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Meet your Student Life Committee representatives

What do you think is missing from student life? Do you have any great ideas to suggest to the Uni?

The University’s Student Life Committee (SLC) covers things such as your transition to uni and your connection to the Usyd postgrad community; physical and virtual spaces; safety; social activities; student support services like counselling; and overall student experience.

SUPRA wants to help improve your student experiences! We will take your feedback and suggestions to the SLC. Let us know your thoughts and ideas.

Gemma Lucy Smart:
Hi everyone! I'm Gemma Lucy Smart, a PhD student in the School of History and Philosophy of Science, focusing on psychiatry, neuroscience and mental health services. As a disabled student I am passionate about inclusivity, accessibility, and community, as well as student advocacy and representation for postgraduate students.
Yinfeng (Benny) Shen
Graduated from University of Sydney Business School, Benny is now pursuing his Master of International Management (CEMS). He is the current Education Officer of SUPRA and has an extensive experience working across key student organisations including SRC and USU and collaborating with University stakeholders. His continuous contribution was recognised in 2020 with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life) Outstanding Services award, and in 2021 with the Convocational Medal for Undergraduate Leadership. As the 2021–2022 Education Officer, he is committed to advocating for the whole postgraduate students’ cohorts, especially representing those from diverse and marginalised backgrounds.
Frances Wong

I am Frances Wong, a mature student in Master of International Law, focusing on humanity, sustainability, and D&B environment. I am honoured to be able to represent the interests of the postgrads, giving us a voice within the University and the wider community.

It’s time to wear PURPLE!

Friday 27 August is Wear it Purple Day. It’s a time to celebrate and support LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) young people.

This year's theme is Start the Conversation, focusing on the important and necessary conversations we have in our daily lives.

Join the University's Pride Network for an online panel discussion at 1–2pm (Sydney time) on Friday.

Funding support for researchers impacted by COVID

A new fund has been established to provide financial support for competitively awarded and commissioned research that has been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
Check the DVCR Support Fund page for details, including what projects will be considered, amounts of available funding, and how applications will be assessed.

Applications close 5pm Friday 10 September

Tax Talk with ATO for international students

Tuesday 31 August 2021
11am (Sydney time)

Tax Talk with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is an event for international students to help navigate tax time.

Find out everything you need to know about paying tax in Australia.

Tax Talk is held by Oz International Students Hub (OISH) and the Sydney Community Forum (SCF).

Register for the event.

SUPRA Supervisor of the Year Awards – nominations close soon!

Is your supervisor the best? This is your chance to reward their excellence! 

Faculty winners are judged by research postgrads, and winners announced at our awards night in November (we're being optimistic!).

Find out how to nominate your supervisor.

We're also looking for HDR students to be judges (you can't be a judge if you're also nominating a supervisor). Email: if you're interested.
Fun Fact
When does winter end? It depends on whether you observe astronomical or meteorological seasons. In the southern hemisphere, the winter solstice – when the sun's rays are weakest – is around 21 June. This is the astronomical beginning of winter, which lasts until the spring equinox, around 22 September! In Australia we tend to follow meteorological seasons, which are determined by the dates in the Gregorian calendar: winter starts on 1 June and ends on 31 August.

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Semester 2 remote delivery extended until 27 September
The Uni has extended remote delivery of Semester 2 until 27 September. Critical teaching activities that require an on-campus presence or in-person components (placements) can continue as planned, within existing approval arrangements and in a COVID-safe manner.

Contribute to the Libary COVID-19 records
The Library wants to collaborate with University staff and students to capture your university experience of COVID-19 and document this important piece of University of Sydney history. Find out how you can contribute to the archive.

Free financial abuse legal help
Financial abuse is a form of family and domestic violence that involves control, exploitation or sabotage of money, finances and economic resources. Redfern Legal Centre's Financial Abuse Service offers free legal information and advice.
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