Student News
4 October 2016
How to launch a successful startup
Innovation is key in creating a successful startup, but a good idea won’t go far unless you can pitch it well. In an interview with Dr Jay Spence, a judge at our Innovation Week Student Challenge, we found out what it takes to make a start in the real world.
Take the tassel out of graduation
Did you know that when you ascend the steps of the Great Hall and graduate, you’ll be borrowing from the traditions of King Henry VIII, the US naval academy and even medieval friars? Check out the myths and legends behind graduation to wow your relatives and avoid any graduation-cap faux pas. If you’re graduating, don’t forget to try our new graduation Snapchat filters.
Save the day for Pave the Way
Help our community achieve incredible things by taking part in Pave the Way on 11 October. Whether it’s $5 or $50, by taking part in the 24-hour fundraising challenge, you can support causes like cancer research and giving refugees a start. Head down to Eastern Avenue on the day for food, games and live music or give early online.
Summer School, so hot right now
From speeding up your degree to taking advantage of small class sizes, there are plenty of reasons to join the Sydney Summer School. Applications are now open, with more than 120 subjects on offer, covering a broad range of topics, including diet and nutrition, sports media, geology, languages and youth culture. FEE-HELP is available to domestic students.
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Knowledge on tap
Back in Sydney in 2016, bars are serving up refreshing educational ideas as Raising the Bar brings 20 academics to 20 watering holes around Sydney for 1 night on October 18. With talks filling up quickly, be sure to register online for your FREE ticket.
Front row seat
Australia's two oldest universities, Sydney and Melbourne, will soon return to Darling Harbour in search of victory at the Australian Boat Race. Meet the crews on Eastern Avenue from 10am on Wednesday 19 October and try your luck on an ergometer. Garmin watches and SUSF gym memberships are up for grabs!
Help end sexual harassment and assault at universities
The nationwide Respect. Now. Always. campaign is urging students to complete a groundbreaking survey on sexual harassment and assault at Australian universities. If you’re one of those selected at random and see an email invitation from the Australian Human Rights Commission, please take the time to complete this important, independent and completely confidential survey.
Sydney Ideas competition
Imagine you’re the Sydney Ideas Programs Manager, what type of event would you plan? Sell us on your vision and we could help you make it happen in 2017. Get a leg up on the competition and find out what our enthusiastic attendees had to say about past events in our blog.   

Get involved
  • The University of Sydney Union’s annual Verge Festival is less than a week away! The festival celebrates student creativity of all kinds, with artworks, performances and events all over campus.

  • Lend a hand to the Sydney Period Project in providing the homeless with sanitary products by taking part in a packing day to assemble hygiene kits.

  • Get on your bike and embrace a little morning exercise for Ride2Uni Day on Wednesday 12 October. Register now for a free breakfast, bike tune up, and the chance to win great prizes.
  • Join us in the Quad on Wednesday 12 October from 3 – 6.30pm to discover the value of postgraduate study. Speak to academic advisers and alumni to find out which course is right for you. Book your place.

  • The School of Geosciences has developed an immersion program for undergraduate students majoring in geography. Scholarships worth $8000 are available, with the opportunity to complete a semester of study in Indonesia.

  • Are you interested in working in China? Gain insights into the Chinese job market and learn what employers are looking for at our Australian and Chinese networking session.

  • The Charles Perkins Centre’s summer scholarships program offers students from all disciplines the chance to undertake paid research with our leading academics. You’ll develop research skills and help find solutions to real-world problems. Apply by 14 October.
And in research news...
  • Romance isn't dead in the age of Tinder! New research has found that dating app users are still swiping right to long-term love. 

  • Students on campus collaborated with Research Associate Dr Jamee Newland to explore their experiences on public transport with a disability. Their opinions have been included in a new video posted by Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi.
  • From 2017, tuition fees for undergraduate fee-paying students, including international students, will change to a course-based system, rather than by unit of study. Find out more.
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4 October Sydney Period Project packing day
4 October Sydney Ideas – Who’s packing your lunchbox? Eating at school and work
4 October Sydney Ideas – Gut microbiome: a new target for managing human metabolic health
4 October Sydney Conservatorium of Music final Great Hall concert: saxophone orchestra
4 October Sydney Conservatorium of Music final Verbrugghen ensemble: of magic and madness
4 October Sydney University Union free English workshop
5 October Sydney Ideas – Why violent revolutions lead to the most durable dictatorships
6 October Sydney Ideas – American politics in the time of Trump
6 October Sydney University Union Theatresports
6 October Sydney Ideas – Dying re-imagined: designing a better way to die 
7 October Brydens Sydney Uni Flames 2016/17 WNBL season opener vs Perth Lynx 
8 October Sydney Ideas – Pyramids, mummies & Cleopatra: recent discoveries
11 October Verge Awards
12 October Postgraduate Information Evening
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