Student News
14 November 2016
 
Festival season
With a guest list of 55,000 people, third-year students Tessa Pang and Natalie Buckett have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to direct Australia’s biggest student event–the University of Sydney Union’s 2017 OWeek festival. We caught up with the newly appointed directors to discuss what we can look forward to next year. (Just in case you were looking for a reason to count down to next semester!)
The end of the purple reign
It’s the last week of exams and the end of an era. Photos of our much-loved jacaranda are still exploding all over social media as the masses dotingly hash tag #ripusydjacaranda. If you’re like us and aren’t ready to let go, check out these 9 little known facts about the life and times of the Quad jacaranda. While you're at it, find out what's going to fill the gaping hole in all those graduation photos.
Going global: from Sydney to Suzhou
While you’ve been studying we’ve been busy building the University of Sydney Centre in Suzhou, a research and education hub that will foster innovation in the Australasian region. Suzhou is the centre of entrepreneurship and will provide opportunities for collaboration through work placements and internships for Australian based students. Get a glimpse of our first major facility outside of Australia here.
Pulling out all the pit-stops
A team of engineering students are revved up to throw the covers off their in-house built race car, set to take on the world in December's Formula SAE competition. Find out about the team and the journey so far. 


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STUDENT LIFE
Share your creative flair: Mardi Gras
The countdown is on to Mardi Gras 2017, and, after turning heads earlier this year with our very own float, we’re ready to come back even bigger and brighter. Get your creative cap on and come along to the Ally Network’s Mardi Gras Working Group on Friday 18 November.  Send us an email if you’re interested. 
Fit for a royal (visit)
Last week we welcomed the King and Queen of the Netherlands to the Quadrangle to celebrate academic partnerships between countries. Collaborative research is being conducted by Dutch and Australian students in areas such as Parkinson’s disease.
Music and memory
Could music assist with memory? According to research conducted by postgrad student Cyrus Meurant it can for people with dementia. It makes us wonder then, is listening to T Swiz or Drake the key to better grades?
Reflecting on Perkins' past
Three of our alumni have been awarded the Dr Charles Perkins’ AO Memorial Prize. Hear about their reflections on Perkins’ greatest achievements and what they hope the future will look like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Get involved
  • Last chance to nominate a star
    Know an outstanding fellow classmate who’s about to graduate? Nominate them for a Graduate Medal, with categories ranging from academic to sporting achievement. Get in quick, because registrations close on 28 November. 
  • Sydney College of the Arts showcase
    Celebrate the creative talents of the next generation of artists at the SCA undergrad degree show tomorrow night. The exhibition will continue to 22 November on campus at Sydney College of the Arts.  
  • Our campus just got cooler
    Take advantage of discounted student tickets for the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema, on campus from 25 November to 21 December. 
Study
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    How easily can you find the info you need on our website? Let us know in this super-quick feedback form to help us improve the information available to you.

  • Sweat it out at Summer School
    Applications are still open for Summer School. Get ahead of the pack or lighten next year’s load and enrol now.
And in research news...
  • New research has found first-born children may have several advantages in life, including a better education and increased earning potential compared to their later-born siblings.

  • On-demand transport is on the cards for NSW next year, but our Professor of Economics seems to think one-destination platforms might be the better answer. 
Notices
    • Your results and re-enrolling
      Your Semester 2 results will be available in Sydney Student on 7 December. Go to 'My studies', then 'Assessments'. We will email you after your results are released with information on how to enrol online for next year.

    • Completion letters
      If you are finishing your course this semester, your completion letter will be available in Sydney Student in the weeks after your results are released (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’).
    • University Christmas closedown
      The University will be closed from 5pm Friday 16 December 2016 and reopen at 9am Tuesday 3 January 2017. You can still log in to Sydney Student as normal to complete your enrolment or manage your studies. 
    • Attention drivers
      The top two levels of the Shepherd Street carpark will be closed for building works from 21 November to 6 December.  
    • Are you an arts, social sciences, engineering and IT or business student? 
      Your faculty-based student admin services counter and office will close from 1 December. Students can still contact Student Advisers via phone, email or by visiting the Student Centre.
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    EVENTS & TALKS
    14 November Sydney Ideas – Beyond accommodation: Muslims and the law in Australia
    15 November Sydney Ideas – The virtues of self-censorship: Islam, comedy and the (punch)line
    16 November Sydney Ideas – When ‘what works’ doesn’t: comparative pedagogies and epistemological diversity in education
    19 November USU exam afters
    24 November Sydney Ideas – Assessing the needs of Indigenous people in custody: looking beyond law and order
    24 November Sydney Ideas – 21st century medicine: calcium regulation and advances in treatment
    25 November Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema opening night
    29 November Lost in translation: translating research to inform policy and practice
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