STUDENT NEWS

TUESDAY 14 APRIL

Your voice counts - help us shape the University's future 

The University’s new strategic plan is a big deal, say student senate representatives Dalton Fogarty and Simon Hill. The pair is urging their fellow students to participate in a survey currently circulating across our campuses, which seeks students’ views on the University’s future.
The University’s new strategic plan is a big deal, say student senate representatives Dalton Fogarty and Simon Hill. The pair is urging their fellow students to participate in a survey currently circulating across our campuses, which seeks students’ views on the University’s future.

The Vice-Chancellor sent an email to students and staff last week inviting them to directly feed into the strategy development process by participating in a survey administered by independent research firm Colmar Brunton. The survey kicks off the process of developing the University’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, asking students how they feel about the University and its current focus, as well as where the University should direct its focus moving forward.

Dalton and Simon believe it’s important to take advantage of this opportunity to have a say in shaping the University’s strategic direction for the next generation of students. 

“Everything the University does is in response to this plan - so whether it’s a new building, more scholarships or a more extensive exchange network - it is based off this, and you have the power to shape it,” says Dalton. 

“This opportunity only comes around once every five years – student feedback was invaluable to the development of the last strategic plan and influenced many of the key areas of focus,” adds Simon.

After extensive consultation, the current strategic plan defined the values important to the University community, and contained 17 strategies that informed the University’s priorities.

The 2011-2015 plan included a strategy to ‘expand and diversify opportunities for students to develop as global citizens’ (strategy five), and another to ‘attract and support promising students from a diversity of social and cultural backgrounds’ (strategy 11). With such strategies in place, the University was able to roll out a number of new initiatives to benefit students, such as equity scholarships and global mobility programs.

The survey is the first of a series of consultative steps taken in the development of the plan.

“You come to uni every week, you use its resources daily, only you have the unique point of view to make a lasting change to better the University for yourself and future students,” says Dalton.

Keep an eye out for an email from Colmar Brunton with a direct link to complete the survey. The survey closes on 15 April, be sure to have your say.

Find out more about the 2016-20 Strategic Plan

 

VC to lead taskforce on academic misconduct

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence advised the senate last night that he will personally chair a University-wide taskforce to crack down on academic misconduct. 

“Academic misconduct has no place at the University of Sydney, and the overwhelming majority of our students adhere to our high standards of academic merit, intellectual rigour and ethical behaviour,” Dr Spence said yesterday. Full statement

Win tickets to TEDxSydney!

Who said curiosity killed the cat? Curiosity is at the beginning of all ideas: ideas for change, ideas that solve, ideas that lead. In fact, it was probably curiosity that took cats to the top of the internet food chain. We know the value of ideas which is why we're partnering with events that keep you thinking. Get ready for curiosity season from May to June at Sydney Writers’ Festival, TEDxSydney, TEDxYouth@Sydney, Vivid Path to the Future and Sydney Film Festival. To celebrate, we’ve got a golden ticket with your name on it…
Who said curiosity killed the cat? Curiosity is at the beginning of all ideas: ideas for change, ideas that solve, ideas that lead. In fact, it was probably curiosity that took cats to the top of the internet food chain. We know the value of ideas which is why we're partnering with events that keep you thinking. Get ready for curiosity season from May to June at Sydney Writers’ Festival, TEDxSydney, TEDxYouth@Sydney, Vivid Path to the Future and Sydney Film Festival. To celebrate, we’ve got a golden ticket with your name on it…

TedxYouth@Sydney
Held in partnership with TEDxSydney at Sydney Opera House, TEDxYouth@Sydney brings together young curious change makers, thinkers, innovators, activists, entrepreneurs, and go-getters to share ideas worth spreading. On stage will be a world champion fighter, an astronomer and an economist, along with our own fashion entrepreneur Law/Commerce student Margaret Zhang, Student Representative Council President Kyol Blakeney and more. 

When: Thursday 21 April
Where: Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre
Tickets (selling fast!)

Find out more

Curious to win?
Tell us what you’re curious to find out at TEDxSydney and TEDxYouth and you could score yourself a Gold Ticket double pass to spark your curiosity at some of Sydney’s most thought provoking events, or a double pass to TEDxYouth at Sydney Opera House on Thursday 21 May.

First prize: Curiosity Season Golden Ticket, including a double pass to TEDxSydney at the Opera House on Thursday 21 May, double pass to Sydney Writers’ Festival Opening Night and your pick of a Sydney Film Festival screening.

Runners up: 10 x double passes to TEDxYouth@Sydney on Thursday 21 May.

In 25 words or less, tell us which speaker you're curious to hear from and why at TEDxSydney and TEDxYouth in 2015?

Competition closes Friday 1 May 2015. Winners will be contacted by Tuesday 5 May 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

Enter now 

Student ideas shine at Incubate demo day

Last month’s Incubate Demo Day saw some inventive student-led projects unveiled before potential investors and curious onlookers. It was a showcase of bright ideas and startups from the latest batch of students and alumni involved with the USU’s Incubate program. Like the world fair of old, inventors took to the stage to demonstrate their hard work.
Last month’s Incubate Demo Day saw some inventive student-led projects unveiled before potential investors and curious onlookers. It was a showcase of bright ideas and startups from the latest batch of students and alumni involved with the USU’s Incubate program. Like the world fair of old, inventors took to the stage to demonstrate their hard work. 

The Demo Day gives top student startups that have emerged from Incubate’s intensive 14-week accelerated development program a chance to present their ideas to peers, industry leaders and investors.

The audience at the Refectory was presented with innovations applicable to a range of fields – for example an atom microscope so powerful it can determine the DNA of a material; to wearable tech designed to protect cricketers from injury.

Some of the most impressive projects of the day came from current students. Brothers Felipe and Francisco Serra-Martins presented Sonder, a customisable e-ink keyboard that saves you from having to memorise countless keyboard shortcut combinations. Sonder’s dynamic display adapts according to your tasks, so you can switch seamlessly from Call of Duty to Photoshop.

It wasn’t all about tech on the Demo Day. Another standout by founder Waiho Wong was Food Pod, a grocery delivery service that claims to be fresher, cleaner and fairer for consumers and producers. The co-op platform showed how families can reduce their grocery bill whilst still paying the farmer more than supermarket chains.

It was an even simpler idea, and one we can all relate to, that drew praise for fourth-year commerce student and founder of Cue, Emily Carrigan. Cue is an app that informs patients whether a doctor is running on time or not. “I was going to the doctor's more frequently than I wanted to, and eventually decided that I couldn’t face the wait,” says Emily.

This real time information allows patients to go away and get other things done rather than wasting away in the dreaded waiting room.

Emily’s background is not in tech design but she saw a problem and set about fixing it. With Incubate’s help Emily is now in talks with over 30 clinics to commence Beta testing. “You don’t need technical knowledge to gain the respect of technical people,” says Emily.

“Nor do you need medical knowledge to gain the respect of medical people.” 

The Incubate program’s goal is to provide anyone with an idea access to the mentors and resources that can help make them a reality.

At only 23, Emily encourages other young entrepreneurial spirits not to wait around and take advantage of the opportunities such as Incubate.

“Do something that matters,” she says.

"It’s better to do something that’s worth something to a billion people for a dollar, than worth a billion dollars for one person.”

Find out more about Incubate’s startups

Get back into the swing of things

As semester picks back up after a leisurely mid-semester break, getting back into the study routine is easier said than done. It's a clear run from week seven to the end of semester, where exams loom. Time then to get organised and hit your stride in the home straight. First step: have a look at CAPS' handy eBooks to help you get organised, and manage procrastination.

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STUDENT LIFE

 EXCHANGE  | World of opportunities at Sydney Abroad Fair

The world is coming to Eastern Avenue next Monday 20 April, to showcase the hundreds of exchange opportunities available for Sydney Uni students. Come along and find out what it's like to be a global student. Learn about our programs at 330 universities in 38 countries and hear from other exchange students about their experiences and adventures. Find out more
Gain skills for success with CAPS' workshops
Managing stress
Wednesday 15 April, 1–2pm
Stress is a part of everyday life and a normal reaction to the demands of university life, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student. However, too much stress may prevent you from reaching your academic and professional potential. This workshop will explore ways to manage your stress and use it to your advantage.

Managing low mood
Thursday 16 April, 1–2pm
Sometimes our world does not go according to plan, leaving us overwhelmed and overloaded. Thus, learning how to make room for our distressing emotions without them denting or sidelining our progress is a critical life skill to develop. In this workshop, you will learn practical strategies to prevent mood problems from becoming unmanageable. 

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
USU student leadership roles now open
Would you like to run Australia's biggest OWeek festival, edit Australia's oldest literary journal, assist an award-winning startup accelerator program, or raise awareness of environmental issues amongst your fellow students? 

The University of Sydney Union (USU) is looking for its next batch of dynamic and passionate student leaders, with applications now open for OWeek Festival Director, Hermes Student Editor, Incubate Program Coordinator, and Environment Events Coordinator. The volunteer opportunities run alongside your academic timetable, and provide a great opportunity to develop new leadership and professional skills you can't learn in the lecture theatre. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

Join our Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub team!

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking applications for student interns to volunteer at the University's popular Media Hub at the Sydney Writers' Festival Walsh Bay precinct.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking applications for student interns to volunteer at the University's popular Media Hub at the Sydney Writers' Festival Walsh Bay precinct.

Media Hub interns will produce daily session reviews, interview authors and contribute to social media and podcast creation across the festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the world's leading literary figures, gain hands-on experience in media production, and be a part of Sydney's vibrant cultural scene.

Interns are required to be available on certain days throughout the SWF program, including some evenings and weekends, from 18-24 May 2015. Full details of the SWF Media Hub internship are available here.

Students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply, simply email your CV (max three pages) and cover letter to Emily Jones.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 15 April.

Want to know about SWF Media Hub interns? Read about their experiences or check out this video from the 2014 festival.

Intern with us for a semester

The University's Marketing and Communications team welcome you to join us for a semester to grow your skills and gain extensive experience in a large-scale organisation. We're after a valuable student perspective into University marketing and communication activities.
The University's Marketing and Communications team welcome you to join us for a semester to grow your skills and gain extensive experience in a large-scale organisation. We're after a valuable student perspective into University marketing and communication activities.

Internships will cover the following areas:
  • Marketing and communications to core University audiences such as current and future students, staff, donors, alumni

  • University sponsorships including TEDxSydney and VIVID Sydney

  • Web and digital communications
Each internship will vary depending on the skills of the intern and the current projects being undertaken by the team. Applicants should be flexible and be prepared to work in a range of areas. 

Internships will be 10 hours (over two days) per week in the Camperdown based office. The program is open to University of Sydney Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying in, or with interests in media, marketing and communications. 

For more information, please email: university.marketing@sydney.edu.au

Applications close Friday 17 April

Help us improve the Uni's search engine

We know the University’s search engine doesn’t always return the results that you would expect. We need your help to refine the way that the search works, and improve your results.
We know the University’s search engine doesn’t always return the results that you would expect. We need your help to refine the way that the search works, and improve your results.

If you search for a topic unsuccessfully, click the ‘help us improve these search results’ link at the top of the list of results and fill in the form to tell us what you were searching for and what you thought might come up (based on previous results). 

This will really help us understand how the search engine is used and how we can make it better.
International House¹s inaugural Global Leadership Development Program
You are invited to a series of public talks on leadership as part of International House¹s inaugural Global Leadership Development Program.

Hear eminent leaders and established professionals share their experiences working in a variety of leadership contexts. Each speaker will reveal some of the challenges and opportunities they've faced in their careers, as well as discuss the values that have driven their decision-making processes.

Guest speakers 2015
  • Sunday, 19 April, 8pm – Mr Simon Scott, Director, Energy & Natural Resources, Societe Generale Australia Ltd

  • Sunday 26 April, 8pm – Mr Andrew Phelan, Chief Executive and Principal Registrar, High Court of Australia

  • Thursday 14 May, 7pm – Prof. Vaughan Pratt, Emeritus Professor Computer Science, Stanford University
Find out more
Honour our amazing 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
Fulbright New South Wales state day – 28 April
The 2016 Fulbright Scholarship round begins on 1 May, so head to the NSW information session on 28 April to learn more about the scholarship. You can also register for the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Public Lecture by Professor Richard Ziolkowski. Find uot more

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NOTICES

Reminder: smoking on campus
A quick reminder that all University campuses are governed by our Smoke-free Environment Policy. If you are a smoker, please respect this policy and others on campus by smoking only within designated areas, marked here.
Give blood: 20 - 24 April
The Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Service is visiting EAstern Avenue next week, open 9am - 3pm. One in three Australians will need blood, but only one in 30 donates. Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, mothers-to-be and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients. So roll up your sleeve and make an appointment!

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EVENTS

 17 APR  | Greenway Series: Modern music ensemble

 20 APR  | Sydney Abroad Fair

 20 APR  | Sydney Ideas – Writing history, making race

 21 APR  | Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian literature with Delia Falconer

 21 APR  | Sydney Ideas – Egypt and the ANZACs in World War One

 22 APR  | USU Health and Wellbeing Day

 30 APR  | MBA Information Session

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