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MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2014

Last taste of Research Bites for 2014 

Come along to the final 'Research Bites' session of 2014 this Thursday (27 November) for a special set of talks from a diverse group of colleagues who have published in Science or Nature.

Each speaker will have five minutes to explain their fascinating work and how they achieved publication in these prestigious journals.
Come along to the final 'Research Bites' session of 2014 this Thursday (27 November) for a special set of talks from a diverse group of colleagues who have published in Science or Nature.

Each speaker will have five minutes to explain their fascinating work and how they achieved publication in these prestigious journals.

Speakers include:
When: 1–2pm, 27 November
Where: Law Foyer, New Law Building (F10), Camperdown Campus

Get a sneak preview of Dr Dennis Stello's work on the NASA-led Kepler project in this week's Five minutes with profile. More about Research Bites
 

Nominate your outstanding students

Do you know an outstanding student who has completed their studies this year? This is your chance to recognise their achievements in the 2015 Alumni Awards.

This year’s graduate medal recipients include gold medal-winning paralympian Angela Ballard (pictured) and former student Fellow of Senate and national president of the Australia Medical Students’ Association, Benjamin Veness.
Do you know an outstanding student who has completed their studies this year? This is your chance to recognise their achievements in the 2015 Alumni Awards.

This year’s graduate medal recipients include gold medal-winning paralympian Angela Ballard (pictured) and former student Fellow of Senate and national president of the Australia Medical Students’ Association, Benjamin Veness.

While your students' recent achievements are still top of mind, why not make a short pre-nomination to be notified when applications open early in the new year?

There are six categories for the graduate medals, including undergraduate, master's by coursework, PhD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, international student or sporting achievement.

Speaking at this year's Alumni Award ceremony, Benjamin wholeheartedly encouraged those who are thinking about making a nomination.

“It is such joy to even receive a nomination. It is such a great thing you can do to give somebody the thrill of being nominated and also, hopefully, the added benefit of winning the award to recognise all of their wonderful achievements.”

Find out more about the Alumni Awards program and this year’s winners.

STEM Academy to grow teaching excellence

A new academy that aims to inspire teaching excellence in mathematics, science and technology skills among Australian high school teachers enrolled its first class on the weekend at the University.

Thanks to donor support, the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy will draw on expertise from three of our faculties: Education and Social Work, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Science.
A new academy that aims to inspire teaching excellence in mathematics, science and technology skills among Australian high school teachers enrolled its first class on the weekend at the University.

Thanks to donor support, the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy will draw on expertise from three of our faculties: Education and Social Work, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Science.

The STEM Academy will see participating teachers from metropolitan and regional schools explore cutting-edge discoveries and emerging technologies, and engage with STEM innovations pioneered at the University. The initiative was made possible by an anonymous donation of $5 million to the INSPIRED CampaignFind out more

Student Administration Services update

The Student Administration Services (SAS) project team has been working this year on detailed analysis and planning arising from the project’s conceptual operating model.

Approved by SEG in March, the model aims to significantly improve the student experience through the transformation of student administration services in the University by 2017. Find out more

Five minutes with Dennis Stello

“We are essentially made of stardust that has been blown out into interstellar space by dying stars. That, I think, is fascinating and worth studying."

ARC Fellow Dr Dennis Stello discusses the beginning of the Universe, working with NASA, and his infinite passion for research and astronomy. Find out more
Tips to stay safe and healthy over summer

During the summer period many people will travel for research and personal reasons. Whether travelling for work, on a road trip or a plane flight, travel can be exciting and tedious at the same time. Fortunately, you can take action to help you arrive as well as possible at your destination. Consider some of these safety and comfort tips for travelling.

The summer holidays can also be a time of great joy, but for some people they can bring stress, loneliness or worry. Check out some of the fact sheets about avoiding stress during the holidays, and explore the counselling services available through the Employee Assistance Program.
2015 University wall calendars available now

To get your free copy of the 2015 University wall calendar, please go to the University Copy Centre, Shop 2, ground level, Sports and Aquatic Centre. Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

If you are not located at Camperdown Campus, you can place an order by email at upms.info@sydney.edu.au and the calendars will be delivered to you via internal mail.

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NOTICES

Academics: reflect on your 2014 achievements and plan for 2015

As 2014 draws to a close, there is still time to complete your Academic Planning and Development (AP&D) if you haven’t already done so. Across the University we have been tracking very well with AP&D completions and would like to thank everyone that has completed one. Some faculties have close to 100 percent of academics completing their AP&D.

One of the key benefits of AP&D is that it allows you to reflect on your contribution to the University’s success over the past 12 months and consider what you would like to achieve in the coming year. If you haven’t already undertaken a review this year, please set a time to have a conversation with your adviser/supervisor and forward a copy of your completed 2014 review to hr.apd@sydney.edu.au

For further information please contact Andrea Brooks.
Having trouble with myHRonline?

Last week the upgrade to the University’s payroll system and myHRonline user interface was completed, however some users may experience login errors. Don’t be concerned: the fix is easy.

While a number of internet browsers are supported at the University of Sydney – including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox – some users may experience some errors when they login to myHROnline if they are using very recent versions of their internet browser (eg Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).

If you find that myHRonline does not work correctly with your browser, you can report the problem to the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000 and they can help resolve the problem you’ve encountered. Alternatively, you can implement an immediate ‘workaround’ by using another browser while the problem is investigated.

We are working with our partners to ensure that the most recent browsers are able to access myHRonline and will continue to do so as new versions are released. If you have questions or require help with your browser, please email ict.support@sydney.edu.au. If you have questions about the payroll system or the myHRonline upgrade, please contact the HR Service Centre.
ICT maintenance this weekend: 29 and 30 November

Saturday 29 November
Between 7am and 7pm, ICT will perform maintenance to improve the security and performance of the University websites and online systems. During this time you may experience a loss of connection to online services such as the University website, Sydney Student and Exchange. If you experience any issue loading a particular page, please try again after a few minutes.

Sunday 30 November
Between 6 and 10am, ICT will perform maintenance on the University’s network to improve its performance and reliability. During this period you will experience sporadic loss of connectivity to the University’s wireless network and computing spaces on campus.

If you have any questions regarding this maintenance, please contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000.
Renew your parking permit for 2015

Annual Parking permits expire on 31 December each year.
 
If you pay for your parking permit by salary deductions it should already be automatically renewed for 2015, and you will receive a confirmation email shortly. If you have not received your email, please check your 'junk' mail folder in your inbox.
 
If your permit is not automatically renewed or you usually pay for your parking permit in another way, you will need to complete the online renewal process by logging in with your UniKey before 31 December. The system will display your current permit – just click 'renew' to keep the same permit number.
 
There is no need to collect another permit – simply keep your current bar-coded parking permit sticker (unless you have changed vehicles).
Reminder: Christmas closedown – early payroll close-off dates

Please be aware of the early payroll close-off dates around the Christmas closedown, beginning this Thursday 27 November, to ensure staff are paid in a timely manner:
  • Payday 11 December 2014 – close-off 5pm, Thursday 27 November
  • Payday 25 December 2014 – close-off 5pm, Thursday 4 December
  • Payday 8 January 2015 – close-off 5pm, 11 December.

All payroll documents, including casual timesheets and overtime claim forms, must be submitted to the HR Service Centre by the close-off date.

Find out more about arrangements for the Christmas closedown.
Construction starts on Oval No. 2 Grandstand development

Construction works on Regimental Drive and the surrounding areas will commence on Monday 24 November for a period of approximately nine months.

During the works there will be no vehicle access or street parking down Regimental Drive (which is close to the Ross Street gates), and foot traffic will be safely diverted around the construction area. Traffic management infrastructure, including signage, will be in place to indicate the changed conditions.

The revised design will convert Regimental Drive into a shared pedestrian walkway. Car parks along Regimental Drive will not be reinstated at the completion of the works.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact David Breen (External Project Manager) on 0417 999 163 or at david.breen@app.com.au
Reminder for staff with excess annual leave balances

A reminder to staff with excess annual leave balances that you may be directed to take annual leave from Monday 5 January 2015, unless you have approved annual leave plans entered into myHRonline to reduce your balance.

You should ensure your approved annual leave plans are entered into myHRonline by 30 November 2014, as managers will be making recommendations in early December for directed annual leave periods.

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DID YOU KNOW … ?

Famous alumni

Notable University alumni include Sir William Deane, Germaine Greer and Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Find out more

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YAMMER SPOTLIGHT

Join the conversation

Last week on Yammer … donate your unwanted Lego to the Nicholson Museum, a quick reference guide to the new user-friendly Spendvision system navigation, and a vibrant opening night for the Sydney College of the Arts undergraduate exhibition.

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GET INVOLVED

 8 DEC  | Inaugural Charles Perkins Centre Annual Oration with Nobel Laureate

Nobel Laureate Professor Bruce Beutler will be the orator for the inaugural Charles Perkins Centre Annual Oration on Monday 8 December.

The Annual Oration reflects the University’s commitment to promoting discussion and debate within the community about life-changing solutions to global problems and to ensuring access to some of the world’s most remarkable minds.

In this oration, Professor Beutler will present his work on the discovery of receptor proteins on the surface of immune cells that recognise microorganisms and activate innate immunity – the body’s first line of defence against potentially harmful pathogens. Find out more and register

When:  10.30–11.30am, Monday 8 December
Where:  Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub (D17), Camperdown Campus

 4 DEC  | Call for volunteers: Sydney Nursing School packing day

Join us for the Sydney Nursing School's annual health kit packing day to support the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and help to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Lend a hand and your time on Thursday 4 December from 9.30am to 1pm at the Great Hall to help assemble kits containing basic health items, which will be distributed to Aboriginal children across rural Australia. Register your attendance online.

Unable to volunteer on the day? You can show your support by making a donation.

Watch sessions from the Women at Sydney symposium

If you were unable to attend the Women at Sydney symposium on 1 November, you can now watch the panel and plenary sessions online.

See academic and professional female leaders from across the University discuss topics including Female business leaders in action and Female professional leaders in action. You can also watch Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM and Professor Judith Black AO, NHMRC Research Advisor Health and Medical, share their ideas about how the University can share, connect and change during the plenary session that discussed the issue Critical factors for creating a gender-balanced University. Watch sessions online

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EVENTS

 NOV/DEC  | Coming up...

Forthcoming events include ... a rough guide to Charles Darwin's dinner club and Victorian vegetarians, An English Winter’s Evening with the Sydney University Graduate Choir, soloists and orchestra, and an interactive presentation on findings from the international Student Success study

See a full listing for all upcoming events

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STAFF BENEFITS

Staff discount for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performance

University staff have been offered a 10 percent discount on premium seating for 'Carols at the House' – your chance to be entertained by a 500-strong choir and orchestra singing Christmas favourites.

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will perform alongside opera star Emma Matthews and actor (and our alumnus) John Bell. Several University colleagues will be in the choir, including Emeritus Professor Penny Gay from the Department of English, Associate Professor Michael Kertesz from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Bettina Leate from the Business School, and Vice-Principal (Operations) Sara Watts.
University staff have been offered a 10 percent discount on premium seating for 'Carols at the House' – your chance to be entertained by a 500-strong choir and orchestra singing Christmas favourites.

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will perform alongside opera star Emma Matthews and actor (and our alumnus) John Bell. Several University colleagues will be in the choir, including Emeritus Professor Penny Gay from the Department of English, Associate Professor Michael Kertesz from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Bettina Leate from the Business School, and Vice-Principal (Operations) Sara Watts.

Please book via the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs website using the code SYDNEYUNI.

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