TEDxSydney is coming, pass it on!

TEDx hits Sydney this month – and we want you to be part of the action. To celebrate our continuing partnership with the world-famous ideas festival, we're giving away exclusive tickets to be a part of the TEDxSydney audience (details below).

TEDxSydney will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 26 April 2014, bringing remarkable speakers to the stage to share their ideas and inspirational stories. This year's speakers include the University of Sydney's very own mathematician and author of ‘Mathematics and Sex' Dr Clio Creswell and world-renowned brain scientist Professor Richard Banati.

How to win tickets to TEDxSydney 2014

We're giving away one double pass (valued at $500) to the main arena and five double passes (valued at $200 each) to The Studio at TEDxSydney. In true TEDx style, we want you to answer: What is your greatest lesson to share? And pass it on via Instagram! Full competition details

Students explore Sydney for five days of fun

More than 200 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from around Australia were brought together at the University in January for the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. The students, many of whom came from remote areas, enjoyed a taste of uni and Sydney life over five days of education, exploration and fun. Watch their story

Acappelicans spread wings on Asian Tour

Hong Kong is in for a whole lot of treble! Sydney Uni's a cappella stars, The Acappelicans, have touched down for their Asian Tour, kicking off with a toe-tapping performance alongside a capella groups from Hong Kong University and the University of Birmingham (UK). The group is touring Asia, peforming at high schools and talking to students about the many exciting opportunities on offer at the University of Sydney. Follow The Acappelicans on Facebook to find out more.

What's in a norm? Be a part of our study

Health is difficult to define and measure. Even the healthiest of us show variations in how we function physically, as no two people are the same. At present there is little information to establish normal values for many common clinical assessments. You can help change this (and have some fun) by getting involved in the Faculty of Health Science's 1000 Norms Project, which aims to collect basic physical and health information from 1000 healthy people aged 3-100. Find out more

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Complete our orientation survey for your chance to win

Orientation Week is all about you – and we want to make sure it's the best it can be. Help us make next year's event bigger and better than ever by giving your feeback on Orientation Week 2014 (24-28 January). Complete our short survey and you could win a $200 Co-op Bookshop voucher (terms and conditions apply).
Lower back pain study participants needed
Are you currently suffering an acute (less than four weeks) episode of low back pain? You are invited to participate in an NHMRC research project called the PREVENT study, which aims to assist people with early recovery from low back pain. For further information contact Dr Markus Huebscher on 02 9399 1049 or email

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Campus Assist Online upgrade 11-14 April
Campus Assist Online is undergoing a major upgrade which requires a system outage between Friday 11 April 6pm to Monday 14 April 2014 8am.

If you experience any issues with Campus Assist Online, please contact CIS Helpdesk during business hours (8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri) on 1300 226 787. If an emergency or hazardous situation arises during this time, please contact University Security Service on 02 9351 3333. This is an emergency number only.
Changes to inter-campus bus timetable
There have been minor amendments to the Camperdown Campus, Sydney College of the Arts, Mallet St and Australian Technology Park bus runs. Find out more
Early payroll close-off date for public holiday
Please note the payroll close-off date for 1 May has been brought forward to Wednesday 23 April 2014, to accomodate for public holidays. Payroll-related documents (except new appointments) need to be received by the HR Service Centre no later than the relevant close-off date.

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 USU  | New exhibition from Kickstart student artists

Opening this Friday, 'Time and Place' is an exhibition celebrating art and disability with works from Sangeetha Punnia-Moorthy and Alex McGreggor, ­ both recipients of the USU's Kickstart Grants program. There will be a silent auction plus Verge Gallery's usual spread of music, food and drink.
When and where: Friday 4 April, 5.30pm, Verge Gallery, JFR Plaza

 USU  | Health and Wellbeing Week

Get ready to dance, skate, bike and cook! USU's Health and Wellbeing Week (8-10 April) aims to give students a chance to learn about physical and mental health. It's an opportunity to understand and appreciate the importance of good health while having a fun and active week on campus. Information on counselling, safe sex and mental health will also be available. Find out more
Show off your worldly snaps at the International Festival
The USU's International Festival photo exhibition will showcase photographs from around the world and is calling for submissions now. This is your chance to exhibit your photos all over Eastern Ave! Find out more
100th anniversary party of the creation of the Sydney University Women’s Union
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Sydney University Women’s Union (SUWU). This was a momentous occasion in our University’s history, as women were officially invited to be a part of campus life. To celebrate, the Women of the USU Program is throwing a huge birthday party at Hermann’s Bar on Tuesday 1 April, from 7pm. The theme is Black and White, so get dressed up and get ready to dance the night away! Find out more

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Graduate Edge 2014 Applications extended

Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? The Careers Centre has partnered with industry leaders to offer the exceptional Graduate Edge program. Gain personal and professional skills and get the edge as a globally competitive student. Applications extended until Monday 7 April. Find out more

New Shanghai Study Abroad Program

Spend your winter break in Shanghai learning about Australia’s most important trade partner and earn 12 credit points towards your degree!

Info session: Thursday 4 April 2014, 12-1pm at the New Law Lecture Theatre 101. Find out more

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 3 APR  | Misconceptions about exercise and weight loss

 3 APR  | Architecture Alumni Award winners lecture

 3 APR  | Rapid Response Seminar: the judgment in the whaling in the Antarctic case

 9 APR  | Nicholson Museum lecture: Gallipoli: The Battlefield

 APR  | Coming up at Sydney Ideas

8 April – “The Badgers Moved the Goalposts”: trial culls and animal politics in the English countryside

Once the most iconic creature in the English popular imaginary, today the badger is caught in the political cross-fire between farmers and conservationists as they dispute its role in the transmission of bovine tuberculosis. Leading animal rights scholar, Professor Sarah Whatmore looks at the consequences. Co-presented with the Human Animal Research Network.

9 April – Death in 24 Hours: anthrax, industry and agriculture in the nineteenth century

Although Anthrax is known today as an agent of terrorism and biological warfare, it has appeared in many different guises throughout history. A medical historian, James Stark explains how the expansion of trade and medical knowledge in the 19th century gave anthrax its modern identity as a disease of people rather than animals. Co-presented with the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science.

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