Student News
26 October 2015
The Chaser and Bassem Youssef live on campus
We're thrilled to welcome Bassem Youssef, dubbed 'the Jon Stewart of Egypt' to the University for a lesson in comedy that pokes fun at politicians. Joined by the Chaser's Chris Taylor (dubbed ‘not even close to the Jon Stewart of Australia’), Bassem will be here on 4 November for a special Sydney Ideas event at MacLaurin Hall. Tickets are free – register now.

Students’ work selected for Sculpture by the Sea
The walk from Bondi to Tamarama is even more stunning at the moment with Sculpture by the Sea on show until 8 November. Our students’ creations feature among the 107 artworks by prominent local and international artists this year – check out three breathtaking pieces created by three teams of architecture and engineering students. 
Sydney and Melbourne share Australian Boat Race honours
The University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have shared the spoils at this year's Australian Boat Race, with Sydney’s men's and Melbourne's women's teams seizing victory over the weekend. "We showed that we are a new crew and a stronger crew and that strength has emerged from the disappointment two years ago," says men's captain Sasha Belonogoff. Read the full story

A professor walks into a bar…
More than 1000 Sydneysiders filled 20 bars across the city to hear from 20 academics as part of the inaugural Raising the Bar Sydney. Our experts were taken out of their natural habitats and sent to more refreshing locations to share their fascinating lessons.
More than 1000 Sydneysiders filled 20 bars across the city to hear from 20 academics as part of the inaugural Raising the Bar Sydney. Our experts were taken out of their natural habitats and sent to more refreshing locations to share their fascinating lessons.

On the night Sydney was abuzz as the city’s watering holes were turned into classrooms. At Zigi’s, Rae Cooper talked about sex and gender inequality; Michael Biercuk explained quantum physics at Pocket Bar; while over at Knox Street Bar, Sahar Amer opened a conversation about veiling. On Twitter, #RTBSYD trended in Australia, even knocking the new Star Wars movie trailer off the top spot. 

The Raising the Bar initiative originated in New York in 2013. It was created by two students, Yuli Luvish and Inbar Dankner, who were guests at the University of Sydney event.

“The Sydney event was outstanding! It was a full house at every bar we went to, and it was beautiful to watch the attendees listening and engaging in such a genuine way,” Yuli says.

“Education should be a way of life. Promoting it by making resources accessible and constituently sharing knowledge in innovative formats helps develop individuals while creating a tighter community and a better society,” she says.

You can listen to each Raising the Bar talk now on Soundcloud.
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Out first Lendlease Bradfield Scholar
Congratulations to first-year student Caitlin Hanrahan, our inaugural Lendlease Bradfield Urban Vision Scholarship recipient. Read Caitlin’s big vision for the future of Sydney.
Half-price tickets to So Frenchy, So Chic
Oh la la! This summer you're invited to a giant party, a perfect picnic and the chance to see some of France's coolest bands as So Frenchy, So Chic returns to our grounds on 16 January 2016. To add to the joie de vivre, students can claim tickets for half price! Just enter the code: USYDSFSC at the checkout. Be quick as tickets won’t last. Also, if you’re feeling suitably inspired to learn French, remember we offer an accelerated mode for the Diploma of Language Studies, which is now open for applications.

Join in and get involved
  • Just one week to go before the Sydney China Business Forum. Register now to take advantage of half-price tickets for students.

  • Student entrepreneur program INCUBATE  hosted its sixth Demo Day earlier this month, with eight new startups pitched to investors, industry heavyweights and other entrepreneurs.

  • Renew your ACCESS card online for just $55 before 20 November 2015 and take advantage of exclusive offers from partners STA Travel, Topshop and Topman, the Newtown Hotel, Dendy, Skydive the Beach and more.

  • Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum is coming to the uni this week for a Sydney Ideas talk about hip hop, youth and politics in the Middle East on 28 October. Then, catch him for a free gig at Hermann’s Bar on Friday 30 October.  
  • Create the future you want with postgraduate study at the University of Sydney Business School. Join us at an upcoming information session and find out more about our leading MBA program and other postgraduate opportunities.
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27 Oct Sydney Ideas – Science and satire in early modern England
27 Oct Sydney Conservatorium of Music Great Hall Series: chamber choir
28 Oct Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening
28 Oct Sydney Ideas – Rhythms, rebels and resistance  
28 Oct Sydney Ideas – Sydney Story Factory: igniting creativity in children and young people one story at a time
29 Oct End of semester shindig @ Hermann’s
3 Nov Sydney Ideas – Why animals have become a social issue
3 Nov Sydney Ideas – The future of China through Chinese science fiction

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