre: giveaways to be won for the Sydney Fringe Festival and the final week of Happy as Larry.
Coming up at the Seymour Centre: giveaways to be won for the Sydney Fringe Festival and the final week of Happy as Larry.

Happy as Larry

This playful, poignant and uplifting exploration of the human condition and the elusive nature of happiness combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and pulsating dance, set to a vibrant electro acoustic score. Following national and international tours including a sold-out season on London’s West End, Happy as Larry makes its way back to the Seymour stage (where it all began) for one final week of performances. Student tickets: $20 (Student ID required).

Sydney Fringe Festival

With nine productions and more than 40 performances, the Seymour Centre will be a vibrant hub of activity during the three-week festival. The Sydney Fringe is a multidiscipline cultural showcase that offers audiences the thrill of discovery and the opportunity to experience independent new works which are tangible and authentic. Seymour Centre is also giving away multiple double passes to three productions.

 16 SEP  | Teachers' Evening at the Macleay Museum


Join Sydney University Museums' curators and education officers at a reception in the Macleay Museum to talk about the opportunities our museums have for you and Stage 4-5 and 6 Australian history studies. 

The evening will include a special viewing of Touring the past: tourism and history in Australia with the curator, Associate Professor Richard White. The exhibition documents the rise of heritage tourism from popular narratives of convicts and bushrangers to the nostalgic view of country towns and boisterous theme parks. Find out more

 19 SEP  | The Palestinian struggle


Professor Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will be speaking and answering questions on "the Palestinian struggle for self determination and the ordeal of occupation". Find out more

 21 SEP  | Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall


Join the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra for their first concert of Semester Two. Featuring Steve Kilbey, lead singer of The Church, one of Australia's most successful rock bands.

Program:
  • Kilbey | Selection of songs including Under the Milky Way, Unguarded Moment, Happy Hunting Ground and many more
  • Saint-Saens | Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
  • Saint-Saens | Danse Macabre 
Book now

 NOV  | Life after truth and the future of international journalism


Have technological and economic changes in the media industry broken journalism? Join distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press at the Public Knowledge Forum in November to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on democracy. Find out more

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