Student News
31 October 2016
7 tips to sharpen your mind for exams
We know your brain can become a clouded labyrinth of information at this time of year, so how do you flick the switch and stay focused while you prepare for exams? We’ve got 7 tips to sharpen your mind from our resident mindfulness expert and alumnus Dr Ben Veness.
Mourning our jacaranda
We are saddened to announce the passing of our favourite campus tree, the jacaranda, after 88 years in the quadrangle. Thankfully, two genetically identical clones have been created ensuring the purple bloom forever remains a signal to hit the books ahead of exams. Share your pics with us using #ripusydjacaranda on Twitter or Instagram. 

Post exam podcasts sorted
Shake off that FOMO – podcasts are now available for Raising the Bar! It was a jam-packed evening with 20 events all in one night, so even if you got to a talk, there are plenty more to catch up on. From artificial intelligence to Making a Murderer, there’s much to add to your playlist … after you‘ve dropped the pen on your final exam.
Up the rankings ladder
The US News Best Global Universities Rankings are in and we’ve moved up six places to 45th. This ranking system is the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research in universities worldwide. In the subject rankings, our Arts and Humanities strengths dominated once again, ranking 21st in the world.
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Get the scoop on Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema
Celebrate the end of exams and the start of summer with Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema, back on campus from 25 November to 21 December. Thanks to the University of Sydney Union, there’ll be discounted tickets for ACCESS members and all University of Sydney students. Check out the full program.
Islam, comedy and crossing the (punch) line
We’ve partnered with the Chaser team to bring you Indonesia’s first female Muslim stand-up comedian and freedom of expression advocate, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf. Join Sakdiyah and Julian Morrow for a night of laughs at the Refectory on 15 November. Register now for your free tickets.
Shiny new subject
Be one of the first students to pilot a unique new research unit of study next semester: INDP3000 – Interdisciplinary Project, and delve into the elusive world of drones, surveillance, privacy and social media. Apply now – there are only 20 places. Applications close on 11 November.
Old Macdonald had a drone
Congratulations to design computing students Isabella Grace Bain and Christopher Simpson who won the Best Student Entry at the prestigious Australian digital industry AMY Awards. They received the award for their project Flying Farm, an app that uses drones to help farmers monitor their livestock.
Get involved
  • AIME high
    The Aboriginal Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) was founded at the University of Sydney 11 years ago, and now has its sights set on promoting equality globally. Help AIME spread the word and raise funds by joining 5000 supporters on the University’s front lawns at 8am on 11 November. 

  • Hip hop with a conscience
    On 9 December, BAFTA award-winning hip hop artist Akala will join local artists, students and activists to talk about the evolution of socially conscious hip hop music. Get your tickets now.
  • Calling all filmmakers and actors
    We’re seeking creative-minded students to help us with a new video project, both in front of and behind the camera. Your challenge: to inject some life into what could otherwise be a rather dull series of health and safety videos. Contact Julie Parsons for more info.

  • GRAPHIC festival
    Celebrate graphic storytelling, animation and music at this year’s GRAPHIC festival starting on 4 November. There are heaps of free talks with guests like Michael Leunig and Matt Groening, as well as the premiere screening of George Lucas’ THX 1138 in collaboration with the Asian Dub Foundation.

  • Mars: the live experience
    National Geographic has teamed up with the Faculty of Science to offer exclusive discount tickets to our students for a live space discussion presented by Ray Martin and Buzz Aldrin on 6 November. Click here for your discount ticket link.

  • Win a $500 Apple voucher
    Share your thoughts on essay outsourcing and plagiarism by completing this quick and confidential survey conducted by the Australian Government. You’ll go into the draw to win one of two $500 Apple gift vouchers.  

  • Demo Day
    Find out what our student entrepreneurs pitched at INCUBATE’s 8th Demo Day last week, including one start-up that has already locked in $200,000 in sales. 
  • Get a taste of postgrad life
    If you’re considering postgraduate study, 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. Read more and register.

  • Shirtloads of Science
    Our own Dr Karl has a brand new podcast, serving up Shirtloads of Science. Listen and subscribe on your Apple or Android device.  
And in research news...
  • Read up on exam procedures to make sure you’re prepared for exams. Don’t forget to have your calculator approved, bring your student ID and arrive 15 minutes before your exam starts.

  • Remember to pay your SSA fee for Semester 2 by 2 November. You can check the fee statement in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then 'View financial statements'). Find more information on the SSA fee and SA-HELP.  

  • From 1 January 2017 the 10% HECS-HELP discount will no longer be available due to new Australian Government legislation. Current arrangements apply until 31 December 2016.
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31 October Sydney Ideas – Journaling 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
4 November Sydney Ideas – You are only as old as your blood vessels
6 November This Changes Everything film screening and Q&A with Director 
7 November Sydney Ideas – Do fish feel pain and why does it matter?
9 November Conversations with Naomi Klein 
9 November US Studies Centre – Election day spectacular 
10 November Sydney Ideas – Southeast Asian contemporary art
11 November City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture and gala dinner
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