2013 News archive

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December 2013
Outcry over language teacher shortages misleading   View Summary
13 December 2013
language training220 teachers are set to graduate at the University of Sydney with a Certificate in Language Training this Sunday December 15, joining over 1000 language teachers in New South Wales (NSW) who have already completed the course
November 2013
Children's literature champion Dr Maurice Saxby AM receives Doctor of Letters   View Summary
8 November 2013
Dr Maurice SaxbyDr Maurice Saxby AM will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney on Friday 8 November.
October 2013
How kids cope with change: New findings on adaptability   View Summary
31 October 2013
Andrew MartinA team of Faculty researchers, lead by Professor Andrew Martin, has conducted an Australian-first study into adaptability - how young people confront their ever-changing worlds.
Australian stories through children's eyes   View Summary
29 October 2013
Nadia Wheatley Award-winning author Nadia Wheatley joined Caroline Jones, host of ABC's Australian Story, for a special 'In Conversation' event at the faculty.
HSC maths and science on the decline   View Summary
21 October 2013
Maths educationA new report co-authored by Dr Rachel Wilson has recommended urgent review of HSC policy, including the reinstatement of maths and science as compulsory subjects.
September 2013
Research Shows Involvement in the Arts has wide-ranging Benefits for Young People   View Summary
27 September 2013
Arts in EducationA joint study by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australian Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the Arts benefits students not just in the classroom, but also in life.
Time off after school can have its benefits at university   View Summary
17 September 2013
Gap YearA University of Sydney study suggests students who have a gap year achieve more highly at university than students who enter university straight after school and mature age students.
They're the 'Voice'... they're not gonna sit in silence   View Summary
4 September 2013
Nadia PiaveEvery Tuesday is 'harmony day' for students, alumni and staff involved in the Faculty of Education and Social Work lunchtime choir.
August 2013
Two faculty associates recognised in top literary awards   View Summary
21 August 2013
Libby GleesonAdjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson and Education and Social Work alumna Ursula Dubosarky have taken out honours in two of Australia's premier children's book awards.
John Bell and Andrew Upton join University of Sydney to build teacher confidence in the Arts   View Summary
20 August 2013
Arts in EducationThe Faculty of Education and Social Work has enlisted the support of two legends of Australian theatre - John Bell and Andrew Upton - to help promote the importance of the Arts in education.
Teaching in Timor-Leste   View Summary
9 August 2013
Timor teachingThree of our students have put their teaching skills to the test on a special pilot program in Timor-Leste.
July 2013
Education student wins medal at World University Games   View Summary
25 July 2013
Katie-Rae EbzeryCurrent Education student Katie-Rae Ebzery has proven she's a rising star on the basketball court, returning from the recent World University Games in Russia with a bronze medal.
Student promotes fair trade to help Nepalese street children   View Summary
9 July 2013
Sarah Reyes Welcome To My YardA Master of Social Work (Qualifying) student is helping street children in Nepal through her innovative not for profit project, 'Welcome To My Yard'.
OECD Deputy Director for Education to speak about global tests for school students   View Summary
5 July 2013
PISA assessmentsAndreas Schleicher, the Deputy Director for Education to the OECD Secretary-General, will present a special Sydney Ideas public lecture in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Social Work this Friday on the purposes and limitations of standardised testing.
Adjunct Associate Professor receives top education medal   View Summary
3 July 2013
Adjunct Associate Professor Phil LambertAdjunct Associate Professor Phil Lambert has achieved the highest honour from the Australian College of Educator's NSW branch as recipient of the 2013 Sir Harold Wyndham Medal.
June 2013
I-Science Program: Pre-service teachers mentoring the young scientists of tomorrow   View Summary
28 June 2013
iScienceThe culmination of three-month I-Science program was a presentation event held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday.
Libby Gleeson shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards   View Summary
21 June 2013
Libby GleesonAdjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson, one of Australia's most celebrated children's authors, has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for her latest book, 'Red'.
Creative Writing as Freedom, Education as Exploration - SWF Review   View Summary
4 June 2013
Creative Writing reviewSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern, Bachelor of Arts and Science student Harriet McInerney, reviews the event 'Creative Writing as Freedom, Education as Exploration', featuring Professor Robyn Ewing, Adjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson and Honorary Associate Teya Dusseldorp.
May 2013
Student review of 'Turning the Tide: Indigenous writers'   View Summary
26 May 2013
Turning the TideSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern, postgraduate student Stephanie Wong reviews the faculty's 'Turning The Tide' event, held last weekend.
From hospital bed to foster-care case work: Kat's story   View Summary
24 May 2013
Kat de JongGaining a scholarship was a life-changing event for social work student Kat de Jong. Without it she may never have completed her studies.
MTeach student takes to Sydney Writers' Festival stage   View Summary
20 May 2013
Elizabeth AllenAward-winning poet Elizabeth Allen will showcase her first collection of poetry on May 25, as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival.
'TED talks for teachers' comes to University of Sydney   View Summary
17 May 2013
TeachMeet SydneyThe University was the first tertiary institution to host a TeachMeet event, with more than 150 primary and secondary teachers sharing ideas and experiences.
Education programs ranked as world leader   View Summary
14 May 2013
University of SydneyEducation at the University of Sydney has been ranked as eighth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings.
Draft civics national curriculum will shape activism   View Summary
3 May 2013
Professor Murray PrintLead author of the upcoming Australian civics and citizenship curriculum, says it will help shape politically-active young people well beyond the classroom.
April 2013
Faculty joins in Sydney Writers' festivities   View Summary
18 April 2013
SWF 2013Members of the faculty will once again feature in a series of dynamic presentations and panels at the 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May.
(Re) cycling the world to promote sustainability   View Summary
17 April 2013
Kristina StoneyMaster of Education alumna Kristina Stoney is spreading the sustainability message across the globe, one kilometre at a time.
Top score for sports researcher   View Summary
2 April 2013
Micahel HanrattyPhD candidate Michael Hanratty has been granted two prestigious awards to investigate why rural areas are over-represented as sources of the nation's rugby league talent.
March 2013
Professor Andrew Martin appointed as AERA Fellow   View Summary
25 March 2013
Professor Andrew MartinProfessor Andrew Martin has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
Faculty farewells its dean, Professor Rob Tierney   View Summary
21 March 2013
Professor Robert Tierney FarewellFriends, colleagues and students gathered this week to farewell Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, Professor Robert Tierney.
Community development project goes to 'city hall'   View Summary
18 March 2013
Faculty luminaries at Glebe Town Hall re-openingThe faculty's Glebe Community Development Project was one of only two tenants invited to locate into the newly restored Glebe Town Hall.
February 2013
Dean backs students in high-stakes testing   View Summary
26 February 2013
Rob Tierney on Channel TenDean of the Faculty Professor Rob Tierney has appeared on national television to voice concerns about high-stakes national testing.
Private-school faithful come in many creeds   View Summary
19 February 2013
in the mediaSenior lecturer Dr Helen Proctor has been interviewed for a SMH story highlighting the rising popularity of religious schools among non-believers.
Education students swap beaches for snowfields   View Summary
13 February 2013
Umea University exchangeFollowing the success of a pilot program in 2012, Sydney students have joined peers from across Europe for a five-week exchange at Umea University in Sweden.
January 2013
Mandatory maths would boost Oz rankings   View Summary
22 January 2013
Maths educationMaking maths compulsory at high school may be the solution to curb the vicious circle of diminishing numeracy skills within our society.