Student News
23 May 2016
University asks residential colleges to improve culture
The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor have invited independent colleges affiliated with the University to work with former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick AO to address concerns about their culture. Full story.
#espressoyourself at TEDx on campus
Miss out on TEDx tickets? We’ve got you covered. Pull up a beanbag and grab a free #espressoyourself coffee at our exclusive satellite event on 25 May to enjoy a live stream of all the talks direct from the Opera House. Also featuring guest appearances, student entertainment and a chance to win tickets to TEDxYouth. It will engage your brain, so it definitely counts as study!
Are you not entertained?
Last week’s Sydney Uni Revue was a tough gig – expectations are high at a University that produces an endless stream of talented student entertainers. Luckily the satire, sketches and songs didn’t disappoint. Find out more about how you can entertain – and be entertained – on campus.

Read all about it: students cover the Sydney Writers' Festival
Sydney Writers' Festival was jam-packed with culture, and overflowing with contentious ideas. We sent along five of our student writers to report back with the latest from the ground. Read up on all of their reviews and interviews with authors, including 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.
Reconciliation Week
From Friday 27 May we are marking 25 years of reconciliation in Australia with a range of events across our campuses during Reconciliation Week. Students, staff and the wider community can get involved to remember our nation’s history and help determine our future.
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The Hunting Ground screening
On Thursday 26 May, the Wom*n’s Collective hosts a screening of the critically acclaimed US documentary about sexual violence on university campuses, The Hunting Ground. Following the film will be a panel discussion including the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Michael Spence. Register here.
Architecture students wow Venice
The prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale will showcase the work of 15 of our Master of Architecture students. Check out their blog to find out how they’ve explored everything from colonisation and refugees to Aristotle.
Women dominate USU election
The results are in, and your new USU Board members have been elected. Koko Kong came away with the highest number of votes, and she will become the first international student elected in nine years. For the first time ever, all the elected candidates were women. Full report via Pulp
Help us create a new student website
We’re building a new website for current students and need your help. Join a 30-minute exercise on campus this Thursday and you’ll receive a $30 Co-op voucher for your time. Register your interest and preferred time now.
  • From 2017 the University will offer a Humanitarian Engineering major to prepare students to work in rural Australia and developing countries. Find out more at the launch on 24 May.
  • Exams are just around the corner – timetables are out via Sydney Student (go to ‘My study’, then ‘Assessments’). Be sure you’re on top of all the exam procedures and processes, and don’t forget that CAPS have also put together a resource to help you manage your time and stress.
  • If you couldn’t make it to Postgraduate Information Evening, never fear. There is a further studies lunchtime session on Wednesday 25 May at 12pm in the New Law Foyer.
Get involved
  • As part of Reconciliation Week, we’re giving away three double passes to an interactive forum on 2 June, I’m Not Racist, But…. Email us for your chance to go along.
  • This semester 10 teams of students were given a challenge: develop a plan to revitalise the Dymocks bookstore. Book your spot at the final and check out the brilliant ideas on 27 May.
  • Tired of all your favourite musical festivals being cancelled? Check out Sound Gardens, a new one-day festival hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 29 May. 

  • ICYMI: Three leading researchers from the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology answered the public's questions last week during a special nanoscience-themed Reddit AMA
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23 May Sydney Ideas – Archaeology and heritage in the Tropical Pacific
23 May Sydney Ideas – Agricultural land grabs: what are their impacts on Australia and globally?
23 May Sydney Ideas – Professor Costas Douzinas 
24 May Sydney Ideas – A model of confusion 
25 May Further study options lunchtime session
25 May Sydney Ideas – Exploring the implications of the 2016 Philippine elections
25 May Sydney Ideas – the social organisation of education knowledge in different jurisdictions 
25 - 28 May Jew Revue: Mad Max Brenner – Jewry Road
26 May Sydney Ideas – Eileen Myles: I must be living twice
27 May Dymocks Challenge final round 
27 May Sydney Ideas – Music and contemporary Indigenous identities
27 May – 3 June Reconciliation Week
30 May Sydney Ideas – Is too much testing and treatment making us sick? 
1 June Sydney Ideas – A garden for empire and nation: history and memory at the Qing Imperial Mountain Estate 
1 June Sydney Ideas Health Forum – Neuroplasticity: the science behind rewiring the brain  

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