STAFF NEWS

MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014

Tweet, eat and help launch our new brand campaign 

Join us tomorrow on Eastern Avenue as we launch the University’s new brand campaign – ‘leadership for good’ – challenging people across the city to think differently about leadership and giving you the chance to share your thoughts for a free meal.

The campaign encourages people to get involved in conversations on a number of key University priorities including health, First Australians, China, sustainability, women in leadership, and more.
Join us tomorrow on Eastern Avenue as we launch the University’s new brand campaign – ‘leadership for good’ – challenging people across the city to think differently about leadership and giving you the chance to share your thoughts for a free meal.

The campaign encourages people to get involved in conversations on a number of key University priorities including health, First Australians, China, sustainability, women in leadership, and more.

You may have seen the first press advertisement of the campaign in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, and further ads will appear in coming weeks on billboards, street posters, in the printed press and in digital and social media. 

The campaign aims to differentiate us in an increasingly competitive domestic and international environment – one that is likely to see dramatic changes over the next few years. We want to provoke conversation and generate awareness with prospective postgraduate and undergraduate students and those who influence them.

This will be supported by five ‘food for thought' events across greater Sydney giving people the chance to join the daily leadership conversation via social media in return for a free meal, and the first stop is Eastern Avenue!

Come along to Eastern Avenue from 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 28 October, join the conversation on the daily topic, and show your tweet, Instagram or Facebook post engaging in the leadership for good discussion to claim your free delicious meal. Find out more
 

Help create a gender-inclusive workplace

This is your last chance to register for the Women at Sydney: share, connect, change symposium on Saturday 1 November. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from academic and professional female leaders and participate in discussions about how we can create a gender-inclusive workplace.

“A more gender-inclusive workplace can only strengthen the University," says Director of Human Resources John Dixon, who will attend the symposium on Saturday. He believes men are a key part of the solution and attending the symposium is one way they can get involved.
This is your last chance to register for the Women at Sydney: share, connect, change symposium on Saturday 1 November. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from academic and professional female leaders and participate in discussions about how we can create a gender-inclusive workplace. 

“A more gender-inclusive workplace can only strengthen the University," says Director of Human Resources John Dixon, one of several hundred staff who will attend the symposium. He explains why men are a key part of the solution and attending the symposium is one way they can get involved.

"Research confirms the importance of engaging the support of men as we take this next step on our gender inclusion journey. I'm delighted to see male colleagues have already registered to attend, and encourage more to do so.”

As part of a series of celebrations to be held on the day, symposium attendees are also invited to a cocktail reception from 4.15pm and an honorary degree ceremony from 5pm where eight extraordinary women will be honoured for their leadership contributions and outstanding accomplishments.

Find out more and register to attend

A big week for staff awards

Colleagues have celebrated a winning week, picking up local, state and national awards that showcase the diversity of our staff's leadership and impact.

They include Professor Rebecca Ivers (pictured), Director of the George Institute for Public Health, who was named Australia's top female innovator in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, and a double win at the NSW Science and Engineering Awards.
Colleagues have celebrated a winning week, picking up local, state and national awards that showcase the diversity of our staff's leadership and impact.

They include Professor Rebecca Ivers (pictured), Director of the George Institute for Public Health, who was named Australia's top female innovator in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, and a double win at the NSW Science and Engineering Awards.

The AFR/Westpac awards recognise 100 of the most influential women across 10 categories including Innovation, Philanthropy, Diversity, Public Policy and Social Enterprise. Find out more about Rebecca's success.

The 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognised the leadership of two University staff: Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, and Professor Ben Oldroyd, a honey bee specialist in the School of Biological Sciences. Find out more

Meanwhile, three current staff members (John Gilroy, Peter Hobbins and HY William Chan) were among the inspiring winners honoured at the 2014 Alumni Awards earlier this month. Find out more

(Image: Professor Rebecca Ivers; credit the George Institute for Global Health)

Oarsome time on Sydney Harbour

Sydney's men's crew won the Australian Boat Race in convincing fashion on Sunday, cheered on by spectators on water and land on a sparkling spring day in Darling Harbour. Melbourne continued their dominance of the women's event. Find out more

New app maps Campus flora

A new app, Campus Flora, extends the teaching of botany from the classroom into the University campus grounds and enables us to share our learning resources with the broader community.

A partnership between undergraduate botany students and staff, Campus Flora maps the locations of more than 1000 individual plants from over 40 families on campus grounds and provides a botanical description of each plant and information on its distribution.
A new app, Campus Flora, extends the teaching of botany from the classroom into the University campus grounds and enables us to share our learning resources with the broader community.

A partnership between undergraduate botany students and staff, Campus Flora maps the locations of more than 1000 individual plants from over 40 families on campus grounds and provides a botanical description of each plant and information on its distribution.

You can download Campus Flora to your iPhone now to start exploring our beautiful grounds. Feedback provided through the app will be used to shape future versions and to develop additional trails.

Five minutes with Manos Stamatakis

"‘Multidisciplinarity’ has been the flavour of the decade, but putting it into practice is not always easy."

Dr Manos Stamatakis, Associate Professor of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity in the Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Health Sciences, shares his passion for moving more, sitting less and understanding how pet ownership might help prevent health problems. Find out more

Federal budget consultation: focus group update

On 2 October, the University held a series of focus groups in the Great Hall to give members of the University community an opportunity to discuss and provide input into how the University should respond if the Australian Government’s proposed reforms to higher education funding are passed into law. A summary of the focus group comments have been published on the University website.

“There remains considerable uncertainty in relation to how the federal parliament will amend the original government proposals, but we need to be ready to respond if parliament were to support fee deregulation,” said Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton, who opened each focus group session.

“This is important not only to provide clarity for our future and current students, but also to ensure that we are able to protect our founding principles of equity and access in a deregulated environment.”

Eighty-six people attended focus groups on the day; 146 people had registered in advance. Invitations to the event were issued by email to all of the University’s staff (circa 10,000 people) and students (approximately 50,000 people). The University’s alumni were also invited via a story in the September alumni newsletter.

The focus groups were one step in a wide-ranging consultation exercise. The outcomes from 2 October are being used to inform both our direct liaison with Canberra, and further consultation opportunities we plan to offer to our staff, students and alumni.

Visit the website about the University consultation on the federal budget.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships)

Professor Laurent Rivory, currently Director of the Research Strategy Office at the University of New South Wales, has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships), a new leadership role that will deliver major strategic collaborative research and education initiatives at the University of Sydney.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Rivory will have a particular focus on facilitating cross-faculty engagement and external partnerships when he joins the University in November. Find out more

Statement on student discipline matter

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence last week announced that a student had been removed from their position as a Resident Liaison in University-owned accommodation.

The decision follows discussions with student representatives at the Student Consultative Committee about the University’s handling of a sexual harassment complaint. Full statement
Vale Gough Whitlam

University alumnus and former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam passed away last week at the age of 98. Whitlam had a remarkable career in Australian public life, which stemmed from his early studies in arts and law at the University.

“Gough Whitlam demonstrated the kind of leadership that the University of Sydney aims to instill in all of its graduates. He was creative, provocative, clever, well read, thoughtful and focused on making the lives of all Australians better," said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

Whitlam graduated with a BA in 1938, went on to study an LLB at Sydney Law School in 1946 and subsequently was admitted to the NSW bar in 1947. He returned to the University of Sydney to receive a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) in 1981. Find out more

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NOTICES

Need to obtain approval for a proposed new policy or amend an existing policy?

It is now mandatory to consult with the Senior Executive Group Disability Action Plan Committee (or their representative) and the Safety Health and Wellbeing Unit when proposing a new policy or amending an existing one.

Please use the latest Proposal for New or Amended Policy forms.

Find out more or contact the Policy Management Unit
Work functions: your safety and wellbeing

As we head towards the end of the year, there tend to be more work-related events and functions.

Under work health and safety (WHS) legislation, the definition of the term ‘workplace’ is broad and can extend beyond the physical boundaries of University campus. A workplace includes all places that a worker works, or otherwise carries out functions in connection with being a workplace participant. This includes all off-campus and out-of-hours events such as fieldwork and Christmas parties.

Remember:
  • behaviour should be in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct
  • if you drink, please always do so responsibly
  • remain alert to your surroundings, and take care for your own health and safety and take care that your actions do not adversely affect others.

Information for event organisers
  • Familiarise yourself with information such as the University’s Alcohol: Policy and Guidelines on Consumption and Travel Policy. Alternatively, talk to your HR adviser or WHS adviser.
  • Ensure that workers for whom you are responsible are made aware of the expected standards of behaviour during the event.
  • Ensure the responsible service of alcohol.
  • Set and communicate clear start and finish times for the event.
  • Ensure adequate security and safety measures are in place.
  • Make arrangements to help staff get home safely after the event, such as cab fares or organising a bus.
  • Arrange for a senior member of your team to monitor the behaviour of guests, and ensure that there is immediate intervention in situations where there is inappropriate behaviour, intoxication or any other conduct of concern.
Please ensure your work-related events and functions are occasions to remember rather than ones you would rather forget.
Fringe benefits tax (FBT): Melbourne Cup and Christmas functions

Christmas and Melbourne Cup functions paid for by the University are subject to FBT.

When processing payments please use the following code to ensure FBT is paid on these events, '5900 Entmnt&Meal FBT Eligible'. Please do not use class '5400 Services Catering'.

As outlined in the Finance and Accounting Manual (FAM) Procurement: Non-Allowable Expense Procedures, two annual staff functions are allowable University expenses (including Christmas functions and alcohol). This is subject to a function limit of $55 per head plus FBT from University funds in conjunction with formal approval by a head of school or head of administrative unit.

Further information is available in the FAM Tax - FBT Guide by contacting Jenny McKechnie, Financial Control and Treasury on 9351 2419.
Upgrade of Ericsson PABX voicemail system

On Wednesday 29 October ICT will be upgrading the University’s Ericsson PABX voicemail system. The upgrade will take around 2 to 4 hours and will begin at 8pm in order to minimise disruption to users. While the upgrade is taking place, the Ericsson PABX voicemail system will be unavailable.
 
If you have any questions relating to this outage, please email ICT ict.infvoice@sydney.edu.au.
Staff who are returning from Ebola-affected areas

University staff and students who have travelled or worked in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa need to be aware of their public health responsibility when they return to Australia.

Australian Government public health authorities will initially assess exposure in anyone who returns from Ebola-affected countries. The University also has an obligation to ensure the health and safety of all its staff and students, and reminds staff or students returning from West Africa of the precautions they should undertake.
  • Self-monitor for fever and/or other symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) twice daily for a period of 21 days after leaving the affected country.
  • Report any symptoms immediately to your University supervisor and local GP, or the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
  • Ensure you advise your GP or the emergency department staff which country you have visited.
  • If you do have any symptoms you will probably be asked to remain in isolation and under public health surveillance during the entire monitoring period.
  • If you are a health worker, you will not be able to return to patient care or any clinical duties for the 21-day monitoring period.
  • Avoid any onward international travel during the monitoring period.
NSW Health advises that all hospital emergency departments are prepared should a suspected Ebola patient present to them. Any confirmed cases of Ebola in NSW will be cared for in special facilities at Westmead Hospital or Westmead Children's Hospital.

For further information:

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DID YOU KNOW … ?

Register of interests

All academic staff and affiliates and any professional staff members or affiliates who are, or may be, involved in decision-making on the University’s behalf are required to provide an annual declaration of external interests. Find out more

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YAMMER SPOTLIGHT

Join the conversation

Last week on Yammer …  share your tips to help colleagues find a Mac open source/free text editor, your experience using the Socrative app, your views on Mac OX Yosemite. Also, are you a CMS user? If so, make sure you get involved in the move to the new CMS.

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GET INVOLVED

Your chance to attend the 2014 Honorary Degree Ceremony

On Saturday 1 November the University will celebrate women’s leadership at our 2014 Honorary Degree Ceremony. We have a limited number of double passes to this special event to give away to staff.
 
The ceremony will be held in the Great Hall from 5 to 7pm. The eight extraordinary women to be recognised are:
  • Gillian Armstrong AM – award-winning Australian director of feature films and documentaries
  • Evonne Goolagong Cawley MBE AO – international tennis champion and Indigenous community leader
  • Gail Kelly – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Westpac
  • Catherine Livingstone AO – Chairman of Telstra Corporation
  • Dr Kerry Schott – Chairman of the Moorebank Intermodal Company
  • The Hon. Justice Virginia Bell AC – Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Elizabeth Broderick – Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue – long-term advocate for Aboriginal health, welfare and human rights
Dress code for the ceremony is cocktail attire and staff attending the ceremony are also invited to a pre-ceremony cocktail reception to be held on the University lawn from 4.15pm.

To enter the draw to win two tickets to this event, email us by 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 28 October) providing the following details:
  • your name, staff UniKey and email address
  • the name and email address of the person you wish to attend the ceremony with you.
If you are successful, you will receive a confirmation and e-tickets via email.

Good luck!

Have you registered for the University of Sydney Wikibomb event?

Don’t forget to register for the University of Sydney Wikibomb event on Camperdown Campus on Friday 31 October. It is the first in a series of events connected with the Women at Sydney: share, connect, change symposium and aims to redress the gender imbalance on Wikipedia.

The wikibomb target for the event is to produce 100 new Wikipedia articles of notable University of Sydney women consisting of two robust paragraphs of 100 words each. If you are an experienced writer and/or research-citation expert why not attend a session or register for a virtual slot? Find out more

When: 2–4pm or 4–6pm, Friday 31 October
Where: Charles Perkins Centre and Old Teachers College

To register, click on a session link below:
Before attending your Wikibomb session you will also need to:

Do you know a high school student who'd like to code like a ninja?

Applications are now open for the National Computer Science School Summer School, Learn to Code Like a Ninja; an intensive 10 days of computer programming, robotics and web design for high school students.

If you know a year 10 or 11 student interested in IT or learning more advanced programming skills (either in web programming or embedded systems/robotics), please encourage them to apply by 14 November. Find out more

When: 4–13 January 2015
Where: Camperdown Campus

Student Research Conversazione showcase

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies’ annual Student Research Conversazione is an event showcasing our students' multidisciplinary research spanning engineering, project management and IT.
 
Come along and hear about innovative student research projects that address current and future global challenges

When: from 1.30pm, Friday 31 October
Where: level 3, Peter Nicol Russell Building (J02), Darlington Campus

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EVENTS

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STAFF BENEFITS

10 percent staff discount for veterinary services

The Faculty of Veterinary Science is offering you a 10 percent discount for veterinary services when you show your University staff card at any of its four veterinary hospitals. The discount also applies to SAVES ­(Sydney Animal Veterinary Emergency Service),­ which is saving lives 24/7. Please call us first to make an appointment.

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