The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals.
Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.
Earlier this year, as part of the ‘Who is Sydney?’ Competition, domestic and international students were asked to collaborate together on a short film that explored life as a student, in particular the cultural experiences of Sydney.
From a strong field of 18 diverse films, a judging panel of academics and students chose three top films:
First Place: ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ By Sota Maehara (Bachelor of Applied Science) and Martin Phabmixay (Bachelor of Commerce)
Second Place: ‘積分’ By Daniel Merson (Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts), Dandan Zhao (Master of International Law) and Fergus Martin (Bachelor of Political economics)
Third Place: ‘Homesick’, By Jiatong Wang (Master of Media Pratice), Wuruo Xu (Master of Media Pratice), and Xiangying Song (Master of Media Pratice)
These three films will be showcased at on the ThinkSpace digital wall from 2nd – 13th December 2019.
In June 2018 PhD student Daniel Howell was fortunate to work with Cambodian farmers as part of his Biology Honours year undertaking research linked to an ACIAR project “CamSID”.
The project explores the adoption of new technologies for
sustainable intensification and diversification (SID) in the lowland rice
system in north-west Cambodia, contributing to increased income for farmers and
stronger businesses that are more sustainable and resilient.
During Daniel’s studies and visit to Cambodia, one of the farmers
with whom Dan worked, Mr Wanta, fell ill just when Dan returned to Australia.
Mr Wanta passed away late July 2018 and in December 2018 Daniel and Rosanne
held a fundraising exhibition – HARVEST – for Mr Wanta’s family
as a celebration of Mr Wanta and his family’s generosity.
The current exhibition is a digital reoffering of the HARVEST exhibition. Images include sections of rice grown by Mr Wanta himself and photomicrographs derived from our own campus flora.
Daniel Howell is a PhD student within the School of Life and
Environmental Sciences. Dan’s research is based in the rice-growing regions of
northwest Cambodia where he is investigating potential cultural, chemical and
biological disease management strategies in a bid to reduce the negative
impacts of rice blast, a virulent pathogenic fungus.
Associate Professor Rosanne Quinnell has a research background in the biochemistry of symbiotic systems where the symbiotic relationships are sustained and maintained by effective communication between the partners. Rosanne currently remains active in biology research and also conducts research in education.
the HARVEST Exhibition at ThinkSpacefrom Monday
30 September – Friday 11 October 2019
Library’s ThinkSpace 16:3 aspect
digital wall – is a tool to enable creative teaching, learning and sharing in
our technology-driven, creative play-space.
would you use our digital wall for? We are looking for creative ways to use
this technology in teaching, learning and sharing. If you have an idea, reach
out to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Wear It Purple Day, 2019 the Library is proud to present Bending Sydney: Camp Ink 1970-77, a new exhibition featuring material from Rare Books & Special Collections. The exhibition runs from 30 August – 30 September in Fisher Library and on our ThinkSpace video wall.
We will be decorating service points and rolling out the purple carpet! Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environment for young members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The exhibition Bending
Sydney features material from CAMP Ink, which was the official publication
of Sydney’s first lesbian and gay political organisation Campaign Against Moral
Persecution. CAMP was co-founded in 1970 by John Ware and Christabel Poll to
create a “safe space” for homosexual women and men to come together to discuss
the issues of discrimination they were facing in Australia at the time.
A CAMP Inc branch was established on the campus of The
University of Sydney, and Rare Books & Special Collections now holds the
collection of the group’s historical publication which was published from 1970
– 1977. This exhibition highlights these publications, which was a vital outlet
for CAMP Inc.
The exhibition is curated by Library staff member Suzy Faiz. Suzy graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts in 2017. Her work explores painting’s critical relevance within contemporary art. It ostensibly concentrates on painting and collage and primarily exhibits abstract tendencies coupled with the occasional inclusion of figurative elements. Suzy’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally and is included in private collections in Australia and Austria.
“As a young queer person, this exhibition has been particularly close to my heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the history of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ activism, without which we would not have the freedoms to express ourselves today.”
ThinkSpace Exhibition: From 24th June until 5th July 2019
Life on the Margins is a photographic exhibition that documents the precariousness of life in the vast, desolate landscapes of Namibia, and the effects of drought on an already arid land.
Incorporating images captured on her recent overland
tour through that country, Antonia Mocatta presents a glimpse into existence in its truly harsh environments.
The images not only convey the splendour of the immense vistas, but a sense of
foreboding that with the onset of climate change, scenes such as these may
become all too familiar elsewhere in the world.
Join us for our Meet the Photographer Event
Come along and meet Antonia as she details stories of her travels through Namibia and talks about her photography process.