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Upcoming Events

Careers Advisers and Teachers Conference – Friday 20 February 2015

At this conference, you’ll discover more about the University of Sydney and how best to assist students planning on pursuing tertiary education. You’ll have the opportunity to network with University staff and fellow careers advisers, as well as hear from a diverse range of speakers. Registrations are now open online.

Faculty Updates

Kickstart Science Workshops

The Kickstart Science Workshops are aimed at HSC science students and teachers. These workshops are designed to meet the demand expressed by science teachers in response to changes to the NSW HSC science syllabus. Parts of the science syllabus require equipment or expertise in areas that many schools may not be able to provide. Kickstart workshops give HSC students a chance to conduct experiments and demonstrations of key ideas in the syllabus that are difficult to do in the classroom. Kickstart workshops are available throughout the year for class groups, or in the June/July holidays for individual students. Kickstart will also be travelling to Armidale in 2015.
For more information about Kickstart and other science Outreach programs visit the website

International Students studying in Australia

If your school currently has international students, we can provide tailored school visits and campus tours for them. We can also advise and assist Career Advisers with the application and entry process.
Experienced international student ambassadors can visit students and provide information, as well as share their experiences as international students in Australia.
For all enquiries regarding International Students, please contact Amanda Barbosa at
Please feel free to share these contact details with any international student support staff.

The Conservatorium turns 100

The iconic castle-like building, with its distinctive turrets, sitting on the historical site of Sydney’s first bakery, which housed Governor Macquarie’s horse stables in the 1800s and was then turned into a prolific music school in 1915, is celebrating a significant milestone this year. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is turning 100 in May 2015 and will celebrate in the way it does best- with spectacular music. Students from the Conservatorium will be performing as part of the 2015 Career Advisers and Teachers Conference and you will also have the chance to win tickets to select performances.

Careers in Entertainment and Fashion from an Arts Degree?

Prospective students and their families were recently treated to a special Arts and Careers breakfast event featuring some of our high-achieving alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Ksenija Lukich, new host of TV Channel E! and Adam Jacobs, co-founder and Managing Director of online fashion retail store spoke at the event about their journey from undertaking a degree in humanities and social sciences to the impact its had on their careers today.
Ksenija completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and History and recently landed the coveted role as host of E! after beating out thousands of applicants.
She spoke of the how her degree in Arts has helped her prepare for the role.
“My Arts degree helped me prepare for my career through the internships and placements I experienced during my studies,” she said.
You can read more about these graduates online.

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages primary and high school students with a passion for science and communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short video piece. Entries open on Friday 6 February and will close on Friday 1 May 2015.
For more information on this Prize and other science Outreach programs visit the website.

2014 E12 Program Success

In 2014, the University of Sydney’s Early Offer Year 12 (E12) program grew significantly, offering 9 new courses, increasing the number of total courses offered under this scheme to 35. More than 600 offers were made under the scheme to students experiencing disadvantage from 217 schools across metropolitan and rural NSW in areas such as Law, Dentistry, Arts, Science, Health, Business and Architecture.

In 2015 even more courses will be added to the list offered under this scheme, which offers ATAR concessions, an early offer, $5,000, an iPad and additional support to successful applicants. For more information on E12 scheme eligibility, benefits and application process, please see visit the webpage.

Student Profile

Student Profile: Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) – 3 years on and bright careers ahead

In 2012, Sydney Nursing School was excited to welcome its very first cohort of nursing students into its newly introduced Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies).
Over the last three years, some of you might have met one of our students. Phoebe O’Carrigan [pictured] visited many secondary schools as a student ambassador for the University of Sydney. Phoebe typifies everything the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) and the nursing profession itself stand for: committed, intelligent, passionate and caring, adventurous, fun, energetic, and ready and willing to have a go.

Phoebe is one of just two nursing graduates in NSW who secured a Metro/Rural Graduate Exchange position for the Transition to Professional Practice Program, spending the first six months of this year at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the second half of the year in Bourke.

Between finishing her degree and commencing her first job as a registered nurse, Phoebe travelled to Vietnam with a university scholarship to undertake an additional clinical placement and experience health care in the country.
Phoebe has no hesitation in recommending the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) to anyone interested in making a difference through health.
“There are so many highlights from my time at Sydney Nursing School. The varied clinical placements – from Sydney to Dubbo to Broken Hill, representing Sydney Nursing School at the International Congress of Nursing in Melbourne, and being part of a small cohort of students,” she says.
“I've made friends who will be around forever. I’ve been able to get so involved in the life of the school where I was supported by fantastic staff. All of this really helped me through the degree!”
You can view videos of our final year Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) students using their clinical, communication and leadership skills to treat patients at their mass casualty simulation day.

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Nursing student Phoebe O'Carrigan in action