Student News
5 September 2016
 
Disability Inclusion Week
It’s Disability Inclusion Week, the time of year when we come together to celebrate diversity and learn more about the experiences of people who live with disability. Head down to Eastern Avenue today for the launch, and learn about accessibility and support services, try your hand at wheelchair fencing, or chill out with food and live entertainment.

At the Cumberland Campus, you can watch a gruelling match of murderball with some of Australia’s toughest athletes. We’re also hosting a special screening of the 2016 Rio Paralympic games opening ceremony, with three-time Paralympic medalist and current PhD student, Sarah Stewart on hand to talk about her experiences.

Last but not least is the curtain closing rock ’n’ roll fundraiser at Hermann’s Bar on Friday night.
Curious about disability? Ask us anything!
Ever wondered what daily life is like for students with disability – for example, what it’s like to take a shower, or whether there’s ever a dispute over an accessible parking space? Is it ok to use the word ‘handicapped’?

Join us on Tuesday at 12–1pm in Seminar Room 444 in the New Law Annex, for an interactive Q&A where a panel of students with disabilities will answer your questions, bust some myths and give you a personal insight into life with a disability. And don’t worry about lunch – we’re offering free pizza.
 
Find out more on the Disability Inclusion Week webpage.
What is honours really like?
Will honours ruin your social life? Can you really make a difference in your field? Will you actually enjoy research?

If you’re thinking about honours but aren’t sure what to expect, check out Five things I learned in my honours year – a collection of insights from our students.

You can find out more at Honours Week from 12 to 16 September. Attend information sessions, talk to an Honours Coordinator and ask about the application process.
Your challenge: create a healthy future
Do you have an idea that could transform the future of health? Take part in the Innovation Week Student Challenge and work in a team before pitching to industry, government and academic representatives. Prizes include seed-funding grants of up to $10,000, access to mentoring and support, as well as industry internship placements. Register your interest now.

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STUDENT LIFE
Inclusive education in action
Meet Nalyn Sirivivatnanon and Henry Szaraz, two students who are part of the Uni 2 Beyond program, which allows people with intellectual disabilities to attend classes on campus over a two-year period. Read the full story and watch their interviews on ABC’s Lateline. [Photo: ABC]
Tech-ed out learning at ThinkSpace
Did you know you can use a 3D printer on campus? Last Thursday, the Library launched ThinkSpace, our new experimental technology-driven creative space. We asked Reynald, our Peer Learning Adviser, for five good reasons why you should check it out.
Snap to it
Thanks to everyone who took part in our very first Snapchat treasure hunt at Open Day. Take a look at our Snapstory from the day and add sydney_uni to stay in the loop.
Get involved
  • Tired of being the last to hear about campus life? Check out the University of Sydney Union’s digital student publication, Pulp, for opinion pieces, news and lifestyle stories.

  • Voting is now open for one undergraduate and one postgraduate student Fellow of Senate. The electronic ballot will close at 4pm on 22 September.

  • Which club or society do you think has made the biggest contribution to student life this year? Nominate now before 22 September for the University of Sydney Union’s 2016 C&S Awards.  
     
  • We’re bringing together a panel of experts on China for a Sydney Ideas event on 21 September. Help to shape the discussion by sending in your questions by 14 September.

  • Come along to our live-streaming of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony at 9am on Thursday and hear from current PhD student and Paralympian Sarah Stewart.
Study
  • Gain world-class experience with the summer scholarships program at the Charles Perkins Centre. All undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students are invited to apply before 14 October.

  • Join the China Culture Study Tour and make Shanghai and Nanjing your classroom for two weeks in December. Scholarships are available and no prerequisites are required. Apply by 18 September.
Notices
  • The University of Sydney has been ranked first in Australia and 28th globally in the Thomson Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities’ rankings. Full story.
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EVENTS & TALKS
5 September Sydney Ideas – How do we live with ourselves? The Australian national conscience.
5 – 9 September Disability Inclusion Week
6 September World Cinema Series – Red Sorghum (Chinese)
6 September An evening with the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation
6 September Sydney Ideas – Populism, race and democracy
7 September Sydney Ideas Health Forum – Five ways your heart can kill you that you didn’t know. 
7 September Sydney Ideas – Capitalism, socialism and democracy: old visions, new realities
9 September R U OK? to rock ‘n’ roll
12 September Sydney Ideas – doctrinal and political roots of the Islamic State
12 – 16 September Honours Week
13 September World Cinema Series – The Spanish Apartment
13 September Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian literature with Emily Bitto
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