Useful information and forms

Documents and resources

  • Safety Handbook (located under "School of Chemistry Resources").
  • Solutions Manual for "Foundations of Colloid Science (2nd Edition) by A/Prof Bob Hunter: [Chapter 1-5; Chapters 6-10 and Chapters 11-15]
  • "Francis Lions: A Memoir" by Jenny Hawkins. This book is available to School of Chemistry staff only. Please contact Anne Woods on x12755.

School forms

Useful information about the University

Faculty of Science and University intranet

In addition to the information below you may find the following sites very useful, it will require your unikey and login. The University has many services that can help you so please take the time to browse these sites.

Marketing and communications

The University of Sydney has a large and active marketing community which looks after advertising; brand; communications; media, networking, print publication, social media, strategy and websites. For example, if you need to download a university template please visit the Brand Style Guideline website. All other information can be found at the Marketing and Communications website.

You can download stationary and documents for: Letterheads, Memo, Email signature, PowerPoint presentations, Research posters and much more. Please visit the University Documents and Stationary page (unikey login required).

Work and Family

Facilities for parents around the Darlington/Camperdown campus are maintained by the University of Sydney and the University of Sydney Union and can be found here.

More information about work and families please visit:

Useful information about the School of Chemistry




Accommodation (requires unikey and login)

Alchemist Society

The Alchemists Society is a University of Sydney Union (USU) club that runs social events aimed at chemistry students (and anyone else interested). Social events include weekly drinks at Hermann's, occasional BBQs, and hopefully a trivia night or two. We would very much like to hear your ideas. AGMs are held each year in March.

Bicycle rack

Bicycles may be kept in the School’s Bicycle Rack which is located in the courtyard outside the main Store. If you require a key, please see Dimetra Skondras-Silva in the front office, to arrange a Bi-Lock key via Campus Assist. Bicycles must not be stored in corridors within the School or chained up outside the building where they could cause an obstruction.

Building repairs and maintenance

You should notify the Floor Manager of any building maintenance issues. “Building maintenance” means problems and breakdowns such as water leaks, dripping taps, faulty electrical switches, flickering or blown lights, door locks, air conditioning and fume cupboards. It also includes problems with cleaning services such as un-emptied bins, or doors left unlocked by cleaners. If you can’t find the Floor Manager, then you should speak to (in order): 1. another member of the service room; 2. another Floor Manager; 3. Ms Gemma Thompson.


The School of Chemistry has a twin-cab utility for the main purpose of transporting 200L drums of flammable solvents from the solvent depot across campus to the School of Chemistry store. When not being used for this, authorised users (members of staff or nominated students) may book and drive the vehicle for other business purposes.

Anyone wishing to use this ute must report to the Store Technical Officers to complete an Authorisation form. You will also have to present your current, valid drivers license (please bring a photocopy of it with you.) It is also necessary to book the car in advance by ringing the Store on 12739. Authorisation must be renewed annually.

Also, every time you want to book the ute, a condition of being given the keys is that you present your driver's licence to prove it is current.

All other aspects of conditions for driving the ute remain in place:

  • that due care is taken of the vehicle, all accidents or noted faults are reported to the Chemistry Store Technical Officers, and the fuel tank is filled when driving off campus.
  • Any infringement notices incurred while driving this vehicle will be issued to the person who had the ute booked at the time of the infringement, and thus be their personal responsibility to reconcile with the local authorities.

Should there be repeated occurrences of disregard for these guidelines, the Technical Officers or Laboratory Manager reserve the right to revoke the authority to drive the vehicle.

Chemical Inventory System

The School of Chemistry's On-line Chemical Inventory System including:

  • Carcingogen list
  • PACIA list
  • Chemical weapons convention
  • Poisons list
  • Master chemical record request form

can be found under the Safety Information page.


The ChemPortal is the internal gateway to The School of Chemistry Research Facilities and Workshops. It is specifically designed for staff and students of the School of Chemistry who require information about, and access to the extensive range of specialist services offered within the School.

You can use the ChemPortal to gain access to individual Facility and Workshop websites in order to:

  • Make a resource booking, such as booking time on a mass spectrometer or IR spectrometer
  • Submit and track a sample for analysis by Facility analysis services
  • Submit and track a job request to the Mechanical Workshop
  • Order some laboratory consumables such as NMR solvents and tubes
  • Complete and keep track of your training records
  • View the latest information about Facility resources and upcoming training opportunities
  • Gain access to a wealth of resource materials and technical information to help with your research and studies

These pages aim to answer many of the common questions that new staff and students have about accessing the Facilities and Workshops. Also available are the contact details for all of the Professional and Technical Staff responsible for managing the Facilities and Workshops.

The School of Chemistry Facilities and Workshops operate to complement all research and learning activities within the School, and we encourage any enquiries you may have regarding support for your ongoing projects.


The following information can be found on the School's Sharepoint (requires unikey and login): School committees (including memberships), agenda and minutes from the committee meetings and committee meeting dates. For more information about the various School committees, including who can attend, please speak to the Chemistry Administration Manager in room 206.

Common room

The School’s Common Room has kitchen facilities including a microwave, coffee maker, fridge and toaster. It can be found in Room 147 on Level 1 adjacent to the vending machines. As a courtesy to others, please keep this area clean after use. This Common Room is for the use of staff and research students of Chemistry only.

Please note that drinking water should only be obtained from the potable water supply. These locations are clearly labelled.

Computer matters

IT Support within the School

The School's IT officers are Jarek Popiolkiewicz (ext 13591) and Tuan La (ext 14418), and they can be contacted for School software and for assistance in computer hardware problems. They can be found in Room 318.

ICT Services

ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology. They can be found at


Computers and Tablets (include software downloads).
You will need your Unikey login and be at a University IP to download software. In addition, the School holds some licenses for chemistry specific software (eg Chemdraw).

Corporate cards

For information on University please visit the Corporate Cards website or see the Finance Manager in Room 243.

No chemical procurement is to be made on a corporate credit card. All chemicals are to be purchased either directly from the School of Chemistry Store, or using the University Purchase Order Request system. This is to ensure the School is aware of Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods being delivered to the School and can take precautionary action where appropriate.

Purchases made using a corporate credit card (e.g., books, computer, stationery needs, not available through your service room) do not use the University Purchase Order Request system. All deliveries (including personal packages) are received through the Chemistry Store. If you have raised an order using the corporate credit card, you need to notify the Store of this order and its expected delivery date. Send an email to with the details of the delivery and ETA. Also, to ensure your parcel is delivered expeditiously, you should notify your supplier of the following address: School of Chemistry Store, Lane off Fisher Road, Rear of the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney NSW 2006. Store hours for delivery: 0830 - 1600 hours. Attention: NAME OF RECIPIENT

All deliveries to the School will be opened by personnel in the Store. Should you have personal packages sent to the School and do not wish your parcel to be opened, please request your sender to mark the parcel as PERSONAL for you. The Store respects your right to personal confidentiality, but if they are not aware this is the case, then it is automatic in their process to identify all packages coming into the School that they open each package.


Local and interstate

The Main Store organises both local and interstate couriers. Please read all the information below before you contact the School's storeroom.


International shipments should be arranged directly by the person shipping the goods with an international shipping company eg, Fed-Ex, UPS, DHL, TNT, etc. In most, if not all cases, these companies will require a credit card to charge the job to. Most Research group supervisors will have a University issued credit card that can be used for this purpose. In the few cases where this is not available, the School's Finance team may be able to raise a PO request for the transaction. 

The Store can provide information, and in some cases, waybills for shipping but recommends that you contact the shipping company of your choice directly as each company will have slightly different requirements.

Safety Legislation
Legislation prohibits many substances from being couriered or posted in the mail. These include chemicals or research samples that are potentially explosive, highly flammable, radioactive, or are in some other way classed as dangerous or prohibited goods. These goods must not be sent in the mail and transport by an appropriate courier is required. In all cases, the sender is responsible for assessing the hazards associated with chemicals or research samples. Advice on the classification of substances may be obtained from the Safety Committee if required.

Chemicals or research samples that are not classed as dangerous or prohibited goods may be posted or couriered nationally or internationally. It is the responsibility of the sender to sign and attach a “no dangerous goods” declaration to the parcel before it is posted. Declarations for national postage are pre-printed on Australia Post parcels available at the Post Office. Customs declarations for national postage are also available from the Post Office. In addition to the customs declaration, a Safety Data Sheet must also accompany all shipments.

Useful information on how to organize a courier
It is the practice of the Store to call a job in as soon as possible after they have received it. Additional packages cannot be added once a job is called in, that will have to be called in separately and may not go at the same time. It also costs more because you will pay a "Flag Fall" fee for each job. Please be aware that there is only one pickup per day.
If you wish to send a parcel by courier these steps should be followed:

    1. Ensure that it is packed to withstand the rigours of the journey. A good rule of thumb is to pack it so that it will survive a fall from two metres. A document listing any chemicals should be packed inside the parcel along with MSDS if available.
    2. Label your parcel with the Recipient's details; Name and physical address (no PO Box numbers or similar) using the largest possible label and font. Your name and address should be in smaller print and preferably on the back or side of the parcel. You will need to know which Account is to be charged but this does not need be on the parcel.
    3. Bring your parcel to the Store for checking and lodgment. Jobs called in after 11:00 am are unlikely to be collected that day unless the MUCH more expensive Same Day or Overnight services are requested.
Data projectors

The School has two data projectors for use by research groups that are kept in the Front Office. As these are heavily used, it is essential that you book them in advance through Dimetra in the Front Office. Please ensure that you return them immediately to the Front Office after use.


All people (whether students of the School of Chemistry, other Schools or Departments within Sydney University or external personnel) who will be undertaking casual demonstrating work within the School of Chemistry must do so under the terms of a Contract of Employment, which must be signed by the Head of School and the casual staff member BEFORE the work specified can commence. The Contract sets out the terms and conditions of employment offered, and is accompanied by a Casual Appointment form, the relevant sections of which must be completed by the casual staff member.

New demonstrators who have never worked at the University of Sydney before must also submit the following:

  • A completed Tax File Declaration form, (blank forms are available from the News Agencies in the Wentworth and Holme Buildings)
  • A completed Bank Account form. These forms can be found here under either (2) Casual staff employment (academics) or (3) Casual staff employment (general staff).
  • Photo ID (Passport or Drivers’ Licence)
  • Proof of citizenship/residency/visa (Passport or birth certificate)

Demonstrators must submit their signed contract, completed Appointment Form and if required, the items listed above, to the Front Office before they commence demonstrating. They will be provided with a signed copy of the contract for their records if requested. A second copy will be held by the School and the original will be sent to the University central pay office.

To be paid for demonstrating, casual demonstrators must complete online claim forms and complete the relevant sections in the Demonstrator’s Log Books. (Log books are held at designated locations in the Teaching Labs). Lab books MUST be signed by the relevant laboratory director (or authorised proxy) for payment to be processed. Payment for demonstrating cannot be claimed in advance. Claim forms can only be submitted for work that has already been completed.

Claim forms are completed and submitted online and training will be provided (training times will be notified by email). Once your casual contract has been processed by Human Resources, you will be sent in the mail your Unikey login name and password which are needed so you can log on to myHRonline which is the system you use to submit your claim forms. You can also view your pay slip there.

The deadline for submitting online claims is 5pm the Thursday before pay day. Forms submitted late will not be processed, and payment will not be received until the following pay period.

All queries about casual academic pay claims should be addressed to the School's Student Administration Manager ( in the first instance. Depending on the situation, she may refer you to specific personnel at the University central pay office.


You will automatically receive a university email and Unikey account as soon as your documents have been processed by Postgraduate students will continue to use their student email account, or can request for a "@sydney" exchange account. Honours students will continue to use their student email account. The School has a generic email account called "", this email reaches all current staff and students in the School of Chemistry. An "Email Distribution List" can be downloaded here. Please see Dimetra Skondras-Silva if you experience any problems.

It is important that all staff and students read the "Policy on the use of University information and communication technology resources (ICT resources)".

Email distribution list:

To obtain a copy the School's email distribution list (includes "academics"; "All staff and students" etc) please contact Dimetra Skondras-Silva.

Exit procedures

On completion of your work in the School, there are a number of procedures that you need to follow and these will be set out in an “Exit Form” that will be posted/emailed to you. Procedures include such things as returning all keys, lab books and equipment. Swipe card access for staff will cease immediately after the last day of employment. Access for Honours and postgraduate students will remain for four weeks following the submission date for the thesis. Staff and honours students will have their email accounts held open for two months from the last day of employment/thesis submission date. Postgraduate students will have their email accounts held open until they are sent their degree award letter by the Faculty. See School Forms at the top of this page to download an exit form.

Fax facility

The Fax Facility (9351 3329) is located in the Front office on Level 2. Instructions on how to use the fax machine are located above the fax. If you are unsure on how to use the fax machine please ask Dimetra for help.


HR forms can be found on the University Intranet site under Your Employment - Policies and Forms - HR Forms (requires unikey and login). School forms can be found at the top of this page.

Glassblowing services

The School has two glassblowing services. They are:-

MG Scientific Glassblowing (Newtown)

Contact: Peter Henry


Peter was part of the Optical Fibre Technology Centre, which was one of the world's pioneering specialty optical fibre facilities, and was one of the best fabricators. He is very good with glass and enjoys being involved with projects so he takes a strong interest in optimising designs. For further help please contact your service room.


The University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Instructions on glassblowing using UNSW are:-

Cost: $70/hour plus materials. Note that we can supply materials (e.g. cleaned cones/sockets from broken glassware for reuse) and these will be kept separate for USyd jobs. The UNSW glassblower (Grant Platt) will collect jobs from the USyd chemistry store when required. To find out when Grant will be visiting the School please consult your service room staff. If consultation is required, Grant will do this when he collects jobs, but for consultations of more than 30 min in length, time will be charged at the above rate. It is anticipated that the glassblower will spend approx 50% of this time on USyd jobs.

Billing: Will be processed directly by the School’s Finance Manager, so please provide an account code on the form that you submit to the service rooms.

Ordering: will be done through service rooms.

Jobs are to be logged by service room staff with a job number according to where they are submitted (e.g. a job from level 5 will be given a number 5-001) and each job will be invoiced separately. Contact details for the person placing the job and their supervisor must be included (email/telephone) on the form.

An electronic form is available to submit jobs. If no material is to be sent across to UNSW, then jobs can be submitted electronically directly to the glassblower (contact details are on the order form). Any jobs emailed to UNSW must be copied to Jeff Armstrong, so that invoicing is effective.

Jobs that require material to be sent to UNSW should be logged at the service room, then taken to the store for collection by the glassblower with a hard copy of the order form firmly attached.

Jobs estimated to cost less than $500 have been pre-approved. Jobs estimated to cost more than $500 will be quoted for, unless written pre-approval is given by the account holder (‘No quote required’ to be written on order form.)

Logistics: When the glassblower collects jobs, he will return any finished jobs. You will be notified by email when jobs are completed and can expect to collect them from the store on the following Monday afternoon. If a job is urgently required, we can arrange to collect it from UNSW as soon as it is complete – contact Gemma Thompson if urgent collection is required.

Note: Currently jobs with a diameter of more than 4 inches cannot be completed on UNSW equipment. These will need to be sent to the Test Tube Factory until UNSW equipment is repaired.

Please ensure that any glassware you send for repair has been correctly cleaned as outlined below and is free from solvent vapour.

  • Remove all chemical residues using appropriate solvents and/or acid/base. If there is any chemical residue that you cannot remove from the glassware, do not send it for repair.
  • Physically remove as much grease as possible by wiping with a tissue.
  • Hydrocarbon grease traces can be removed with petroleum spirit/hexane/light petroleum.
  • Silicone grease is more difficult to remove - the recommended procedure is to remove the bulk with dichloromethane, then soak in a bath of hot Alconox or Pyroneg (both cleaning agents available from Crown Scientific) and scrub. (This procedure may need to be repeated.)
  • If traces of silicone grease remain, any repair job is likely to have pinholes in the glass - the glassblower has provided a sample so you can see what this looks like and this can be found in the level 5 service room.
  • If you think there may be some silicone grease remaining on your joints it is not worth trying to recycle them.


Health service

The University Health Service provides a full range of health services for staff and students. They have branches in both the Wentworth Building, x13484 and the Holme Building, x14095 and are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm weekdays. There is also a dental surgery in the Wentworth Building, 9692 8900.

ICT services

Visit the ICT webpage for such services as: Ask ICT; Log a job; Get help; Using the University internet; Services updates, UniKey accounts; Remote assistance; IT services; Glossary of ICT terms and Mobile device transition. Please visit: here

ID chemistry cards

It is recommended that School ID cards be displayed by staff, unaccompanied visitors, Honours and postgrad students, at all times within the School of Chemistry.

The wearing of cards in any restricted space (Research laboratories, Service Rooms, and, the Store) is compulsory, as is the wearing of cards outside the hours of 7.30 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday. It is strongly recommended that staff and demonstrators wear their ID cards in the teaching labs as a means of identification.

Any person found in the building after hours or in restricted space and not displaying a School ID must be challenged as to their right to be there. A satisfactory response should see them directed to display their issued card, or be sent to the Front Office for the issue of a visitors or substitute card as appropriate. An unsatisfactory response should lead to the person being asked to leave and/or University Security being called. At no time should anyone attempt to physically apprehend an intruder.

Compliance and enforcement of the policy on wearing ID is to be the same as for other breaches of security policy within the School, ie loss of after-hours access as an initial step.

To organize your School ID card please see Dimetra Skondras-Silva in the Front Office.



IT officers

The School’s IT officers are Jarek Popiolkiewicz (ext 13591) and Tuan La (ext 14418), and they can be contacted for School software and for assistance in computer hardware problems. They can be found in Room 318. For more information please visit the ChemPortal.


All salaried staff are required to submit leave requests for annual and sick leave and this is done through the myHRonline website at

Your request for leave will be automatically sent to your supervisor for approval. You will be advised by email when your supervisor has processed your request. Please see the Administration Manager in Room 206 if you have any queries.

Full-time staff are entitled to 20 days annual leave per year, accrued on a pro-rata basis.

Lecture theatre | Room bookings

Dimetra Skondras-Silva handles lecture theatre/room bookings for the School. If you’d like to use a lecture theatre or one of the smaller tutorial rooms - Room 239, Room 356 or Room 418 (School Meeting Room) - then you must book the theatre/room through Dimetra by emailing her your requirements. Dimetra will then email you confirmation of your booking. Please note that the lecture theatres are not under Chemistry control and have to be booked through University Venues, so it is not possible to know immediately whether the particular lecture theatre is available. Sufficient notice must accordingly be given for all lecture theatre bookings. LT capacity: LT1=300; LT2=145; LT3=300; LT4=145. There is a University website you can visit to see current venue bookings and this should be checked to make sure a theatre is free at the time you want before emailing Dimetra. The url is:


The Chemistry Library forms part of the Scitech Library, which is located on the ground floor of the Jane Foss Russell Building, which is adjacent to the Wentworth Building. It contains a selection of recent chemistry journals, and chemistry related books and reference works, as well as access to electronic databases and journals. Staff and student may access electronic library resources directly from their office or laboratory. An initial source of information is the Library’s web page, and in particular your attention is drawn to “Databases and Electronic Resources” which has links to two very important sites (for databases) and (for electronic journals). The University of Sydney Library provides access for its staff and students to all the world’s premier databases and to over 30,000 electronic journals, and library staff in the Scitech Library or your colleagues in the Chemistry School are always willing to assist you in taking the greatest advantage of one of the University’s most valuable resources.

The University of Sydney Library is a network of libraries on all campuses of the University. Details of locations and opening hours can be found on the Library’s web site ( Information skills training is offered to staff and students. Different training sessions are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to the vast array of resources available in the collections, documents can be obtained for you from other sources. You should register for this document delivery service. Further information is available from the Library web site.

Morning tea

During Semester 1 and 2 there is a School morning tea at 10.30am before the Friday seminars outside Lecture theatres 3 and 4 foyer. All members of the School are welcome to attend.


See Purchasing.

Parking and traffic

The availability of parking at the University varies. Staff members are eligible to purchase a parking permit for the campuses at Camperdown and/or Darlington, Mallett Street and Cumberland. You may also be able to organise a parking permit for an important visitor or in special circumstances. For more information please visit:

Performance management and development review

All staff on probation, all full-time and part-time staff on continuing appointments and all staff on fixed-term contracts of a period greater than 12 months are required to undergo a Performance Management and Development (PM&D) assessment. This involves setting performance objectives for the forthcoming year and then undergoing an assessment of those objectives by a PM&D Reviewer at a future review meeting. Normally your supervisor will be your Reviewer. Performance objectives for the next year are also set at that meeting. Staff on probation undergo their review meeting at the end of their first 6 months. All staff are required to undergo an annual review.

Full information on the program including forms for academic and general staff can be found at Performance Planning and Development (PP&D).

Please note that all supervisors of staff are required to review their staff, and so will be required to undergo a training course. The training courses are organized by Learning Solutions:

Petty cash

Please see the Finance Assistants in room 243.

  1. Floor. See your Service Room.
  2. To use the copier on Level 2 (near the Front Office), you need an access code and PIN. To obtain these, you should see Dimetra Skondras-Silva in the Front Office.
  3. The Scitech Library, Fisher Library plus other departmental libraries. To obtain a photocopy swipe card for use in the University’s various libraries, you should see your supervisor who should have a card for use by the research group.
Poster printing and laminating

The School of Chemistry has the facility to print posters and to laminate them if required. The poster should be prepared as a Power Point slide in A4 page size (i.e. go to FILE then PAGE SETUP and choose the A4 paper (210 x 297) slide size). Do not attempt to customize the paper size. The printer software will enlarge the poster to A0 (841 x 1189 mm) which is the maximum size. Sizes range from A0, A1, A2, A3 etc. Posters can be emailed to Mr Tuan La at, but experience has shown that it is safer to bring them on a CD/DVD if you have the facility to do so. Tuan is located in room 318 and can be contacted on 9351 4418. Make sure you give an account code when you present the file for printing.

If you require posters at short notice, then Officeworks at 1 Ross Street Glebe can do A0 posters 7 days a week


Copies of the School of Chemistry Order form can be obtained from your Service Room; or Sharepoint (staff) and Blackboard (students). All requested information must be entered, including any delivery charges, as well as GST exclusive price and GST inclusive price. These forms, once completed and signed, should be given to Ms Lisa Wu in Room 243. All orders raised by students must have their supervisor’s written approval.

Orders whose value exceed $5,000 and all overseas orders are raised by external requisition through the Finance Manager and are then sent to the University Purchasing Office who issues them to suppliers. Orders whose value is $5,000 or less are raised and sent by the School. Please note orders $5,000 to $49,999 require two written quotes. $50,000 to $199,999 require three written quotes. For any orders over $200,000 a tender procedure should be followed, please refer to the purchasing policy from Purchase Order Procedures - Coverage.

Requisitions for the University Printing Service and Service Requisitions can be obtained from Shanthi Perera in room 243.

The University has Contracted Preferred Suppliers for some goods and services. Therefore you are advised to check the Purchase Order Procedures - Coverage or go straight to:

Specific goods and services acquired from an approved external supplier, included on the Preferred Supplier Schedule, are not subject to a quote or tender requirement. Preferred Suppliers should be used for the acquisition of specific goods and services where possible.
For information on University Corporate Cards please visit the following website or see Shanthi Perera in Room 243.

No chemical procurement is to be made on a corporate credit card. All chemicals are to be purchased either directly from the School of Chemistry Store, or using the University Purchase Order Request system. This is to ensure the School is aware of Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods being delivered to the School and can take precautionary action where appropriate.

Purchases made using a corporate credit card (e.g., books, computer, stationery needs, not available through your service room) do not use the University Purchase Order Request system. All deliveries (including personal packages) are received through the Chemistry Store. If you have raised an order using the corporate credit card, you need to notify the Store of this order and its expected delivery date. Send an email to with the details of the delivery and ETA. Also, to ensure your parcel is delivered expeditiously, you should notify your supplier of the following address: School of Chemistry Store, Lane off Fisher Road, Rear of the School of Chemistry,The University of Sydney NSW 2006, Store hours for delivery: 0830 - 1600 hours. Attention: NAME OF RECIPIENT

All deliveries to the School will be opened by personnel in the Store. Should you have personal packages sent to the School and do not wish your parcel to be opened, please request your sender to mark the parcel as PERSONAL for you. The Store respects your right to personal confidentiality, but if they are not aware this is the case, then it is automatic in their process to identify all packages coming into the School by opening each package.


The websites for the various research facilities contain full information, including charges, access, equipment available, etc). Your Service Room will be able to tell you about how to go about gaining access to these or visit the ChemPortal.

  • The University’s Research Office website: contains full information on funding opportunities, applying for grants, grant management, forms, ethics, research scholarships and research administration.

Research Grants

  • It is essential that the School maintains and develops its record of obtaining external grants. External grants are not only an important extra source of direct funding, but our success in grant applications has an important impact on extra funding that the School receives from performance indicators of research strength. The following points need to be considered in submitting applications.
  • Complete a School Grant Submission Checklist form available under School forms at the top of this page.
  • All applications for grants have to be signed by the Head of School prior to submitting to the Research Office. Please give your application together with the completed Grant Submission Checklist to Dimetra in the Front Office who will organise this.
  • In budgets, it is essential that you make allowances for maintenance and personnel costs associated with any of the facilities that you will be using.
  • It is important to note that the internal closing date for grants is sooner than the external closing dates (check Research Office Website). This needs to be taken into account in your time management for the submission of applications.
  • You must complete a Research Proposal Clearance Form (Research Office Website), which will accompany each application, and must be signed by the Head of School.
  • A copy of the front page of each application should be forwarded to Dimetra for the School files (or pages containing the applicant names and budget).
  • For further information on applying for and administering research grants visit:

Research Practices

  • All members of the School are required to ensure that ethical and safe research practices are followed in relation to research conducted within the School and when visiting other research facilities/institutions. A copy of the University policy in this area can be found in the Policy section of this Guide. It is essential that this policy is followed and that appropriate safety forms are completed before using new chemicals or procedures.

Research Publications

  • Publication and communication is the fundamental product of academic research and scholarship. Through publication your research and work is recognised as part of the body of knowledge of your discipline. Communicating your research maximises the audience and potential use of your work. The University Library in conjunction with the Research Portfolio, provides an overview of the publishing process, things to consider and important information you need to know. For more information on where to publish and what to consider; copyright and open access and the use of your research output please visit:
  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research requires that all authors sign off on a paper before it is submitted and both the ARC and the NHMRC require that this code be followed when publishing research arising from grants from these bodies. The University also requires that all research conducted here abides by this code. The form provides extensive background information. Although it is not mandatory to use this form when recording authorship and contribution details of a paper, it was developed by the Faculty of Science as an optional resource for researchers in the Faculty, but ultimately it is up to individuals to decide how to manage this issue. The “Authorship and Contribution Form” can be found at: The form provides extensive background information.

Higher Education Research Data Collection by the Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research (HERDC/DIISR)

  • Each year, the School is required to report to the University Research Office on the number of research publications produced the previous year. This information for the entire University is then collated and reported to Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research (DIISR). The Commonwealth Government then allocates funding to the University based on this data, which then comes to the School via the University’s funding formula. Each week Anne Woods downloads your research publications from the ISI Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciFinder and enters this information into the Research Office’s Integrated Research Management Application (IRMA) database. It is essential that she be notified of all your publications (books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers) since a significant portion of the School’s income is funded from this source. Please ensure that the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney appears on the byline of the publication in order that it will be accepted by Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research (DIISR) for calculating our publications contributions to the Institutional Block Grant (IBG) and Research Training Scheme (RTS) (and hence dollars to the School). For more information about the HERDC please visit
Safety matters


The School of Chemistry is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace and to eliminating conditions and incidents that could result in personal injury or ill health. The School Safety Committee consists of representatives from each floor, technical staff and postgraduate students; it meets monthly and is responsible for the formulation of procedures and work practices to ensure that the School's activities conform with relevant state and federal legislation and good, established practices including Australian Standards. Full details of these regulations are included in the School's Safety Handbook, which is available on the School homepage under Local and Safety Information page. All new members of staff and research students are required to read the Handbook; a quiz relating to the regulations and a Safety Declaration, along with an WHS induction check list which must then be completed and taken to nominated positions for signature.

The University has a statutory obligation to provide a safe working environment. Therefore, while the Safety Handbook outlines procedures relevant when working in the School of Chemistry, it is recognised sometimes our university business involves working from other buildings on campus (e.g., conducting lectures, using other laboratory facilities, attending meetings). It is the responsibility of the individual to be aware of emergency procedures in other buildings, especially in circumstances where you are responsible for the care of others.

If you have any questions regarding safety or would like to raise any safety issues, then you should first contact your Floor Safety Officer. A current list of School Safety Representatives can be found on the Local and Safety Information page.

WHS Induction Online

The Senate Safety and Risk Management Committee has mandated that all staff, affiliates, visitors* and research students are required to complete the University's Work Health & Safety (WHS) induction complete the WHS Induction Online (in addition to the more detailed safety training that we undertake locally). 

If you have already completed this training, no further action is required. All workers who have commenced since January 2012 should have completed this course as part of their commencement/ induction.

If you have not completed this training please make sure you do so.  WHS Induction Online is run through CareerPath. To access WHS Induction Online:

  1. Log into CareerPath.
  2. Hover over My Learning (in the banner at the top, immediately below the university logo) and select Browse for Training from the menu that appears.
  3. Click Work Health and Safety (second in the list).
  4. Click Work Health and Safety Induction (this may be anywhere in the list but if sorted in alphabetical order should be second-to-last) and then Launch.

CareerPath notes ‘This online induction package will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and will introduce you to the University’s health & safety management system.’

*Visitors who work at the Uni for short periods should complete the online WHS induction. They can self register like students.

School board

The School Board is set up under the by-laws of the University. It comprises all members of the academic teaching staff and the academic research-only staff. There are also representatives of each category of the general staff (administrative, service room, technical, and professional officers) as well as a representative of the undergraduate, Honours and postgraduate students. Any issues requiring general discussion in the School can be presented at these meetings. It meets twice each semester, and members will be emailed the agendas and minutes. See under "Committees" for links to memberships and meeting dates.

Security matters

It is essential that bags are not left unattended in public spaces in the School. Unattended baggage will be reported to Security.

Security cameras cover all the major entrances to the School and the Main Store.


There are two series of School research seminars held during the semester:

  • the "Flagship" School series held at 11:00 am on Wednesdays and 11:00am on Fridays, and
    a postgraduate/postdoctoral seminar series held on Mondays at 4:00 pm.

The School also holds many special seminars which are advertised in the School's Seminar Program.

The Sydney University Chemical Society lectures are also held once a month on Wednesdays from 5:00pm.

ALL seminars will be advertised in the School's weekly e-newsletter the Friday prior to the seminar and further reminder emails will be sent to you on the day. The full year's program is kept up-to-date on the School's seminar program website. This site can also be checked to see what seminar slots are still available for a seminar speaker. If you would like to book a speaker for a particular date, you should email your request to the Seminar Coordinators which are listed at the bottom of the seminar program page.

The School holds a morning tea during Semester 1 and 2 at 10.30am before the Friday seminars outside Lecture theatres 3 and 4 – all members of the School are welcome.

Separation procedures

See Exit Procedures.

Service rooms

In the laboratory wing on each floor (the southern end of the building) there is a Service Room, each supervised by a Floor Manager and support staff. This should be your first contact point for procuring chemicals or equipment, seeking safety information or reporting building maintenance problems.


This is the expense management system used by the University for Corporate card acquittals and authorization, online travel requisitions and all travel expense claims and approvals.

Online training for the University's expense management system can be found here. The online model, consists of a series of 20-minute modules. These modules are now available to staff through CareerPath to complete on-demand and self paced.

If you are a new cardholder, please submit your corporate card application to the Corporate Card Helpdesk. Once your application has been approved, you will be automatically enrolled in training and will receive an email notification from the helpdesk to advise you to complete it. Please note, all cardholders must complete training prior to receiving a corporate card.

Login: Spendvision.

Useful tips:

  • Once you have entered your expenses into Spendvision, including uploading your receipts, print out and sign the "cash expenses summary" form.
  • Attach original receipts and a copy of receipts to the "cash expenses summary" form and return to the School's Finance Manager, Ms Shanthi Perera.
  • If you are unsure of anything, in the first instance, please visit the Online training website. If you are still unsure on what to do, please contact Shanthi.
  • Short support videos are available to staff on a series of topics including coding corporate card transactions, cash claims, completing monthly statements, and creating travel requisitions.
Stationary and document templates

Stationery plays an integral role in communicating with external audiences, and some people’s first contact with the University could be through the receipt of a letter or With Compliments Slip. When people receive a letter or business card from the University, they should be able to understand where the person/sender sits within the University as well as their contact details. You can download stationary and documents for: Letterheads, Memo, Email signature, PowerPoint presentations, Research posters and much more. Please visit the University Documents and Stationary page (unikey login required).


The Chemistry School Store (requires your unikey and login) is situated on Level 1 at the South Western end of the School building. The Store holds the major stocks of acids, general chemicals and bulk solvents. Orders for items held in the Store can be made via the School’s website (go to the quick links menu and go down to Chemistry Store). The Store is also the delivery point for all items bought in on School accounts. It also arranges for local courier services. You must present your School ID card and be wearing appropriate protective clothing when collecting chemicals from the Store. See under Purchasing for requirements for delivery instructions for goods purchased on credit card. The School has an on-line chemical inventory system which can be found on the Safety Information page here.

Sydney University Chemical Society (SUCS)

The Sydney University Chemical Society has been in existence since 1929. The lecture topics cover all aspects of chemistry and related disciplines, and are aimed at a broad audience from undergraduates to senior academics, as well as professional chemists in the public and private sectors. Lectures are typically held on the second Wednesday of every month from February to November, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm with an informal get together/refreshments from 5.00 pm. Full details of their program for the year can be found here.

Telephones (also see Voicemail entry)

Emergencies: 0-000
Security: 13333
Switchboard: 9
External Line: 0
Report Phone Faults: 16000.

Full information on the University’s telephone system can be found at Or ask a question at Ask ICT (just type in a brief description of your query). This includes information on voicemail and on how to use your phone.




Divert your phone to voicemail

Lift handset
Press *21#
Replace handset

Press Call Divert button
light will come on

Cancel diversion to voicemail

Lift handset
Press #21#
Replace handset

Press Call Divert button -
light will go out

Divert your phone to another extension

Lift handset
Press *21*
Dial the extension number to which you are diverting
Press #
Replace handset

Press *21*
Dial the extension number to which you are diverting
Press #

Cancel diversion to another extension

Lift handset
Press #21#
Replace handset

Press #21#

Divert your phone to an external number

Lift handset
Press *22#
Press 0 (for an outside line), then dial the number to which you are diverting
Press #
Replace handset

Press *22#
Press 0 (for an outside line), then dial the number to which you are diverting
Press #

Cancel diversion to an external number

Lift handset
Press #22#
Replace handset

Press #22#

Transferring a call

Press Recall button
Wait for dialtone
Dial required extension number
Wait for answer
Replace handset

Press Inquiry button
Dial required extension number
Wait for answer
Press Transfer button

Return to call you are transferring if the other extension is busy

Press 2 after receiving busy tone

Press flashing light button on Access 1 or Access 2 after receiving busy tone

Automatic call back

Press 6 when you hear the busy tone.
A fast ring will indicate when the line is free.
Pickup handset, the extension number you are calling will ring automatically.
Cancel Callback - Lift receiver - Press #37#

Press Callback button - light will come on
Cancel Callback - Press #37#

Tone Sending
(if you have to enter numbers for a phone menu system, eg Phone banking)


Press 9 after the number answers. This will turn on your tone sender. "Tone Sender On" will appear on your screen


Toilets are located near the southern stairwell on each floor except Level 2.

Travel policies and procedures

For more information about the University Travel Policies and Procedures (including insurance) please visit, or see Shanthi Perera in Room 243.

Students who are travelling within Australia or overseas on University business, no matter for how short a period, must have that travel approved by the Head of School prior to leaving in order to be covered by the University’s Travel Insurance policy.

Once this form has been completed and signed by the student and supervisor, it should be dropped down to the Front Office for the Head of School’s signature. Once signed, a copy of the form will be placed on file and the original returned to the student. This form should be taken with students on their travels as should a copy of the University’s travel insurance advice, for those travelling overseas. This can be found at the following url:

Only travel that is required for the degree and that has been authorised by the Head of School will be covered.

The policy does NOT cover any associated holiday or personal travel. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange insurance for any such associated holiday / personal travel.

UniKey account

For information about your UniKey account please visit here.

Vending machines

Vending machines are located on Level 1.

Visitors to the school

All short-term visitors to the School must be directed to visit the Front Office where they are required to sign in and out of the Visitor’s Book, obtain a copy of the School’s emergency procedures and obtain a Visitor’s ID Card, which they should wear during their visit to the School. Please ensure that your visitors follow this procedure and that they sign out on their departure and return their ID card.


Instructions on how to use the University’s Voicemail system, please visit:

To Retrieve your Messages

Dial 17000
Enter your password (default for new extensions is 0000)
Press 1 to retrieve messages
Follow the instructions

To Change your Security Code

Lift receiver and dial 17000
Enter password
Press 3 to go to Phone Manager
Press 1 to go to Personal Options
Press 4 to change security code
Follow voice instructions

To Record a Personal Greeting

Lift receiver and dial 17000
Enter password
Press 3 to go to Phone Manager
Press 1 to go to Personal Options
Press 3 to change greeting
Follow voice instructions

To Access from an External Phone

Dial 9351 7000
You will be asked to enter your mailbox number (this is your extension number)
Enter your password
Press 1 to hear your messages
Follow the voice instructions

Helpful tips

During Message Playback

  • During message playback, or when message is finished press 00 to hear the time, date and extension number that left the message.
  • Press 3 to backup message by 5 seconds
  • Press 9 to advance message by 5 seconds
  • Press 7 to skip to next message
  • Press 6 to replay message

You can use the type ahead feature to move within the voicemail system. Simply press all the necessary keys in sequence without waiting for the voice prompts


Reset voicemail password to default
In order to reset the voicemail password on an extension to the default ('0000'), it is necessary to submit an online Work Request to the telecommunications contractors. This is available at:

You will need to log on using your Unikey details and complete a general service request. In the "Service Request Requsition" field, please ensure you specify:

  • That the Voicemail PIN needs to be reset
  • The phone number of the extension which needs to be reset
Weekly e-newsletter

The School produces a weekly e-newsletter which is distributed each Friday by email. It is designed to let you know "what's on" for the following week. If you are not already on the mailing list and would like to be, please contact Material you would like to include should be given to Dimetra Skondras-Silva in the Front Office by the preceding Wednesday. A full list of upcoming seminars can be found here.

Who's who

Staff roles and responsibilities can be found on the Who's Who page.

WHS induction online

See "Safety" section.


The School has both electronic and mechanical Workshops. The Service Rooms will explain how you can gain access to these. You should also see your Service Room concerning your glass-blowing needs. For more information please visit the School's ChemPortal.

If you are unsure of anything please do not hesitate to contact
the friendly admin team in room 207.