Student News
21 August 2017
How to write an award-winning essay
There’s still time to submit your entry to the 2017 Wentworth Medal essay competition – and with a $10,000 prize, it’s well worth the effort. This year’s topic is about the ethics of big data. If you need to brush up on your essay writing skills (let’s face it, who doesn’t?), check out our 5 expert tips to help you write an award-winning essay.
Win tickets to TEDxYouth
TEDxYouth is back on 6 September, and we’re giving you a chance to attend. Just let us know ‘What do you think is the biggest challenge facing today’s youth, and what can we do differently to solve it?’ If you’re not lucky enough to win a ticket, don’t worry – we’ll be live streaming the whole event at our hub on Eastern Avenue. 
Wonder women in STEMM
In celebration of National Science Week last week, we caught up with some of our leading women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine), to find out what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
Looking back at Innovation Week
Innovation Week might be over, but we’re still coming down from our innovation elation. We heard student pitches, launched the Sydney Policy Lab, explored the Future of Work, and celebrated our researchers, academics and staff with the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
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Study hub
Enhance your skills, build your future
  • We’re opening our doors for Open Day this Saturday 26 August. If you’re wondering about how to take your study to the next level, this is your chance to explore postgraduate study options and get one-on-one advice from our academics and staff. 
  • Georgia Durmush, a second-year Bachelor of Arts student, and Sarah Prestwidge, a fourth year Bachelor of Music student, share their experiences as student leaders at the Garma Youth Forum.
  • The (traditional) MBA is dead – long live the MBA! The University of Sydney Business School has launched a full-time MBA. Find out more info here.
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Life outside the classroom

  • Looking for something literary to chew on? Check the menu of our Rare Bites lecture series, monthly lunchtime talks that uncover treasures in the Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.
  • Purple is the new black this Friday. Don your best purple outfits for Wear it Purple Day, keep an ear out for the carillonist’s rendition of purple and rainbow themed songs, and take a photo of the Quad as it’s drenched in purple lighting from sunset. Plus, the library will be rolling out the purple carpet for a purple fashion competition.

Dates for your diary
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Research Hub
Academics making waves
  • Some of our brightest engineering students have partnered with a leading firm to help navigate a drone-enabled future. Find out how they fared.
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Keep up to date with important info
  • There are only three days left to enrol with the Australian Electoral Commission to participate in the upcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. If you are older than 18 and plan to participate, you must ensure you are enrolled with up-to-date details by midnight, 24 August.  
  • CIS will be undertaking a Classroom Use Audit the week beginning 28 August from 8am-6pm Monday – Friday. Students will be entering classrooms and meeting spaces whilst teaching and meetings are taking place to do a headcount, and confirm that the spaces that have been booked are actually being utilised.

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