2011 News archive

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December 2011
Expressions of interest due for projects 2013-17   View Summary
15 December 2011
Expressions of interest for the 'Project Prioritisation Process' are due with Campus Infrastructure and Services by close of business on Monday 23 January.
Draft Change Proposal - clarifications and extended consultation process   View Summary
9 December 2011
A message to academic staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding clarifications and extended consultation process for the Draft Change Proposal.
Draft Change Proposal - extended consultation process   View Summary
9 December 2011
A message to general staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the extended consultation process for Draft Change Proposal.
University-wide public event calendar launched    View Summary
8 December 2011
A new calendaring system has been launched, which acts as a central source of information for events occurring around the University.
Update: Exchange 2010 upgrade   View Summary
8 December 2011
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has upgraded more than 6490 staff email accounts to Exchange 2010, with 4310 accounts remaining to be upgraded early next year.
Senate membership updates   View Summary
8 December 2011
James Flynn is now the postgraduate student Fellow of Senate and Ben Veness has been re-elected as the undergraduate student Fellow of Senate.
Senate approves new campus smoke-free environment policy   View Summary
8 December 2011
The new Smoke-Free Environment Policy 2012 will apply from Monday 30 January 2012.
2012 budget and staffing update   View Summary
1 December 2011
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives a 2012 budget and staffing update.
November 2011
Employer of Choice for Women application   View Summary
24 November 2011
The University has submitted an application for a Commonwealth Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) 2012 Employer of Choice for Women citation.
Policies Development and Review Rule   View Summary
24 November 2011
The new Policies Development and Review Rule will come into effect on 1 February 2012.
Pay close-offs in December   View Summary
24 November 2011
The payroll close-off dates for the pays of 15 December 2011 and 29 December 2011 have been brought forward due to the Christmas closedown.
Enhanced editorial style advice for you   View Summary
24 November 2011
To help you ease your word worries, the Marketing and Communications Division has created an editorial style snapshot that you can skim through in a few minutes.
Staff Giving Program update   View Summary
24 November 2011
The University-wide official launch of the Staff Giving program has been postponed until 2012.
The 2012 budget, staffing and a change proposal   View Summary
21 November 2011
The Vice-Chancellor has recorded a video message about the 2012 budget, staffing and a change proposal.
myHRonline casual timesheets application update   View Summary
17 November 2011
A software update for the myHRonline timesheet application was released this week.
Continuing ARC grant success   View Summary
17 November 2011
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence discusses the University's success in the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and Future Fellowship schemes.
2012 handbooks are now being published online   View Summary
10 November 2011
The 2012 handbooks are now available via the handbooks website.
New training model announced by Financial Services    View Summary
10 November 2011
The Financial Services team provides a comprehensive range of training solutions for the financial systems used at the University.
Fringe benefits tax (FBT) and Melbourne Cup/Christmas functions   View Summary
10 November 2011
Don't forget that Christmas and Melbourne Cup functions paid for by the University are subject to FBT.
Election of Chair of the Academic Board   View Summary
10 November 2011
Nominations are now open for the position of Chair of the Academic Board.
Success in competitive funding rounds   View Summary
4 November 2011
A message from Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.
Sunken World War Two Dutch sub discovered    View Summary
3 November 2011
Ross Colemn discovers WWII Dutch subAssociate Professor Ross Coleman from the School of Biological Sciences has taken the first photographs of the sunken remains of a Dutch submarine that was torpedoed in 1941.
Researcher wins Prize for Life Scientist of the Year   View Summary
3 November 2011
Associate Professor Min ChenAssociate Professor Min Chen from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.
International Program Development Fund (IPDF) grant winner   View Summary
3 November 2011
Dr Rahena AkhterDr Rahena Akhter from the Faculty of Dentistry has been awarded an IPDF grant for her project titled Jaw muscle pain and jaw motor function.
Sydney eLearning lunchtime sessions   View Summary
3 November 2011
Join upcoming lunchtime sessions where the team from Sydney eLearning will demonstrate enhancements in the University's learning management system 'Bb9'.
Staff email accounts are being upgraded    View Summary
3 November 2011
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been working to upgrade University staff email accounts to Exchange 2010.
Stay on-campus during summer at International House   View Summary
3 November 2011
International House is offering special rates for accommodation from 22 November to 18 December 2011, and from 5 January to 19 February 2012.
October 2011
Your health and safety    View Summary
27 October 2011
The University is introducing a network of health and safety representatives (HSRs) to help promote health and safety at work.
New policy on research agreements   View Summary
27 October 2011
The Research Agreements Policy 2011 was recently approved by Senate.
Cisco Voice IP phone upgrade on 29 October    View Summary
27 October 2011
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will be upgrading Cisco Voice IP phones on Saturday 29 October between 9am and 5pm.
Salary packaging workshop   View Summary
27 October 2011
Attend a salary packaging workshop to find out how to harness various benefits to reduce your taxable income.
Meet with a financial planner   View Summary
27 October 2011
UniSuper members can meet with a financial planner on campus to discuss their financial goals and needs.
Protect your private information from phishing scams   View Summary
20 October 2011
To protect yourself from online account compromises and identity theft, learn to recognise the signs of typical phishing emails.
Research poster templates now available   View Summary
20 October 2011
Templates for research poster presentations have been developed in PowerPoint format.
Dell is now the sole preferred supplier of University PCs   View Summary
20 October 2011
Dell has agreed to a 12-month extension of their contract.
Extended opening hours in Law Library on Sundays   View Summary
20 October 2011
The Law Library on Camperdown Campus will be open from 10am to 5pm on Sundays, from 23 October to 13 November.
Summary: All-Staff Forum 28 September 2011   View Summary
13 October 2011
Here is a summary of the all-staff forum held on 28 September 2011, with presentations from Dr Michael Spence, Professor Jill Trewhella, Professor Shane Houston and Professor Ann Brewer.
Apply for health and medical equipment and infrastructure funding   View Summary
13 October 2011
Applications are now open for the following grant schemes.
New Campus Infrastructure and Services 'service request' system   View Summary
13 October 2011
The University's eService Desk is being relaunched as 'Campus Assist Online' on Monday 17 October.
Changes to administrative delegations    View Summary
6 October 2011
The Senate has approved amendments to the University of Sydney (Delegations of Authority - Administrative Functions) Rule 2010
Learning Networks project kicks off    View Summary
6 October 2011
In 2012, students and teachers will have access to new, cutting-edge learning spaces across campus.
Sports facility expansion starts in October   View Summary
6 October 2011
Major work on the University's Sports and Aquatic Centre Expansion Project is due to commence this month.
Your pension options and Centrelink    View Summary
6 October 2011
UniSuper members and their partners are invited to attend an evening seminar on 'Your pension options with UniSuper and Centrelink' on 27 October.
September 2011
Call for nominations for University OHS award   View Summary
29 September 2011
Is there an unsung wellbeing warrior or compliance champion in your workplace? Now is your chance to give them the recognition they deserve!
Upcoming biosafety training   View Summary
29 September 2011
Training is available on Thursday 20 October for staff and honours/postgraduate students on working safely with biological organisms in 'physical containment level 2' (PC2) laboratory facilities.
Virtual desktops now available for all students   View Summary
29 September 2011
Course-specific software is now available in more locations because more students have access to 'virtual desktop' technology.
Updates to brand style guidelines and certificate templates   View Summary
29 September 2011
The brand style guideline website has updated and expanded information on how we communicate with our many audiences.
Early payroll close-off for pay period ending Thursday 6 October   View Summary
22 September 2011
As a result of the Labour Day public holiday, payroll close-off for the pay period ending 6 October has been brought forward to 5pm, Wednesday 28 September.
ERA submission guidelines, discipline matrix and technology pack released   View Summary
22 September 2011
This pack, available now, provides information critical to understanding and participating in ERA ('Excellence in Research for Australia') 2012.
Get easier access to Sydney research   View Summary
22 September 2011
The University Library and the Research Portfolio have collaborated to establish a new service for staff and students.
Rewards for recycling   View Summary
22 September 2011
'Envirobank' is the main recycling network on campus, helping to keep our University clean.
New 'conversion from fixed-term to continuing employment' policy   View Summary
15 September 2011
This new policy outlines the procedures for implementing the conversion provisions, clauses 41-44, in the University of Sydney Enterprise Agreement 2009 - 2012.
Call for nominations for University OHS Award   View Summary
15 September 2011
Is there an unsung wellbeing warrior or compliance champion in your workplace?
Travel update: online booking engine now open 24 hours   View Summary
15 September 2011
The University of Sydney's Online Travel Booking Engine will now be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fire warden training   View Summary
15 September 2011
An emergency can arise at any time, so it is vital for emergency wardens to have undertaken the relevant training.
Elections to the Academic Board   View Summary
15 September 2011
We will be seeking nominations from academic staff who wish to represent their faculty on the Academic Board.
Revised visa and work rights policy   View Summary
15 September 2011
The University of Sydney's Visa and Work Rights Policy has been extensively updated to reflect changes to the migration regulations.
One year after the Strategic Plan and White Paper   View Summary
12 September 2011
A message from the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton.
Research: a loss-making activity?   View Summary
8 September 2011
"Research is, and always will be, the life-blood of this institution," the Vice-Chancellor writes in a message to staff that explains his position on the funding of research in the University.
Christmas closedown 2011- 12   View Summary
8 September 2011
The University of Sydney will again close for two weeks and one day this year.
International scholarships: staff information session   View Summary
8 September 2011
This session will provide staff with advice and tips on finding and applying for grant funding, and scholarships for their research students.
UniSuper consultative committee election results   View Summary
8 September 2011
Ruth Livingstone and Michael Rafferty are the new University of Sydney employee representatives on the UniSuper Consultative Committee.
Attend a State Super Financial Services seminar   View Summary
8 September 2011
State Super seminars cover topics such as current changes in the superannuation and taxation landscapes, as well as options to save tax and boost your retirement savings.
Assisting students: new Student Support Services website   View Summary
1 September 2011
Student Support Services have created a new website, to provide one clear access point to the range of support services available across the University of Sydney.
August 2011
Meet Dr Rebecca Suter   View Summary
31 August 2011
Dr Rebecca SuterDr Rebecca Suter is a global academic in the truest sense of the word. Originally from Italy, her teaching at Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Brown in the United States before she settled at the University. At least, for now.
Meet John Gilroy   View Summary
31 August 2011
John GilroyJohn Gilroy BA (Hons) is a Koori man from the South Coast of NSW and is a lecturer in Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences.
Salary packaging workshops   View Summary
25 August 2011
Attend a salary packaging workshop to find out how to build a remuneration package that best suits your individual needs. The workshops are presented by Smartsalary, the company that administers salary packaging for the University.
New University marketing strategy   View Summary
25 August 2011
The Senior Executive Group (SEG) has approved a new marketing strategy which aims to position the University as a leader in Australia and the wider world.
New policy website   View Summary
25 August 2011
The Policy Management Unit in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) has created a new website which provides information about policy at the University.
ICT upgrading University email accounts to Exchange 2010   View Summary
25 August 2011
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will be upgrading University staff email accounts to Exchange 2010.
Spooky Men's Chorale   View Summary
22 August 2011
Professor Graham MannProfessor Graham Mann from the Sydney Medical School and Westmead Millennium Institute was recently interviewed by the Penrith Press newspaper and spoke about performing with the 'Spooky Men's Chorale'.
Business School and Foodbank Australia join forces   View Summary
22 August 2011
Food BankThe University of Sydney Business School has joined forces with not-for-profit agency, Foodbank Australia to help them achieve their goal of eliminating hunger in Australia.
Talking trains   View Summary
22 August 2011
Associate Professor John RoseAssociate Professor John Rose from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) was recently interviewed on ABC Radio National talking about the federal government's latest study into a 'very fast train' along the Eastern Australian seaboard.
When the jaw is sore!   View Summary
22 August 2011
Professor Chris PeckThe Faculty of Dentistry was well represented at the 2nd Asian Academic Congress for the Temporomandibular Joint meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan, on 23 July 2011.
Faculty of Education and Social Work staff shine at computer-supported learning event   View Summary
22 August 2011
Professor Michael JacobsonFaculty researchers joined some of the biggest names in technology-based learning when they presented their work at the 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) this month.
Shanghai Jiao Tong World University Rankings   View Summary
19 August 2011
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence comments on the Shanghai Jiao Tong World University Rankings.
New travelling scholarship for general staff    View Summary
18 August 2011
The University has launched a 'General Staff Travelling Scholarship' to provide eligible general staff with learning and professional development opportunities in an international environment.
University Co-op Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award 2011   View Summary
18 August 2011
The Co-op Bookshop will present an award to an individual member of the University teaching community who can demonstrate outstanding achievement in student-focused teaching.
Staff using Office 2007 will receive latest maintenance updates   View Summary
18 August 2011
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has commenced installing Microsoft's latest maintenance updates to staff computers that have Microsoft Office 2007. These updates will allow ICT to upgrade the email accounts of University staff over the coming months.
Check and update your information for ERA   View Summary
11 August 2011
The University will make its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission in March 2012. If you are eligible for this ERA round it is vitally important that you check and update your information before the end of August 2011.
2011 'Widening Participation Grants' announced   View Summary
11 August 2011
Over $800K is available to faculties through a range of new curriculum, research and partnership grants, as part of the University's commitment to social inclusion and widening participation in higher education.
New higher education quality assurance agency commences operations   View Summary
11 August 2011
On 31 July the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) commenced operations.
Shuttle bus service expands to Technology Park and Mallett Street   View Summary
11 August 2011
Following the successful trial of the shuttle bus service to Sydney College of the Arts (Rozelle Campus) in Semester 1, the shuttle service will continue until the end of the academic year.
Information on assisting students   View Summary
11 August 2011
Student Support Services has created a new website to provide one clear access point to the range of support services available across the University.
July 2011
Update on the recent Senior Executive Group (SEG) retreat   View Summary
19 July 2011
Watch a video summarising the July 2011 Senior Executive Group (SEG) retreat.
March 2011
2011 Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) review   View Summary
1 March 2011
Later this year the University will be audited by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA).
February 2011
Welcome to the 2011 academic year video message   View Summary
28 February 2011
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence welcomes you to the 2011 academic year.
ARC Excellence in Research for Australia Study   View Summary
1 February 2011
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence discusses the results of the ARC's ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) study.