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From the Dean

1 July 2019
Welcome to Issue 9 of Illuminate Alumni News
The first half of 2019 has been so busy that it is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year with the shortest day already behind us and the evenings just starting to lengthen again.

In March, we launched FutureFix, a suite of six flagship research themes that humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney will become known for over the next few years. The research themes were selected through a competitive process, and through collaboration with industry and community groups aim to design tomorrow’s solutions to issues of global importance. The six themes are; asset ownership and the new inequality, biohumanity, community-led research, global perspectives on economic policy, multispecies justice and researching the futures of technology use.

We celebrated our annual Alumni Awards in May and were proud to have Faculty of Arts and Social Science alumna Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz win the Professional Achievement award. Susan is a successful business woman and is currently CEO and Managing Director of Mirvac Property Group.

We continued our longstanding partnership with Sydney Writers Festival this year with more than 30 of our academics, researchers and graduates appearing alongside some of the world’s most exciting international writers and thinkers. I was lucky enough to host an in-conversation with Man Booker finalist Rachel Kushner, as a special edition of Sydney Ideas.

Our cultural collaborations continued with the 66th Sydney Film Festival in June. This year we highlighted the depth and breadth of our research through a series of short videos featuring talented academics from across the University.

We have curated another great season of Outside the Square for 2019 with two sell-out events already held on Phone Addiction and Public Art, which have been archived as podcasts. Up next we have: 

Tickets are still available and online here.

Out next Open Day is on 31 August so when you’re recommending the University of Sydney to your family and friends, let them know to register online here and they can experience campus life for a day. Discover why we are ranked 5th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability.

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We were thrilled to see four of our University academics awarded Australian Academy of Humanities grants—the most grants of this type awarded to any University in the country. This speaks to the strength and diversity of our research from Archaeology to Chinese studies.

Finally, congratulations to all those awarded Queen’s Birthday honours last month with an impressive 32 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumni included in the list.

Professor Annamarie Jagose
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences