Latest news for career advisers
- Campus tours
- Record Open Day attendance
- Life at Sydney
- A reminder: there is life beyond the HSC
- New Course in Food and Agribusiness
- Cadigal Alternative Entry Program
- Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
- Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS)
- Calling for Volunteers Homeless Kit Packing Day 2013
- Calling all passionate science students!
- Science Teachers' Forum
- Upcoming events
Careers Advisers and Teachers’ Conference, Friday 28 February 2014
Info Day – 9:30am – 4pm, 3 January 2014
As the weather becomes warmer, Term 4 is the perfect time to bring your Year 10 and 11 students onto our campus for a tour of the University of Sydney. To book a campus tour, please visit School visit and campus tours online booking form page.
This year a record breaking 27,000 visitors had the opportunity to explore our campus and participate in a whole range of activities held during Open Day. Some of the activities held on the day included:
- attending mini lectures
- getting careers advice from future employers
- being entertained by the Axis of Awesome
- getting a health check from nursing students and many others.
If your students missed out on attending this year, they can view the video and photo gallery by visiting the Open Day website.
Thank you for your support in our Life at Sydney event, held on Monday 30 September and Wednesday 2 October. It was a great opportunity for Year 11 students to explore the campus, participate in hands-on tutorials, learn about sports, clubs and societies, and get a glimpse at uni life.
To browse photos of Life at Sydney activities, visit the Life at Sydney website.
A message to year 12 students from our vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence.
"I am an HSC sufferer, survivor and perpetrator. I am a sufferer because one of my sons is doing the HSC right now; a survivor because our household has already been through this twice; and a perpetrator as vice-chancellor of one of Australia's leading universities. I have learnt that there are a few things to remember at this time of year if you are enduring the HSC.
The first is that your HSC results are a measure of your academic performance over a particular 18-month period. They are nothing more than that. At the end of last year I think my son secretly wanted to beat his older brother and sister at the ATAR game. Then his mother died during the Christmas holidays and he remembered that there are many things more important than the HSC. His may be an extreme case, but every 18-year-old is learning things about life far more important than those that their ATAR captures. And every parent is proud of their son or daughter (as I am of mine) for far more important reasons too.
The second is that your ATAR points are not frequent flyer points. You don't have to use them all in the fear they will be ''wasted''. We have hundreds of students with ATARs of 98 and above doing arts degrees. By contrast, I have taught many miserable law students doing the degree out of a grim sense of duty because they were admitted and because they (or their parents) thought that it was the ''right'' thing to do. A university degree makes you more employable: it teaches you crucial skills in critical thinking and in written and oral communication. It prepares you not just for your first job, but for the job after that (perhaps a job that has not been invented yet). You should choose a course that you are excited about, at an institution that seems right for you. And if you sail into the degree with 10 or 15 ATAR points to spare, that is better than using all those points for admission to a degree in which you have no interest.
The third thing to remember is that you are not alone. The HSC experience is a shared one, with students past and present, and no matter what your result, should generate enormous pride. But to help make it through make sure you look after yourself. Take regular study breaks. Eat well. Sleep. Give yourself some time each day to regroup or exercise. Try to be positive as it will help you stay motivated. Even a little study is better than no study at all, so keep going. Do lots of practice exams and try to simulate exam conditions.
Finally, and most importantly, remember that the ATAR does not determine the course of the rest of your life. If you don't do as well as you had hoped - and there are many reasons why people don't - it is not the end of your career hopes. The ATAR determines what you can do for the next three years, or for some for the next year or two. Remember there are opportunities for those who excel while at university to transfer to different courses they might have missed out on originally. Your ATAR may determine whether the route to your career is shorter or longer, but when you first leave school time is on your side.
Incidentally, taking a gap year between school and university, even to stack shelves in a supermarket, is a good idea. People learn important lessons during that year that are not on the HSC syllabus. At Oxford, I taught students in very small groups and there was a noticeable difference among first-year students in the maturity of those who had taken a year out.
So it might surprise you to hear a Vice-Chancellor say it, but the HSC and ATAR are probably far less important than they might seem in many homes right now. On the other hand, hard work never goes astray and achieving the best possible ATAR you can will give you the satisfaction of having done your very best, as well as providing you with the broadest possible range of immediate study options.
Dr Michael Spence also appeared on Channel 9's The Today Show, 23 September 2013, talking about life after the HSC.
Watch the video.
The University has introduced the new Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness for the 2014 intake; a new degree focusing on the exciting world of food production, agribusiness and agricultural science.
Agribusiness is the fastest growing industry at the moment with 6 jobs for every graduate in this field. Graduates will be in demand across a range of sectors within the agribusiness industry. Career opportunities are diverse, from consulting within the private sector to retail, food science, marketing, product development, transport logistics, trade, management, food safety, global food security, international development, packaging, research, policy, and many others.
The program combines science and business to cover every step of agriculture and food production "from paddock to the plate". Students will be studying agribusiness from both the scientific and post farm-gate perspectives. The four year program includes an imbedded honours year and an industry placement internship. This degree is an excellent choice for those who are pursuing a career in food, health, marketing, logistics and agriculture.
I invite you and your students to watch the following video to learn more about this new and exciting degree.
The University of Sydney's Cadigal Alternative Entry Program offers two pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to achieve their educational goals.
Applying for the Cadigal program is the same as ever, but we have made it bigger and better. It is now available for anyone younger than 21 who has completed Year 12, and for mature-age applicants (older than 21). It’s not all about an ATAR.
Pemulwuy offers a new approach and extra academic support for students who need additional help to build their confidence, competence and capacity to succeed.
Under Pemulwuy students will undertake a reduced load of selected courses in your first year. Students will also be provided you extra academic skills, support and advice to ensure the greatest chance of success.
We also offer:
- Expanded pastoral support
- The Koori Centre, a culturally safe space on the Camperdown Campus, and Yooroang Garang on the Cumberland Campus at Lidcombe.
Early October applicants who have submitted their UAC application on time will be invited to complete a Cadigal application (if they haven't already done so)
Those non-recent-school-leaver (NRSL) applicants who will not have a qualification on which they can be assessed by UAC will be invited to sit the academic skills test in mid-October
Late October meeting with Cadigal staff and faculties to discuss applications of any non-recent-school-leavers for whom we have results (i.e. those who completed the academic skills test or who already have school or uni or other results from previous years) and decide on offers
Early November successful NRSL applicants to be contacted and informed that they are successful and will be receiving an offer through UAC (provided they don't get an offer to a higher preference)
Early December second round of academic skills testing for late applicants (NRSL only)
Early January third round of academic skills testing for late applicants and HSC applicant with no ATAR
Mid January UAC offers
We welcome applications from ALL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Applications closing soon check the website for more details:
02 8627 8619
The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 who are considering studies beyond high school.
It is a chance for students to stay on campus, take part in lectures and tutorials, presentations, try out different subject areas and learn about a variety of industries. While finding out more about pathways to higher education and the sorts of financial and academic assistance available. Most importantly meet current students and staff and learn what university life is all about.
There are two programs available:
Wingara Mura (A thinking path) Summer Program is three days for year 8 – 9 students. They will be able to find out more about university life and choose three areas of interest to explore. Students are sure to find something of interest in Focus on Health, Promote Change, Be Creative and Constructive, Get Scientific and Get Down to Business.
Bunga Barrabugu (To make tomorrow) Summer Program is five days for years 10 – 11 students and is an opportunity to experience what one of their potential chosen area of study is really like. In 2014 we will be offering Pharmacy, Health Science, Business and Natural Sciences.
Wingara Mura – 14-16 January 2014
Bunga Barrabugu – 13-17 January 2014
Applications are now open.
Students will need to be endorsed by their school and obtain permission from their parents to attend the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.
Free for students and their high school. The University of Sydney covers the cost of travel, meals, accommodation and all other expenses associated with your program.
If you would like to register students or wish to receive additional information please contact:
Phone: 02 8627 8529
The Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) is an annual event, established and funded by Engineering Aid Australia (a non-profit organisation). The University of Sydney is hosting IAESS next year which will be held from 12-18 January 2014 for 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, male and female who are entering years 11 and 12 in 2014.
It is a five day live-in summer school, featuring a combination of activities that will give them a taste of what it’s like to study and work in engineering. All expenses including travel, accommodation and meals are covered by Engineering Aid Australia. IAESS will provide them with a challenging and exciting week of fun activities to help them discover how amazing engineering really is.
They will also meet engineers and see just how important engineering is to our community. They will participate in design work and other hands-on activities that will test their newly acquired engineering skills, visit engineering projects and gain an understanding of the wide range of career opportunities that are available.
If any of your students are interested in applying for IAESS 2014 download a copy of the IAESS brochure and application form. The closing date for IAESS 2014 is on 18 October 2013.
Each year nearly 30,000 people seek the assistance of homeless shelters around Sydney. These shelters offer a haven for those in need, a place to get a bed, a shower, a meal and health care. However, there is a need for these people to take away with them some items that help ensure their ongoing health, hygiene and comfort.
Working with Matthew Talbot Hostel, Sydney Nursing School staff, alumni and friends will be joining together to pack these items into kits that will be distributed through homeless shelters.
Monday 2 December
The Great Hall, The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
If you or your students would like to be a part of this day, please register here.
Do you have academically gifted students who are passionate about science? If yes, we would strongly encourage them to apply for the following programs.
Science Gifted and Talented Discovery Program
The University of Sydney’s Science Gifted and Talented Discovery Program provides gifted, enthusiastic science Year 8 and 9 students the opportunity to be challenged in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics through hands-on experiments, interactive lectures and demonstrations.
The program runs twice a year for three days in the July and October school holiday period.
For more information and online exam registration, please visit Science Gifted and Talented Discovery Program
Online exam registration opens on Tuesday 8 October and closes on Friday 25 October.
The Science Teachers' Forum is an opportunity for year 9 and 10 science teachers. The Forum will provide teachers with fresh ideas to challenge their students with the forthcoming changes to the curriculum.
Please pass this opportunity on to any interested science teachers at your school. The Forum is registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers for 4 hours of professional development.
For more information, visit the Science Teachers' Forum.
Save the date Careers Advisers and Teachers’ Conference, Friday 28 February 2014
Please save the date in your calendars for our 2014 Careers Adviser and Teachers’ Conference. A formal invitation will be sent to you next year at the start of first term.
This year’s event saw us launch new courses and attendees heard from our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations) Professor Tyrone Carlin as well as keynote speaker, Ms Kirsty Bloore on findings of ‘The Next Normal’, MTV’s global survey of ‘millenials’ (those born between 1982 and 2004). Presentations and videos from the day can be downloaded from the Events section of our Careers Advisers website.
We are busy working on exciting projects for next year’s Careers Advisers and Teachers’ Conference program and look forward to telling you more about it in the New Year.
Info Day – 9:30am – 4pm, 3 January 2014
Don’t forget to tell your current HSC students about our upcoming Info Day on Friday 3 January. This will be the last opportunity for future students to explore the University of Sydney and speak to staff and students about their options before finalising their UAC preferences for the main-round offers on Saturday, 4 January, 2014.