Student News
7 March 2016
 
A message from the Vice-Chancellor
Dear students,

Many of you will be aware of recent incidents targeting our Muslim student community, including last week’s graffiti attacks on Eastern Avenue.

We view these incidents with the utmost seriousness – and condemn them. Harassment or discrimination of any kind has no part in our community. Universities must be places where tolerance, acceptance and diversity are both taught and practised.
Dear students,

Many of you will be aware of recent incidents targeting our Muslim student community, including last week’s graffiti attacks on Eastern Avenue.

We view these incidents with the utmost seriousness – and condemn them. Harassment or discrimination of any kind has no part in our community. Universities must be places where tolerance, acceptance and diversity are both taught and practised. 

We are improving security measures on campus to protect safe spaces, such as prayer facilities, and protect the right of all students and staff to feel safe and free from discrimination. If you see something or have any knowledge of people engaged in these activities, please do not hesitate to tell us. We will investigate any breach of the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy 2015 to ensure everyone’s right to safety on all our campuses is upheld. Any student or staff member who engages in such behaviour will face serious consequences.

I encourage anyone with concerns or questions around this issue to write to me at vice.chancellor@sydney.edu.au. I have already written to students affected by these incidents to express my personal distress, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin last week met with the Sydney University Muslim Students Association (SUMSA) to discuss their concerns and what the University can do to ensure that students feel safe, comfortable and welcome on all of our campuses.

Promoting diversity, inclusion and respect on our campuses is a responsibility we all share. 

I commend the leaders of the student organisations for their passionate public stand against the recent incidences of Islamophobia. A more diverse university is a stronger university, and I encourage you to think what role you can play in creating a campus environment that is genuinely open to all.

Finally, remember that support is available for students distressed by such incidents. Our Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are located on level 5 of the Jane Foss Russell Building and can be reached on 8627 8433 or 8627 8437.

Yours sincerely

Dr Michael Spence
Sydney Uni shines at Mardi Gras
Students and staff revelled in the excitement of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, taking Sydney Uni’s first-ever Mardi Gras float down Oxford Street in front of thousands of onlookers. The float was a colourful Quadrangle, and in it featured the dazzling Jacky Randa, leading more than 70 staff and students wearing rainbow robes. Check out the photos here.
Bringing our people together
Are you new to Sydney? Want to connect with some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world? Who better to turn to than our amazing alumni community, and the Welcome to Sydney program? The program brings students from overseas and regional areas together with local alumni hosts for friendly gatherings. It’s a great way to meet people and enjoy an authentic Sydney experience.

It’s never too early to plan your career
It’s Careers Fair season, with some big events coming up in the next fortnight, including Engineering and IT, Law and the big one – the Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on 17 March. These are invaluable opportunities to meet employers, and part of a wealth of resources available to students all year long via the University’s Careers Centre. Here’s how to make the most of it.
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STUDENT LIFE
Brooklyn’s first day
This year’s OWeek was full of highlights. Shannon Noll rocking the Front Lawns was a surprise and David Bowie’s Life on Mars being played on the Carillon was beautiful… but we can’t go past seeing Brooklyn, the lovable bulldog, romping around campus making friends and ignoring ‘keep off the grass’ signs.
Freaky photo comp
Fancy yourself as a photographer? Show us your freakiest Roger Ballen-esque shot for a chance to win one of 10 signed limited-edition shirts and books to celebrate the artist’s upcoming show, Theatre of the Mind, at SCA Galleries.
Fancy yourself as a photographer? Show us your freakiest Roger Ballen-esque shot for a chance to win one of 10 signed limited-edition shirts and books to celebrate the artist’s upcoming show, Theatre of the Mind, at SCA Galleries

Post your photo to the SCA Facebook page to have your work judged by Ballen himself! Don’t forget to like the page so you can follow the comp. Entries need to be submitted by Friday 11 March, and winners will be announced at the opening of Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind at SCA Galleries on 16 March.
Beyond week one
It’s week 2 already? Time flies during your first semester at uni, so it helps to know what lies ahead. Here's a simple overview of what to expect, including how to avoid any bumps in the road.
Study
  • If you’re a postgraduate research student, you can now create your own profile on the University website. Just like academic staff profiles, this is the perfect way to showcase your talent, build interest in your project and attract collaborators. Check your inbox for an email about requesting a profile.
  • In case you weren’t able to attend the packed-out official welcome to all new students at Orientation Week, you can now watch a recording of the proceedings.
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) Shane Houston will give a presentation on the University’s Wingara Mura strategy on 17 March, 1–2pm at Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175. Register here.
Get involved
  • There are still some tickets left to see contestants from hit Chinese dating show, If You Are The One, tomorrow at a free panel discussion. Register online now.
  • Come and try a short course at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. They’re a fun way to sample and develop new skills in a sport or dance you are new to. Grab a friend and claim your 45-minute trial now.
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EVENTS
7 March International Women’s Day panel discussion
8 March Sydney Ideas and Confucius Institute – If You Are The One panel discussion
8 March Mendel Day at Macleay Museum
9 March Wednesday markets on Eastern Avenue
10 March Sydney Ideas – The Renaissance elsewhere
10 March The energy challenge: nanotechnology solutions towards sustainable development
11 March Power seminar – Professor Alexander Nagel
11 March  Sydney Ideas – A scientific approach to teaching science and engineering
16 March Law careers fair
17 March Graduate jobs and internships fair

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