2013 News archive

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December 2013
Staff survey results   View Summary
13 December 2013
The results are in from the University-wide staff survey held in September, and the University is analysing the feedback.
Thank you and season's greetings   View Summary
13 December 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence thanked colleagues for their hard work and achievements in 2013 at the staff Christmas celebration.
How can we improve student wellbeing?   View Summary
11 December 2013
Enriching the student experience is at the heart of our strategic plan, encouraging the best possible engagement and support. The critical role played by staff in identifying and delivering the services that support wellbeing offers vital insights into the challenges and opportunities in supporting students.
Healthy people, healthy places, healthy policies   View Summary
11 December 2013
Colleagues joined Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence to celebrate one year of progress and achievements for Healthy Sydney University, which aims to implement strategies supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of the University community.
Sustainable Campus Initiative: switching off for Christmas closedown   View Summary
11 December 2013
To save energy and reduce our carbon emissions during the University closedown period Campus Infrastructure and Services will switch off the air-conditioning and lights in non-essential areas in a number of buildings across the Camperdown, Darlington and Mallet Street campuses.
University professor awarded Australia's biggest skeptic   View Summary
11 December 2013
Sydney School of Public Health researcher Professor Simon Chapman has been awarded Australian Skeptic of the Year at the annual Australian Skeptics Conference.
Mobile device audit starts this week   View Summary
9 December 2013
If you have a University-provided mobile device, you will this week receive an SMS directing you to update the information linked to your mobile device.
HR Service Centre new delivery model from 2 January 2014   View Summary
9 December 2013
A new HR Contact Centre will be available from 2 January 2014, and a team of HR Advice Consultants will be available to assist you with your HR enquiries.
Charles Perkins Centre building nears completion   View Summary
6 December 2013
Work on the Charles Perkins Centre building is progressing ahead of time and on budget, in preparation for opening in early 2014.
Volunteers pack Great Hall to help the homeless   View Summary
5 December 2013
More than 350 volunteers came together this week to help the Sydney Nursing School make a difference in the lives of Sydney's homeless.
November 2013
Ride2Uni mapping results are in   View Summary
28 November 2013
Results of a ride-mapping project show that University staff and students cycled as far as 40.7km to get to Camperdown Campus during the week of National Ride2Work Day.
Christmas closedown: changes to payroll close-off dates   View Summary
28 November 2013
As a result of the Christmas closedown, payroll close-off dates for the 12 and 26 December pay days have been brought forward.
Enterprise Agreement lodged with Fair Work Commission   View Summary
28 November 2013
On 28 November the University applied to the Fair Work Commission for approval of the proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
A long history with Myanmar   View Summary
27 November 2013
PhD student Yuri Takahashi will be singing at the Burmese community event in honour of Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi on Wednesday 27 November before the joint presentation of doctorates by the University of Sydney and UTS.
Vice-Chancellor outlines recent progress and responds to staff questions at town hall forum   View Summary
27 November 2013
The University has made impressive progress towards rediscovering what it means for so large and disparate an organisation to be a single university, Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence told staff at a packed town hall forum.
We join The Conversation   View Summary
21 November 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces that the University of Sydney has joined The Conversation as a member.
Staff ballot approves proposed Enterprise Agreement   View Summary
18 November 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces that the overwhelming majority of staff who voted in last week's ballot approved the University's proposed Enterprise Agreement.
Creating a sustainable University   View Summary
14 November 2013
This year the University has embarked on a number of environmental sustainability initiatives primarily aimed at improving energy efficiency, limiting our carbon emissions and ensuring our built environment is more sustainable.
Sharing expertise across borders   View Summary
14 November 2013
A senior lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, was a panel member at the 2013 Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, an annual forum bringing together the knowledge, expertise and skills of the Indian community in Australia and the Pacific.
From the Vice-Chancellor and NTEU Branch President: support the proposed Enterprise Agreement   View Summary
13 November 2013
In a joint message, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney and the Branch President of the NTEU encourage staff to approve the University's proposed Enterprise Agreement in a ballot.
New features and content on the intranet   View Summary
8 November 2013
It's now faster and easier to access the information and services you need, with the new favourites and classifieds features in the staff intranet.
Proposed Enterprise Agreement: notice of staff ballot   View Summary
5 November 2013
The Acting Director, Human Resources notifies staff of an upcoming ballot on the University's proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
Supporting students in the exam period   View Summary
4 November 2013
Here are some answers to common questions to help you guide your students through their exams.
October 2013
University steps up to Global Corporate Challenge   View Summary
31 October 2013
Congratulations to staff from across the University who made us the 3rd most active organisation in Australia in the education and training sector in the Global Corporate Challenge.
Fringe benefits tax (FBT) and Melbourne Cup/Christmas functions   View Summary
25 October 2013
Christmas and Melbourne Cup functions paid for by the University are subject to FBT.
NSW bushfires - access to emergency services leave   View Summary
24 October 2013
Staff responding to the NSW bushfire crisis as volunteer firefighters or who are involved with other authorised emergency management activities (such as State Emergency Service operations) are entitled to apply for Emergency Services Leave.
Extended Christmas closedown   View Summary
24 October 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence outlines the additional day of concessional leave offered in the proposed Enterprise Agreement.
Staff in the new SAM   View Summary
21 October 2013
The latest Sydney Alumni Magazine highlights just a few of our leading researchers and teachers.
NSW bushfires: support and resources for staff and students   View Summary
21 October 2013
Support is available for staff and students affected by recent bushfires in NSW, says Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.
Government policy must support research, says international university alliance   View Summary
16 October 2013
The University has expressed its strong support for a major collaboration by four of the world's leading university associations, including Australia's Group of Eight, which highlights the importance of a policy environment that supports the continual pursuit of research excellence.
Map your ride   View Summary
4 October 2013
On 16 October, get on your bike, ride to work, enjoy a free breakfast and help us make a map of everyone's journey.
Changes to University mobile device billing   View Summary
3 October 2013
In the coming months the University will be changing the way it provides and bills for mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets with SIM cards and mobile modems.
Sydney named by Times in top 100 universities in the world   View Summary
3 October 2013
The University of Sydney has again been included in the top 100 in the World University Rankings published on Thursday by Times Higher Education.
Teaching excellence   View Summary
3 October 2013
Congratulations to Associate Lecturer Danny Liu from the School of Biological Sciences who has received this year's University Co-operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award.
The John Grill Centre hosts inaugural roundtable dinner   View Summary
2 October 2013
The John Grill Centre hosted its inaugural roundtable dinner on 25 September 2013.
NTEU meeting supports proposed Enterprise Agreement   View Summary
1 October 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces that the NTEU has agreed to support the University's proposed Enterprise Agreement.
September 2013
Major industry recognition for University marketing    View Summary
13 September 2013
Our campaigns to engage the community, promote the MBA and attract the best postgraduate students have been recognised at this year's Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) NSW Awards for Marketing Excellence.
Students are the lifeblood of research   View Summary
5 September 2013
Professor Des Richardson from the Sydney Medical School has a potent anti-cancer drug on the cusp of commercialisation, a major career milestone for anyone working in the field of cancer research. Yet he believes teaching his PhD students is just as important a contribution to society.
Progress on the Administrative Services Program    View Summary
5 September 2013
Find out about recent progress on changing three important areas of our administrative services so they are as effective as possible in enhancing the student experience and supporting learning, research and teaching excellence across the University.
University research   View Summary
5 September 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence responds to a Liberal Party press release on university research funding.
Enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
2 September 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives an update on the negotiations with the unions over the proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
August 2013
New probation reminders for academic staff   View Summary
30 August 2013
If you are a new academic staff member, you will receive an automated email as you approach the mid-point and end of your probation period reminding you to arrange a review meeting with your supervisor.
Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations): Open Day   View Summary
29 August 2013
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Operations) Professor Tyrone Carlin provides more information about arrangements on Open Day, Saturday 31 August.
One year as executive director of the China Studies Centre   View Summary
29 August 2013
One year on from when he first started as the executive director of the China Studies Centre, Professor Kerry Brown believes the centre has increased its importance at the University and in the community.
Message from the HR Director: industrial action on Open Day, 31 August   View Summary
29 August 2013
HR Director Boyd Williams advises staff on notification processes for the industrial action on 31 August.
Great expectations   View Summary
22 August 2013
Earlier this month Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie spent three weeks at the University as part of the Wingara Mura Visiting Thinkers series. Watch a presentation about his findings and find out what he thinks is the key to achieving the targets in the Wingara Mura strategy.
Report to Workplace Gender Equality Agency   View Summary
22 August 2013
On 31 July 2013, the University lodged its annual public report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, in accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
Enterprise bargaining: the facts   View Summary
21 August 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence addresses flyers distributed by the NTEU at the 20 August industrial action.
Message from the HR Director: industrial action on 20 August   View Summary
16 August 2013
HR Director Boyd Williams advises staff on notification processes for the industrial action on 20 August.
All staff cards to be replaced: update your address details   View Summary
16 August 2013
The University will shortly replace all staff cards with new contactless smartcards.
Changes to ethics review process for external ethics approval   View Summary
16 August 2013
From mid-August, projects that have received approval from an external ethics committee registered with the NHMRC will not require additional approval from the University's ethics committee.
Further information on University's proposed EA   View Summary
15 August 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence provides further information on University's proposed EA.
Proposed enterprise agreement: pay and conditions that lead the Australian higher education sector   View Summary
15 August 2013
Information on the University of Sydney's enterprise bargaining offer.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Update on today's Enterprise Bargaining discussion   View Summary
13 August 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives an update on the negotiations with the unions over the proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
Doing things differently   View Summary
9 August 2013
Find out how the Disability Action Plan will enable researchers like Emma Carberry to better focus on her research and teaching.
Jeans for Genes Day fundraiser   View Summary
9 August 2013
Find out what inspired Peter McAndrew to organise a fundraising event for Jeans fo Genes Day.
Wireless printing available for learning hubs   View Summary
9 August 2013
Students and staff can now print documents straight from their laptops when connected to the University's wireless network.
New guidelines for non-discriminatory language   View Summary
9 August 2013
The University has published updated guidelines on how to use non-discriminatory language in communications and publications.
Wingara Mura: an update from Professor Shane Houston   View Summary
2 August 2013
It's just over a year since we launched our strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, research, participation and engagement. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston provides an update on the progress of the Wingara Mura strategy.
Rose Street and Boundary Lane closed   View Summary
1 August 2013
Effective Monday 12 August 2013, Rose Street and Boundary Lane on Darlington Campus will be permanently closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise bargaining   View Summary
1 August 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence responds to an email by NTEU on the enterprise bargaining negotiations.
July 2013
Update for members of state superannuation schemes   View Summary
30 July 2013
Director of Human Resources Boyd Williams writes to staff who may be affected or concerned by issues surrounding state superannuation schemes.
Welcome to Wingara Mura Visiting Thinker   View Summary
25 July 2013
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie from New Zealand's Massey University arrived at the University this week as the second Wingara Mura Visiting Thinker.
July update from the Charles Perkins Centre   View Summary
25 July 2013
News from the Charles Perkins Centre this month includes a spotlight on Kirsten McCaffery, the leader of the centre's project node on health literacy, the opening of applications for summer research scholarships and information on the occupancy model for the new building.
Interim arrangements for Education Portfolio   View Summary
25 July 2013
The Vice-Chancellor provides an update on reporting arrangements in the Education Portfolio following last week's announcement that Professor Derrick Armstrong has decided not to seek a renewal of his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar.
Changes to employer-sponsored visa programs   View Summary
25 July 2013
Read about the changes to the employer-sponsored 457 visa.
AV training videos now available online   View Summary
25 July 2013
Learn how to use the audiovisual systems and tools in University teaching venues.
Nanoscience future: Australian Institute for Nanoscience building work launched by Senator Kim Carr   View Summary
25 July 2013
Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education, launched building work for our new Australian Institute for Nanoscience this week.
Vice-Chancellor underlines opposition to minimum ATAR limits   View Summary
25 July 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence has reiterated that the University of Sydney has no plans to follow the University of NSW and set a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) across the board at this time.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)   View Summary
19 July 2013
Professor Derrick Armstrong has advised the Vice-Chancellor that he does not wish to seek renewal of his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) following the conclusion of his current appointment on 30 November 2013.
Reporting a privacy or security issue   View Summary
19 July 2013
The University has a number of security measures in place to ensure our information and systems are protected. In the rare event that a University system is breached or personal information inappropriately exposed, please notify the ICT helpdesk immediately.
Help new students find their way   View Summary
18 July 2013
We're asking staff to wear their 'Ask me' badges again from 22 July in the lead up to Semester Two. The badge signals to new students that they can approach you if they have any questions and you are willing to answer them, or at least point them in the right direction.
Payment summaries now available   View Summary
12 July 2013
Your annual payment summary is now available via myHRonline.
Rake on campus   View Summary
11 July 2013
The University's Molecular Bioscience Building found itself in the glare of TV lights last week when the ABC visited the Darlington Campus to shoot scenes for its hit legal drama Rake.
Accolades for history and pharmacy researchers   View Summary
11 July 2013
Professor Glenda Sluga from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship, and Associate Professor Parisa Aslani from the Faculty of Pharmacy has received a major award from the UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
On-campus access to Library electronic resources changing   View Summary
11 July 2013
From 17 July accessing electronic resources from computers on campus will require authentication via Unikey.
Updating the University phone book   View Summary
11 July 2013
We are improving the University's phone book over the coming months.
Global Corporate Challenge: halfway through   View Summary
10 July 2013
We are now halfway through the Global Corporate Challenge. See how far your colleagues have walked and which teams are currently in the lead.
Power supply interruption - risk of widespread network outages   View Summary
2 July 2013
The Camperdown Campus power supply will be shut down on 2 and 3 July, which could possibly cause some networks disruptions.
June 2013
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
28 June 2013
Find out about the University's position on the proposed terms for the new enterprise agreement
Kickstarting a love of learning for more students   View Summary
27 June 2013
Ten projects across the University have received a total of $320,000 to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to study at University and to support an inclusive and diverse learning environment.
Meet our staff: George Boutros   View Summary
19 June 2013
This week George Boutros a security guard at the University donated several copies of papyrus papers from his native Egypt to be used as part of the University museums school education program. In his former life, George was a tour guide in Egypt.
Update your disability details   View Summary
13 June 2013
The Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit encourages all staff members with a disability to update their personal details on myHRonline.
Changes to the Leasing Asset Management system   View Summary
13 June 2013
The University is upgrading its Leasing Asset Management system.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Health and Medical Research Strategic Review - next steps   View Summary
13 June 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces the next steps for implementing the recommendations of the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review.
Message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): University enterprise bargaining offer   View Summary
13 June 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the key issues discussed in latest enterprise bargaining meetings.
Meet our staff: Edyta Weber   View Summary
12 June 2013
Meet Edyta Weber, Human Resource Officer in HR. Edyta may look familiar to you because she features in the 'contacts and connections' section of the intranet. She took part in our March staff photo shoot along with many other staff members from a variety of divisions.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: media coverage re. staff survey   View Summary
11 June 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence responds to media coverage of the University's Voice survey to staff.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: staff engagement survey results and next phase    View Summary
7 June 2013
The Vice-Chancellor provides a high-level overview of the results from phase one of the staff engagement survey and an update on the next phase of the survey.
The changing nature of PhDs   View Summary
6 June 2013
As announced last June the University is providing PhD candidates with training to better prepare them for future employment.
Meet our staff: Svitlana Golego   View Summary
6 June 2013
Meet Svitlana Golego, Human Resource Officer in HR. Svitlana may look familiar to you because she was the 'face of the intranet' when it was first launched April. She took part in our March staff photo shoot along with many other staff members from a variety of divisions.
Message from the HR Director: notification process for staff taking industrial action on 5 June   View Summary
6 June 2013
Read the reminder email from the Director of HR about arrangements for the industrial action on Wednesday 5 June.
Copyright monitoring survey   View Summary
6 June 2013
The University is required to participate in a copyright monitoring survey from 15 July through to 6 October 2013 (12 weeks).
Information about audio-visual services has moved   View Summary
6 June 2013
Information about our audio-visual (AV) services can now be found on the staff intranet and Ask Sydney - ICT website.
Top ten news stories for May   View Summary
5 June 2013
Find out what the top ten most popular news stories on the University's website were for the month of May.
May 2013
2012 Annual Report published   View Summary
31 May 2013
The University's 2012 Annual Report has been tabled in the NSW Parliament and published on the University's website. The report is prepared in line with the University's reporting requirements under federal and NSW legislation and includes an account of progress during 2012 towards the objectives in the University's 2011-15 Strategic Plan. It also includes an overview of the University's financial position and the University's audited accounts.
Message from the HR Director: industrial action on 5 June   View Summary
31 May 2013
Director of Human Resources Boyd Williams outlines arrangements for the industrial action scheduled for Wednesday 5 June 2013.
Education the key for reconciliation   View Summary
30 May 2013
In his speech at the flag raising ceremony to kick off Reconciliation Week on Monday, Provost Professor Stephen Garton said, "Education is one of the greatest lynch pins for reconciliation."
Taking steps towards a healthier university   View Summary
29 May 2013

Staff at the University are moving towards healthier lifestyles one step at a time by participating in the Global Corporate Challenge.

Senate election results   View Summary
24 May 2013
The Secretary to Senate, Dr William Adams, has declared the Senate election results for the four academic staff fellows of senate and the one non-academic staff fellow of senate.
Reconciliation Week 2013   View Summary
24 May 2013
Get involved with some of the events at the University for Reconciliation Week 2013, which runs from 27 May to 3 June.
National Cyber Security Awareness Week: staying safe online   View Summary
23 May 2013
This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Here are some tips on how you can stay safe on the internet at work.
Meet our staff: Adrian Cuenca   View Summary
22 May 2013
Adrian Cuenca gives us a little insight into his work at the University and his interests outside of work.
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining negotiations   View Summary
20 May 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the key issues discussed in latest enterprise bargaining meetings.
Charles Perkins Centre - update   View Summary
17 May 2013
News from the Charles Perkins Centre this month includes the recent arrivals of nutritional ecologist Professor David Raubenheimer as the centre's first new chair, and Dr Ian Garthwaite, who will lead the development of the new labs in the centre's research and education hub.
The right to be different   View Summary
16 May 2013
Professor Tawara Goode, Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence from Georgetown University visited the University earlier this month as the first visitor of the Wingara Mura Visiting Thinkers series.
Success from failure   View Summary
16 May 2013
An unlikely source of inspiration ignited a love of chemistry in Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman. During high school he was dropped from the top chemistry class to the second top. This spurred him on to do better.
Animal ethics: changes to submission and pre-review deadlines   View Summary
16 May 2013
The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is changing its deadlines.
We're amongst the world's best   View Summary
13 May 2013
According to the QS World University Rankings we are eighth in the world in education, equal ninth in accounting and finance, and 10th in the world in law.
TEDxSydney: Emeritus Prof. Ron McCallum    View Summary
13 May 2013

Watch Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum's talk titled my insight into the blind reading revolution at this year's TEDxSydney event.

Congratulations to....   View Summary
13 May 2013
Professor Steve Simpson, the Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining negotiations   View Summary
13 May 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the key issues discussed in latest enterprise bargaining meetings.
Vale Ralph Panebianco   View Summary
10 May 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence pays tribute to popular University of Sydney figure Ralph Panebianco, who has passed away.
Message from the HR Director: industrial action on 14 May   View Summary
9 May 2013
Director of Human Resources Boyd Williams outlines arrangements for the industrial action scheduled for Tuesday 14 May 2013.
Workplace psychological health and wellbeing   View Summary
9 May 2013
The Injury Management Team are pleased to be expanding the think talk act training program.
Kat de Jong's scholarship changed her life   View Summary
7 May 2013
In 2010, Bachelor of Social Work research honours student Kat de Jong came down with a mixed connective tissue disease, forcing her to spend three months in hospital. Her study was put on hold and during this time she also tragically lost her father.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: public launch of major fundraising campaign   View Summary
6 May 2013
On Saturday 4 May the University publicly announced a major fundraising campaign that will play a critical role in securing our future among Australia's leading universities.
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
6 May 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the key issues discussed in latest enterprise bargaining meetings.
Government funding cuts   View Summary
2 May 2013
Find out how the University will be affected by the federal government's plans to cut around $2.5 billion from the tertiary sector.
Postgraduate information sessions   View Summary
2 May 2013
Are you interested in pursuing postgraduate studies? Attend a postgraduate information sessions for more information.
Our outstanding teachers   View Summary
2 May 2013
Congratulations to nine academics and teams who have been recognised for their outstanding teaching and contributions towards student learning.
Nominations are open for teaching awards   View Summary
2 May 2013
The Office for Learning and Teaching recognises teaching excellence through their awards scheme.
Your chance to improve our campus   View Summary
2 May 2013
The Campus Improvement Program is currently being developed and will serve as a framework for future site development and infrastructure opportunities between 2014 and 2020.
April 2013
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining negotiations   View Summary
30 April 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on recent enterprise agreement negotiations.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: ABC TV report about Honorary Professor Huang Jiefu   View Summary
29 April 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence discusses the University's position towards Honorary Professor Huang Jiefu.
Our top five news stories so far in 2013   View Summary
24 April 2013
The 9 April story about Professor Colin Clifford's research into people's perceptions of staring is now the most viewed news story ever on the University website. Find out what the other top stories on the University's website are so far this year.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: government funding cuts   View Summary
24 April 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence writes to staff about recently announced government funding cuts.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Dalai Lama visit   View Summary
23 April 2013
The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have agreed to host an on-campus lecture for students at the University in mid-June.
Capital Projects Prioritisation: deadline extended to 22 April   View Summary
18 April 2013
The Capital Project Prioritisation (CPP) process establishes the University's infrastructure priorities for coming years. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday 22 April.
Statement regarding the Dalai Lama   View Summary
17 April 2013
A statement from the Provost and Acting Vice-Chancellor Stephen Garton regarding the Dalai Lama.
Statement regarding the SRC's boycott of Technion   View Summary
17 April 2013
The University of Sydney responds to the Student Representative Council's motion to boycott Technion in Israel.
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management): enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
16 April 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the 11 April enterprise agreement negotiations.
More affordable MRI scanning   View Summary
12 April 2013
The Brain and Mind Research Institute is offering a new hourly rate for the use of its three-tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility.
State-of-the-art facility for collaborative design projects   View Summary
12 April 2013
A new facility offers faculty members from any discipline a room for collaborative course development projects at no cost.
Senate elections   View Summary
12 April 2013
Commencing on 23 April 2013 two ballots will be held to elect fellows of the Senate.
Charles Perkins Centre: an update   View Summary
11 April 2013
Staff were given a taste of things to come at the Charles Perkins Centre earlier this week when Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson provided an update to a full house in the New Law Building foyer.
Strengthening our China ties   View Summary
11 April 2013
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence attended the 2013 Bo'ao Forum in Hainan, China earlier this week.
Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: new staff intranet   View Summary
10 April 2013
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton announces the new staff intranet.
Message from DVC (Strategic Management): update on enterprise bargaining negotiations   View Summary
8 April 2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer provides an update on the enterprise agreement negotiations.
Free flu vaccinations   View Summary
4 April 2013
The University is offering free flu vaccinations to staff.
Wireless upgrade will remove role-based account Wi-Fi access   View Summary
4 April 2013
The upcoming wireless upgrade will remove old networks and result in no Wi-Fi access for role-based accounts from Monday 8 April.
March 2013
Message from the Vice-Chancellor   View Summary
28 March 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence wishes staff a pleasant Easter long weekend.
Photocopying and copyright infringement   View Summary
28 March 2013
There have been reports of student advertising photocopies of textbooks for sale. This kind of copying may breach copyright laws.
Wireless upgrade: reconnect your device from 8 April   View Summary
28 March 2013
Wireless networks will be unavailable on Sunday 7 April and staff will need to reconnect devices on 8 April.
Parking permits: action required for renewal   View Summary
28 March 2013
University-issued parking permits need to be renewed annually, even if they are automatically deducted from your salary.
Message from the Provost: some facts about casualisation and student-staff ratios   View Summary
26 March 2013
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton responds to the NTEU's statements on casualisation and student-staff ratios.
Message from the Director, Human Resources: industrial action on 26 and 27 March   View Summary
22 March 2013
HR Director Boyd Williams outlines the operational requirements for the industrial action scheduled for on 26 and 27 March 2013.
Message from the Provost: enterprise bargaining negotiations   View Summary
22 March 2013
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton gives an update on the 2013 enterprise bargaining.
Safety training: working with chemicals   View Summary
21 March 2013
All staff and research students working with chemicals are required to complete chemical safety training.
Building emergency procedures   View Summary
21 March 2013
All schools and administrative units need to comply with the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) procedures.
Welcome to Country   View Summary
21 March 2013
A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land given by an elder or person of that land and is generally given at formal occasions where esteemed guests are present.
Our women leaders   View Summary
13 March 2013
To mark International Women's Day, two of the University's most senior staff provided an insight into how organisations can support more women to become leaders.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: leadership of Sydney Student   View Summary
13 March 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces some changes to the leadership of the Sydney Student program.
Message from the HR Director: industrial action on 7 March; your response required   View Summary
8 March 2013
HR Director Boyd Williams asks staff members to fill in a form regarding the industrial action on 7 March 2013.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: new networking initiative for academic women   View Summary
8 March 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence launches a new initiative for female staff members on International Women's Day.
Heritage on our doorstep: have your say on our heritage policy   View Summary
7 March 2013
From its establishment in the 1850s until the present day, the University of Sydney has a tradition of preserving its building heritage.
New staff recruitment website   View Summary
7 March 2013
We have developed a new recruitment website to better support the University's efforts to attract and engage high-quality staff.
Australia-Japan Foundation Grants available now   View Summary
7 March 2013
The Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program for 2013-14 is now open, providing seed funding for projects developing long-term links between Australia and Japan.
2013 academic year: Vice-Chancellor's staff message   View Summary
6 March 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence welcomes staff to the 2013 academic year and explains his priorities for the year ahead.
Get out of your chair!   View Summary
6 March 2013
The start of Semester One is a perfect time to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, helping you to feel better during the day and, potentially, improving your long-term health.
Message from the Director, Human Resources: industrial action on 7 March   View Summary
5 March 2013
HR Director Boyd Williams outlines the administrative arrangements for staff taking part in the industrial action on 7 March 2013.
Message from the Provost: Enterprise bargaining   View Summary
1 March 2013
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton gives an update on the 2013 enterprise bargaining.
February 2013
Issues accessing University email on Apple devices - update   View Summary
28 February 2013
Apple have released a new update to fix issues experienced when trying to access your University email on your device.
Comment on our Disability Action Plan 2013-18   View Summary
28 February 2013
You are invited to provide comment on the University's draft Disability Action Plan 2013-18.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Intellectual Freedom   View Summary
21 February 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives an update on the progress of the enterprise bargaining.
University intranet update   View Summary
21 February 2013
More volunteers are needed for testing to prepare for the first release of the University intranet on 10 April.
Will the Sandy Hook massacre be America's Port Arthur?   View Summary
14 February 2013
Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers is helping US policymakers decide on the way forward on the issue of gun violence
New outbound anti-spam system   View Summary
14 February 2013
To improve the University's anti-spam system, the service that checks outbound email for spam will be changed to an external service provided by Symantec.
IT security: payment system compliance   View Summary
14 February 2013
As part of a program to enhance the security of the University's payment systems, scans of a number of databases, financial applications and shared drives are underway.
Access your University email from your iPhone?   View Summary
14 February 2013
To avoid performance issues when accessing your University email, ICT recommends you don't upgrade to the latest iOS update 6.1.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: enterprise bargaining update   View Summary
12 February 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gives an update on the progress of the enterprise bargaining, and responds to some points made by the NTEU.
Read our new Work Health and Safety policy   View Summary
7 February 2013
The new Work Health and Safety policy and procedures have been approved and are available on the Policy Register.
Marketing and Communications Change Proposal: update   View Summary
7 February 2013
The Marketing and Communications Formal Change Proposal was released on 4 February.
'Inactive plugin' error for Mac users using the CMS   View Summary
7 February 2013
Do you work closely with the University's content management system (CMS)?
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar: Learning and teaching awards 2013   View Summary
6 February 2013
Applications are now open for the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching and for the awards offered by the Federal Government's Office for Learning and Teaching.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: New Chancellor   View Summary
5 February 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence introduces the University's new chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson.
January 2013
Our lifesavers   View Summary
31 January 2013
Last month Campus Assist Coordinator, Ashley Miller was awarded a Royal Life Saving Commendation Award for performing first aid on an elderly man in June 2010.
Message from the Director of Human Resources: Australian Electoral Commission Notice   View Summary
29 January 2013
A notice from Director of Human Resources Boyd Williams.
What's new in 2013 for Student Support?   View Summary
10 January 2013
There have been several significant changes to Student Support Services, including the creation of the new Student Transition and Retention (STAR) team and Student Accommodation Services.
Sydney eLearning workshops   View Summary
10 January 2013
Sydney eLearning is running workshops to help staff become more familiar with the e-learning systems and how they can better support students.