STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 27 APRIL

ANZAC stories continue to be told at the University 

Hundreds of students, alumni, staff and members of the public gathered in the Quad early on Saturday for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, organised by the Sydney University Regiment. The ceremony was held before 230 white crosses that lined the Quad to represent those in the University community who lost their lives in the Great War. Carillonist Amy Johansen also premiered a special piece commissioned to commemorate the centenary of our ANZACs.

Hundreds of students, alumni, staff and members of the public gathered in the Quad early on Saturday for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, organised by the Sydney University Regiment. The ceremony was held before 230 white crosses that lined the Quad to represent those in the University community who lost their lives in the Great War. Carillonist Amy Johansen also premiered a special piece commissioned to commemorate the centenary of our ANZACs.

ANZAC Day itself has passed, but you can still immerse yourself in the 100-year legend. The University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections have been gathering details on the lives of our diggers for some time, retelling their stories through its interactive database Beyond 1914, and also an exhibition in Fisher Library, which runs until October.

Through thousands of artefacts and stories, you can experience the war through the eyes and words of those who were there, such as Francis Badham Oliver, who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, 1915 and recorded it in his diary.

 

Message from the DVC (Registrar): Academic standards

You may have seen last week’s ABC Four Corners report in which a number of claims in relation to standards of academic conduct by students at Australian universities were made.

“I have one simple message for all students about academic misconduct,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin. “Don’t do it.”
You may have seen last week’s ABC Four Corners report in which a number of claims in relation to standards of academic conduct by students at Australian universities were made.

“I have one simple message for all students about academic misconduct,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin. “Don’t do it.”

“The University of Sydney takes academic standards very seriously, and you shouldn’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.”

“We apply the same academic standards to all our students, regardless of whether they are local or international, and have thorough processes for investigating alleged misconduct. There are serious consequences for anyone proved to have engaged in such behaviour.”

“We are constantly working on our methods for detecting plagiarism or other academic misconduct and recent penalties have included expulsion of students,” Professor Carlin added.

“The Vice-Chancellor announced earlier this month that he would personally chair a taskforce on academic misconduct to review and further strengthen our measures in this area.”

If you have any concerns, please raise them in the first instance with your unit of study coordinator.

SAM's back with a story to tell

One of the many perks of being a University of Sydney alumnus is you'll receive our Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM). This month, SAM underwent a facelift and has been relaunched, telling the inspiring stories of our alumni community, with beautiful photography and articles for any interest.

Issue one reveals fashion blogger and current Law student, Margaret Zhang's favourite things in the world; tells the fascinating story of an Australian diplomat in Africa; and the alumna who made Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 list of innovators in global health. Check out the online version here, and share your thoughts.

Washup from a wet and wild week

Like us, you’re probably still wringing out whatever clothes you were wearing when Sydney was hit with a huge, three-day storm last week. Heavy downpours and gusting winds made travel for many students difficult, including getting to campus for classes.
Like us, you’re probably still wringing out whatever clothes you were wearing when Sydney was hit with a huge, three-day storm last week. Heavy downpours and gusting winds made travel for many students difficult, including getting to campus for classes.

If you were unable to attend an assessment or examination or hand in an assignment because of the weather, you may be eligible for special consideration.  You can also talk directly with your tutor or unit of study coordinator if you are concerned about missing classes. 

It is very important that your personal details are up-to-date in Sydney Student so that we can contact you directly via SMS in future as needed. We will only send an SMS in emergencies and your details are kept confidential. Log into Sydney Student to edit your profile and contact details.

(image via @starloz on Instagram)

Bernstein's MASS to celebrate a century of the Con

The Con's 100th birthday is rapidly approaching, and you're invited to its big, birthday bash on Wednesday 6 May. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been a bastion of musical excellence in Australia for a century now and to celebrate, Con musicians are putting on a mammoth performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS at the Sydney Opera House. It's one of the greatest and most controversial pieces of 20th-century musical theatre, a huge production that everyone should experience... what better way to celebrate 100 years of the Con? Find out more and secure your tickets.

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | International Day

On Tuesday 28 April. the University of Sydney Union's International Day brings food, music, performance and fun from around the globe to Eastern Avenue. Come for the culture, stay for the food. Did we mention the delicious food? Find out more

 CAPS  | Take the Student Success survey and help us help you

We all hope to succeed at uni, but what exactly is 'success'? We're keen to hear what you believe 'success' means at university; what personal and academic goals you set yourself; and what the University can do to support you. Help us by taking Counselling and Psychological Services' (CAPS) Student Success Survey, a simple 10-minute questionnaire available online.
We all hope to succeed at uni, but what exactly is 'success'? We're keen to hear what you believe 'success' means at university; what personal and academic goals you set yourself; and what the University can do to support you. Help us by taking Counselling and Psychological Services' (CAPS) Student Success Survey, a simple 10-minute questionnaire available online. All responses will be kept confidential and participation is voluntary. You will also have the option of entering a draw with lots of prizes to be won.

Your responses to this survey will help us improve the University’s efforts to support students’ academic and personal goals, and the findings will also assist the development of the University’s new strategic plan,  Click here to complete the survey and enter the prize draw

 STUDY  | Winter School applications opening soon

Speed up your degree, get a difficult subject out of the way, catch up on a failed subject or lighten your study load... all good reasons to enrol at the Winter School.
Speed up your degree, get a difficult subject out of the way, catch up on a failed subject or lighten your study load... all good reasons to enrol at the Winter School.

More than 50 subjects are available to boost your degree, diversify your knowledge and improve your critical thinking. Fee help is available to domestic students, and cross-institutional students are welcome.

Online applications open 11 May. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

Win an iPad Air 2: with our 2015 Brand Tracking survey

A random selection of students will be sent a link this week to participate in the 2015 Brand Tracking Survey. The lucky recipients will be able to share their perceptions and experiences with the University and how we compare to other universities. The survey gives you a chance to identify what our strengths and weaknesses are as a University, and your feedback helps us on how to plan for the future.
A random selection of students will be sent a link this week to participate in the 2015 Brand Tracking Survey. The lucky recipients will be able to share their perceptions and experiences with the University and how we compare to other universities. The survey gives you a chance to identify what our strengths and weaknesses are as a University, and your feedback helps us on how to plan for the future. 

The online survey (developed in conjunction with market research company Pollinate) will take you around 15-20 minutes to finish. Once complete, you can enter the competition to win either an iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi (128GB) valued at $859 or an iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi (16GB) valued at $499.

Your responses will be confidential, and the University will in no way be able to identify any individual response. The survey will be open until 27 May 2015.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Daniel Goldstein from Brand and Marketing Services.

Get Curious: Design Australia’s largest Sea of Hands installation

We’re calling all creatives to design one of Australia's largest public artworks – the Sea of Hands. No technical skill is required, just an amazing and thoughtful idea. Your design could be chosen for the University’s Front Lawns, to be unveiled during Vivid Path to the Future on campus in May.
We’re calling all creatives to design one of Australia's largest public artworks – the Sea of Hands. No technical skill is required, just an amazing and thoughtful idea. Your design could be chosen for the University’s Front Lawns, to be unveiled during Vivid Path to the Future on campus in May.

The Sea of Hands is an interactive and thought-provoking artwork that aims to bring greater awareness to issues of social justice in our country, for National Reconciliation Week.

Your Sea of Hands design will be brought to life by members of the public, as they ‘plant’ colourful hands with personal messages written on them, creating a powerful image you can appreciate on the ground and from far above.

The winning entry will be a thoughtful design that celebrates and contributes to the conversation of National Reconciliation Week: respect, unity and equity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians.  The successful designer will also receive a $600 gift voucher as a thank you. 

Check out some highlights of last year's Vivid Path to the Future festival and Sea of Hands: photos | video

Anyone can enter, applications close 1 May. Find out more

Know any awesome alumni? Nominate them for an Alumni Award!

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.
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
Introducing the Master of Health Technology Innovation
A first of its kind master’s degree aimed at developing leaders in the emerging field of health technology is now available at the University of Sydney.

The Master of Health Technology Innovation will see three professional groups work side-by-side – engineers, IT specialists and health professionals – in a unique learning environment aimed at cultivating their complementary skills.  The program is designed to empower participants to bridge the gap between the technical and clinical arenas and apply technologies in innovative ways within the health domain.

Developed in conjunction with industry representatives, the program includes cross-disciplinary projects undertaken at the Charles Perkins Centre. Find out more

Finishing honours soon? What’s next?
Come along to our information evening to find out where your passion for research can take you.  You’ll hear from our alumni who will share their research experiences and talk about the opportunities that arose from doing a PhD. It’s your chance to meet high achieving-professionals and discuss ideas, career prospects and what to expect from a PhD.


When: Tuesday 12 May, 5-7pm
Where: Refectory, Holme Building

Registrations close 5 May

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NOTICES

Yearly travel stickers for student cards
The Concession Opal card is now available for full-time students. Transport for NSW accesses data transferred to it by the University to confirm students' eligibility to travel at a concessional rate.  
Students who travel outside the Opal network can be provided with a 2015 foil sticker for their student card to indicate entitlement to buy concessional paper tickets.

If you require a sticker for concession, visit the Student Centre on level 3 JFR Building. To find out more visit Campus Cards

For more information on the eligibility guidelines set by Transport for NSW please refer to the Transport for NSW website.

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EVENTS

 28 APR  | Fulbright New South Wales state day

 29 APR  | Sydney Ideas – On the front line of humanitarian crises

 30 APR  | MBA Information Session

 MAY  | Confucious Institute exhibition: Jewish refugees and Shanghai

 4 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Film screening and panel discussion: 'China¹s 3 Dreams'

 4 MAY  | McKell Institute major policy address by Bill Shorten

 12 MAY  | Discover the power of a PhD

 18-22 MAY  | Postgraduate Week

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