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Pilot plan to return international students

The University of Sydney will participate in a small pilot program to bring some international students back to NSW in late 2021.

The pilot program will initially welcome two flights of 250 students back to all universities in NSW in December 2021, followed by an evaluation before scaling to larger intakes in 2022.

Students who must undertake face-to-face learning to complete their degrees will be prioritised as part of this plan.

Students will be subject to eligibility requirements, including being fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine. Eligible students will be contacted directly.

The University has assured international students still overseas that remote and online learning options will continue to be provided for as long as needed, as well as a range of online support services, resources and events.

Check the University website for the latest information.

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Disclosing your disability: talking to your supervisors and your academic rights

Thursday 21 October at 5pm (Sydney time).

This peer-led discussion will explore tips and tools for HDR students on how to disclose your disability/s to your supervisory team and how to request academic adjustments. 1 in 5 Australians live with visible and non-visible disabilities that impact daily activities, studies, communication and mobility in various ways. Our panel will discuss their lived experience of disability as HDR students at Usyd, as well as the challenges and successes they have faced when navigating University administration and student services.

The panel discussion will be held via a zoom webinar with closed captioning. This webinar is open to all HDRs, prospective HDRs, and those in other supervisory settings.

Register now
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Deadline extended: SOTY nominations now open until Sunday 31 October

If your supervisor is just great, you should nominate them for an award! The deadline for nominations for SUPRA’s 2021 Supervisor of the Year Awards has been extended to Sunday 31 October.

The awards aim to promote, recognise and reward excellence in higher degree research supervision at the University of Sydney as nominated and judged by research postgraduates at the University. We honour supervisors of Masters research, PhD, and other doctoral candidates.

My supervisor is great!
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Book a Covid-19 vaccination!

Pfizer vaccine:

The University Health Service is offering Pfizer appointments for staff, students, and their spouses and dependants, aged 12 to 59. Only available to Medicare card holders, bring your staff ID to the appointment. Make a booking.

NSW Health is offering Pfizer vaccinations to people aged 16-59 in specific locations. Check eligibility and make a booking for:

AstraZeneca vaccine:

The University Health Service is offering appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine to Medicare card holders aged over 18. Call (02) 9351 3484 to make an appointment.

University, school, early childhood, TAFE NSW and VET staff can access the Homebush vaccination hub and regional hubs for AstraZeneca vaccines. You will need to take proof of employment (for example a recent payslip) to your appointment.

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Yoga for mental health

Monday 18 October at 3.30pm (Sydney time).

Join us for a yoga class for mental health. This class will incorporate relaxation techniques which bring more calm and positive states of mind and body. Practice powerful strategies in this class that allow you to feel more ease and enjoyment in the moment, while gently increasing physical strength, flexibility, and overall sense of wellbeing. Use this Zoom meeting link to join.

Fun Fact

It was common to pay your rent using eels in early medieval England. So common that 'at the time of the Great Survey in 1086 people living in England owed more than 500 000 eels in taxes each year to their landlords' according to the Eel-Rents Project by Dr John Wyatt Greenlee.

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Read our latest Grad Post: HDR Edition
In case you missed it, you can still read our latest HDR Edition of Grad Post.

Need advice on preparing for interviews or job applications?
Hear from recent graduates and recruiters at 'Management consulting in focus' a seminar with Bain & Co and McKinsey, presented by SUPRA, MMGT, SUBS and CEMS. Tuesday 12 October 7pm (Sydney time), register now.

Open letter to demand COVID-adjusted Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
SUPRA and SRC have drafted an open letter to the University to demand a COVID-adjusted WAM and academic empathy for students studying during the pandemic. Add your signature and follow the campaign.

First-year doctoral candidates are invited to participate in this research
A research project from University of Newcastle is exploring linguistic experiences of doctoral candidates in Australia. Find out more or participate.

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