Peerpod!

‘Peerpod’ is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.

Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

Listen to the podcast today!

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.

‘Who is Sydney?’ ThinkSpace Film Showcase

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:

Still from ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ , 2019

First Place: ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ By Sota Maehara (Bachelor of Applied Science) and Martin Phabmixay (Bachelor of Commerce)

Still from ‘積分’, 2019

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)

Still from ‘Homesick’, 2019

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.

Read more about the competition and see the winning films online.

Camden Research Computing Day, 30th October 2019

Library Peer Learning Advisors, together with Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH) present: Camden Research Computing Day, Wednesday October 30th 2019 at Camden Commons Library.

Join a range of workshops happening all day, covering everything stats & data:

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Stats Stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amStatistics 101 – How to analyse your data from beginning to endDetails
10:30-12:00pmExperimental Design and Power CalculationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmLinear Models in RDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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Data stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amEnhancing your research data management with eNotebooks and other University toolsDetails
10:30-12:00pmInfographics 101: Creating infographics for research communicationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmGetting started with data publishingDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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See more details & register for Camden Research Computing Day on the SIH website

A digital re-offering of HARVEST

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.

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Visit the HARVEST Exhibition at ThinkSpace from Monday 30 September – Friday 11 October 2019

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The 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.

What 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: thinkspace@sydney.edu.au

Purple Pride: Bending Sydney Exhibition

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.

Photograph from a CAMP Inc demonstration, 6 October 1971. Photograph by Phillip Potter.

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.

Covers of CAMP INK publications, on display in the ‘Bending Sydney’ Exhibition. Left Vol 2, No. 2/3, December 1971, January 1972. Right: Vol 4, No. 1, 1974

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.

Covers of CAMP INK publications, on display in the ‘Bending Sydney’ Exhibition.
Left: No. 38, 1976. Right: Vol. 5, No. 2, 1976

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.”

Suzy Faiz

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Explore the Bending Sydney Exhibition:

Fisher Library:, Level 4: Friday 30th August – Wednesday 16th October

ThinkSpace: Friday 30th August – Friday 13th September

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Life on the Margins

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.

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition

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.  

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition

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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.

Date: Friday 28th June

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Location: ThinkSpace

You can also visit the ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition at ThinkSpace from 24th June – 5th July 2019.

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The 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.

What 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:admin.library@sydney.edu.au

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