STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 9 MARCH

Michael Kirby praises University's progress at ALLY Network Launch 

Former Chief Justice and Sydney alumnus, The Hon Michael Kirby (pictured above, left, with the Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM, and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence), delivered a captivating keynote address at the University's ALLY Network launch last Tuesday. As the rainbow flag flew over the Quad, and Eastern Avenue was coloured-in with a giant rainbow of chalk, Kirby described the stark contrast in attitudes at the University today to 50 years ago.

Former Chief Justice and Sydney alumnus, The Hon Michael Kirby (pictured above, left, with the Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM, and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence), delivered a captivating keynote address at the University's ALLY Network launch last Tuesday. As the rainbow flag flew over the Quad, and Eastern Avenue was coloured-in with a giant rainbow of chalk, Kirby described the stark contrast in attitudes at the University today to 50 years ago.

"This belated establishment of a network at Sydney University to help create a welcoming and supporting environment for students and staff who identify as LGBTIQ deserves our praise," he said. 

"It has taken nearly 50 years. It has not been rushed.  Yet it has come".

Read an extract of Michael Kirby's speech here.

The ALLY Network is a student and staff network with a goal to create an inclusive University where everyone feels safe, supported and free to contribute their best, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Find out more about the ALLY Network


 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride

Join a free event next week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 Freedom Ride, and the recent re-enactment of this turning point in Australian civil rights. Bring your friends, family and picnic blanket as you enjoy the show. Hear stories from original Freedom Riders and the people whose lives were changed by their actions and dance to the music of fellow 2015 Freedom Riders, Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly.
Join a free event next week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 Freedom Ride, and the recent re-enactment of this turning point in Australian civil rights.

Bring your friends, family and picnic blanket as you enjoy the show. Hear stories from original Freedom Riders and the people whose lives were changed by their actions, and dance to the music of fellow 2015 Freedom Riders, Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly.

When: Friday 20 March, 7pm 
Where:
  Front lawns

Find out more

Arts and Social Sciences pull ahead to win interfaculty tug-of-war

It was an epic struggle on the front lawns, but eventually Arts and Social Sciences overcame a plucky effort from Science to be crowned the inaugural interfaculty tug-of-war champions.
It was an epic struggle on the front lawns, but eventually Arts and Social Sciences overcame a plucky effort from Science to be crowned the inaugural interfaculty tug-of-war champions.

Five faculty teams of first-years and student mentors competed in last Wednesday's event, officiated by Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, to promote peer support programs and the benefits of working together with fellow students.

There were also healthy snacks and plenty of mentors on hand to give advice on keeping well during the first few busy weeks of the university year.

The scientists may have complained about friction coefficents, but the arts students overcame metaphysical restraints and simply pulled the rope the hardest. Health Sciences, Law and Business each put in valiant efforts, but will have to wait until next year for another shot at the trophy.

Find out more about your faculty's student peer mentoring, or support  programs:
There are also a number student clubs aligned with faculties and areas of study that offer peer support, and a chance to connect with other students. Find out more

Welcome to Sydney: connecting our international and regional students with alumni

Make friends and enjoy the Sydney lifestyle with our Welcome to Sydney program, a new initiative for international and regional students to connect with through friendly events hosted by our alumni community. It's our way of introducing new students to some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.
Make friends and enjoy the Sydney lifestyle with our Welcome to Sydney program, a new initiative for international and regional students to connect with one another through friendly events hosted by our alumni community. It's our way of introducing new students to some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.

If you're an international or regional student, we invite you to register your interest in joining the program of small and relaxed events, hosted and sponsored by our alumni.

Each Welcome to Sydney event is different; you could enjoy a leisurely BBQ breakfast, get involved with some fun outdoor activities, or even head out for a formal dinner.

It's a great opportunity to meet fellow students and make new friends from all around Australia and the world – connections that can last well after you have completed your study.

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | Oweek directors reflect

"Overall we’ve never done anything bigger, never learnt more about events (or just life) and never eaten more free two minute noodles in our lives." So write Sophia Roberts and Laura Barendregt, the wonderful students who directed this year's USU OWeek festival. Now they've had a chance to rest up, they've written about the experience of directing Australia's largest orientation festival (an opportunuity open to any student, even you!). Read about it here.

 USU  | Band Comp is back!

Ever wanted to play on the same stage once graced by the Foo Fighters? Eager to follow the footsteps of Cloud Control or The Jezabels? Well get your old sax out of the garage, blow the dust off your bass guitar, get some mates together and enter the biggest band comp in Australia.
Ever wanted to play on the same stage once graced by the Foo Fighters? Eager to follow the footsteps of Cloud Control or The Jezabels? Well get your old sax out of the garage, blow the dust off your bass guitar, get some mates together and enter the biggest band comp in Australia.

The winners will go home with $2000; a four-track recording session at a Sydney studio; a support slot for a Manning gig; and will go on to compete in the NSW State Finals, where even more fame and fortune awaits!

Hurry, enter by Tuesday 24 March

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GET INVOLVED

Future Feminist Archive exhibition at SCA

A moving archive of contemporary art, film and social history projects that reflect on past experiences of Australian women is now open at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) until 26 March to commemorate the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Find out more
Be a super student; be a CAPS Sidekick!
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
Study a language alongside your degree
Did you know you can study a language alongside your degree? The University of Sydney is offering a new Diploma of Language Studies in 2015. This is an accelerated one year program for students who are enrolled in a course and would like to study a language concurrently with their degree but have no units free to do so. 

We offer the diploma through a mix of intensive and off-campus modes and students do not need a language background to enrol. Languages offered are Indonesian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. Learn more at the program webpage.

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STUDENT SERVICES

Join the Graduate Edge 2015 program

Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Want to gain exposure to large corporate organisations and gain insight into the skills they seek? Applications are now open for the Careers Centre's Graduate Edge 2015 Program, an exceptional program to help you gain personal and professional skills to gain the competitive edge.
Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Want to gain exposure to large corporate organisations and gain insight into the skills they seek? Applications are now open for the Careers Centre's Graduate Edge 2015 Program, an exceptional program to help you acquire personal and professional skills to gain the competitive edge.

We have partnered with leaders in industry to bring you a program of interactive workshops where you will learn key employability skills. The majority of the workshops are conducted at the company’s headquarters, offering you a unique opportunity to get an inside look at some major employers of graduates.

Applications close 22 March. Find out more
Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair
Wondering where your next step will lead after uni? Meet potential employers and industry contacts face-to-face at the Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on Thursday 19 March. Register now
Order your course notes online with Publish Partner
Publish Partner is a new 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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NOTICES

Study in LA or Shanghai with the US Studies Centre
The Shanghai and UCLA Study Abroad programs are back again this year. Attend the information session to learn more and ask all your questions about these popular programs.

Earn credit towards your degrees, live in two of the most vibrant cities in the world and gain invaluable international experience. Learn more at the information session on Tuesday 17 March. Registrations are essential. Find out more 
31 March is census date: what does it mean?
The census date (31 March 2015) is the deadline for all enrolment requirements. It is the last day you can withdraw from a subject without financial or academic penalty, and is also the cut-off date for Commonwealth support, HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP form submissions. Be sure to check that you have satisfied all of your enrolment requirements before this date. Find out more
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

 9 MAR  | Engineering, IT and Project Management Careers Fair

 10 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Chinoiserie and Japonisme: continuity or rupture?

 10 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – The news cycle and education: media, politics and public policy formation in the education sector

 11 MAR  | Start of semester party: hippies vs hipsters

 12 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – A surprisingly short history of the right to know

 12 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Climate change and resilience: private response, public response and climate futures

 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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