STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 27 JULY

Welcome to Semester 2 

Welcome back for Semester 2. We hope you enjoyed the semester break, whether you sailed to sunnier places or braved the Antarctic vortex here at home. ODay is in full swing today, the USU's huge Club and Society program is the heart of student life, so get into it!

Remember to get everything sorted before you settle into that timetable routine. Beat those crazy queues and order your readers online through Publish Partner; and use the first four weeks to prepare yourself for a great second semester.
 

Healthier vending machines on the way

Vending machines with healthier options will be trialled around campus in Semester 2, as new research from the University reveals the calorie-rich snack options in most vending machines are  part of an unhealthy environment contributing to a rise in diabetes and obesity.
Vending machines with healthier options will be trialled around campus in Semester 2, as new research from the University reveals the calorie-rich snack options in most vending machines are  part of an unhealthy environment contributing to a rise in diabetes and obesity.

The study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health revealed 87 percent  of respondents said food options were “too unhealthy”, reflecting the sentiments of students who responded to Healthy Sydney University’s (HSU) food preferences survey earlier this year.

Ms Elly Howse from HSU says over 90 percent of students showed an interest in healthier food for lower cost.

"We are trialling better vending machine options in popular library and study spaces, as we know from our students that convenient food options are needed after-hours when campus food outlets are closed," Ms Howse says.

"This is just one of the many initiatives we are undertaking at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the University of Sydney Union, to give students more choice and opportunities to make better decisions for their health and wellbeing." Find out more

Conservatorium flash mob ambush Anh Do

Ever wondered what it's like to be in a musical where everyone around you suddenly breaks out into song? In the city of Verona, famed for its operatic history, our vocal and string quartet students from the Con's Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School gave comedian Anh Do a surprise (and awesome!) performance during filming of his new show 'Anh Does Italy'. Check out the clip which aired last week on Channel 7.

Taskforce report on cheating released

The new taskforce on academic misconduct and plagiarism has released its first report, which details some of the ways the University can better prevent and detect instances of cheating, whether as part of coursework or research. 
The new taskforce on academic misconduct and plagiarism has released its first report, which details some of the ways the University can better prevent and detect instances of cheating, whether as part of coursework or research.

The new report is the result of the taskforce’s investigations during May and June, including interviews with representatives from each of the University’s 16 faculties.

Some of the key recommendations include:

  • Mandatory academic honesty education and an early focus on written communication skills for all coursework courses
  • Formal consideration given to the academic integrity of each unit of study’s assessment tasks at the point of approval
  • An accessible, searchable and complete recordkeeping facility that reduces administrative load on academics  and facilitates reporting
  • A liaison and coordination point created within the Education Portfolio to support staff and students
  • Where appropriate, changes to the University’s policies to implement best practice prevention and detection
“Academic honesty is a core value of staff and students. We want to foster a culture in which students are champions of academic integrity across the University,” said Academic Board Chair Associate Professor Peter McCallum, who presented the report to the Senior Executive Group last week.

A second report focusing on other topics, including staff training, remediation, sanctions, issues unique to research students, communication and culture is planned for release later this year.

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | Start of Semester party

Manning Bar is heading back to the 2000s for one night only bringing you the best tunes you forgot you loved, with a DJ set by Tom Tilley.So rearrange your myspace friends, feed your neopets, get on your razor scooter and head down to Manning on Wednesday 29 July. Find out more

 CAREERS  | Internships and Vacation Work Fair 2015

Keen to meet representatives from leading Australian and global companies and discover what they’re looking for in candidates? Come along to the Internships and Vacation Work Fair on this Thursday 30 July, 11am–3pm at the Great Hall and use your networking skills to make a great first impression. Who knows where it could take you? Register now
AFL 6v6: Come and try day
Love your Aussie rules? Feel like being active in your lunch break? Then why not get a group of friends together and compete in Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness' Lunchtime Social AFL competition!

Get a taste of the action and register for the Come and TRY AFL 6v6 social sport competition this Thursday July 30 from 12-1pm on The Arena Square.

All lunchtime sport competitions are open to Sydney Uni students, staff and the general public. Registrations close 5pm Thursday 6 August. Find out more about lunchtime social sport
Help give at DonateLife
Help the Sydney Uni Surgical Society spread the message about the importance of organ and tissue donation for DonateLife week, 2 - 9 August. Learn about donation at the Info Stall on Eastern Ave all week; enjoy a free BBQ lunch on Monday, join the campaign at Ralph’s Café and attend an Organ Transplantation Symposium on Thursday evening. Find out more and get involved
Hermes submissions close 3 August
Want to see your work showcased in Australia’s oldest literary journal? Hermes, published annually by the University of Sydney Union, is now accepting all poetry, prose and visual art submissions for the 2015 edition. This year’s theme is 'Manufactured'. Download the submission form and enter your work by midnight 3 August. Find out more
Eating disorders in the spotlight: Seymour Centre, CPC and Sydney Ideas collaboration
While there are many who suffer from eating disorders today in Australia, it often remains a topic too confronting and difficult to talk about. The Seymour Centre, Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Ideas have teamed up to change this, beginning with the play, What is the Matter with Mary Jane?, an inspiring story of one woman's 12-year rollercoaster ride with eating disorders told with humour and honesty. 

To take the conversation further, Sydney Ideas will host a special event following the Thursday 6 August show, inviting leading eating disorder specialists from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to discuss latest research and findings in the treatment and management of disordered eating diseases. 

The panel discussion is free and open to all (just remember to register) and we encourage you to also see What is the Matter with Mary Jane? prior to the panel discussion. Students can quote promo code SYDUNI when booking online to get tickets for only $15 (normally $25/20).

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STUDENT SERVICES

Global health and wellbeing survey

Take part in a pioneering global survey on health and wellbeing by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Brain & Mind Research Institute (University of Sydney). The results from this survey will considerably improve global understanding of health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on men's health. It will be used to inform education programs within health and mental health sectors across each participating country and the world.
Take part in a pioneering global survey on health and wellbeing by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Brain & Mind Research Institute (University of Sydney). The results from this survey will considerably improve global understanding of health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on men's health. It will be used to inform education programs within health and mental health sectors across each participating country and the world.

It is not a test so there are no right or wrong answers. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Complete it here
What can the China Studies Centre do for you?
The China Studies Centre invites you to have your say on what makes up a perfect China Studies Centre student engagement program. What are your thoughts about events like the Moon Festival celebration, monthly seminars or the business forum? 

All students are encouraged to get involved by filling out a short survey by 31 July, for a chance to win a $50 gift card. 
Academic writing skills workshops
The Learning Centre offers free academic writing, reading and study skills workshops to all students. Topics include: essay writing, reading more effectively, avoiding plagiarism, grammar, clearer writing and managing time. There are also workshops offered for postgraduate research students. Register now

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NOTICES

Essay-writing websites on watchlist
Last week a number of students received unsolicited emails to their University accounts from 'Study Master', a Chinese language website offering essay writing services for payment.

The emails were received at the same time as the University’s academic misconduct taskforce handed down its first report (see story above). Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin again reminded all students that engaging or paying another person to write an essay or to complete or contribute to an assessment is a form of cheating that can lead to expulsion from the University.

“If you engage in this or other kinds of academic dishonesty or dishonest plagiarism, you will be subject to disciplinary proceedings under Chapter 8 of the University of Sydney By-law and may be expelled from the University for misconduct,” said Professor Carlin.

Students are also reminded to forward any suspect looking email offering academic services to vc.taskforce@sydney.edu.au as soon as possible.

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EVENTS

 27 JUL  | ODay

 29 JUL  | Start of Semester Party

 29 JUL  | Plasma tubes in the sky – free public talk

 30 JUL  | Sydney Ideas – Transformation of Islamic discourse in the Arab world and Africa: Boko Haram versus the state

 30 JUL  | Sydney Ideas – Indigenous peoples and globalisation

 30 JUL  | Sydney Ideas - Contemporary artists in China: how they operate between freedom and restriction

 4 AUG  | Sydney Ideas - Who’s afraid of media pluralism?

 5 AUG  | Band comp semi final 1

 5 AUG  | So you want to do a PhD, what now?

 12 AUG  | Funding your PhD: an introduction to research scholarships

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