STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 4 MAY

Celebrating 100 years of the Con 

It’s a special time for the musically gifted members of our University of Sydney family; on Wednesday 6 May the Sydney Conservatorium of Music celebrates its 100th birthday.

A little over a century ago, Sydney city planners were weighing up what to do with the old Government House stables in Farm Cove (this was of course way back when the CBD bustled with horse-drawn carriages and trams, rather than taxis and late-running buses).

Some had their hopes pinned on a new restaurant, while many supported the visionary idea to establish an Australian music school to rival the grand conservatoriums of Europe.
It’s a special time for the musically gifted members of our University of Sydney family; on Wednesday 6 May the Sydney Conservatorium of Music celebrates its 100th birthday.

A little over a century ago. Sydney city planners were weighing up what to do with the old Government House stables in Farm Cove (this was of course way back when the CBD bustled with horse-drawn carriages and trams, rather than taxis and late-running buses).

Some had their hopes pinned on a new restaurant, while many supported the visionary idea to establish an Australian music school to rival the grand conservatoriums of Europe.

Thankfully, the dispute that had become known as the “battle between the sausage and sonata” ended in the sonata’s favour. With backing from the state government, the Conservatorium of Music was born, opening its doors on 6 May 1915 to its first cohort of over 320 eager music students.

Over the following 100 years, our beloved Con has been a leading influence on Australia’s musical landscape, fulfilling its promise of providing world-class music tuition and producing some of our greatest talents.

It’s not just a place for virtuosos, either. The Con is open to anyone interested in learning some musical skills (check out the Open Academy’s short courses and workshops – with discounts for University of Sydney students).

On Wednesday 6 May, we celebrate the Con’s 100th birthday the way we know best – with music! The sold-out centenary concert won’t be just any tired old symphony, but a masterpiece befitting such an occasion – Leonard Bernstein’s seminal MASS.

Bernstein’s controversial piece was originally commissioned by former first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy Onassis; and will showcase the efforts and talents of our students in voice, orchestra, jazz, choral music, production, and sound design. 

It will be held in the Sydney Opera House.

The Conservatorium has changed over its lifetime, including officially becoming a part of the University of Sydney in 1990. Today, more than 2000 students receive specialist music training through the school, tertiary studies and private tuition each year. Join us in celebrating 100 resounding years of the Con – and looking forward to 100 more.

Centenary celebration: Leonard Bernstein’s MASS
When: Wednesday 6 May, 7pm
Where: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Find out more about the Conservatoirum of Music's story, and centenary celebrations.
 

Uni scores high in global subject rankings

The University of Sydney has again shown its global leadership in research and higher education in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, released last week.

The University was in the global top 10 for one subject and achieved three top spots nationally in the prestigious rankings, regarded as the most authoritative global comparison of universities at subject level.
The University of Sydney has again shown its global leadership in research and higher education in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, released last week.

The University was in the global top 10 for one subject and achieved three top spots nationally in the prestigious rankings, regarded as the most authoritative global comparison of universities at subject level. 

Education at Sydney was ranked ninth in the world, and the University proved best in Australia in English Language and Literature (18th in the world), Medicine (17th) and Veterinary Science (equal 11th). 

Among its other top 20 rankings were Law (13th in the world), Architecture/Built Environment (17th), Engineering - Civil and Structural (19th) and Accounting and Finance (equal 19th). 

The University was ranked in the top 100 in the world in 33 of the 35 areas covered in the rankings. 

“It is pleasing to see the University of Sydney again show global leadership in the latest world rankings,” said Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. 

“The results confirm Sydney’s place among the world’s top research and educational institutions, and are testament to the hard work and distinction of our students, staff and alumni.

“The University of Sydney has maintained its excellence in the face of increasing competition on the world stage, and continues to demonstrate strength across its diverse breadth of academic areas.”

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Public transport app an INSPIRED idea

Anyone who’s attempted to catch a peak hour train from Redfern will surely agree, it’s no fun being inhumanely squashed into a train. Nor is it fun when the bus you needed to catch home somehow never arrives. Public transport has always been a sore point of Sydney life, but the University of Sydney Business School's Dr Claudine Moutou is hard at work on a simple, but clever idea to do something about it with funding through donor support.
Anyone who’s attempted to catch a peak hour train from Redfern will surely agree, it’s no fun being inhumanely squashed into a train. Nor is it fun when the bus you needed to catch home somehow never arrives. Public transport has always been a sore point of Sydney life, but the University of Sydney Business School's Dr Claudine Moutou is hard at work on a simple, but clever idea to do something about it with funding through donor support.

Dr Moutou is the brains behind the development of the RateIT project, which is set to ease hassles on the daily commute. Research is underway to expand the usefulness of transport apps and ultimately develop a handy mechanism that allows real-time feedback between passengers and public transport operators. 

 “Many people already use technology during their daily commute, so the idea is to allow passengers to send feedback and warn other passengers of problems such as crowding, comfort and safety in real time,” explains Dr Moutou who is based at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

“We then feed this back into the operational and planning process,” she says.

Tapping into the crowd lets other passengers know about vacant seats, cleanliness and if there are any unexpected incidents.

It will also provide transport operators with a faster way to respond and adjust services to overcome problems and meet passenger requirements.

The RateIT project is funded by the University of Sydney’s Henry Halloran Trust, which brings together scholars, students and practitioners from around the world to advance research into liveable cities and sustainable development.

“We now understand the importance of generating a new flow of information and its value to passengers, operators and transport planners,” says Dr Moutou.

“Our next step is to work with Transport for NSW and existing app developers to help get the RateIT project off the ground.”

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Learn more about other ground-breaking projects undertaken here at the University of Sydney made possible by INSPIRED.

Is a PhD good for your career?

The idea that higher degree research is exclusive to life in academia is getting old, fast. Employers across many industries are increasingly combing graduate pools for those with postgraduate-level research qualifications, attracted by the specialised skills and learning processes they develop.
The idea that higher degree research is exclusive to life in academia is getting old, fast. Employers across many industries are increasingly combing graduate pools for those with postgraduate-level research qualifications, attracted by the specialised skills and learning processes they develop.

More and more students are also recognising the self-development prospects and career advantages of a PhD. The National Research Student Survey found that many graduates had used their research degrees as a springboard to a career outside of academia or tertiary sector. The University of Sydney has increased its opportunities for postgraduate research to continue fostering high-calibre graduates with leadership and analytical skills that catch a recruiter’s eye in the competitive job market.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is completing a PhD in Mathematics, found that his research into multi-regime models helped him acquire skills that put him in high-demand across multiple sectors. 

“Since I started my PhD I haven’t looked back, and Google’s chief economist now labels the field as one of the sexiest jobs in the coming decade,” says Matthew, who currently works at Westpac as a quantitative analyst.

Nicolas Andres Lyons (pictured), a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Veterinary Science, meanwhile came to Sydney to with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Buenos Aires in his native Argentina.

“The University had an international reputation and leaders working in my area of interest - dairy production; I had done my honours project within the Future Dairy Project and thought it was good to come back,” says Nicolas.

“Undergoing postgraduate research studies has given me the skills to be able to think, analyse, prioritise and tackle problems at different levels,” he says.

“I would completely recommend this to anyone who has an interest of going one step further, and encourage them to take that extra leap that will make a huge difference in the way the see the world and face problems in different environments.”

Some of Sydney’s successful PhD graduates will share where their research degree has taken their career in a panel discussion event on campus:

Discovery the Power of a PhD
When: Tuesday 12 May, 5–7pm
Where: The Refectory, Holme Building,

Learn more about your postgraduate study options at PG Week (18-22 May)

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STUDENT LIFE

 TEDX  | Catch TEDxSydney on campus on Thursday 21 May

Join us this curiosity season and learn a thing or two from Charles Darwin’s great great grandson; controversial brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, along with an outback-based transgender social worker, a death-row lawyer and an undefeated champion kickboxer, all on a live stream direct from Sydney Opera House.
Join us this curiosity season and learn a thing or two from Charles Darwin’s great great grandson; controversial brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, along with an outback-based transgender social worker, a death-row lawyer and an undefeated champion kickboxer, all on a live stream direct from Sydney Opera House.

TEDxSydney 2015 is bigger and better this year with an extraordinary line up of Australians set to take stage to share their stories and ideas. As principal partner of TEDxSydney 2015, we don’t want you, our curious, creative community to miss out.

TEDxSydney on-campus satellite event
When: Thursday 21 May,9am-6pm
Where: New Law Lawns

Find out more about Curiosity Season at the University of Sydney

 USU  | Birthing kit assembly day

Come along and donate an hour of your time to help assemble home birthing kits that allow women in developing nations around the world to give birth safely.
Come along and donate an hour of your time to help assemble home birthing kits that allow women in developing nations around the world to give birth safely.

This is your opportunity to work alongside likeminded people and reduce the risk of preventable infections during childbirth – with an estimated 385,000 women dying annually during childbirth, and 99 percent of these deaths occurring in developing countries, the kits provide basic items to provide clean birthing conditions.

When: Tuesday 5 May, 1–3pm
Where: Common Room, Level 4 Holme Building

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 SUSF  | Don’t forget to buy your mum a present!

Mother's Day is this Sunday (10 May), and you can give your mum the gift of fitness! This $65 Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness gift card is jam-packed with over $130 in value and offers a variety of options which she can choose from.
Mother's Day is this Sunday (10 May), and you can give your mum the gift of fitness! This $65 Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness gift card is jam-packed with over $130 in value and offers a variety of options which she can choose from:
  • 7 group fitness classes
  • 7 gym sessions
  • 15 swim sessions
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Indigenous Seminar Series starts this Thursday

The fourth Indigenous Seminar Series kicks off this Thursday 7 May with a talk from Professor Jakelin Troy, who joined the University this year as the Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.
The fourth Indigenous Seminar Series kicks off this Thursday 7 May with a talk from Professor Jakelin Troy, who joined the University this year as the Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.

In the first of four diverse lunchtime seminars in May, Professor Troy will discuss 'Sydney mob and animals', providing insights into animal names and relationships with Aboriginal people in the Sydney area.

When: Thursday 7 May, 1–2pm
Where:  Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre

Find out more about the Indigenous seminar series

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NOTICES

Student success survey closes tonight
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.

The survey closes at midnight tonight, don't miss your chance to have your say and enter the prize draw.

 Click here to complete the survey
Winter school applications open next week
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
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

 7 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Forgotten paths to empire

 7 MAY  | Confucious Institute exhibition: Jewish refugees and Shanghai

 11 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – STIR! A salon that adds women and stirs

 11 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Wild life

 12 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war

 12 MAY  | Discover the power of a PhD

 18-22 MAY  | Postgraduate Week

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