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THURSDAY 17 MAY 2012
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Government funding agreement now online
The federal education minister recently tabled in parliament a funding agreement between the government and the University of Sydney.  A copy of the agreement is now available on our website.
The federal education minister recently tabled in parliament a funding agreement between the government and the University of Sydney.  A copy of the agreement is now available on our website.

The document represents the University’s first full ‘mission-based compact’ funding agreement with the federal government covering the period from 2011 to the end of 2013.

The compact provides a strategic framework for the relationship between the federal government and the University and defines the University's mission. It explains how initiatives in the University's current strategic plan align with the government's goals for higher education, research, research training and innovation.

Each Australian university has negotiated such a compact with the government. Together these compacts facilitate the distribution of federal funding for teaching and research, as well as performance-based funding linked to government policy priorities for the higher education sector as a whole.

Visit the University’s government and higher education website to download a copy of the University’s compact.

Signed copies of all Australian university compacts are available on the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website.

Visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website for general information relating to mission-based compacts and performance funding for universities.
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Extraordinary tales
Behind every museum artefact lies a story, and a new exhibition that opens today at the University tells some of the most riveting tales behind its vast antiquities collection, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Behind every museum artefact lies a story, and a new exhibition that opens today at the University tells some of the most riveting tales behind its vast antiquities collection, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

50 Objects 50 Stories: Extraordinary Curiosities from the Nicholson Museum displays an array of objects from the collection, accompanied by compelling and often bizarre stories. The exhibition will be complemented by the bi-weekly Extraordinary Curiosities television segments on ABC News 24.

For instance, in the 1950s Agatha Christie accompanied her archaeologist husband to the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, where he extracted a 9th–7th century BC ivory furniture inlay, now residing at the museum. She lovingly cleaned her husband's find with the help of a very fine knitting needle and her face cream!

Read the full story.

Image: detail of a Lucanian nestoris featured in the exhibition.
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Student athlete bound for London
Arts and education student Jennifer Blow has been selected for the Australian squad competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Arts and education student Jennifer Blow has been selected for the Australian squad competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Jennifer is a Sydney University Elite Athlete Program scholarship holder, and will compete in the first goalball team to represent Australia in more than a decade.

Read the full story.

Last month student Jess Fox was announced as a member of the Australian women’s kayak slalom team for the London 2012 Olympics. Read her blog post about the journey to London.
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NOTICES
Changes to work health and safety laws
New work health and safety laws introduced in New South Wales this year affect anybody who undertakes work for the University, as well as students and visitors.
New work health and safety laws introduced in New South Wales this year affect anybody who undertakes work for the University, as well as students and visitors.

The new laws aim to be more straightforward, address the needs of today’s workplaces and bring about greater consistency in standards with different jurisdictions across Australia.

The University has made some changes to ensure alignment between the way we manage health and safety matters and the new regulatory framework.

‘Work health and safety’ (WHS) replaces the term ‘occupational health and safety’ (OHS) in the legislation. Accordingly, the University's OHS Office has been renamed Work Health and Safety Services.

The legislation outlines the WHS responsibilities related to specific roles and standards of care associated with specific activities in a workplace. 

View a summary of the changes that are relevant to us and updated duty of care checklists that outline individual WHS responsibilities on the revamped WHS website.

The University’s Occupational Health & Safety Policy is being updated to reflect the legislative changes, and we are using this opportunity to finetune our procedures to ensure they are simple and effective.

If you have any questions, please contact your WHS adviser.
Making Campus Assist Online work for you
Improvements have been made to Campus Assist online to help streamline the system of logging and managing service requests.
Improvements have been made to Campus Assist online to help streamline the system of logging and managing service requests. 

Since its implementation in 2011, Campus Assist Online has managed over 28,000 service requests from the University community. It is important that the system continues to meet your needs and allows us to continue to efficiently respond to service requests. To do this Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS) has made some recent changes.

‘Project defect’ service requests are now sent directly to the relevant project manager for reduced handling and a quicker response time. The system's search fields have also been improved, allowing you to view more detailed request information and make navigating the system easier.

Find out more about Campus Assist updates and how you can provide feedback on the CIS website.
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GET INVOLVED
Adolescents and a parent or caregiver needed for study
If you have a son or daughter aged 11 to 13, then researchers are interested in what you and your child have to say about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
If you have a son or daughter aged 11 to 13, then researchers are interested in what you and your child have to say about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

It does not matter if your child has had the HPV vaccine. Researchers from the Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Centre would like to ask you and your child questions about HPV and the HPV vaccine. Interviews of you and your child will take around one hour to complete, and the researchers will use this information to develop a decision-making tool for young people and their parents to use together, to help them make a decision about HPV vaccination. You will be reimbursed for travel.

If you or anyone you know is interested in this study, please sign up online or contact Robyn Cree.
Study on vegetable intake and take-away meals
Researchers in the School of Molecular Bioscience are seeking participants for a study investigating people’s attitudes and behaviours around buying and eating vegetables and take-away meals.
Researchers in the School of Molecular Bioscience are seeking participants for a study investigating people’s attitudes and behaviours around buying and eating vegetables and take-away meals.

The study is open to anyone aged 18 to 39 who is in any form of part-time or full-time paid employment.

Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, and you will be reimbursed for your time.

The questionnaire asks about what impacts your food choices, your opinions about increasing or decreasing these foods, and your feelings, thoughts and behaviours about eating these foods.

To enquire about participating, please contact Amelia Cook on 9351 4672.
Male volunteers needed for diet supplement study
Contribute to research that aims to improve your health, without changing diet or exercise habits.
Contribute to research that aims to improve your health, without changing diet or exercise habits.

Do you carry a bit of excess body weight, and would like to improve your health, but don't like the idea of changing your current diet or exercise habits? Males aged 18 to 60 are invited to volunteer for this 12-week diet supplement study.

The study is being conducted by Faculty of Health Sciences researchers, through the Heart Research Institute (Newtown). Participants will have magnetic resonance imaging scans at either Hornsby or the RPAH Medical Centre in Camperdown, and will be reimbursed for their time.

For more information please contact Helen Parker or 0401 834 392.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Workshops at Learning Solutions
Take part in one-day workshops on the future of higher education and leadership in change.
Take part in one-day workshops on the future of higher education and leadership in change.

Future of Higher Education

The Australian higher education system is again the focus of a major national review. Rarely have academic and general staff in universities faced such a range of challenges in their daily work, while global forces are also increasingly impacting on our campuses. Comprehending these challenges is at the heart of institutional management and leadership.

This program is aimed at academic and professional staff who are in senior leadership positions or about to assume such positions. As a guide, this would generally include senior professional staff at levels HEO 10 or higher and senior academic levels, heads of school and above.

To participate in this workshop, you must register your interest (scroll down and click on ‘Notify me when sessions are scheduled’). Learning Solutions will send you an email once a course date is scheduled.

Leadership in Change

This one-day program is informed by the writings of academic, business and community leaders in the fields of leadership and change, including Professor Robert Kegan and Ken Wilber.

The workshop aims to assist you in gaining insights into how you can enhance your personal management and leadership style. During the day, you will have the opportunity to explore with your colleagues how you will apply the discussed material specifically to the realities of change in the University.

This program is aimed at academic and professional staff in middle/senior level leadership positions, or about to assume such positions. As a guide, this would generally include HEO Level 10 or higher and those in senior academic roles.

To participate in this workshop, you must register your interest (scroll down and click on ‘Notify me when sessions are scheduled’). Learning Solutions will send you an email once a course date is scheduled.
Hyperion system upgrade
Hyperion is being upgraded from system 9 to system 11, and will ‘go live’ at 9am on Monday 21 May. Financial Services has scheduled an information session to give finance reporting users an overview of the changes.
Hyperion is being upgraded from system 9 to system 11, and will ‘go live’ at 9am on Monday 21 May. Financial Services has scheduled an information session to give finance reporting users an overview of the changes.

Event details 
When: 2 to 3pm, Friday 18 May
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus

No RSVP is necessary – we hope to see you there. If you are a finance user who is unable to attend an information session, please visit the Financial Services website to download the release notes. For further information please contact Vicki Hatt.
Brand guideline training
The University’s Brand Style Guidelines provide information about our brand and the principles that underpin the creation of communications material, from stationery, websites and brochures to newsletters and display material.
The University’s Brand Style Guidelines provide information about our brand and the principles that underpin the creation of communications material, from stationery, websites and brochures to newsletters and display material.

Understanding and adhering to these guidelines will support our brand and its core values, ensuring we have a common visual identity and a clear and unified voice. It will promote our aspirations and show the quality contribution of our people.

For those working in marketing and communications roles, understanding our brand guidelines is critical. The Marketing and Communications Division has arranged a training session that will introduce you to our brand – providing the foundations you need to create on-brand communications material. Areas will include:
  • about our brand
  • our identity
  • brand guidelines
  • governance and approvals.
Our next session is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June. Register now.
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EVENTS
 22 MAY    |  
What matters to Shane Houston?
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston believes the valuable, culturally diverse experience of tertiary education can help more Indigenous graduates become leaders and role models.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston believes the valuable, culturally diverse experience of tertiary education can help more Indigenous graduates become leaders and role models.

Do you have a question for Shane?

What is the University of Sydney doing to make a difference in this area?
What examples have you seen of education making an impact?

Send your questions to what.matters@sydney.edu.au, or post in the comments section of his page, and Shane will answer them during a live online forum on the 'What Matters' website.

Event details
When: 12 to 1pm, Tuesday 22 May
Where: What Matters website
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 21 MAY    |  
Recent developments in China’s civil society
Join Professor Yu Keping, director of the Center for Chinese Government Innovations at Beijing University at this Sydney Ideas lecture.
Join Professor Yu Keping, director of the Center for Chinese Government Innovations at Beijing University at this Sydney Ideas lecture.

He will argue that a relatively independent civil society is emerging in China thanks to the introduction of market economy and progress of democratic governance in China.

In this presentation, Keping will detail the categorisation, characteristics, progress and limitations as well as implications of civil society in China. In his view, the growth of China’s civil society is irreversible from the long-run – a market economy and democratic system will call for a civil society in its place. China’s aspiration for market economy and pledge to democracy make the development of civil society a necessity for China, although it could possibly face some setbacks from time to time.

Co-presented with the China Studies Centre and the Sydney Democracy Initiative.

Event details
When: 2.30pm, Monday 21 May
Where: Law School Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free, no booking required

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
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 6 JUN    |  
The Hanging Garden and beyond: exploring Patrick White’s manuscripts
Hear from the University researchers who transcribed The Hanging Garden at this special event.
Hear from the University researchers who transcribed The Hanging Garden at this special event.

The recent publication of Patrick White’s novel was due in part to the work of Professor Margaret Harris, Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby, and research assistant Jennifer Moore, who transcribed the work from manuscripts in the National Library of Australia. Their Australian Research Council project freshly illuminates White’s career.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm, Wednesday 6 June
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free, but please register as seats are limited
RSVP: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au or phone 9114 086
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 22 MAY    |  
Exhibiting contemporary art: world perspectives
Join a Sydney Ideas conversation with the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Liz Ann Macgregor on her career, her plans for the MCA in the 21st Century, and the place of contemporary art in Australian culture.
Join a Sydney Ideas conversation with the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Liz Ann Macgregor on her career, her plans for the MCA in the 21st Century, and the place of contemporary art in Australian culture.

Macgregor’s interlocutor in the conversation will be the distinguished theorist and historian of contemporary art, Terry Smith, former Power professor of art history at the University, and now Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh.

Co-presented with the Power Institute.

Event details
When: 6pm, Tuesday 22 May
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free, no booking required

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
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CONTENTS
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Professional Development
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Shu-Cheen Yu’s musical journey
Student news
Sydney Brick Show
20th Annual Labour Law Conference
Still challenging the pianist
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SHU-CHEEN YU’S MUSICAL JOURNEY
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Hear how alumna Shu-Cheen Yu went from student to opera star.
Hear how alumna Shu-Cheen Yu went from student to opera star. 

Yu was already famous in her native China when she migrated to Australia in 1987. Eager to expand her musical horizons, she enrolled in an opera and arts course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to learn how to sing in Italian. 

20 years later, Yu has performed with Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony. She has also released three best-selling albums. 

Yu will give a public talk at Camperdown Campus on her musical journey, followed by a concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Talk details
When: 6pm, Thursday 24 May
Where: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building, Camperdown Campus 
Cost: free
Book now 

Concert details
When: 2pm, Sunday 27 May 
Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, corner Bridge and Macquarie streets, Sydney
Cost: $15
Book now

For more information, visit the Confucius Institute website.
STUDENT NEWS
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In At Sydney this week students are invited to vote for University of Sydney Union board candidates, enrol for Winter School, and visit the Tech Lounge for the chance to win an Xbox Kinect!
SYDNEY BRICK SHOW
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The inaugural Sydney Brick Show is raising funds for the Children's Hospital at Westmead, which is affiliated with the University.
The inaugural Sydney Brick Show is raising funds for the Children's Hospital at Westmead, which is affiliated with the University.

The inaugural Sydney Brick Show is being held at the Powerhouse Museum on 2 and 3 June. Known for its large historical, science and mechanical displays, it will be a great venue to inspire the creativity that drives all LEGO fans!

An exclusive evening event is also being held for adult attendees on Saturday 2 June.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies is exploring the possibility of holding the event at the University in 2013, with the aim of improving community awareness and engagement with the University.

Visit the Sydney Brick Show website or book now for the evening event. For more information, contact Dr Rod Fiford.
20TH ANNUAL LABOUR LAW CONFERENCE
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For the past 20 years the annual Labour Law Conference has brought together leading Australian and international labour law and industrial relations experts to debate the key issues confronting employers and employees.
For the past 20 years the annual Labour Law Conference has brought together leading Australian and international labour law and industrial relations experts to debate the key issues confronting employers and employees.

This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on Australian labour law past and present, and how it compares to other countries. There will be a large focus on plenary discussion around topics such as ‘good faith bargaining’, antidiscrimination, occupational health and safety, social media, unfair dismissal and the future of Australian labour law.

The Workplace Research Centre is offering highly discounted rates for University of Sydney staff and students.

Event details
When: 9am to 5pm, Monday 13 August
Where: Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney
Cost: University of Sydney staff rate $250, University of Sydney student rate $100, early-bird rate $795 (available until 31 May), regular rate $895

To register staff and student places, please contact Karen Treacy.

For more information on the conference visit the Workplace Research Centre website.
STILL CHALLENGING THE PIANIST
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This course at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) examines what’s required from competitors in the Sydney International Piano Competition.
This course at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) examines what’s required from competitors in the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Since its inception in 1977, the Sydney International Piano Competition has been the envy of many other competitions. Without advertising, the large number of applications continues to astound the administrators of other competitions, both large and small. Competition winners embark on an extensive international touring program.

Course details
When: 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 3 June
Where: Centre for Continuing Education, 160 Missenden Road, Newtown

For more information, or to enrol, please call 9036 4789 or visit the CCE website.
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