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October 2014
Travel safety and Ebola   View Summary
20 October 2014
The safety of our people, both staff and students, is important and we have an obligation to act in their best interests. Therefore, from today we strongly recommend that any travel requests to Ebola-affected areas in West Africa be denied.
Share your ideas for supporting SPARCs   View Summary
17 October 2014
Researchers from across the University are being encouraged to bring their ideas to the Strategic Priority AReas for Collaboration (SPARCs) advisory groups for initiatives to establish and build meaningful connections into each of the Health and Medical Research Review's proposed SPARCs.
Do you love reading, writing and chocolate?   View Summary
17 October 2014
We are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a unique University of Sydney Wikibomb event.
Five minutes with Amanda Salis   View Summary
15 October 2014
Announced as one of this year's AFR and Westpac 100 Women of Influence, Associate Professor Amanda Salis discusses the challenges of balancing career with family life, and her research goals at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Designing a distinctive education   View Summary
13 October 2014
October and November are full of opportunities to get involved in how we design and deliver a unique educational experience for our students.
Five minutes with Kate Jolliffe   View Summary
10 October 2014
Professor Kate Jolliffe, Head of School, School of Chemistry, discusses the highlights and challenges of her role, what it's like to be an Academic Board nominee, and who inspires her.
University continues to have highest media profile in Australia   View Summary
10 October 2014
This quarter the University once again earned the title of the highest media profile in Australia.
Australia Post email and Cryptolocker malware   View Summary
10 October 2014
On Thursday 9 October, some of the University's IT systems were again disrupted by the release of malware via what appears to be a legitimate email from Australia Post. This attack was almost identical in nature to the one we experienced two weeks ago.
Women at Sydney: new speakers announced   View Summary
10 October 2014
Two additional speakers have been confirmed for the Women at Sydney: share, connect, change symposium on Saturday 1 November 2014.
Five minutes with Richard Seymour   View Summary
7 October 2014
The Business School's Dr Richard Seymour tells how community engagement projects in remote and rural Australia are helping students find a new way of leading.
Around the world in 100 days   View Summary
7 October 2014
Congratulations to colleagues who walked, ran, cycled, swam and even 'zumba-d' their way around the world an equivalent of nine times in this year's Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Invitation to Women at Sydney: share, connect, change   View Summary
7 October 2014
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence invites staff to the 1 November symposium on the theme of Women at Sydney: share, connect, change
Research infrastructure at the core of sparking new collaborations   View Summary
3 October 2014
The appointment of Professor Simon Ringer as Academic Director for Core Research Facilities is a major step in the University's plans to provide new research and education opportunities through increased investment in cutting-edge core research infrastructure.
Have your say about the new Women's Career Acceleration and Leadership Strategy   View Summary
3 October 2014
To address how the University attracts, retains, supports and promotes female staff, Equity and Diversity are developing a new University of Sydney Women's Career Acceleration and Leadership Strategy.
myHRonline service outage postponed   View Summary
1 October 2014
The system upgrade for myHRonline has been postponed until further notice. The system will be operating as usual on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 October.
September 2014
Five minutes with Fiona Krautil   View Summary
26 September 2014
Fiona Krautil, Director of Equity and Diversity Strategy, discusses the new Women's Career Acceleration and Leadership Strategy and upcoming symposium, plus what she thinks about Emma Watson's recent speech at the UN.
A winning formula for maths education   View Summary
26 September 2014
Getting young students excited about maths can be a tough ask, but OLT citation recipient Dr Jennifer Way is proving that digital learning technologies are a vital part of the equation.
Message from the Provost: federal budget consultation   View Summary
26 September 2014
The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor invites staff to focus groups on Thursday 2 October to discuss the University's response to the federal budget.
Spring has sprung on campus   View Summary
26 September 2014
As the weather improves, it's a great chance to grab a coffee, have a walking meeting and check out the new installations and upgrades going on at your campus.
Guarding against malware and viruses   View Summary
25 September 2014
ICT provide an update on an email which appeared received by staff which appeared to be legitimately sent by Australia Post but which contained the Cryptolocker malware.
Divisional forums with Vice-Chancellor continue   View Summary
22 September 2014
At his latest town hall meeting with the academic divisions, Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence updated staff from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning on the higher education reforms proposed under the federal budget, and answered questions from attendees about what the changes might mean for the University.
Upgrades to Westmead Centre for Oral Health   View Summary
22 September 2014
Two recent major refurbishments at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health have opened up wide opportunities for the Faculty of Dentistry's research and teaching capacity.
University rises in QS World University Rankings   View Summary
22 September 2014
The University rose to 37th position in the 2014 QS World University Rankings, which were published last week.
Five minutes with Sarahjane Thompson   View Summary
19 September 2014
Sarahjane Thompson, Executive Assistant at the University's National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC), tells us about her experience of having a disability at work and why she's part of the new Disability at Work Network.
Login issue affecting key systems   View Summary
18 September 2014
On 18 September the University experienced a technical issue impacting users' ability to login to the staff intranet, the wireless network and services such as myHRonline and PeopleSoft.
From the Chancellor: Senate retreat update   View Summary
16 September 2014
Following my May message in Staff News about Senate's activity, I thought it might be of interest to update you on the Senate's annual retreat held at the end of August. This provided a valuable opportunity for Fellows of Senate to discuss the University's progress and future strategy with members of the senior executive group.
Beyond 1914: The University of Sydney and the Great War   View Summary
12 September 2014
The University launched an exciting new resource last week, providing an extensive, searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War.
Five minutes with Annette Cairnduff   View Summary
12 September 2014
Director of Social Inclusion Annette Cairnduff talks about Pave the Way and why she became a staff ambassador for the campaign.
Help Pave the Way   View Summary
12 September 2014
For the first-time, the University will undertake a 24-hour challenge to raise funds for two important causes - access to education and medical research. The challenge is called Pave the Way and will take place over a 24-hour period from 12am and 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 September 2014.
Temporary closure of Manning car park   View Summary
10 September 2014
There will be a partial closure at Manning car park (corner of Fisher Road and Manning Road) between Monday 15 September and Friday 19 September.
Have your say about the new Women's Career Acceleration and Leadership Strategy   View Summary
8 September 2014
The status and advancement of women at the University is an important area of focus and is a strategic priority in 2014. To address how the University attracts, retains and promotes the best and brightest female staff, Equity and Diversity are developing a new University of Sydney Women's Career Acceleration and Leadership Strategy.
Mapping out a bright future   View Summary
8 September 2014
Building apps, dissecting molluscs, investigating crime: these were just some of the activities on offer for more than 550 Year 8 students at last week's Compass Investig8 Uni.
Fixed line phone outage planned for 19 September   View Summary
8 September 2014
On Friday 19 September - starting at 8:00pm - a team of engineers from ICT and Telstra will migrate the University of Sydney's fixed telephone lines on the Camperdown/Darlington campuses.
Generous grant paves the way for prostate cancer research    View Summary
5 September 2014
The University recognises International Prostate Cancer Awareness month with the announcement of a generous gift from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Message from the Provost: federal budget consultation   View Summary
5 September 2014
The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor provides an update on plans for University community consultation on our response to the proposed federal budget changes.
Call for Academic Board nominees   View Summary
4 September 2014
The Academic Board and Sydney Recruitment are seeking academic staff at Level B or above to become Academic Board nominees.
Connecting research and education across disciplines   View Summary
4 September 2014
Since arriving at the University in June, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison has been working with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella to integrate education into the University's Health and Medical Research Strategy (HMR+).
Installation of bollards on Eastern Avenue   View Summary
4 September 2014
Bollards will be installed at the northern (Fisher Library) end of Eastern Avenue from Monday 8 September to prevent motor vehicles travelling on this high-volume pedestrian area during busy times.
Five minutes with Alex Chaves   View Summary
4 September 2014
Brazilian-born Associate Professor Alex Chaves has followed his passion for research around the world. He tells why he joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science and made Sydney his home.
Suspension of Optus mobile services: do you need to take action?   View Summary
2 September 2014
If you have a University-provided mobile service or device and did not provide your service details during the web-based audit or phone call follow-up, your Optus mobile service will be suspended on Monday 15 September 2014.
E12 scheme breaks down barriers   View Summary
1 September 2014
For student Rebecca Duke, the Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme did much more than facilitate the initial transition to university - it broke down social barriers once she got there.
Sounds of success for Charles Perkins Centre X-lab   View Summary
1 September 2014
The Charles Perkins Centre's X-lab has received an Audio Visual Industry Award (AVIA) in recognition of the 'best conceived, best executed, and most innovative audiovisual projects and installations in the education sector'.
Celebrating innovation in cancer research   View Summary
1 September 2014
Congratulations to two colleagues whose achievements have been recognised in the Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.
28,000 visitors pour in for Open Day   View Summary
1 September 2014
Thank you to the many staff who came to the University on Saturday to support Open Day 2014. Despite the patchy weather we welcomed an estimated 28,000 people to campus, offering prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students and their families a glimpse of life at Sydney.
August 2014
Tree replacements on Oval No. 1 and Eastern Avenue   View Summary
29 August 2014
The University has taken the difficult decision to remove seven Camphor laurel trees on the western side of Oval No. 1 due to safety considerations.
Five minutes with Yanping Zhang   View Summary
28 August 2014
The China Studies Centre's Yanping Zhang shares her recipe for bridging the cultural gap (and how to cook her famous Cantonese steamed fish).
Phishing email alert: reactivate your UniKey   View Summary
26 August 2014
A scam phishing email was sent to a large number of University staff on Monday 25 August.
New University grants for educational innovation   View Summary
25 August 2014
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison is delighted to announce that funding of approximately $500,000 is available in Semester Two, 2014 to support educational innovation projects in faculties.
Improving the student experience during recruitment and enrolment   View Summary
25 August 2014
The new Future Student Contact Centre that opened in early June has recently extended its capability to help new students during the online enrolment process.
Celebrating our Equity Fellows   View Summary
22 August 2014
Congratulations to eight colleagues from across the University who have been announced as the successful candidates for the 2015 Equity Fellowships.
Funding opportunities for healthy projects   View Summary
22 August 2014
Healthy Sydney University is looking to support healthy projects or initiatives led by University staff and students for 2015.
Outcomes from SEG, 14 August   View Summary
22 August 2014
Outcomes from the SEG meeting of 14 August
Ground-breaking research awarded ARC Laureate Fellowships   View Summary
22 August 2014
The outstanding research records of Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Professor Peter Robinson, both from the University's School of Physics, have been recognised with highly prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) fellowships.
New international winter school showcases University   View Summary
22 August 2014
The first History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Sydney Winter International Graduate School (SWIGS) welcomed 12 local and international graduate students to their inaugural program last week.
Five minutes with Helen Proctor   View Summary
21 August 2014
The Faculty of Education and Social Work's Dr Helen Proctor reflects on her path to academia and her hopes for the future of education.
ICT is maintaining email storage   View Summary
19 August 2014
To ensure the stability of email storage, ICT will be performing maintenance on certain storage systems on Saturday 23 August between 9am to 6pm.
Making a difference for people with diabetes   View Summary
18 August 2014
Staff from the Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed more than 200 alumni and guests at the sold-out 'Under the Scope: Dinner for Diabetes' on Friday night, highlighting the work of our leading researchers.
Library change process: update from the HR Director   View Summary
18 August 2014
An update from HR Director John Dixon on the Library change process.
From the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research): 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities results   View Summary
18 August 2014
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella provides an update on the results of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, where the University of Sydney went from 97 to just outside the top 100.
Five minutes with Marjo Niemela   View Summary
15 August 2014
The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Planning's Marjo Niemelä discusses the highlights and challenges of leading a culture change in the Design Modelling and Fabrication lab.
John Grill Centre welcomes first cohort of major project professionals   View Summary
14 August 2014
The John Grill Centre for Project Leadership last week welcomed the first cohort to its Executive Leadership in Major Projects program, signalling a new era in executive training at the University.
From the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor: invitation to meeting on higher education funding   View Summary
14 August 2014
An invitation from the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor to a meeting on higher education funding on 25 August 2014.
Working together to recruit the best students   View Summary
12 August 2014
Staff from Marketing and Communications (M&C) and Student Recruitment (SR) got together recently to hear about a new framework that has been developed to support the two PSUs as they work together to meet the University's student recruitment goals.
Campus Improvement Program update   View Summary
11 August 2014
Once approved, the Stage 1 Campus Improvement Program application will become the approved strategy under which the University can stage, design, and construct future buildings and infrastructure.
Milestone for the BMRI   View Summary
11 August 2014
The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) has opened a new national centre of research excellence, Optymise, which aims to deliver greatly enhanced care for young people with emerging depression or bipolar mood disorders.
Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences change proposal   View Summary
11 August 2014
The Division of Natural Sciences published a draft change proposal recently to address financial, organisational, curriculum and teaching issues in Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
New, mobile-friendly UniKey login page launching soon   View Summary
11 August 2014
On Sunday 24 August the University is updating the look and feel of the UniKey login page.
Helping create a Healthy Sydney University   View Summary
8 August 2014
Stakeholders from across the University have pulled up a seat at the table to support healthy food choices for students and staff on campus.
Five minutes with James Humberstone   View Summary
8 August 2014
As a busy composer, lecturer and father-of-three, Dr James Humberstone is always learning, but it is his passion for innovative teaching which has epitomised his first 18 months as a full-time lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Staff put students through their paces at research skills boot camp   View Summary
6 August 2014
Almost 50 Bachelor of Medical Science students took two days out of their holidays to develop and hone their research skills in the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.
ICT maintenance on wireless network: 8-10 Aug   View Summary
4 August 2014
ICT will be performing maintenance on the University's wireless network, beginning at 5pm on Friday 8 August and ending on Sunday 10 August.
Trumpeting the sustainability cause   View Summary
1 August 2014
Staff and students converged on the usually pristine lawns of the Quadrangle last week to get down and dirty and sort bags of garbage - all in the name of improving recycling at the University.
Positive psychology and the wellbeing of staff   View Summary
1 August 2014
To help build a safer and healthier working environment, Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) conduct a number of programs across the University to enhance the wellbeing of staff. One program is positive psychology - practical courses that give people the confidence to be responsible for their own wellbeing, and to know when and how to respond to workplace mental health and wellbeing issues.
HMR+ update: Implementation Plan endorsed   View Summary
1 August 2014
On 31 July the Health and Medical Research Strategy (HMR+) Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) endorsed a set of ambitious targets for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. This marked a significant milestone for the HMR+ program, moving from planning to implementation.
New University kinship resources launched   View Summary
1 August 2014
Last week the National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at the University of Sydney, a key part of the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu strategy, officially launched the Kinship on-line module as a teaching tool for students and a resource for anyone wanting to extend their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people in Australia.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: federal budget update   View Summary
1 August 2014
The Vice-Chancellor provides an update on the University's work on the higher education reforms proposed by the Australian Government in its budget
July 2014
The University in the media   View Summary
31 July 2014
The Media and PR team provide a summary of media activity for the year to date.
Power upgrades on Camperdown Campus   View Summary
30 July 2014
Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS) is undertaking a power upgrade to improve electrical infrastructure across Camperdown Campus on Friday 1 August to Sunday 3 August.
Five minutes with Xuan Luu   View Summary
30 July 2014
We speak with Xuan Luu, PhD candidate in the Disability and Community Faculty Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health.
Leadership forums with academic divisions start at Cumberland Campus   View Summary
28 July 2014
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Provost Professor Stephen Garton kicked-off their series of divisional staff forums with around 70 staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences on Thursday 24 July.
Transcript of DVC(E) staff forum: a Sydney education   View Summary
28 July 2014
A transcript of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Pip Pattison's presentation from the all-staff forum on 22 July 2014.
Five minutes with Jordi Austin   View Summary
25 July 2014
Five minutes with Jordi Austin, Director of Student Support Services and the elected Fellow of Senate representing professional staff.
DVC (Education) shares vision for a Sydney education   View Summary
25 July 2014
More than 300 staff welcomed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison to the University at last week's staff forum, where she set out her vision for a Sydney education.
ICT maintenance on wireless network   View Summary
23 July 2014
ICT will be performing maintenance on the University's wireless network on Saturday 26 July. This maintenance will improve the security of the University's wireless network.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: federal budget update   View Summary
22 July 2014
The Vice-Chancellor provides an update on the University's work on the higher education reforms proposed by the Australian Government in its budget.
Outcomes from SEG, 17 July   View Summary
22 July 2014
Outcomes from the SEG meeting of 17 July
DVC (Education) staff forum on 22 July moved to Charles Perkins Centre auditorium   View Summary
18 July 2014
The all-staff forum on Tuesday 22 July with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison forum will now be held at the auditorium at the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.
Action required: do you have a University-provided mobile device?    View Summary
18 July 2014
The University is changing the provider of its mobile and fixed-line telephone services from Optus to Telstra. Due to incomplete records in some areas of the University we need to conduct a web-based audit of the University's mobile services and devices to ensure a smooth transition.
Famous face gets a lift   View Summary
17 July 2014
National icon Chesty Bond is the latest celebrity to undergo a nip and tuck, with a painstaking procedure giving the old mural atop Sydney Nursing School a new lease on life.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Vice-Principal (Operations)   View Summary
17 July 2014
The Vice-Chancellor announces the appointment of the University's first Vice-Princpal (Operations).
Help new students find their way   View Summary
14 July 2014
To help make the University a more welcoming, supportive place for all students, Student Support Services is once again encouraging staff to wear an Ask Me badge in the lead up to Semester Two.
Major milestone on road to implementing Sydney Student   View Summary
10 July 2014
The latest enhancements to the Sydney Student administration service went live this week, completing the main components of our new single system to support the student lifecycle, from first enquiry through to graduation.
Faculties create central contact point for clinical education issues   View Summary
10 July 2014
The faculties of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Education and Social Work and Pharmacy, along with the School of Psychology and the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics from the Faculty of Science, have come together to support the establishment of an Office of Clinical Education.
Outcomes from SEG, 3 July   View Summary
7 July 2014
Outcomes from the SEG meeting of 3 July
Fighting fire with research   View Summary
3 July 2014
Associate Professor Simon Reay Atkinson and course tutor Aminah Wehbe turned their lecture theatre into a lab this semester, leading their students in a unique research project that looks into risk and resilience in the bushfire-prone Blue Mountains community.
Supporting research and education: academics and professional services working together   View Summary
3 July 2014
Implementation of the University's Health and Medical Research Review (HMR Review) reached a milestone in June with the final in a series of three workshops bringing together senior academics with leaders from professional service units (PSUs) to develop a framework to coordinate professional services supporting the University's strategic priority areas for collaboration, such as the Charles Perkins Centre.
Teaching grant success   View Summary
3 July 2014
Congratulations to colleagues from three faculties who were successful in the first round of 2014 grant funding from the federal government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).
Contact Centre opens for Student Recruitment   View Summary
2 July 2014
Last month Student Recruitment and Admissions (SR&A) opened a state-of-the-art Contact Centre in the Jane Foss Russell Building on Darlington Campus.
Superannuation changes from 1 July 2014   View Summary
1 July 2014
With the start of a new financial year, now is the ideal time to take a moment to review your super contribution arrangements and plan for the year ahead.
June 2014
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: federal budget update   View Summary
27 June 2014
The Vice-Chancellor provides an update on the University's work on the higher education reforms proposed by the Australian Government in its budget.
Everyone takes a different journey to the University   View Summary
26 June 2014
There are many paths to the University, with our doors open wide to welcome people from all backgrounds to contribute to our innovative and inclusive community.
Charles Perkins Centre enters first growth phase   View Summary
26 June 2014
As the second wave of researchers settles in to the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub this week, research is already underway in the state-of-the-art wet labs and students have just wrapped up their first semester of work.
Exploring community inclusion and participation through art   View Summary
18 June 2014
It's often said that art can be therapeutic. Occupational Therapy (OT) students from the Faculty of Health Sciences put this theory into practice recently, opening a special exhibition at Cumberland Campus featuring artworks created for the course.
Campus Assist Online: requesting building access cards, keys and security electronics   View Summary
17 June 2014
When raising service requests for building access cards, keys and security electronics through Campus Assist Online on the intranet, it is important all requests are submitted via the authorised signatory person for your area, department or faculty.
Game of Thrones tribute strikes a chord   View Summary
17 June 2014
She may not be a Game of Thrones fan, but Amy Johansen's rendition of the show's theme song on the University's carillon caused a social media sensation this week.
Colleagues celebrated in Queen's Birthday honours   View Summary
13 June 2014
Congratulations to colleagues who have been acknowledged for their influence on Australian society in the 2014 Queen's Birthday honours.
Change to approval of UniKey requests via self-service portal   View Summary
13 June 2014
To better manage the University's information security and meet NSW Government Audit requirements, ICT is making changes to the UniKey account creation process.
VC's update from SEG   View Summary
12 June 2014
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence provides an update on discussions and decisions at recent SEG meetings.
Vice-Chancellor and University leadership tackle bullying   View Summary
12 June 2014
The University's leadership has renewed its commitment to ensuring we provide a safe and secure place for all our staff and students.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: federal budget update   View Summary
12 June 2014
The Vice-Chancellor provides an update on our work on the higher education reforms proposed by the Australian Government in its budget.
Different strokes with CIS   View Summary
6 June 2014
The novice Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS) Lions rowing crew have stormed home to win silver at the Great Autumn Regatta on the weekend.
A big month for the Charles Perkins Centre   View Summary
6 June 2014
It's been an exciting month for University staff, students and donors as the Charles Perkins Centre celebrated a number of significant milestones, including the official opening for the research and education hub last night.
University welcomes new Director of Equity and Diversity Strategy   View Summary
5 June 2014
One of the country's leading diversity experts, Fiona Krautil, has joined the University to fill the newly established position of Director of Equity and Diversity Strategy.
Supporting students in the exam period   View Summary
3 June 2014
As Semester One of 2014 draws to a close and the University enters the exam period, students will appreciate your advice and support. Below are some answers to common questions to help you guide your students through their exams.
May 2014
Annual Report underlines importance of donors to research and teaching   View Summary
30 May 2014
The University's 2013 Annual Report has been published, providing an account of progress towards the objectives in our 2011-15 Strategic Plan, as well as an overview of our financial position and audited accounts.
Message from the Chancellor: update on Senate activities   View Summary
30 May 2014
Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM updates staff on outcomes and discussions from the first three Senate meetings of 2014.
Pharmacy lab gets a new-age remedy   View Summary
29 May 2014
The pharmacy dispensing lab has been transformed into a modern and interactive space that is preparing students for real-world pharmacy practice.
New analytical tool accelerates research on youth mental illness   View Summary
28 May 2014
The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) has partnered with a number of research bodies to develop an application that makes imaging, and neurological and electrophysiological data available digitally, and gives researchers a better understanding of mental illness.
Introducing our Staff Accessibility team   View Summary
27 May 2014
Sometimes starting a new role can be daunting, but for our two new colleagues who make up the Staff Accessibility team, joining the University earlier this year has brought unexpected delights.
Temporary road disruption on University Place for Vivid   View Summary
23 May 2014
Due to the upcoming Vivid Path to the Future festival, there will be temporary road disruption on University Place to the Quadrangle (A14) from 5pm Tuesday 27 May to Tuesday 3rd June.
Taking steps towards a healthier work life   View Summary
22 May 2014
Dr Lis Neubeck and her colleagues from the Sydney Nursing School are hitting the treadmill to check their emails.
STAR team on track for success   View Summary
21 May 2014
Congratulations to the Student Transition and Retention (STAR) team, who have received a Vice-Chancellor's award for an innovative support program that is keeping students engaged and enrolled at the University.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: update on the federal budget   View Summary
21 May 2014
The Vice-Chancellor updates staff on the University's response to last week's federal government budget.
Celebrating a new chapter at the Charles Perkins Centre open day   View Summary
15 May 2014
Thank you to colleagues from across the University who came together to celebrate the Charles Perkins Centre at the open day this week.
Power outage: Tuesday 13 May    View Summary
13 May 2014
University buildings affected by today's power outage include Burren St Building A (C37A), Bosch Building 1B (D05), the Bosch Glasshouse (D16), University Garage (H07), Darling Building (L03F), based along the Carillion Road areas.
Problems accessing Campus Assist Online following upgrade   View Summary
8 May 2014
Campus Assist Online has recently been upgraded. Some staff are experiencing issues when creating new service requests because of their internet browser configuration.
Update on library change proposal   View Summary
8 May 2014
Earlier this year, the University Library published a draft change proposal (DCP) as part of wider changes to provide library services more in tune with the needs of today's students and researchers.
Sydney Teaching Colloquium: is our assessment up to standard?   View Summary
7 May 2014
You are encouraged to submit a proposal for for this year's Sydney Teaching Colloquium which showcases your innovative assessment and feedback practices.
Upgrades to Cisco phone software   View Summary
6 May 2014
ICT will be upgrading the software on Cisco phones across the University from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 May.
Students and staff meet the royals   View Summary
2 May 2014
Students and staff from the Hoc Mai Foundation, Sydney Medical School, were lucky enough to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a royal reception at the invitation of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir.
Behind the scenes at TEDxSydney 2014   View Summary
1 May 2014
TEDxSydney 2014 took place last weekend and the University team was there to capture and enjoy the action as well as participate on stage.
In the classroom with Mark McEntee   View Summary
1 May 2014
VC teaching award-winner Dr Mark McEntee knows it can be hard to sit through a lecture, which is why he is always searching for ways to keep his own students engaged and excited - and awake.
Phishing email warning   View Summary
1 May 2014
There have been several occasions recently where hackers and scammers have sent fraudulent emails asking University staff and students to 'reset' their UniKey accounts or 're-validate' their email mailbox by clicking a link to an unauthorised website.
April 2014
Personal liability for copyright infringement   View Summary
29 April 2014
An important reminder to be careful about reusing content you find on websites - you could find yourself personally liable for the costs resulting from breach of copyright laws.
Scheduled outage: Campus Assist Online   View Summary
23 April 2014
Campus Assist Online is undergoing a major upgrade and will not be available between 6pm on Thursday 24 April and 8am on Monday 28 April.
Update from the Chief Information Officer   View Summary
17 April 2014
Chief Information Officer Bruce Meikle provides an update on the systems outages caused by hardware failure last week, as well as ICT's response to the large number of audiovisual support requests this year.
Australian Institute of Nanoscience update   View Summary
17 April 2014
Construction of the Australian Institute of Nanoscience is well underway behind the School of Physics. This project has huge potential for the University's work in this rapidly advancing and highly competitive sector, and for the wide application of that work in fields including computing, medicine, engineering, chemistry and others.
Free speech recognition software available to all staff   View Summary
16 April 2014
Have you always wanted to increase your productivity? Do you talk faster than you type? Dragon is a speech recognition software that allows you to control your computer hands-free, and it's available free to all University staff.
Phishing email warning   View Summary
16 April 2014
A large number of University staff members received a very realistic scam phishing email on Tuesday 15 April. The email had the subject line "Staff News Latest on ICT outages; updates from Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Student Program", and imitated the University's weekly Staff News e-newsletter.
Staff encouraged to apply for Equity Fellowships   View Summary
16 April 2014
Applications are now open for the University's 2015 Equity Fellowships, which support academic staff to achieve their full career potential.
University memories worth their weight in gold   View Summary
16 April 2014
Generations of alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more returned to the Great Hall last week in a celebration of their achievements and contribution to society.
Organising internet access for visitors and guests   View Summary
15 April 2014
Visitors to campus can use the University's guest wireless network to connect to the internet.
New Business School Dean   View Summary
14 April 2014
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence announces that Professor Greg Whitwell from UNSW has accepted our offer to become Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.
Taking research and teaching to another level   View Summary
10 April 2014
Students and teachers are already experiencing the benefits of open learning spaces and new technology at the Charles Perkins Centre this semester, but with research groups relocating to the hub from May, many more opportunities for innovation await.
Sydney Student Program update   View Summary
10 April 2014
Last week saw the completion of a major milestone for the Sydney Student Program (SSP). Release 2 was the next step in a broader program of work for 2014, and delivered a series of enhancements to the existing system.
Helping staff to make their name   View Summary
10 April 2014
Staff from across the University's faculties came together last week to learn about new ways of getting their research into the public domain, using developments such as social media and open access.
Major network outage   View Summary
10 April 2014
The University is suffering a hardware failure. This is affecting systems including outbound email, Sydney Student, the Learning Management System and lecture recording capabilities. Access to key services including myHRonline is also impacted.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar)   View Summary
3 April 2014
The Vice-Chancellor announces two important appointments to the University's leadership team. As, respectively, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), Professor Pip Pattison and Professor Tyrone Carlin will play significant roles in our efforts to deliver an outstanding education and overall university experience for our students.
March update from SEG   View Summary
3 April 2014
Read the Vice-Chancellor's update from SEG, listing some of the decisions and discussions at the two SEG meetings held in March.
Win tickets to TEDxSydney   View Summary
3 April 2014
The University is a proud supporter of some of Sydney's biggest and most popular cultural events and this year we continue our commitment to TEDxSydney. We're delighted to be partnering with the event for the second year in a row, and this year we're giving staff the opportunity to win tickets to the sold out TEDxSydney events on Saturday 26 April at Sydney Opera House.
Grooming tomorrow's brightest minds   View Summary
3 April 2014
He helped coin the term 'equitation science', is the University's Sub-Dean for Animal Welfare, and has recently been awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching grant for a nationwide project, yet Professor Paul McGreevy's career in veterinary science had humble beginnings.
March 2014
Message from Professor Shane Houston - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)   View Summary
27 March 2014
As we approach the second anniversary of Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu and as we set out into 2014, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the impressive engagement and effort across faculties and professional services units that has delivered an exciting 2013.
Yammer enhances work collaboration   View Summary
27 March 2014
Our staff Yammer network recently welcomed its 2000th member, showing how it has the potential to change the way we collaborate across campuses and work areas.
Vice-Chancellor sets out priorities for 2014   View Summary
27 March 2014
Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence presents his priorities for 2014 to staff.
Lights out on campus for Earth Hour 2014   View Summary
25 March 2014
The University will mark its commitment to the environment by switching off major lighting for Earth Hour from 8.30 to 9.30pm on Saturday 29 March.
ICT is addressing outstanding AV service disruptions   View Summary
25 March 2014
Over the past month ICT has received a large volume of service requests and incident reports for audio visual services in teaching and seminar rooms.
A sustaining passion   View Summary
20 March 2014
After seven years behind the scenes at major events such as Carols in the Domain, Homebake, Open Air Cinema and Sydney Festival, Ruth Friedmann is pursuing her passion for sustainability at the University's Darlington Centre.
Celebrating culture and diversity   View Summary
18 March 2014
Help celebrate the culture and diversity of various faiths at the University of Sydney Union's (USU's) annual Interfaith Week festival from 25 to 27 March.
Wireless microphones in lecture theatres may be unusable on Tuesday 18 March   View Summary
17 March 2014
The University's wireless microphones may experience interference when teaching staff use them on Tuesday 18 March.
Provost and University Librarian hold staff forum on change proposal   View Summary
6 March 2014
Around 30 staff from across the University attended a forum about the University Library draft change proposal last week with Provost Stephen Garton and University Librarian Anne Bell.
Invitation to Vice-Chancellor all-staff forum and updates from SEG   View Summary
6 March 2014
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence shares his latest update from the Senior Executive Group and invites you to join him at the next all-staff forum on Thursday 20 March 2014.
Event cancellation: Marion Scrymgour address on 7 March   View Summary
5 March 2014
The International Women's Day event on Friday 7 March has been cancelled due to the illness of the guest of honour and speaker, the Hon. Marion Scrymgour.
Students wowed by new X-lab in Charles Perkins Centre   View Summary
5 March 2014
More than 240 students were dazzled by the new laboratory teaching space (X-lab) in the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub this week in a two-hour biomedical science lesson.
February 2014
Celebrate International Women's Day   View Summary
27 February 2014
Join colleagues across the University to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future for International Women's Day.
Senate Fellows learn about University's work to combat brain and mind disorders   View Summary
27 February 2014
Several Fellows of Senate visited the Brain and Mind Research Institute earlier this month to see first-hand the work and impact of the institute's researchers.
Work gets underway on major student accommodation project   View Summary
27 February 2014
The University has commenced work to refurbish the Queen Mary Building, a milestone project that will provide much-needed affordable accommodation for around 800 international and domestic students.
Visit O-Week to make a healthy start to semester   View Summary
27 February 2014
Healthy Sydney University has been busy giving out positive health and wellbeing messages (and free apples!) at their O-Week stall on Eastern Avenue this week.
Repairs to natural gas supply on Camperdown Campus   View Summary
26 February 2014
Works has taken place to repair a damaged gas main in Grose Farm Lane, between the University Ovals on Camperdown Campus.
Find out the latest about the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review   View Summary
21 February 2014
Professor Michael Reid, a leader in Australian health care, will chair a high-level steering committee to guide our response to the recommendations of last year's Health and Medical Research Strategic Review (HMR).
Choose your own adventure at O-Week   View Summary
21 February 2014
With the start of semester only a matter of days away, O-Week directors Alistair Stevenson and John Fennel are busy putting the final touches on what will be the culmination of more than six months of wild brainstorming and detailed event planning.
For the sake of song and language   View Summary
20 February 2014
The songs and threatened languages of one of Australia's most prominent genres of Indigenous music, wangga, from Australia's Top End, have been presented in a new book published by researchers at PARADISEC (The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures).
Message from the Provost: AP&D update and 2014 cycle   View Summary
20 February 2014
Since we launched the new AP&D process in late 2012, we have received positive feedback about the core mentoring principle that underpins it: to help colleagues achieve their potential and professional goals through enabling meaningful, review conversations and identifying development opportunities.
Ask Me 2014: wear your badge with honour   View Summary
13 February 2014
Finding your way around the University can be a daunting task when you are a newcomer, perhaps even more so if you're a student running late for your first lecture (or trying to find the best coffee on campus).
Singapore bound under the New Colombo Plan   View Summary
13 February 2014
Twenty University of Sydney students have been selected to participate in an interdisciplinary field school to Singapore as part of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan, a major initiative to enhance knowledge of the Indo Pacific region, and strengthen our personal and institutional ties, through scholarship and internships.
Exploring greener avenues   View Summary
13 February 2014
You may have noticed some colourful developments along Eastern Avenue this week, with newly installed plant pots brightening up the walkway as the campus gets busier in the lead up to Semester One.
New lessons for the Charles Perkins Centre   View Summary
13 February 2014
The University's Charles Perkins Centre passed another major milestone last week when the state-of-the-art research and education hub opened its doors for teaching.
Outbound email disrupted   View Summary
11 February 2014
Email sent from University email systems to external addresses is currently being blocked and released in 15 minute intervals.
Reports of food poisoning on campus   View Summary
7 February 2014
There have been reports of food poisoning on campus as a result of food served by Cafe Azzuri, a tenant of the University of Sydney Union, located in Jane Foss Russell plaza (City Road level).
Message from Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs): Learning and Teaching Awards 2014   View Summary
6 February 2014
Applications are now open for the 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching and for nomination for the awards offered by the Office for Learning and Teaching.
Message from Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Library changes   View Summary
6 February 2014
Over the past 18 months the University Librarian, Anne Bell, has been talking with staff across all the library's sites about what it means to be a successful 21st-century research library. This week, the library has published a draft change proposal as part of wider changes to provide library services more in tune with the needs of today's students and researchers.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor: outcomes from first SEG meeting of 2014   View Summary
6 February 2014
Although it is still more than four weeks until the start of Semester One, the University is already well into its stride for 2014. Senate held its first meeting of the year earlier this week, and SEG met last Thursday. Such meetings provide useful opportunities to reflect on the previous year's achievements and to take them forward for the new year.
January 2014
Welcome to 2014 from the Chancellor   View Summary
31 January 2014
Almost one year on from her election, Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson thanks staff for their work and welcomes them to the new year.
What will our campus look like in 2020?   View Summary
31 January 2014
The recently released 2014-20 Campus Improvement Program outlines plans for a campus environment that meets the research, educational, recreational and cultural needs of the Camperdown-Darlington Campus and the University community.
Free parenting seminar   View Summary
30 January 2014
A free parenting day on Saturday 22 February, run by the Department of Family and Community Services, is offering the opportunity to learn strategies and skills to help to take the stress out of family life.
Smoothing the path to the Charles Perkins Centre, Chaplaincy Centre to move    View Summary
29 January 2014
As the University reaches the final stages of getting the Charles Perkins Centre hub ready for teaching and research, work is about to get underway to improve access to the new building.
Hidden treasures of the University   View Summary
24 January 2014
Evidence of our University's long history surrounds us in the form of buildings across our campuses, yet our surroundings still hold many secrets, as revealed in a recent SBS report.
EA implementation update: changes to 'scheduled days off' for professional staff   View Summary
23 January 2014
Under the new Enterprise Agreement, 'scheduled days off' for professional staff covered by the agreement have been replaced with 'flexible time off'.
Network maintenance scheduled 9am-5pm Saturday 25 January   View Summary
22 January 2014
There may be intermittent network interruptions throughout the day and you may experience instances when you cannot use systems such as University phones, the University website and email.
Around the grounds with Rachel Gale   View Summary
16 January 2014
Grounds Supervisor Rachel Gale, one of the new faces of our intranet home page, discusses the highlights of her role and what we can look forward to around our University campuses in 2014.
Fair Work Commission approves new Enterprise Agreement   View Summary
16 January 2014
We are pleased to let you know that the new Enterprise Agreement comes into effect today, following approval last week by the Fair Work Commission.
Giving students a head start   View Summary
10 January 2014
The University's Compass program is making significant inroads into helping students from disadvantaged or traditionally under-represented backgrounds through its E12 and Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu programs.
Staff Travelling Scholarships winners announced   View Summary
9 January 2014
Congratulations to Dr Sascha Jenkins, Gaylene Yuen, Mandy Nelson and David Scoppa, the successful applicants for the University's 2014 Professional Staff Travelling Scholarships.
Successful Info Day   View Summary
9 January 2014
While most University staff were taking a well-earned break over Christmas, the Student Recruitment and Admissions Group, as well as some key representatives across the University, were hard at work ensuring our university continues to attract the best students.