STAFF NEWS

MONDAY 11 AUGUST 2014

Milestone for the BMRI 

The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) last week opened a new national centre of research excellence, Optymise, which aims to deliver greatly enhanced care for young people with emerging depression or bipolar mood disorders.

The new NHMRC-funded service, launched at a one-day seminar at the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub, marks a significant milestone for the BMRI in its transition to a strategic area of priority for the University.
The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) last week opened a new national centre of research excellence, Optymise, which aims to deliver greatly enhanced care for young people with emerging depression or bipolar mood disorders.

The new NHMRC-funded service, launched at a one-day seminar at the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub, marks a significant milestone for the BMRI in its transition to a strategic area of priority for the University.

The event gathered Australia’s best mental health researchers and clinical service providers from the BMRI, the Black Dog Institute, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

“Until now, we haven’t really focused on meeting young people’s needs, we haven’t optimised the personalisation of care, and we haven’t really committed ourselves to sticking with young people. That’s what is required to achieve the best possible health and social outcomes,” said BMRI Director, Professor Ian Hickie (pictured).

“This is a major national initiative, linked with key international partners in the United States and Europe, to achieve those aims. A young person with an emerging mood disorder will receive a detailed summary of what is really wrong and a clear path for tracking their progress over time.”

“This new centre of excellence also marks a decade of significant effort and deserved recognition for the clinical research programs developed by our local teams and their collaborative health service partners.”

The transformation of the BMRI from an administrative unit in the Sydney Medical School to a Strategic Priority Area for Research Collaboration (SPARC) forms part of the HMR+ implementation program. It will help realise the University’s vision for multi-disciplinary research and education that delivers solutions for our society. Find out more
 

Staff put students through their paces

Almost 50 Bachelor of Medical Science students took two days out of their holidays to hone their research skills at the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.

Staff developed a tailor-made ‘boot camp’, providing interested students with the opportunity to develop their lab skills and learn techniques commonly used in medical science research. Find out more

Join the 2014 Sydney Teaching Colloquium

The fourth annual Sydney Teaching Colloquium, held from 29 to 30 September this year, will be an opportunity for colleagues to discuss how assessment standards can address practical challenges in teaching and curriculum.

You can find out more and register for the colloquium in this month’s edition of Teaching@Sydney.
The fourth annual Sydney Teaching Colloquium, held from 29 to 30 September this year, will be an opportunity for colleagues to discuss how assessment standards can address practical challenges in teaching and curriculum.

You can find out more and register for the colloquium in this month’s edition of Teaching@Sydney.

Hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison (pictured, centre), this year’s colloquium asks whether our approaches to assessment at a unit, program, course and University level are at a standard that supports students to develop as engaged enquirers.

Also in August Teaching@Sydney, find out details on upcoming Office of Learning and Teaching grants, how to apply for a teaching innovation award and more. Find out more

Do you want fries with that?

Stakeholders from across the University have pulled up a seat at the table to support healthy food choices for students and staff on campus.

In a collaboration with Healthy Sydney University and the University of Sydney Union, PhD student Rajshri Roy (pictured) is investigating whether kilojoule labelling affects what we order from the menu. Find out more

Celebrating our sporting success

It’s been a winning month for students and staff, with some impressive performances demonstrating our collective sporting prowess at home and away.  

Congratulations to Head of Events Jocie Evison (pictured), who recently travelled to Germany to compete in ‘Challenge Roth’, an iron distance triathlon consisting of an epic 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run.
It’s been a winning month for students and staff with some impressive performances demonstrating our collective sporting prowess at home and away.  

Congratulations to Head of Events Jocie Evison (pictured), who recently travelled to Germany to compete in ‘Challenge Roth’, an iron-distance triathlon consisting of an epic 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run.

With the temperature hitting 38 degrees on the day and high drop-out rates, Jocie came an impressive second in her age group (out of 91 competitors) and was ranked 25th out of 442 non-pro female finishers across all age groups. Jocie also received first place in her age group at the Cairns Half Ironman in July, and is currently the NSW state champion in both sprint and Olympic-distance triathlon.

Congratulations also to Economics student Bernard Foley, who (along with several other past Sydney Uni Rugby representatives) lifted the 2014 Super Rugby title trophy with the NSW Waratahs; and University students in our Commonwealth Games cohort who returned from Glasgow with a healthy haul of medals – six in total, including three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Five minutes with James Humberstone

"I get to teach amazing students and conduct a premiere of my music in front of a thousand people on the weekend and call that research – that’s everything I’ve been aiming for my whole life."

Music education lecturer Dr James Humberstone discusses life on campus at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the challenges of balancing teaching with creative work. Find out more
Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences change proposal

The Division of Natural Sciences published a draft change proposal recently to address financial, organisational, curriculum and teaching issues in Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences. In a message to staff, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Stephen Garton explained the reasons behind the proposal.

“Cutting edge research and the teaching of future generations of leaders in the life sciences in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Molecular Bioscience and Geosciences in the Faculty of Science are absolutely integral to our vision of what makes this University special,” he wrote.

“For some considerable time, however, it has been clear that the University has been struggling to address a variety of structural problems confronting these disciplines.

“Addressing organisational, curriculum and teaching issues is the necessary pre-condition for persuading the University to consider future infrastructure investment. The proposal is, in our view, one that balances our desire to preserve the existing faculty structure yet bind the constituent parts into a shared future to ensure the viability of teaching and research in these fields.”

If you have any questions about the change proposal, please email dvcprovost.lees@sydney.edu.au.
Celebrating 110 years of Sydney Dental Hospital

Sydney Dental Hospital is celebrating serving their community for 110 years. A week of celebrations was officially launched on Wednesday 6 August, on the hospital site.

The Faculty of Dentistry, an integral part of the fabric of the hospital since its establishment, was part of the event and Professor Chris Peck, Dean of the faculty, was a guest speaker.

"Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Dental Hospital and the Faculty of Dentistry have been partners in supporting our community for a long time, and it is an honour to be involved today,” said Professor Peck.

"Our students provide over a quarter of a million hours of face-to-face patient care each year to help those most in need. We are proud of the contribution of our students and staff, who from this hospital, provide frontline services to the local community." Find out more

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NOTICES

Library change proposal update

Following consultation after the release of the University Library Draft Change Proposal on 5 February and Updated Draft Change Proposal on 29 May, a Revised Change Proposal and Draft Implementation Plan for the Library change are now available. Find out more

The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton, responded recently to the written concerns of two Australian authors and an MP about the University's proposed changes to the University Library. Read the response
Changes to research ethics requirements: using human biological specimens

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) was updated in March 2014 to include a new chapter, 'Human biospecimens in laboratory based research', which replaces the previous chapters on human tissue samples and human stem cells.

If your research involves human tissue, for example, blood, urine or sputum, this change to the National Statement will be relevant to you. Please ensure you are fully aware of the new requirements, especially if you are planning new research projects.
Campus Improvement Program update

The Campus Improvement Program (CIP) was placed on public exhibition from January to 31 March 2014.

Members of the public, community groups, government agencies, and other organisations provided comments to the proposed CIP through submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E).

Following the public exhibition stage, the DP&E requested the University to respond to the submissions and a number of key issues raised. The University has subsequently prepared additional documentation that responds to all written submissions.

These documents were submitted to the DP&E on 4 July 2014 and have been placed on public exhibition for further comment from Thursday 10 July to Monday 25 August 2014.

Following this review and any further submissions received, the DP&E will assess the CIP and may ask the University for further clarification of key issues. It will then refer its assessment and recommendations on the project to the Minister for Planning and Environment for determination.

Once approved, the Stage 1 CIP application will become the approved strategy under which the University can stage, design, and construct future buildings and infrastructure. Find out more about the CIP
New, mobile-friendly UniKey login page launching next week

On Sunday 24 August the University is updating the look and feel of the UniKey login page used to sign into University websites and online services such as myHRonline and the Staff Intranet.

ICT and Marketing and Communications have created a new design that features a simpler, modern interface and has improved support for mobile devices. A preview of the new design is available online if you would like to familiarise yourself with it before it launches.
UniSuper seminars on campus

UniSuper seminars are a great way to learn more about super, pensions, insurance and more. You are invited to attend one of the events below.

Financial advice on campus
When:  Tuesday 26 August; Wednesday 3 September; Tuesday 16 September; Tuesday 14 October
Where: Level 1, Room 148, Transient Building (F12), Camperdown Campus
Registration: To make a booking with John Goodwin, Financial Advisor please phone 1300 331 685 or email advice@unisuper.com.au.

Transition to Retirement
When:  1-2pm, Wednesday 20 August
Where:  SR 346, New Law Building Annexe (F10A), Camperdown Campus
Register now

Retirement Planning
When:  12-1pm, Wednesday 27 August
Where: Chemistry Lecture Theatre 2, Chemistry Building (F11), Camperdown Campus
Register now

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DID YOU KNOW...?

Lost something on campus?

Lost property is kept for three months to give you a chance to reclaim it. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

Swap a great book at the Great Book Swap

The Library is currently collecting books and donations for the Great Book Swap as part of Indigenous Literacy Day on 10 September, a day for book-lovers to share their favourite reads, and discover new ones, while supporting an important cause.
The Library is currently collecting books and donations for the Great Book Swap as part of Indigenous Literacy Day on 10 September, a day for book-lovers to share their favourite reads, and discover new ones, while supporting an important cause.

Bring along one of your favourite or much loved books to any of our Library service desks now to receive a book exchange voucher to use at the book swap. Bookplates will be available so you can leave a message for the recipient about why the book means so much to you.

All the money raised from donations will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, supporting Indigenous children living in remote regions. Find out more
Are you interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research?

This month’s Research Bites will be hosted by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network with a cultural welcome by the Buju Buju Dance Group and welcome by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella, followed by research presentations from across the University.

The event is designed to help foster the beginnings of new and interesting research collaborations, spark ideas and make new connections. Find out more about the event or contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network

When: 1pm, Thursday 21 August
Where: Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub (D17), Camperdown Campus
Share your thoughts on childcare services on campus

The University is completing a review of the demand for childcare and family friendly facilities for staff and students at its campuses.

If you are a parent or carer of a child aged 0 to 12 years, or you are intending to have children in the next two years, please take five to 10 minutes to complete this survey. Your responses will be confidential. Take the survey
Nominate an artist for the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize

The 2015 Sydney Peace Prize, with the theme ‘The Art of Peace’, focuses on the role that the arts – music, theatre, painting, film, poetry, photography and literature – play in advancing peace.

Whether they promote reconciliation and understanding or protest injustice, the Sydney Peace Foundation invites you to nominate those artists who have advanced the cause of peace. Find out more
Celebrate ‘home’ and win with the Moon Festival

Our University is an eclectic, exciting and diverse melting pot of cultures. Help us celebrate the diversity of our community with the China Studies Centre 2014 Moon Festival photo competition for a chance to win up to $300 in cash. 

Staff entries will be competing to win one of three cash prizes valued at $300, $200 and $100. Simply snap an image that best represents 'home' to you and upload to Instagram, adding the hashtags described below.

The competition closes 22 August at 5pm. Check the full terms and conditions. All entries receive a free moon cake at the Moon Festival celebrations on Eastern Avenue on Monday 8 September. Find out more about the Moon Festival.

How to enter
1.     Follow @sydney_uni and ensure your profile is public
2.     Instagram a photo of what ’home’ means to you
3.     Write a short caption to explain your photo
4.     Tag @sydney_uni, #sydmoonfest and #staff
5.     Share your image.
Under 35 and interested in Australia-China financial relations?

What are the main implications for the financial services sector surrounding the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement?

Submit an essay to the China Studies Centre addressing this question in English or Chinese for your chance to win $2000 and a ticket to the Sydney China Business Forum and gala dinner. This flagship event focuses on business interactions between Australia and China.

The competition closes on Monday 15 September 2014. Terms and conditions apply, including a requirement to be under 35 years old. Find out more

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EVENTS

 AUG  | Coming up...

Forthcoming events include the Faculty of Education and Social Work's new series Education and the Arts, the Sydney Ideas series Reading Australian Literature, and the University's Open Day on Saturday 30 August.

See a full listing for all upcoming events

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STAFF BENEFITS

$10 lunch special

The Forum Restaurant on Darlington Campus is offering a daily $10 lunch special for staff from Monday 11 to Friday 29 August. First off the grill is a juicy rump steak, mash and red wine jus. Find out more

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