Student News
12 October 2015
Gold for bio students
A big congratulations to Lizzie, Mark, Sandy, Gaia, Mahiar and Harry, our team of undergraduate students studying synthetic biology, who won gold at the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition in Boston recently.
A big congratulations to Lizzie, Mark, Sandy, Gaia, Mahiar and Harry, our team of undergraduate students studying synthetic biology, who won gold at the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition in Boston recently.

Their project explored bioengineering techniques to reduce E. Coli contamination in water, and remarkably was completed during semester. Their competitors from universities such as MIT, Harvard and Oxford had the advantage of the northern hemisphere’s summer break to complete their projects.

To cap off the success, the team’s outreach program, human practices program, and modelling component ranked in the top five out of 280 of the best universities across the world.
More tickets released for all Raising the Bar talks
We’re excited to announce that a new allocation of tickets is now available for each Raising the Bar Sydney talk. Our academics are taking over 20 of Sydney’s top bars on 20 October, with free talks that take pub conversations to a new level. Ever wondered if you’re smarter than an ant, or what speeding teens and gambling grannies have in common? These are just some of the brainy offerings available. Register now, the limited allocation will not last long.
Jacaranda bloom means exams loom
The first flowers have begun sprouting on our iconic Jacaranda, heralding the arrival of spring – and, as University folklore has long warned – the arrival of exam season. If you haven’t yet started revising, don’t panic! There’s plenty of help available to get you on track for success in November. 

Check out the Learning Centre’s study skills and exam preparation workshops, and a session hosted by CAPS to help with exam anxiety on 28 October. You might also find these online resources useful.
SURG 25-hour charity broadcast
Fill up your thermos and get ready for SURG radio’s marathon 25-hour charity broadcast as part of the USU’s Verge Festival. There’ll be live music from the likes of Philadelphia Grand Jury and Allday; and a string of special guests including Dr Karl, Adam Spencer and the Chaser’s Chas Licciardello. All money raised goes towards Headspace, so claim a beanbag and be part of the fun when it begins at 1pm this Tuesday 13 October at the tent in JFR Plaza, or listen live online. Don’t forget to give generously.

Check out the other great Verge Festival events this week.
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Saddle up for Ride2Uni Day
It's Ride2Uni Day on Wednesday 14 October, so jump on your bike and get to campus the two-wheeled way. 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.

See the best of student art
The USU's Verge Awards shortlist is on display this week at Verge Gallery in the JFR Plaza. The works include 2D and 3D art, photography, short film, literature, prose, poetry, drama and music.

Join in and get involved
  • Celebrate 20 years of innovative new music at Ensemble Offspring’s Future Retro event on 25 October at the Conservatorium of Music. The concert features a number of performances of both new and old pieces, including exclusive premiers from final year composition students Cassie To and Kezia Yap.

  • Just in time for summer, Boot Camp is back at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness from Monday 26 October.
  • Register now for the Complexity, Criticality and Computing Research Camp held at the Charles Perkins Centre from 30 November to 4 December. A limited number of fee waivers are available for students – find out more.
  • A scheduled outage of the web payment system will take place on Wednesday 14 October from 7–9am. You can still pay tuition fees during this time via BPAY or phone banking. 

  • The Red Cross Blood Service will be at the Camperdown Campus next week. One in three Australians will need blood, but only one in 30 donates. Be one of those who saves lives. Make an appointment online.
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13 Oct USA trivia at Manning Bar
13 Oct University of Sydney Business School postgraduate Info Session
15 Oct
  Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future
14 Oct Postgraduate Information Evening
14 Oct Sydney Nanoscience Hub Open Day
16-17 Oct Festival of Democracy 
16 Oct  Sydney Ideas with Festival of Democracy – We Need to Talk about Spain  
19 Oct  Sydney Ideas – Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations 
20 Oct  Raising the Bar Sydney
21 Oct  Sydney Ideas – Slow Violence, Environmental Activism and the Arts
26 Oct  Sydney Ideas – 21st Century Medicine: The Future of Cancer Care is (nearly) Here
28 Oct Sydney Law School Postgraduate Evening
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