STAFF NEWS

THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2013

 

A University intranet launching 10 April

The intranet will replace the Staff and Careers page on the University website from 10 April. To help you get ready for the change, find out the top 10 things you need to know about the intranet including where to find it, how it works and what it will included.

Are you switching off for Earth Hour?

At 8.30pm on Saturday 23 March, the University will join millions of people around the world to switch off major lighting for Earth Hour.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 23 March, the University will join millions of people around the world to switch off major lighting for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour raises awareness and shines a light on the need for global action on climate change and renewable energy sources.

2013 will mark the fifth year that the University has switched off non-essential lighting. Find out how you can play your part.

Naming honours for our female rowers

Three of our female rowers were honoured in a naming ceremony last Sunday 17 March.
Three of our female rowers were honoured in a naming ceremony last Sunday 17 March.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor (Strategic Management) Ann Brewer was at the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club to officially name the rowing boats after Sarah Cook, Sally Kehoe and Sam Holst. Sarah Cook and Sally Kehoe competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games and Sam Holst has been a coxswain for the club for many years.
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Martin

Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He has been recognised for his exceptional scholarly contributions to education research. 

Quid pro Quad: our Quidditch Society on Sunrise

We caught a case of 'Quadwarts' this week when the USU's Quidditch Society was featured on the Sunrise weather report with Grant Denyer! Watch now

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NOTICES

Welcome to Country

A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land given by an elder or person of that land and is generally given at formal occasions where esteemed guests are present.
A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land given by an elder or person of that land and is generally given at formal occasions where esteemed guests are present.

You should contact the local Aboriginal Land Council to organise a Welcome to Country. Payment is generally required. For a Welcome to Country at the Camperdown Campus, which is situated on Cadigal Land (part of the Eora Nation), please contact the Metropolitan Local Lands Council.

If the event is less formal, you can also give an Acknowledgement of Country, which can be given by any person, not necessarily an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

To give an Acknowledgement of Country, please use the following wording:

“Before we begin the proceedings, I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – (the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation). It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built.  As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country”
Building emergency procedures

All schools and administrative units need to comply with the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) procedures. Section 12 of the WHS procedures addresses emergency planning.

If you are a head of school or administrative unit you need to appoint staff to emergency roles (eg. chief wardens, emergency wardens, first aid officers), include emergency preparedness in your WHS action plan and make sure that your workers are familiar with the procedures for plausible emergencies, eg. fire, medical emergencies, chemical spills. You can find this information on the WHS website.

Early payroll close off: Easter long weekend

The payroll close-off for the pay period ending Thursday 4 April has been brought forward because of Easter.

All payroll documents including casual timesheets (online and paper) and overtime claim forms have to be submitted to the HR Service Centre by 5pm, next Tuesday (26 March).

A list of pay dates and payroll close-off dates for the year is now available. Contact your HR Service Centre officer if you have any questions.

Safety training: working with chemicals

All staff and research students working with chemicals are required to complete chemical safety training.  Enrol via Careerpath for further information contact Work Health and Safety Services on 9351 5555.

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GET INVOLVED

Challenge yourself and your colleagues

Are you active enough? Do you and your colleagues spend too much time sitting at work? Do something positive for your health and wellbeing, by joining the University-wide challenge to move more. Find out more

Ready to donate?

Did you know that every blood donation helps save three lives? The Australian Red Cross mobile blood service will be on Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus (near the Chemistry Building) from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March.
Did you know that every blood donation helps save three lives? The Australian Red Cross mobile blood service will be on Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus (near the Chemistry Building) from Monday 25 March to Thursday 28 March.

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
Volunteer for research

New opportunities for volunteers include: a survey of women’s expectations and satisfaction with maternity care, a trial of an asthma treatment pill, a weight management program for young adults delivered via mobile devices, and a study on social interactions.
Have your say on improving our campuses

You are invited to contribute to the University Capital Project Prioritisation Process by contacting your dean, faculty manager or PSU director. The deadline for submissions is 5 April 2013.

Find out more
Symposium: using Wikipedia in education

This one-day symposium explores the use of Wikipedia as an educational tool in universities. Registrations are essential. Find out more

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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EVENTS

 MAR  | Higgs Boson and vaccine scandals

This week at Sydney Ideas: learn more about a scandalous vaccine trial in India, and explore what the Higgs Boson Particle means for the future of physics.
This week at Sydney Ideas: learn more about a scandalous vaccine trial in India, and explore what the Higgs Boson Particle means for the future of physics.

25 MAR | Scandal of the trial: HPV vaccines, public health and knowledge 

What happened when the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) halted a project that involved the experimental administration of a vaccine in a tribal area? Presented by Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

28 MAR | Higgs Boson and the future of physics 

Theoretical physicist and author Sean Carroll will talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the Large Hadron Collider and considers what the future of particle physics will look like. 

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

 22 MAR  | Alfred Hook Lecture/Recital Series 2013

The Alfred Hook Lecture/Recital Series is an annual program of presentations by eminent experts that explore a wide range of research in music.
The Alfred Hook Lecture/Recital Series is an annual program of presentations by eminent experts that explore a wide range of research in music.

The first lecture in the series is from Richard Cohn, Battell Professor of Music Theory at Yale University, and honorary professor at the University of Sydney. He will present on 'a platonic model of funky rhythms, or how to get that swing'. 

Event details
When: 4pm, Friday 22 March
Where: Recital Hall East, Level 1 Sydney Conservatorium of Music, corner of Bridge and Macquarie streets
Cost: Free

Contact Susie Walsh for more information or download the program (PDF, 1MB).

 24 MAR  | Universities battle for Australian rugby club championship


Cheer on the Sydney University Football Club when it takes on old rivals the University of Queensland Rugby Club in the Australian Club Championship at Allianz Stadium this Sunday 24 March. Find out more

 25 MAR  | Easter service on campus


You are invited to an Easter service organised by the Anglican chaplaincy of the University. All staff are welcome to join the service. 

Event details 
When: 1 to 2pm on Monday 25 March (tea and coffee will be served after the service) 
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus 

For more information contact Caroline Andrews in the Anglican chaplaincy on 9351 7496. General information regarding spiritual support and pastoral care is available on the Multifaith Chaplaincy website.

 3 APR  | Sydney Health and Work Research Network Seminar

Professor Ijmert Kant and Dr Nicole Jansen, both from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, will be speaking about sustainable work and the Maastricht Cohort Study.
Professor Ijmert Kant and Dr Nicole Jansen, both from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, will be speaking about sustainable work and the Maastricht Cohort Study.

The cohort study has helped to investigate:
  • preventive strategies to reduce future long-term sickness absence
  • labour participation across the lifespan.
Find out more

Event details

When: 12 to 1.30pm, Wednesday 3 April
Where: Lecture Theatre 024, New Law School Annex, Camperdown Campus
RSVP: Stacey Young on or 9351 5622 by Thursday 28 March, a light lunch will be provided for free

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STAFF BENEFITS PROGRAM

 ABOUT  | Staff Benefits Program

See winners of the recent Staff Benefit Program draws. This week’s offers include:

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