STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 30 MARCH

Paging aspiring writers! Intern at the Sydney Writer's Festival 

The Sydney Writer’s Festival (SWF) is coming up in May, and once again the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be front and centre with our SWF Media Hub providing the final word on all the festival’s highlights.

We’re looking for eager third-year Media, Creative Writing or English students to join our intern team and gain hands-on writing experience at Australia’s largest literary festival. You’ll report on the fascinating sessions, interview the brightest literary minds and share the stories that make the festival one of Sydney’s cultural highlights of the year.
The Sydney Writer’s Festival (SWF) is coming up in May and once again, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be front and centre, with the SWF Media Hub providing the final word on all the festival’s highlights.

We’re looking for keen third-year Media, Creative Writing or English students to join our intern team and gain hands-on writing experience at Australia’s largest literary festival. You’ll report on the fascinating sessions, interview the brightest literary minds and share the stories that make the festival one of Sydney’s cultural highlights of the year.

The Media Hub is an exciting initiative set up as part of the faculty’s renewed partnership with the SWF in 2015.

Based at the heart of the action in the Walsh Bay precinct, Media Hub interns will perform a number of duties, including:
  • crafting an array of dynamic media content, such as session reviews, author interviews, blog entries and news stories around University-related events

  • contributing to the University’s social media channels with live tweets and Instagram posts from the festival site

  • taking photos/videos of University-related SWF sessions for use on the University’s website

  • editing and recording introductions to event podcasts for use on the SWF website

  • assisting with an on-site marketing activation to promote the University’s partnership with the festival
The internships require a commitment of at least two days over the festival period (18 -24 May), with some flexibility afforded to work around your regular uni timetable.

Successful interns will receive professional media training in web publishing, blog writing and podcasting in the lead-up to the festival.

Check out this video from last year's festival to find out more about what to expect as a SWF Media Hub intern, or read about our interns' experiences from 2014

To be considered for this role, email your CV (maximum three pages) and cover letter to Emily Jones or Phil Lemalu by 5pm, Wednesday 15 April 2015.
 

Sydney Uni's spiderwoman wins state science prize

If the mere thought of spiders lurking at your front gate sends your nerves crawling, then PhD candidate Lizzie Lowe has news you probably don't want to hear. Her three-minute explanation of her research into urban-dwelling Golden Orb spiders, though, enthralled the judges at last week's NSW FameLab awards, winning her the NSW heat.
If the mere thought of spiders lurking at your front gate sends your nerves crawling, then PhD candidate Lizzie Lowe has news you probably don't want to hear. Her three-minute explanation of her research into urban-dwelling Golden Orb spiders, though, enthralled the judges at last week's NSW FameLab awards, winning her the NSW heat.

Presenting to a packed audience at the Powerhouse Museum, Lizzie succinctly described her observations that arachnids living in cities grew to be bigger and fatter than their country relatives, demonstrating impressive adaptation in drastically different ecosystems. The findings by Lizzie and her team were published last year, and widely reported by local and international media.

FameLab is the British Council’s international science competition held in around 30 countries. Contestants have three minutes to entertain and inform an audience by explaining their work, without resorting to jargon or powerpoint.

“Lizzie brought a wonderful authenticity to her presentation and she not only told us clearly what her research was about, she also explained why it was important,” said Helen O’Neil, one of the judges and the country director of the British Council Australia.

Lizzie, an expert in urban ecologist, said she finds it rather comforting that the Golden Orbs in Sydney are positively thriving.

“These spiders build great big golden webs and particularly love man-made objects and expanses of concrete," she said.

"I’ve been able to determine that the spiders actually change their behavior in order to deal with their highly modified environment.”

Lizzie will now represent NSW at the national finals in Fremantle, and if successful, she'll be off to the Cheltenham Science Fair in the UK to compete for the international title.

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VC update: Incident at lecture theatre on 11 March

As you may be aware, the University is currently conducting an investigation into incidents that occurred at a lecture theatre on our Camperdown Campus on 11 March 2015 during the course of a lecture being delivered by a visitor to the University, Colonel Richard Kemp. The purpose of this investigation is to ascertain what occurred so the University can take appropriate action. The University is also considering the large number of complaints it has received in relation to the events of 11 March.
As you may be aware, the University is currently conducting an investigation into incidents that occurred at a lecture theatre on our Camperdown Campus on 11 March 2015 during the course of a lecture being delivered by a visitor to the University, Colonel Richard Kemp. The purpose of this investigation is to ascertain what occurred so the University can take appropriate action. The University is also considering the large number of complaints it has received in relation to the events of 11 March.

To expedite matters, the University has committed additional resources to conduct the investigation, which has to date included reviewing extensive material relating to the incident, including photographs and videos, and conducting interviews with over 20 people.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the University is treating the 11 March incidents and the complaints about them very seriously.

"I want to take this opportunity to again assure you that a core value of the University is tolerance of different points of view as well as nurturing an environment in which those points of view can be articulated and explored without the exponents of those views being subjected to any type of bullying, harassment or discrimination," he said.  

"The University is committed to ensuring that this investigation is concluded as quickly as is reasonably possible in the circumstances. Any finding that an individual has acted contrary to University codes or policies will be determined in accordance with the procedure relevant to the status of that individual as staff member, affiliate, student or visitor to the University. This may include initiating disciplinary processes against members of the University community, whether they be staff or students, and taking action against people involved in the incidents who are members of the public, including, if it is appropriate, terminating their licence to come on to the campus."

Please reply to Student News if you have any questions regarding the investigation.

How are you spending your mid-sem break?

The long weekend and mid-semester break is just about here to give us all a much-needed breather from a busy start to 2015. We're keen to know how you're spending your time off; are you catching up on readings and knocking over assignments; or are you closing the books and getting out for some fun? Are you staying local, or taking the time to explore someplace new? Most importantly... is there chocolate involved? Share your break moments on Instagram and don't forget to tag us @Sydney_Uni and #usyd and we'll regram our favourites. Enjoy!

Dominant SUFC begin campaign with clean sweep over Penrith

Sydney University Football Club kicked off their Shute Shield campaign with dominant wins in all grades over hapless Penrith at Nepean Park last weekend. The massive 62–5 win in the first grade round one match included 10 tries from nine players, opening the Students' account in fearsome fashion. The second, third and fourth grade teams followed suit, scoring equally enourmous victories over the Emus. Full report and scorecard

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | INCUBATE Demo Day

It's that time of year again, when INCUBATE Demo Day showcases the top student startups that have emerged from an intensive 14-week accelerated development program guided by Australia’s leading entrepreneurs.

It's that time of the year again, when INCUBATE Demo Day showcases the top student startups from the University of Sydney that have emerged from an intensive 14-week accelerated development program, guided by Australia’s leading entrepreneurs.

The lastest intake to INCUBATE includes a specialised atom microscope, appointment apps to cut patient and client waiting times, and a system that connects farmers with consumers to access locally grown, sustainable fruit and vegetables.

Demo Day is your opportunity to see, support and invest in up-and-coming Australian entreprenurs, and network with industry leaders and INCUBATE program partners.

When: Tuesday 31 March, 6-9pm
Where: Refectory, Holme Building

Tickets

 USU  | Engo grill now open at PNR

The USU’s newest eatery, Engo Grill, is adding new flavour to the PNR precinct. Featuring a range of tasty grilled burgers and ribs from the freshest produce, and delicious vegetarian meals for you to enjoy on the sun-drenched deck and outdoor cafe tables. Engo Grill is open for breakfast and coffee from 8.30am, and main meals up until 5.30pm.
(15 percent off for ACCESS members.)

 SUSF  | Weekend basketball: players wanted!

Attention ballers: Sydney Uni Basketball Club is looking for players to compete in a new competition at the Sports & Aquatic Centre on campus. Players of all skill levels can join, with four men’s and two women’s divisions open for participants.
Attention ballers: Sydney Uni Basketball Club is looking for players to compete in a new competition at the Sports & Aquatic Centre on campus. Players of all skill levels can play, with four men’s and two women’s divisions open for participants.

Games are played on Sundays between 11am–10pm, commencing on 3 May. To register and confirm your position please email subasketballleague@gmail.com or visit the SU Basketball Club website and download a player enquiry form. Get in quick, places are filling up fast!

 USU  | Direct OWeek in 2016

Enjoy OWeek? Who didn't?! Did you know that behind all the fun and action, two student directors worked tirelessly to bring it to you? It’s not often you get the opportunity to be part of Australia's biggest OWeek festival. Each year, the University of Sydney Union (USU) hires two students to put on the biggest show on campus – and applications are now open to find next year's Oweek director extraordinaires.
Enjoy OWeek? Who didn't?! Did you know that behind all the fun and action, two student directors worked tirelessly to bring it to you? It’s not often you get the opportunity to be part of Australia's biggest OWeek festival. Each year, the University of Sydney Union (USU) hires two students to put on the biggest show on campus – and applications are now open to find next year's Oweek director extraordinaires.

Candidates must be dynamic, passionate and creative individuals who are keen to live and breathe the coordination of the festival. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in event management, leadership, community engagement and stakeholder relations. With plenty of support from the USU's professional staff, you'll develop leadership skills no course can provide. Find out how to apply

Need some inspiration?
Relive the action and follow Pat’s attempts to travel through time to OWeek 2015 in the USU’s own Back to the Future trilogy... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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The University's diggers, in their own words

As the historic ANZAC Day centenary nears, the University's Beyond 1914 — The University of Sydney and the Great War interactive database continues to grow with stories and personal accounts from the men and women of the University who served in the Great War. We'll bring you details soon on the University's activities to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings, but in the meantime, feel free to explore or contribute to Beyond 1914's Book of Remembrance and reflect on this significant date in Australian history.

CHASS Australia Student Prize - nominations open

Nominations are now open for the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Student Prize. Nominate a student project, performance exhibition or thesis that best exemplifies the contribution of humanities, arts and social sciences areas to our understanding of ourselves and our nation. The prize includes a $500 Co-Op voucher. Find out more

Gain skills for success at uni: CAPS workshops

This week's Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) workshops focus on managing relationships, and achieving postgraduate research success.

This week's Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) workshops focus on managing relationships, and achieveing postgraduate research success.

Managing relationships
Wednesday 1 April, 1pm – 2pm
Healthy relationships are integral to peoples happiness and wellbeing. However, settling in to university life takes time and it is not uncommon to feel confused, anxious, lonely or sad. This workshop will assist you to develop and foster healthy relationships and communicate effectively.

Postgrad research success
Thursday 2 April, 10am – 12pm (register)
Being a postgraduate research student has been compared to scaling Mount Everest, a long and arduous journey of hardship and mastery. This workshop will help you develop strategies to increase your strengths and resilience during all stages of your journey to sustain successful research efforts (even during the tough times). 

Workshops are held on level five 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


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NOTICES

Honour our extraordinary alumni
Each day our alumni make a remarkable difference and enrich the lives of others. We invite you to recognise their achievements by nominating them for an Alumni Award.

With a wide range of categories, the awards honour alumni who are established in their careers, and those who have recently finished their studies. Nominations close on 15 May 2015.

Find out more
Travel concessions 2015
If you are travelling on a 2014 travel concession and you still meet the eligibility requirements for this year, be sure to apply for your Concession Opal before 31 March to ensure you continue to receive concession fares.

You must carry your student card at all times as proof of entitlement when travelling on your Concession Opal card. For more details visit Campus Cards

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

 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.

 31 MAR  | Great Hall series: Chamber Orchestra

 1 APR  | SCA Art Talks – Biljana Jancic, Lines: within and without

 1 APR  | Sydney Ideas – The monster at the heart of our galaxy

 2 APRIL  | Talk: The first man on the moon: Why Neil Armstrong?

 2 APR  | Sydney Ideas – The (well-known) secrets of human motivation

 4 APR  | Three Englishmen in Cyprus: In the footsteps of Richard Pococke (1738), Samuel W Baker (1879) and Colin Thubron (1974)

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