STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 16 MARCH

Uni commits to Racism. It Stops With Me campaign 

Tomorrow, the University officially pledges its commitment to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Racism. It Stops With Me campaign with an event to champion inclusion on campus. 

The University first signed an initial agreement in February last year to support the campaign, which aims to raise awareness amongst students and staff that racism is unacceptable, and provides tools and resources to take practical action against racism.

Tomorrow, the University officially pledges its commitment to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Racism. It Stops With Me campaign with an event to champion inclusion on campus. 

The University first signed an initial agreement in February last year to support the campaign, which aims to raise awareness amongst students and staff that racism is unacceptable, and provides tools and resources to take practical action against racism.

Tomorrow’s lunchtime event will be MC'd by Juanita Sherwood, Academic Director of the new National Cultural Competence Centre, with speeches by Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and USU Vice-President Bebe D’Souza explaining what the campaign is about, and what it means for our community. Student Representative Council President, Kyol Blakeney will open proceedings with an acknowledgement of country.

All students are encouraged to register to secure their place at the catered event. Attendees will also receive a free Racism. It stops with me KeepCup.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University was committed to strengthening inclusion and celebrating diversity.

“The University of Sydney values and respects the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of our academic and student community,” Dr Spence said.

“Our campuses reflect Australia’s vibrant multicultural communities, with students from more than 134 different countries studying at the University.”

The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the University’s expectations of its community in a response to a recent incident on campus which raised concerns over alleged discriminatory behaviour.

“The expectations for our staff, students and affiliates in respect of their professional and personal conduct are clearly set out in the relevant codes of conduct,” the Vice-Chancellor said in his email on 19 March.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that the University does not tolerate any type of harassment or discrimination, including on the grounds of religion and religious belief.”

Attendees will also receive a free Racism. It Stops With Me KeepCup.
Register now to attend the Racism it stops with me launch.

When: Tuesday 24 March, 12.30–2pm
Where: Law Foyer

Find out more about the campaign and stay tuned for more activities in this space.

 

Students have their say on how to stop racism

As we gear up for Tuesday's Racsim it Stops With Me launch, Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) hit the streets (well, Eastern Avenue) to ask students and staff what they believe can be done to stop racism. Watch the video

Bright minds: our newest Fulbright scholars

A Sydney Law School student and a Sydney Nursing School professor are among a group of NSW scholars who have won Fulbright Scholarships this year, allowing them to carry out research in the United States.
A Sydney Law School student and a Sydney Nursing School professor are among a group of NSW scholars who have won Fulbright Scholarships this year, allowing them to carry out research in the United States.

Kathleen Heath, a former winner of the University Medal in Law, will use her Fulbright Scholarship to travel to the United States to study forensic science, psychology, criminology and public policy for her Master of Law.

Kathleen says she will use her Master of Law to investigate this relationship as it pertains to the notion of individual responsibility.

"The question of how the law deals with mental or cognitive impairments is a significant one, and I hope that through my research I can craft a rational and well-reasoned contribution to the policy debate," she says.

Professor Jill White, the immediate past Dean of the Sydney Nursing School, will use her scholarship to examine the role that nurses might play in influencing global health policy, and to develop a health policy program for senior nurses.

The prestigious Fulbright program is the largest educational scholarship program of its kind, and aims to promote mutual understanding through educational exchange. Established in 1946, the program operates between the US and 155 other countries including Australia. Find out more

Higher education funding: what next?

The Vice-Chancellor has called on the University community to pressure both sides of politics to deliver a viable framework for higher education funding, after the federal Senate again defeated the government’s proposal to deregulate undergraduate fees.
The Vice-Chancellor has called on the University community to pressure both sides of politics to deliver a viable framework for higher education funding, after the federal Senate again defeated the government’s proposal to deregulate undergraduate fees.

“My fear is that tomorrow it will all be forgotten and we will go back to business as usual: massive underfunding of research and the teaching of expensive subjects cross-subsidised by overcrowded classrooms in the less expensive subjects,” said Dr Michael Spence, who will visit Canberra this week to meet with senior politicians in both parties.

“This is really bleak unless we keep the pressure up on the politicians to find a funding solution for our greatest national resource: the mineral wealth in the ground will run out one day, we can always keep producing clever people and new ideas.”

Listen to an interview on Triple J radio (VC segment starts at 4 minutes 50 secs).

“If no government is prepared to tax at a level that would make university education free, public and secular, and we are not allowed to charge those who can afford it to subsidise the education of those who cannot, I fear the sector will have some really difficult decisions to make about what we can continue to do.”

PhD student's 10 tips to become a wine expert

Everyone's a connoisseur with a glass of wine in their hand, but what really makes an expert, according to science? School of Psychology research student Dr Alex Russell just completed his PhD determining whether a wine-drinking novice can indeed become an expert, without a semester at a sommelier school. The findings? "Provided you have a working nose and mouth, it's within your reach to become a wine expert," says Alex. Read his 10 tips to become an expert.

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | What's happeneing at Pride Week?

We celebrated the diversity and dynamism of our University community at the ALLY network launch and Mardi Gras celebrations earlier this month, and we’re going to keep the party going at Pride Week this week. Brought to you by the University of Sydney Union, student clubs and societies and the Student Representative Council’s Queer Department, Pride Week is held on 24–26 March and will keep you entertained with a variety of events and workshops, including a community fair day, swing dancing class, free lunchtime BBQ, and much, much more. See all the events here

 SUSF  | Fortune favours the fold: Red Bull Paper Wings competition comes to Sydney Uni

Ground control to pilots: All clear for Red Bull Paper Wings 2015 takeoff in Australia! Get to the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, fold your paper plane and fly it the longest, furthest or most acrobatically as possible and you can win yourself a trip to the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final in Salzburg, Austria in May.
Ground control to pilots: All clear for Red Bull Paper Wings 2015 takeoff in Australia! Get to the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, fold your paper plane and fly it the longest, furthest or most acrobatically as possible and you can win yourself a trip to the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final in Salzburg, Austria in May.

During the event you can compete against other students in three disciplines:
  • longest distance
  • longest airtime
  • aerobatics
The pilot of the best paper plane in each discipline across Australia will represent our country at the World Finals. 

When: 27 March, 8.30am–12.30pm
Where: Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre

You're only one sheet of paper and one throw away from glory and an awesome adventure. Fold, fly, win. 

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 CLUBS AND SOCS  | A Little Night Music

The talented students from from MUSE (University of Sydney Musical Theatre Ensemble) will perform Steven Sondheim's Broadway classic A Little Night Music as their major production for 2015. The student-produced musical throws you into a tangled web of romantic involvements, where reality fades into obscurity. Catch it at the Seymour Centre from 25  28 March, with cheap tickets for students and ACCESS card holders. Find out more
She [still] cries at night: An Earth Hour special event
Follow turtle crusader, Leah Lui-Chivizhe, in this special Earth Hour event to discover the ancient wisdom and the impending doom of the Green Sea Turtle. Go with them on their miraculous journey, as they battle climate change and seas of plastic on their migration throughout the Pacific in their attempt to return to the Torres Strait beach to where they hatched.

In this experiential theatrical performance, Leah is joined by a group of diverse artists including concert cellist, Kate Morgan, singer Lisa Schouw with performance artists Imogen Cranna and Maddy Wilson.

When: Saturday 28 March, 7pm
Where: Macleay Museum 

Hosted by the Sydney Environment Institute in association with the Macleay Museum and The Living Room Theatre.

Find out more


At 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March, the University will also celebrate its commitment to the environment by joining millions around the world to switch off major lighting for Earth Hour.


This is the seventh year the University is switching off for Earth Hour and we encourage you to join in with us. Earth Hour raises awareness about local and global action on climate change. 

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GET INVOLVED

Gain skills for success at uni: CAPS workshops

Need a hand getting up and running at uni? Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) run regular workshops that can help you improve your skills for student success.

Need a hand getting up and running at uni? Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) run regular workshops that can help you improve your skills for student success.

Acceptance and commitment therapy group
Starts 24 March, 1–2pm
This six-week workshop series will focus on the development of self awareness and effective coping skills for managing stress, anxiety and/or depression. Online registration is required. Please head to CAPS Reception, level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building on the day prior to the start of the workshop. 

Winning Attitudes
Thursday 26 March. 1–2pm
Even the most successful people experience setbacks. Learn about the strategies that help you maximise your performance at university by understanding how your brain learns, how your thinking can work for or against you, and how to create the right mindset for success.

Workshops are held on level 5 of the Jane Foss Russell Building. If you wish to attend, please make your way to the CAPS reception prior to the start of each session. 

Find out more

Volunteer for research

Our University is famous for its world-changing research, with thousands of projects undertaken each year across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Our PhD students and academics are always seeking eager volunteers for their studies and surveys; it's a great way to help other students and learn more about the fascinating research projects here. Some even offer prizes and rewards for participating. See the current list of volunteer opportunities for research projects on campus, or find out how you can get your project listed.

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NOTICES

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

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EVENTS

 24 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Curating Chinese contemporary art in an Australian context

 24 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – The arts, democracy and education

 25 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – The Hong-Kong umbrella movement: A post-mortem

 25 MAR  | Wednesday Markets

 26 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Q Lecture: Exit to the planetarium

 31 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – The future of fossil fuels in a climate-challenged world

 31 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian literature with Charlotte Wood

 31 MAR  | SUPRA General Meeting

All postgraduate students are warmly invited to attend a general meeting of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA). 

When: 31 March, 6pm
Where: Woolley Lecture Theatre N395 

The agenda is: 
  1. President's report on the council term so far
  2. Ambiguity as to who is currently a council member and related matters
  3. Constitutional amendments that have been duly submitted in writing
  4. Call for other business.

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