Fitness Passport is a corporate health and fitness program that allows its members to access a wide range of health and fitness providers. A University partnership with Fitness Passport will offer a low cost and flexible gym and pool membership program to staff and their family members – with staff paying one membership fee to receive access to more than 140 pools and fitness facilities across the state. The major benefit ...more »
Problem: Students can't access STATA software in computer labs or learning hubs for their tutorials and homework. STATA is not available at all general teaching spaces or students labs, but the classes, laboratories, and tutorials locations are booked across the campus. This happened in 2017, and student computing had to move the floating licenses from one place to another. It is happening again in 2018 - teachers can't ...more »
As an early career academic and Unit of Study (Uos)Coordinator, each semester I spend at least 4 hours soliciting questions from the 6-7disciplines that contribute to my UoS assessment. Then a professional staff member can spend up to two weeks formatting the received exam questions as the medical school’s in-house developed examination storage software does not support standard MS-Word formatting. The exam paper is ...more »
Currently the University does not offer organic waste bins, this means all organic waste; food scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, drinks/liquids, biodegradable carbon (such as plant-based cups/plates etc) are all being sent to landfill. This is a problem, because due to the lack of oxygen hitting the materials, once in landfill the food waste breaks down and emits greenhouse gases, including not only carbon dioxide ...more »
Return and Earn has been introduced to reduce drink container litter across NSW. As such, containers that are eligible under the scheme are those most commonly found as litter. It would be great if Sydney University had some collection points available for students and staff. Ideally these would be positioned near the food outlets to capture the recyclable items before they go into the general waste bin. The Reverse ...more »
The campus maps app is great and allows us to locate/pinpoint a building on campus, however, often it is often very difficult to locate individual rooms within a building. If a basic floor plan could be linked to venue information it would assist in providing visitors and staff with more detailed information on how to arrive at specific meeting venues - assisting with location, access and timing purposes.
OBSERVATION: The feature pot plants at the end of Eastern Avenue get thrown out when the display is changed. I've witnessed them all being thrown into the back of a truck. Such a waste. IDEA: Give them away! Or "sell" them for a gold coin donation (pick a charity), like the City of Sydney council does (see https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/living-colour-plant-giveaway). Get a student society to administer ...more »
Summer is coming upon us fast and wildlife on campus is suffering from a lack of water available in safe locations. The Unversity of Sydney should install animal drinking fountains up trees across campus. This initiative will expand upon the success of the recent Pave the Way campaign for Blinky Drinkers. The program installs water fountains up trees for koalas to help them stay hydrated in drought-affected locations. ...more »
update the asset management system to make it more user friendly to keep up to date. This should better utilising technology for updating asset details and for adding new assets.
Each year tutors and teachers request that student photos appear on class rolls especially those who have moved across from other universities which have such a system in place. I have tried for some years to get this implemented. I believe this feature will assist teaching staff and improve student engagement in the tutorial/lab/seminar setting. The SRES is designed to send personalized emails, therefore our class ...more »
As part of campus wide sustainability, it would be great to encourage (and eventually require) all food/drink outlets to stop making coffee in single-use cups and plastic lids. The former just get thrown away, and the latter increasingly are not being recycled given the state of the Australian recycling industry. Could cafes be incentivised to offer free keep-cups once a semester via rent reductions, given that a reduced ...more »
On Camperdown Campus, Manning Rd and Physics Rd are one way roads for vehicles and bicycles. If you ride a bike, it is impossible at the moment to legally travel from one side to another of the campus, without making a large detour to catch the right road. I propose that these two roads are made, somehow, two ways for bicycles (e.g. shared zones?), to facilitate and encourage the usage of 'soft' modes of transportation ...more »
This allows for 220 single 55 litre external bins across the university to be replaced with 50 - 60 units of 3 bay waste stations. Each bay will hold 3 lots of 120 litre bins also allowing to capture organic waste, landfill and co-mingled waste.
The list of System Logins list on the Staff Intranet keeps getting bigger. But does everyone know what each system is, if you should have access to it and who manages it? We need a guide (cheat sheet) for these systems. Credit to the School Managers forum where this idea came up. Proposal: Create a simple guide to systems (spreadsheet?). Each system "owner" should provide some simple details about the system such as: ...more »
Ever been halfway to a meeting across campus and realised you've left important papers behind? Or, been due across campus and don't have time to print things about before you leave? Wouldn't it be really useful to have an app for you mobile device (iphone/android) that helps you locate, and takes you to, the Follow Me printer that's right for you?