Student News
24 October 2016
8 steps to make uni friendships official
It’s the last week of semester and a long break beckons, so how can you turn your fledgling uni friends into bona fide besties?  Check out our eight easy steps to help you make the transition.
Innovation inspiration
From video games that battle against diabetes to robots improving the world’s food security, our uni has always pushed the boundaries to take on some of society’s biggest challenges. Celebrate our advancements at Innovation Week and come along to our Future States Forum on 27 October where our academics will make bold predictions about the future.
Worth droning on about
Flying Ubers would be cool, but could they actually help fix traffic congestion, Sydney’s housing problem and our lack of renewable resources? First-year Bachelor of Architecture and Environments student Kate Zambelli makes a compelling case, which has seen her win the Lendlease Bradfield Scholarship. Congratulations to Kate, as well as our other six finalists.
Don’t wait – important graduate dates
If you’re graduating in 2017 then this summer is the perfect time to be investigating that dream graduate position. Sound tedious? No worries – we’ve done all the hard work for you. Below is a list of need-to-know dates (take note: some events fall before the start of Semester 1).
If you’re graduating in 2017 then this summer is the perfect time to be investigating that dream graduate position. Sound tedious? No worries – we’ve done all the hard work for you. Below is a list of need-to-know dates (take note: some events fall before the start of Semester 1). 

Don’t leave it to the last minute. Prepare yourself for the graduate recruitment season by sharpening your application and interview skills. Keep an eye out for career workshops on the CareerHub from next February. 

Bain & Company Employer Information Session (catered) 
Monday 27 February, 5.30 to 7.30pm 

Boston Consulting Group Information Session and Networking Event (catered) 
Tuesday 28 February, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Credit Suisse – Employer Information Session (catered) 
Tuesday 7 March, 12 – 2pm 

Investment Banking and Consultancy Careers Fair 2017 
Tuesday 7 March, 5.30 – 7.30pm

AT Kearney Employer Information Session 
Wednesday 8 March, 12 – 1pm 

Autumn Careers Fair 2017 
Monday 13 March, 12 – 3pm 

2017 Law Careers Fair 
Tuesday 14 March, 5.30 – 7.30pm 

(More events will be added, visit the Careerhub to keep up to date with the latest news and events).
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History repeats itself on the harbour
Sydney Uni has once again been named Australia's boating best in men's rowing against fierce cross-border rivals Melbourne. Meanwhile our women made progress but again fell short in the Australian Boat Race.

The early bird gets the burger
Get your 2017 ACCESS membership early for just $65, with a free burger and drink thrown in. Photo credit; University of Sydney Union @usuaccess
Win a $500 Apple voucher
Help reduce essay outsourcing and plagiarism by completing this quick and confidential survey conducted by the Australian Government. You don’t need to be a cheater to answer the survey, and if you do, you’ll go into the draw to win one of two $500 Apple gift vouchers.
50 years forward – 50 years back
It’s been 50 years since Charles Perkins graduated from the University of Sydney and he was the first Aboriginal man to do so, but there’s still work to be done to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander equality. Join us on 27 October for a thought-provoking panel debate as we reflect on how the Australian landscape has changed 50 years since Perkins’ graduation and explore what the next 50 years will hold.
Get involved
  • Game of Thrones: history, medievalism and how it might end
    Go behind the scenes on Game of Thrones with medieval scholar Carolyne Larrington as she talks you through the history and literature that shaped the hit show, and even speculates on how it might end. This Sydney Ideas talk on 26 October is not to be missed.

  • Finding the info you need?
    How easily can you find the content you need on our website? Let us know in this super-quick feedback form to help us improve the information available to you.

  • This changes everything
    On 11 November, join the Sydney Peace Foundation to celebrate Naomi Klein’s work in climate change, at an event with Missy Higgins, Senator Patrick Dodson and Professor Gillian Triggs. We’ll also be screening Klein’s movie This Changes Everything on campus.

  • The incredible Hult 
    Take part in the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student start-up competition. Form a team of three or four and come up with an idea for a social start-up, for your chance to represent the University in San Francisco. Plus, the international winner will receive US$1 million in start-up funding. Find out more and apply now.
  • Save us the snore 
    We’re calling out for creative students to help us with a new video project, both in front and behind the camera. We want you to inject some life into what we think are normally pretty boring instructional videos. To find out more and share your fresh ideas, email Julie Parsons

  • Make an impact
    Vote now for the George Institute’s Professor Clara Chow. As a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge she’s up against other not for profits like World Vision. Her SMS-delivered treatment plan aims to prevent chronic diseases.

  • Sydney Genesis final pitch
    On 27 October Sydney Genesis will host their final start-up pitch night, with seven teams competing across all faculties. Come along to listen in to our brightest student ideas and take home some pitch tips of your own. 

  • This seat’s reserved
    Around exam time, securing a desk in the Library is like participating in an extreme sport. Luckily, the Library will be piloting a desk booking system for the next four weeks. Bookings are now open so get in quick.
  • Get a taste of postgrad life
    If you’re considering postgraduate study, then come along to one of our taster classes.  You’ll experience everything, with a lecture from a leading academic, as well as opportunities to network with course advisers, other academics and current students of the program. Read more and register.

  • 2017 Alumni Awards
    Know an outstanding fellow classmate who’s about to graduate? Nominate them for a Graduate Medal, with categories ranging from undergraduate to sporting achievement. 
And in research news...
  • Our PhD students made a recent breakthrough, finding that Tasmanian Devil milk can be used to kill superbugs.  

  • Sydney is famous for its harbour but what lies beneath? Watch as the Department of History's Dr Peter Hobbins helps reveal a hidden mystery.
  • Your Semester 2 SSA fee statement is now available in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then 'View financial statements'). Make sure you check your statement and pay your fee by 2 November. Find more information on the SSA fee and SA-HELP.   

  • From 1 January 2017 the 10 percent HECS-HELP discount will no longer be available, due to newly passed Australian Government legislation. Voluntary repayments of your HELP debt will also no longer receive a bonus of 5 percent. Current arrangements apply until 31 December 2016.

  • With exams fast approaching, make sure you’re prepared to give yourself the best chance of success. Get your calculator approved, bring your student ID and arrive 15 minutes before your exam starts. 

  • 1800 SYD HLP (1800 793 457), a new helpline service that allows students to confidentially report incidents of sexual assault or make a complaint about misconduct is being soft launched today. The service is in its final testing phase ahead of a full launch next year. Find out more about making a complaint.

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24 October Innovation Week
25 October Mindfulness on the Green 
26 October Sydney Ideas – Game of Thrones! History, medievalism and how it might end
26 October Postgrad masterclass – Economics and macroeconomic analysis
27 October Sydney Ideas – Innovation Week 2016. Future states forum
27 October National Centre for Cultural Competence In Conversation – the intervention
27 October 2016 Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize
31 October Sydney Ideas – Journalling an activist poetics
1 November Sydney Ideas – The three biggest challenges facing the food system, and how we fix them
2 November Postgrad masterclass – Innovation, past, present and future
2 November Sydney Law School postgraduate information evening
2 November Postgrad masterclass – Public policy
2 November Sydney Ideas – Male champions of change debate
2 November Sydney Ideas – The secret life of air
3 November Postgrad masterclass – Public health and international public health
3 November Postgrad masterclass – International relations
6 November This Changes Everything film screening and Q&A with Director Avi Lewis
9 November Conversations with Naomi Klein – To change everything we need everyone
9 November US Studies Centre – Election day spectacular 
11 November City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture and gala dinner

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