Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations): Open Day

29 August 2013

This Saturday 31 August the University will hold its annual Open Day from 9am to 4pm. This is our opportunity to show future students, their friends and families all that our University has to offer - from undergraduate and postgraduate study, to campus life and student support.

As you may be aware, the unions representing some staff are planning industrial action on Saturday, including a picket. There are also reports that some fringe organisations outside the University may attempt to disrupt the day.

Let me assure you - Open Day will go ahead as planned. The University of Sydney has always been a place of robust debate, and Open Day is no exception. But Saturday is an important opportunity for us to attract the most promising students to our University: an objective we should all share.

  • The University has taken steps to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors to our campuses on Open Day, and will monitor activity closely throughout the day.
  • The NTEU's "picket line protocol" will again be in place, which indicates that picketers will seek to persuade people not to cross the picket line. The protocol requires picketers to not threaten, intimidate or physically prevent anyone from entering the University. If you come to Open Day and encounter a picket line, we suggest that you stop, listen and then proceed to enter the campus.
  • If you have previously indicated you will be attending Open Day to staff a stall or give a lecture, but now plan to take industrial action, please ensure you have notified your manager or head of school so that alternative arrangements can be made.
  • For those planning to attend, I encourage you to travel to the University by public transport. There are free buses operating on Open Day, including shuttle buses to transport visitors to Sydney College of the Arts, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Sydney Nursing School. Find out more about Open Day buses. Parking will be available but we expect it to reach capacity very quickly once visitors start to arrive.

Details about activities, faculty tours and mini lectures, and all other event information can be found on the Open Day website.

If you have any questions about Open Day please call 1300 362 006 or email

Yours sincerely

Professor Tyrone Carlin
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Operations)