STUDENT NEWS

TUESDAY 3 MARCH

Semester One, day one... some tips for the coming weeks 

Semester is officially underway! Take some time to read our hints and tips for getting started and making the most out of uni life. There's useful information for all students: new, returning, postgrad and international. Find out more
 

Looking Back to the Future

Semester One may have officially begun, but Orientation Week is still fresh in our memories. The Official Welcome was held last Wednesday, with our Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence getting into the spirit right away, donning red University of Sydney headbands along with their ceremonial robes.
Semester One may have officially begun, but Orientation Week is still fresh in our memories. The Official Welcome was held last Wednesday, with our Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence getting into the spirit right away, donning red University of Sydney headbands along with their ceremonial robes.

After welcoming the 2015 cohort of students, the Chancellor recalled her time here as an undergrad Bachelor or Economics student.

"I remember feeling daunted, overwhelmed and excited - all at the same time - when I started at Sydney,” she said.

“I came from a small school of 70 in my year, and here I was in an Economics class of 300, on a campus of 10,000 other students. Many of the friends I made in Economics and other faculties are still an important part of my life today.”

The Chancellor also had some advice for students about to embark on their final year.

“Stretch yourself, not just academically but find a way to contribute and make a difference to your community,” she said.

“This University has so many opportunities to get involved in volunteering and I'd say make some time in this last year not only because future employers like it, but for your own fulfilment. Start now!”

Once the Official Welcome wrapped up, thousands of new and returning students braved the rain and dived right into the University of Sydney Union’s Back to the Future-themed OWeek action; Eastern Avenue was bustling with students joining clubs, learning about the University’s services and grabbing as many freebies as they could fit in a tote bag.

The wet weather didn’t deter students as they buzzed around between faculty welcomes, info sessions and OWeek entertainment (who can forget speed-friending on the front lawns?) before the week ended on a high at the closing night party at Manning Bar, headlined by Aussie hip-hop artist Allday.
 
Earlier in the week, Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence welcomed hundreds of incoming exchange and international students on Monday and Tuesday. 

“I love the start of semester, and I’m always delighted to see our students arrive at the beginning of each year," said the Vice-Chancellor.

“I’d like to offer a particularly warm welcome to our international students, who are such an integral part of our campus community and bring unique stories and cultural perspectives from their home countries that enrich the academic and social makeup of this University," he said.

“I encourage them to go out and embrace the Sydney lifestyle while studying here. We have fantastic support services and student clubs on campus that help international students settle in and make the most of this great city.”

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the full gallery of Orientation photos.

Meet your VC

Just before the beginning of semester, Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence sat down at the recently opened Courtyard Restaurant and Bar for a coffee and a chat with Media and Communications student Katie Booth. They talked about student life, his favourite things on campus and his advice for the year ahead. Watch the video

Andrew Rogers sculpture donated to University

It once greeted dignitaries at the gates of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Now Andrew Rogers' thought-provoking sculpture, ‘Individuals’ has a new home at the University, thanks to a generous donation by the artist himself.
It once greeted dignitaries at the gates of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Now Andrew Rogers' thought-provoking sculpture, ‘Individuals’ has a new home at the University, thanks to a generous donation by the artist himself.

Valued at $1.4 million, Rogers' evocative piece comprises of 15 sculptures, each bronze cast form is similar yet slightly different, as we are as individuals; each one balanced on a tightly curled base that unfurls as it extends upwards and outward in a continuously undulating spiral movement. 

'Individuals' sits outside the new Faculty of Law building at the Camperdown campus after it was presented by the Australian artist to the University through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

“’Individuals’ is a metaphor for the inseparable relationship between singularity and community," explains Rogers.

"We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live.

“With the lack of respect for the sanctity of individual life that we see around the world today, the message of the sculpture is significant and well placed outside the Law Faculty of a leading university,” he says.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, says ths sculpture "is doing more than enhancing the beauty of our campus; it acts as a driver of deeper thinking and reflection for our students and staff”.

Find out more

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STUDENT LIFE

Chalking it up for the ALLY Network

Today, the University of Sydney officially launches an ALLY Network to support the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) students and staff. To celebrate this initiative and the spirit of Sydney's Mardi Gras festival, students and staff came together with CAPS on Eastern Avenue yesterday to create the biggest chalk rainbow the uni has ever seen. Check it out

Faculties that pull together, stay together #usydtugofwar

Senior student mentors and first-year students from five corners of the University are getting ready to face-off for battle at Wednesday's interfaculty tug-of-war tournament. The battle begins at 11am on the front lawns, with faculty pride and a year's worth of bragging rights up for grabs when teams of first-years and mentors pull together – literally – for victory.
Senior student mentors and first-year students from five corners of the University are getting ready to face-off for battle at Wednesday's interfaculty tug-of-war tournament. The battle begins at 11am on the front lawns, with faculty pride and a year's worth of bragging rights up for grabs when teams of first-years and mentors pull together – literally – for victory.

Will Science use physics to throw off their competitors, or will Business run the figures to maximise impact and risk? Perhaps Health Sciences will deploy remedial measures to create a decoy, or maybe Law will throw the book at the competition? Or will Arts and Social Sciences return to the history books and adopt a tactical approach to take the winning lead? It’s #usydtugowar!

Peer-mentoring programs are run by most faculties to help new students, undergraduate or postgraduate, settle into university by connecting them with senior students.  

Who will carry the coveted Inter-faculty trophy into 2015? 

Join other first-years and mentors from each competing faculty and support the tournament. There are also student reps to chat to and healthy snacks to eat whilst barracking for your team!

Find out how you can get involved
Think Big Data competition
Heard of big data? Ever wondered what it means in real life, or how a store knows what products to order and when? Woolworths have teamed up with the Business School to run a competition using real-time data about sales of some of their most popular product lines. 

Enter as a syndicate and if you top the leaderboard at the end of five weeks, you could win yourself a job interview with Woolworths! The competition launches 18 March, and concludes 1 May. You don't need to be a data scientist or understand algorithms to compete. Register now
Grab your Uni Gym Pass
Interested in joining Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness this year? The Uni Gym Pass is perfect for students, lasting nine months so you'll only pay for the period you're on campus. To find out more, visit one of our facilities on campus, our OWeek tent, or on our website. Promotion ends 8 March 2015.

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STUDENT SERVICES

 CAREERS  | Careers fairs galore in March

Wondering where your next step will lead after uni? March is the month to meet potential employers and industry contacts face-to-face at one of the Careers Centre's careers fairs.
Wondering where your next step will lead after uni? March is the month to meet potential employers and industry contacts face-to-face at one of the Careers Centre's careers fairs. 

Here's what's coming up; be sure to register early!
Find out more about Careers Centre events throughout the year.

 LIBRARY  | New postgrad study space on the way

Are you a postgraduate coursework student? Over the semester break the Library has been busy building a great custom-designed learning and community space for you.
Are you a postgraduate coursework student? Over the semester break the Library has been busy building a great custom-designed learning and community space for you.

The working name for the new space is 'The Quarter' and we hope to open its doors to you soon. 

The Quarter will be your home away from home on campus, featuring
  • 24/7 access
  • support when and where you need it
  • a community to connect with
We’re putting the final touches onto your new space now, stay tuned for more details. Find out more
Order your course notes online with Publish Partner
Nothing bursts the Orientation excitement bubble faster than spending frustrating hours of your first day of semester in a queue clutching a shopping list of course readers. Thankfully, those days are over with a new online ordering service now available to all University of Sydney students. 

Publish Partner is a collaboration between the University and Fuji Xerox that allows you to conveniently order all of your course notes online and have them delivered to you, or skip the queue and grab them via express pick-up at the University Copy Centre. You can also upload your thesis (when the time finally comes!). Have a look at the user guide for more information.

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GET INVOLVED

Sidekicks workshop

Sign up for the CAPS Sidekicks workshop and learn practical skills to help support friends or family in times of stress or crisis. All students are welcome and the training is free! The first session begins on Monday 16 March. Find out more

International Women’s Day Celebrating Women conference

Part of a suite of events taking place at the University to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference brings together an exceptional group of speakers who will address women’s contribution, from food and nutrition security to healthy and empowered societies.
Part of a suite of events taking place at the University to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference brings together an exceptional group of speakers who will address women’s contribution, from food and nutrition security to healthy and empowered societies.

The conference will be held on Friday 6 March, and all students and staff are welcome to attend. Find out more and register
TEDxYouth team EOIs close 4 March
Made by young people, for young people, TEDxYouth have the eyes and ears of the world in mind. We are excited to partner with TEDxSydney to present TEDxYouth@Sydney on 21 May at the Sydney Opera House.  It’s a platform for sharing ideas worth spreading, designed to foster curiosity and empower young people. As a partner of TEDx, we're proud to offer you the exclusive opportunity to join the TEDxYouth team. Expressions of interest close 4 March. Find out more
Compass volunteer applications now open
Each year Compass recruits and trains University of Sydney students and staff to volunteer at our partner schools with students who need help in literacy, numeracy, homework and to increase their motivation and confidence at school. There are five volunteer programs on offer this year, Applications close Friday 9 March 2015. Find out more

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NOTICES

Electives in Architecture and Creative Arts
The Division of Architecture and Creative Arts is now offering an exciting range of electives, which are practical, hands-on, and focused on developing your creative, conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in art, architecture, design and music.

We offer excellent studio facilities, workshops and digital laboratories to support your learning across all discipline areas. The suite of electives on offer means that you can now transform your degree to suit your creative interests.

Visit the website for a full list of available undergraduate and postgraduate electives.

*Please also check with your faculty’s student administration to see if you can take an elective with us.

Pay by BPay for your chance to win a $1000 Coles/Myer voucher
All students paying their Semester 1 fees via BPay will be entered into a draw to win one of five $1000 Coles Group and Myer vouchers. Terms and Conditions apply. Find out more 


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EVENTS

 3 MAR  | Ally Network Launch

 5 MAR  | Investment Banking and Consultancy Careers Fair 2015

 6 MAR  | Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference

 9 MAR  | Engineering, IT and Project Management Careers Fair 2015

 12 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – A Surprisingly Short History of the Right to Know

 16 MAR  | Sidekicks training workshop

 18 MAR  | Law Careers Fair

 19 MAR  | Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair

 20 MAR  | Freedom Rides 50th celebration

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