Student News
6 October 2015
 
Elizabeth Broderick brings equality debate to Great Hall
"Why aren’t there more women in leadership?", asked Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick to a full house at the Great Hall last Tuesday 29 September. Broderick was here for a special Sydney Ideas keynote address and panel discussion on gender equality. “Her address was inspiring and informative – I felt truly privileged to have heard her speak,” said student activist Subeta Vimalarajah, who was part of the audience and wrote about it on the University’s student blog.
Pharmacists dispense the fun
It was World Pharmacists' Day on 25 September, which meant fun times for the Faculty of Pharmacy. Students and teachers battled it out in a Webster-packing race (which some argue should be an Olympic sport), and a friendly game of soccer. They also enjoyed a sausage sizzle, drinks, pharmacy-themed bake sale (think brownies with caramel-injecting syringes) and lots of other activities. It was all in the name of charity, with proceeds going towards Headspace to raise awareness for mental illnesses. Check out the photos from the day.
Improving our organisational design
The University has released the final discussion paper in our 2016–2020 strategic planning process, which examines whether the University’s current organisational design is conducive to our pursuit of excellence in research and education. “This paper makes the case for a simpler structure to enable better research and teaching synergies, and also to ease the burden of administration in the institution,” Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said. “We welcome your written comment by 30 October.”

Discover the new Sydney Nanoscience Hub
Register now for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the University of Sydney’s new, cutting-edge Sydney Nanoscience Hub on 14 October, followed by refreshments.
Freedom Ride up for national award
Back in January, the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Charles Perkins’ pioneering 1965 Freedom Ride through rural NSW with an epic re-enactment involving students, staff and original riders. The event has just been announced as a national finalist in the Australian Event Awards and is in the running to be voted by the public as ‘Australia’s Favourite Event’. Vote for it here.
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STUDENT LIFE
After-hours security on campus
If you’re on campus late for class or study, remember there are security and transport services available to ensure you can travel to and from campus safely and with ease. Free shuttle buses operate on our campuses and Campus Security is available 24 hours a day on (02) 9351 3333. Find out more – and get tips on safety here.
What’s hot at Summer School
Up for a summer activity that won’t leave sand in your clothes? The University’s Summer School runs from December to February and gives you a great chance to catch up on subjects, speed up your degree or balance out your timetable. Enrolments are now open – check out the 100+ subjects on offer

Join in and get involved
  • The USU’s Verge Festival begins tomorrow – check out the full program of enchanting events taking place over the next 10 days.

  • Are you passionate about improving access and inclusion for students with a disability? The University's Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee is seeking a student representative member to contribute to the work of our Disability Action Plan. The Committee meets twice per semester. Contact louise.bannerman@sydney.edu.au or phone (02) 8627 8526 for more details.

  • Cyclists celebrate – Ride2Uni Day is coming up on Wednesday 14 October! We’re hosting a riders' breakfast on campus, and there are SUSF gym membership prizes up for grabs for our keenest cyclists. Beginners and pros welcome.

  • The Festival of Democracy is coming to the University on 16-17 October for two days of exciting talks, debates and art focusing on trends facing all democracies today.

  • The US Studies Centre is offering postgraduate Arts and Business students a fantastic opportunity to explore the United States in January and attend G'Day USA events with the major players in the US-Australia relationship. Register for the info session this Thursday 8 October.
Study
  • Exam timetables will be released this Thursday 8 October. Find out more 

  • Applications for Charles Perkins Centre Summer Scholarships have been extended until Friday 16 October – don’t miss out on this great opportunity to undertake real research in world-class facilities.

  • Last chance to apply for the Confucius Institute’s China Culture Study Tour in December 2015. Applications close 11 October.

  • There are still places left at our Postgraduate Information Evening on next Wednesday 14 October. Book a seat now.
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EVENTS
6 Oct  Sydney Con Centenary Festival
7 Oct  Sydney Ideas – From Melancholy to Depression 
13 Oct  Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian Literature with Mireille Juchau
14 Oct  Sydney Ideas Health Forum – What does it mean to die well?
15 Oct  Sydney Ideas – The Future of France Foretold in its New Museums
15 Oct  Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future
16 Oct  Sydney Ideas with Festival of Democracy – We Need to Talk about Spain  
20 Oct  Raising the Bar Sydney

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