2012 News archive

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December 2012
2012 in review by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)   View Summary
14 December 2012
2012 has been a year of change and significant accomplishments for researchers at Sydney.
Master of all trades   View Summary
13 December 2012
Thomas Klobucar wears many hats; that of a builder, designer, accountant, procurement specialist, negotiator, lawyer - and that is just for one meeting!
Wingara Mura: end-of-2012 update   View Summary
13 December 2012
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston provides an update on what has happened since the launch of Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu in June.
Phase II of the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review   View Summary
13 December 2012
The discussion paper has been released and concludes phase II of the Wills Review. We are inviting a third round of submissions in response to the discussion paper by 21 January 2012.
Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
12 December 2012
Acting Vice-Chancellor Ann Brewer gives an update on the negotiations for the next enterprise agreement.
Year-end message to staff from Dr Michael Spence   View Summary
10 December 2012
In his end-of-year message, Vice-Chancellor thanks staff for their work in 2012.
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research): Our research shines   View Summary
6 December 2012
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella congratulates the University's research community for the success in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012.
Update your profile - help us help you!   View Summary
6 December 2012
Do you need to request an IT service? Or report an issue with your computer or phone? Use the ICT Self Service Portal and make sure to update your profile information.
Apply for human ethics online   View Summary
6 December 2012
From January 2013 the human ethics application, approval and reporting process will be online using a new IRMA-based system.
Staff intranet update   View Summary
6 December 2012
The draft visual designs for the staff intranet are now available for you to view.
Changes to student email: staff action required   View Summary
6 December 2012
In 2009 the University released a new student email system, Sydney Mail.
November 2012
Work begins on the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience   View Summary
29 November 2012
Work has started on site for the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience (AIN).
Salary sacrifice no longer available for course fees   View Summary
29 November 2012
Staff will no longer be able to salary sacrifice University of Sydney course fees paid upfront.
Early payroll close-off   View Summary
22 November 2012
The next pay close-off has been brought forward.
Brand training   View Summary
22 November 2012
For new staff working in marketing and communications roles, training on the University's brand will be held on Tuesday 4 December.
2011 Travelling Scholarship recipient: Paragi Trivedi   View Summary
22 November 2012
Paragi Trivedi used her General Staff Travelling Scholarship to join Harvard University's audit team for three months to gain insights into how they conduct their audits
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Staff survey   View Summary
19 November 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence introduces a new staff survey.
New guest wireless system   View Summary
15 November 2012
ICT are making it easier for visitors to access the wireless internet system.
Campus parking permits   View Summary
15 November 2012
Annual parking permits expire on 31 December - apply for a new one now.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Marketing and communications draft change proposal   View Summary
13 November 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence introduces the draft change proposal for the marketing and communications services across the University.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: St John's media coverage   View Summary
8 November 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence address to the ongoing media coverage involving St John's College.
Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: Healthy university - move more, sit less   View Summary
1 November 2012
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton announces a series of surveys aimed at creating a healthier campus.
Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: Disability Action Plan   View Summary
1 November 2012
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton announces the development of the University's third Disability Action Plan (DAP).
Tango network drive unavailable from 2 November   View Summary
1 November 2012
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been working to migrate data hosted on network (shared) drives to the new FS1 server.
Arrangements for Christmas closedown   View Summary
1 November 2012
The payroll close-offs for the December pay periods have been brought forward as a result of the Christmas closedown.
October 2012
Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: Improving our administrative services   View Summary
30 October 2012
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton provides an update on the work being undertaken to improve and simplify our administration, as foreshadowed in the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan.
Dental care should be for all   View Summary
25 October 2012
In Australia, the mouth is not considered part of your body, at least for the purposes of the Medicare health care system, and Hans Zoellner is petitioning to change that.
Difficulty with Outlook meeting requests   View Summary
25 October 2012
Do you delegate access to your Outlook calendar to others? Have you upgraded your iPhone or iPad to the latest operating system, iOS6, or started using an iPhone 5?
Applications open for General Staff Travelling Scholarships   View Summary
25 October 2012
Scholarships are available to general staff who are interested in professional development opportunities.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: $20 million gift received today   View Summary
23 October 2012
Dr Michael Spence announces the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and donation.
Sydney Student update   View Summary
18 October 2012
Phase D of the Sydney Student Program was proposed to go live in late November however a recent review of readiness has indicated that this date needs to be rescheduled.
Changes to deleted emails   View Summary
18 October 2012
To address issues staff have with email slowness, from 20 October we will activate a new setting on all staff email accounts to permanently delete items that have been in your deleted items folder for more than 90 days, including items in sub-folders under your deleted items folder.
Updated ICT Self Service Portal   View Summary
18 October 2012
We've updated the Self Service Portal to make it easier to request IT services or report an IT issue.
Fringe benefits tax (FBT) and Melbourne Cup/Christmas functions   View Summary
11 October 2012
Christmas and Melbourne Cup functions paid for by the University are subject to FBT.
Changes to deleted emails   View Summary
11 October 2012
To address issues staff have with email slowness, from 20 October we will activate a new setting on all staff email accounts to permanently delete items that have been in your deleted items folder for more than 90 days.
Academic staff: complete your planning and development review   View Summary
11 October 2012
Academic staff can now complete their first review using the new academic planning and development (AP&D) process.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Impact of the Defence Trade Controls Bill on research   View Summary
10 October 2012
Dr Michael Spence discusses the potential consequences to research of the proposed Defence Trade Controls Bill.
Message from the DVC (Research): Share your ideas for the health and medical research review   View Summary
9 October 2012
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella invites submissions to the Wills Review of health and medical research.
Administrative Delegations amended   View Summary
4 October 2012
Senate has approved the annual amendments to the University of Sydney's Delegations of Authority - Administrative Functions rule, effective from 2 October 2012.
September 2012
Need help managing your research data?   View Summary
27 September 2012
Having problems finding and using your research data? Concerned about losing your data? Interested in sharing your data?
Staff intranet: volunteers required   View Summary
27 September 2012
We have started a project to deliver a University-wide intranet. Can you spare an hour of your time to help?
Message from the Provost: new planning and development framework for academic staff   View Summary
24 September 2012
Provost Stephen Garton introduces the new academic planning and development (AP&D) process.
Tax concessions for super contributions   View Summary
20 September 2012
Find out more about tax concessions that apply to superannuation contributions by attending this seminar.
Abercrombie Precinct update: Eveleigh Markets stall   View Summary
20 September 2012
Do you know about our plans for the Abercrombie Precinct?
Message from the Chancellor: Dr Michael Spence reappointed   View Summary
19 September 2012
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO announces that Dr Michael Spence has been reappointed for another five-year term as Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
University IT network upgrades   View Summary
13 September 2012
The University IT network will be upgraded between 7am and 9am on Saturday 15, 22 and 29 September.
Change to pay close-off date   View Summary
13 September 2012
Due to the Labour Day public holiday on Monday 1 October, the close-off date for the pay period ending Thursday 4 October has been brought forward.
Save money on your computer purchases   View Summary
6 September 2012
Have you bought a laptop, notebook or tablet in the last 12 months or are you planning to buy one? Consider salary packaging it.
August 2012
Strategic Plan 2011-15: an update from the Vice-Chancellor   View Summary
31 August 2012
Dr Michael Spence provides an update on the first 18 months of the Strategic Plan for 2011-15.
Sydney Courses: phase two   View Summary
30 August 2012
The 'Sydney Courses' information system now includes a better search engine, multimedia content, increased performance and an improved 'look and feel'.
Strategic review of health and medical research   View Summary
24 August 2012
Dr Michael Spence and Professor Jill Trewhella have initiated a strategic review of the University's health and medical research.
Christmas closedown   View Summary
23 August 2012
The University will close for two weeks this year over the Christmas period - from the close of business on Tuesday 18 December 2012 until it reopens on Wednesday 2 January 2013.
Editorial update: capitalisation   View Summary
23 August 2012
A new addition to the Editorial Style Guide summarises the most common capitalisation errors.
Sports and aquatic centre upgrade   View Summary
23 August 2012
Hot on the heels of our success at the London 2012 Olympics, we're pleased to report that the expansion of the University Sports and Aquatic Centre on our Darlington Campus is progressing well.
New Education Portfolio website   View Summary
23 August 2012
This new website contains information and contact details for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar's portfolio.
Improving the University's network   View Summary
16 August 2012
Commencing tonight, and over the next couple of weeks, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is taking steps to improve the performance of the University's network, including access to services such as Wi-Fi and University websites.
Coordination of our international strategies and activities in 2013   View Summary
14 August 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence provides an update on the coordination of our international strategies and activities in 2013.
New A4 brochure templates   View Summary
9 August 2012
New templates for masterbrand and sub-brand A4 brochure covers that include a single full-bleed image are now available on our brand style guidelines website.
Editorial update: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terminology   View Summary
9 August 2012
You can now access updated guidance for appropriate use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terminology in the University's Editorial Style Guide.
Save on course fees    View Summary
9 August 2012
If you or one of your family members are considering studying at the University of Sydney - to gain a new skill, expand your knowledge or follow a personal interest - you may be able to save on course fees through salary packaging.
Changes to ARC Linkage funding rules    View Summary
3 August 2012
If you are intending to apply for an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant, have a look at recent rule changes to see how they may affect you.
Meet a State Super planner on campus    View Summary
3 August 2012
State Super members can meet with a State Super Financial Services (SSFS) financial planner on campus.
July 2012
Student experience survey   View Summary
26 July 2012
Next month the University will participate in a new national student survey to collect the experiences of undergraduate students.
Guard against theft   View Summary
26 July 2012
You can dramatically decrease your likelihood of becoming a target for theft by following some simple tips.
Chancellor announces retirement   View Summary
19 July 2012
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO has announced that she will conclude her term as Chancellor of the University on 15 December this year, after more than five years in the role.
Search our archives   View Summary
19 July 2012
The University of Sydney Archives has developed an online search facility for archival records.
Thinking about tomorrow: Wingara Mura implementation   View Summary
12 July 2012
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston provides an update on our strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, research and engagement.
Access research tools and services online   View Summary
12 July 2012
The University has recently subscribed to the Australian Access Federation (AAF) - enabling you to access research tools and services online using your UniKey.
Purchasing and preferred suppliers    View Summary
12 July 2012
If you are a purchasing officer for your area, please ensure you are familiar with our policy on the use of preferred suppliers.
Life Sciences Review 2011    View Summary
5 July 2012
The Life Sciences Review 2011 report is now available online.
Policy update: reporting wrongdoing   View Summary
5 July 2012
Information is now available online to support the Reporting Wrongdoing Policy 2012.
Payment summaries    View Summary
5 July 2012
You will be able to download your payment summary from myHRonline from Friday 13 July.
June 2012
Online student appeals and complaints guide    View Summary
28 June 2012
The Student Affairs unit has updated its website to include information about how students can lodge academic and non-academic appeals and complaints.
Unit of study results go paperless    View Summary
28 June 2012
Official unit of study results notices will no longer be printed and posted to students.
Lectopia to be switched off    View Summary
28 June 2012
Earlier this year the University upgraded its lecture recording system from Lectopia to a new system called Echo360. Support for Lectopia has been withdrawn by the vendor, and as a result the service will be switched off on Monday 23 July.
Changes to superannuation tax law    View Summary
21 June 2012
Changes to the tax treatment of some superannuation contributions will come into effect from 1 July.
Campus cleanup: bulky waste collection    View Summary
21 June 2012
This is an opportunity for you to dispose of accumulated large bulky waste items free-of-charge.
Choose a secure password   View Summary
21 June 2012
Reduce the risk of having your UniKey account compromised by choosing a secure password.
Updates to brand style guidelines   View Summary
14 June 2012
Find out about new templates and other updates.
New performance planning and development framework proposed   View Summary
7 June 2012
The University has published a revised performance management and development policy for comment.
Find out about changes to superannuation   View Summary
7 June 2012
Will you be impacted by the changes to concessional tax arrangements for superannuation that were announced in the recent federal budget?
Scam emails    View Summary
7 June 2012
Emails asking you to 'reset' your UniKey passwords or 'validate' UniKey or email accounts are fake - please do not respond or click on links contained in these messages.
May 2012
Improved position description template   View Summary
31 May 2012
Human Resources (HR) has made changes to the University's position description template.
Change to pay close-off date    View Summary
31 May 2012
Due to the Queen's Birthday public holiday on Monday 11 June, the close-off for the pay period ending on Thursday 14 June has been brought forward.
How does salary packaging work?    View Summary
31 May 2012
Find out more about salary packaging by attending a workshop presented by SmartSalary, the company that administers salary packaging for the University.
Updated University code of conduct    View Summary
31 May 2012
The Code of Conduct (staff and affiliates) has been amended - please note that the new version is now available online.
Online enrolment pilot in Semester Two, 2012   View Summary
28 May 2012
The University has successfully gone live with the software required for an online enrolment pilot in Semester Two.
Making Campus Assist Online work for you   View Summary
17 May 2012
Improvements have been made to Campus Assist online to help streamline the system of logging and managing service requests.
Changes to work health and safety laws    View Summary
17 May 2012
New work health and safety laws introduced in New South Wales this year affect anybody who undertakes work for the University, as well as students and visitors.
Access MRI scanning for research purposes   View Summary
10 May 2012
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility has been established at the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) to service the University and wider research communities.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor: Final Change Plan   View Summary
4 May 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives an update on the Final Change Plan.
Learn about superannuation    View Summary
3 May 2012
Keep up-to-date with changes and improve your understanding of various aspects of your superannuation - attend a free UniSuper seminar on campus.
April 2012
Latest version of Microsoft Office now available   View Summary
26 April 2012
Microsoft Office 2010 is now standard for all new computers and available to download by visiting the Ask Sydney - ICT website.
Reduce your taxable income   View Summary
19 April 2012
Attend a salary packaging workshop to find out about the range of benefits you can include in your remuneration package in order to save tax dollars.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise Bargaining - Notice of Employee Representational Rights   View Summary
16 April 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence encourages staff to get involved in the next round of enterprise bargaining.
Business and professional ethics report   View Summary
12 April 2012
The Business and Professional Ethics Group within the University of Sydney Business School has released its 2010-11 report.
Educational video production services   View Summary
5 April 2012
Information and Communications Technology's ICT Audio Visual Services is now accepting proposals for educational video projects.
Improvements made to new email anti-spam system    View Summary
5 April 2012
Last week Information and Communications Technology (ICT) replaced the University's existing anti-spam system with Spam Manager.
March 2012
Scheduled maintenance on critical ICT systems   View Summary
29 March 2012
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will be performing scheduled maintenance to upgrade data centre storage systems between 8am and 5pm, Saturday 7 April.
Financial Services Newsletter   View Summary
29 March 2012
The March edition of the Financial Services Newsletter has been released.
A message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: Fair Work Australia hearing   View Summary
22 March 2012
A message from Acting Vice-Chancellor Stephen Garton regarding Fair Work Australia's ruling on the University's Final Change Plan.
Boost your pre-tax dollars    View Summary
15 March 2012
Learn about the benefits of salary packaging by attending a SmartSalary workshop.
New Director of Campus Infrastructure Services   View Summary
9 March 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence farewells Colin Rockliff and welcomes Greg Robinson.
2012 pay days and pay close-off dates    View Summary
8 March 2012
Find out when the fortnightly pay days are for 2012, as well as the deadlines for submission of payroll documentation.
Wi-fi just got easier    View Summary
8 March 2012
Connect to the new University wireless network 'UniSydney' and forget about having to use VPN!
Promotional car park rate    View Summary
1 March 2012
International House on Darlington Campus has five car park spots to offer to University staff.
February 2012
Supporting the student learning experience   View Summary
27 February 2012
A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar, Professor Derrick Armstrong, and the Chief Information Officer, Bruce Meikle, about supporting the student learning experience.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor: new name and academic director for the CODCD   View Summary
23 February 2012
A message from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about a new name and academic director for the centre formerly known as the Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
Temporary road closure: Regimental Drive   View Summary
23 February 2012
Regimental Drive on Camperdown Campus has been temporarily closed for approximately eight weeks to facilitate the demolition of the HK Ward Gymnasium building.
Final Change Plan: follow-up message   View Summary
20 February 2012
A follow-up message to staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about the Final Change Plan.
Final Change Plan   View Summary
17 February 2012
A message to staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about the publication of the Final Change Plan.
Minor disruptions during O-Week preparations   View Summary
16 February 2012
Preparations for the University of Sydney Union's (USU) O-Week may cause minor noise and parking disruptions in some areas on Camperdown Campus.
'SkyDrive' for students   View Summary
16 February 2012
SkyDrive is an online service provided by the University as a result of an arrangement with Microsoft. It enables students to create, upload, share and access files from a web browser.
Applications now open for learning and teaching awards   View Summary
13 February 2012
A message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar Professor Derrick Armstrong about how to apply for the 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching, as well as the national awards offered by the new Office for Learning and Teaching.
Campus cleanup: bulky waste collection   View Summary
10 February 2012
The bulky waste collection service is a free, easy way to get rid of office clutter.
Update on the University change proposal   View Summary
9 February 2012
A update to staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about the Formal Change Proposal.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor: TEQSA audit report   View Summary
7 February 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence writes to staff about the publication by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) of the final report of the 2011 audit of the University.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor: Formal Change Proposal   View Summary
3 February 2012
A message to staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about the publication of the Formal Change Proposal.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor: Formal Change Proposal   View Summary
3 February 2012
A message to staff from Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence about the publication of the Formal Change Proposal.
January 2012
Sending University emails to Hotmail accounts   View Summary
27 January 2012
Last week you may have experienced problems sending emails from your University email account to Hotmail accounts.
Change in University venue management    View Summary
27 January 2012
On Monday 30 January the management of casual University venue bookings will transfer from the University of Sydney Union (USU) Venue Collection to Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS).
24-hour student computer access now available at Wentworth Learning Hub   View Summary
27 January 2012
If you know of any students who need to access computing facilities after normal operating hours, 24-hour swipe card access is now available at the Wentworth Learning Hub.
Call for honorary award nominations    View Summary
20 January 2012
You are invited to submit nominations for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships. Those approved by Senate will normally be conferred in 2013.
Removal of two trees on Darlington Road    View Summary
20 January 2012
Please note that two 'Populus deltoides' trees on Darlington Road, Darlington Campus, were removed on Wednesday 18 January by the City of Sydney council.
Deadlines for major ARC and NHMRC funding schemes    View Summary
20 January 2012
The Australian Research Council (ARC) 'Discovery Projects' and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 'Project Grants' schemes for 2013 are now open.
ARC funding briefings for researchers   View Summary
12 January 2012
Research Support is conducting two briefings on Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for researchers in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and the creative arts.
Computers are available for students in access labs across campus.   View Summary
12 January 2012
Computers are available for students in access labs across campus.
NHMRC application updates    View Summary
12 January 2012
Applications for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowships close on Thursday 9 February. Application guidelines are also now available for the NHMRC Project Grant Scheme.
Deadline extension: expressions of interest for 2013-17 infrastructure projects   View Summary
12 January 2012
The deadline for expressions of interest in the 'Project Prioritisation Process' has been extended until Saturday 25 February.