Student News
29 August 2016
Refugee to nurse: student’s journey from Iraq to Sydney
Six and a half years ago, Maha Kamil arrived in Australia as an Iraqi refugee who couldn’t speak English. Now in her final year of a Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies), she volunteers at an intensive English centre and has helped establish a society to connect nursing scholarship recipients and donors. Maha still found time to come to Open Day on the weekend to share her story with high school students.
Breaking STEMM’s glass ceiling
“Which kind of Australia will we be – the sort that creates opportunities for all, to better face our future challenges?” Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence asked at last week’s Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) project launch at the Great Hall. Find out how the University plans to tackle the issue of under-representation of women researchers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
The things you’ve learned here
From where to find cheap Thai food (hint, Newtown) to how to meet new friends, we’ve all discovered valuable lessons outside of the classroom. We set up a ‘truth booth’ on Eastern Avenue to find out what you’ve learned here. Check out what some of our students had to say.
Let’s talk about sex
Get ready to re-learn sex ed at the University of Sydney Union’s Radical Sex and Consent Week from 30 August – 1 September. Learn all about sex, consent, culture and kink through a full program of activities, workshops and talks. You’ll discover new ways to make sex more respectful, safe and fun for yourself and others.
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Paging all book-lovers
Score yourself a book bargain at this year’s Book Fair on 14 September in the Great Hall. The money raised goes to support vital projects like equity scholarships and the maintenance of our beloved historic buildings. Book donations are welcome. Find out more.
R U ready to rock?!
R U OK? Day is coming up on 9 September and as part of Disability Inclusion Week – we’re rocking out for mental health with a fundraiser concert at Hermann’s. Register for it (and the week’s other events!) here.
Respect. Now. Always
We’re partnering with Universities Australia and the Human Rights Commission in a pioneering national student survey on sexual assault and harassment. The Respect. Now. Always campaign has banded universities across the country together to commit to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students. Find out more.
The Australian subscription – unlimited access
Sydney Uni students now have free, unlimited access to The Australian until 25 August 2017.

Sydney Uni students now have free, unlimited access to The Australian until 25 August 2017.

tay up to date with the Sydney Uni digital campus subscription, which includes:
  • unrestricted digital access to The Australian, on and off campus

  • a daily edition app for phone and tablet

  • a digital print edition, which is an online replica of the day’s newspaper

  • editorial email newsletters for updates from The Australian’s various sections (including their daily Higher Education email)

  • email alerts when big news breaks

  • newsflash app delivers five curated stories, three times a day to iOS phones and watches.
Subscriptions are limited, so activate your account now
Get involved
  • From lepers and assassins to forbidden love and family ties, our World Cinema Series is sure to whisk you worlds away. We’re screening free foreign language films in lecture theatres throughout September – check out the full program.

  • Find out what happened when engineering student Brian O’Callaghan hit the Big Apple to talk about climate change.

  • Join an Indonesian puppet master, the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation and a talented dance company for an evening of storytelling, music and language on 6 September. Register now

  • Are you an international student looking to start your career in Australia? Learn about visa pathways from our migration law experts at a talk on 8 September.
  • Join a global community of veterinary professionals. Applications for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine close on 15 September
  • Think you could compose a score for a symphony orchestra? Check out the David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for your chance to be awarded $12,000. Apply by 3 October.

  • Take control of your future and apply for the University of Sydney's flagship graduate entry law degree, the Juris Doctor. Find out more at an info session on 15 September.
  • If you’re an international student, it’s important you know your rights in an Australian workplace. Register now for an information session on 15 September with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

  • Need to change your enrolment? It’s your last chance before the census date on 31 August.

  • As part of the University’s Academic Board review process, we are accepting submissions until 16 September.  Find out more about the terms of reference and submissions here.
CareerHub job of the week
Haiwei Career bridges the gap between Chinese employers and overseas talent in areas of IT, finance, media, consulting, banking and fast-moving consumer goods. Attend their information session on 6 September.
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30 August – 1 September Radical Sex and Consent Week
30 August Sydney Ideas – The Holocaust: the known, the unknown, the disputed and the re-examined
30 August Sydney Ideas – China and the West: dynamics of power, passion and personalities in the Chinese art market
31 August Census date
31 August Sydney Ideas – The Australian mosque: locality, gender and spirituality
1 September Sydney Ideas – Schattenkinder: children born of war in the 20th and 21st centuries
1 September Sydney Ideas – We need to talk about Antarctica
5 September Sydney Ideas – How do we live with ourselves? The Australian national conscience
5 – 9 September Disability Inclusion Week
12 – 16 September Honours Week
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