Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Image: Professor Rick Shine with lizard in the Australian outback.

University of Sydney leads Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Biologist Professor Rick Shine has won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, while early career researcher Professor Richard Payne has been recognised in the physical sciences category for his medicinal chemistry developments.

Conservatorium news

Leave during Exam Period

Leave during Exam Period

Dear colleagues, for the exam period at the end of Semester 2, all those who are involved in examining recitals should note that leave will not be granted for you during this time.  We need all on deck and scheduling is already a nightmare without further complications.   

Front of building

HDR Administration Centre, Changes for academic staff, students and examiners

From 29 February HDR Admin Centre will be responsible for the administration of research students from enrolment to award of degree.

Announcements and notices

Semester 2 2016 Juries and Recitals Schedule

Recitals and juries are now scheduled.  Not all panel allocations have been completed, but will be soon. The intranet will have the spreadsheet uploaded tomorrow.


Here are the instructions for checking your personal panel allocation.  This is the most up-to-date information as it is LIVE, so please ensure you regularly check it as changes and additions are still being made.


To see your panel and accompaniment allocations:


1.      login to staff on line Click this link:

2.      User Name:  this is your Uni key

3.      Password: recital (the password is not your usual Uni password)

If you have any issues please contact Guy McEwan.


SCM Internal Leadership Roles

The Dean and Chairs of units have made some important decisions regarding the internal leadership structure of the Conservatorium.  From 2017, we will have Program Leaders for the degrees offered at the SCM and those Program Leaders will work with the people who coordinate the units of study in that degree. Please read the document.  Expressions of Interest will be called for the roles of Program Leader from Friday 21st October and will close on Friday 11 November. Submissions are invited from permanent and fractional (0.5 and above) staff. The roles will be of three years duration with a possible extension of two years.

Your feedback in response to the SCM Internal Leadership Proposal and responses from the Dean, which was discussed with the Chairs of Units Committee on 17 October, is here: SCM Internal Leadership Proposal - Submissions and Responses.

Guest lecturers and performers

For every guest invited to SCM, paid or unpaid, an online form (see Guidelines on the SCM intranet) captures any preliminary information about the arrangement, ideally at least one month in advance.  Faculty professional staff then proceed with logistical and artistic support as required.


Please note that two months may be required if the guest does not hold a Australian or NZ passport and does not have a 400 or 420 visa. 


Guest Lecturers and Performers Guidelines


Guidelines - Ad Hoc Projects


Contractor/Employee Assessment Form


Contractor/Employee Assessment Tool Guide

Travelling on University Business

When you organise travel conducted on behalf of the University, such as for study, fieldwork, meetings and conferences, it must be formally authorised by the Dean before departure using FRAEDOM (formerly SPENDVISION). Click here for more information.

Student and Staff Card Programming

Programing rooms on staff and student cards is now processed by Security Services on Main Campus to align with Uni Policy. Rodney Boatwright (Facilities Support Officer) will no longer complete this task. Grant Crompton (Campus Manager) and Guy McEwan (Venue Ops Manager) will manage this process. Rodney will be able to check card access. Click here for more information.

Student Musician Requests

The Conservatorium receives a high volume of requests for student musicians. Kate Drain coordinates these requests, so kindly email Kate with the requestor’s contact details and she will advertise the requirement to all students. 

Visas and visitors

Every non-Australian visitor requires the appropriate visa for the activities they perform at the Con, whether paid or unpaid. The University’s Immigration Officer requires 8 weeks’ notice in advance of intent to engage a visitor, especially where a visitor will be requiring a University-sponsored Entertainment (420) visa. Contact Heggy for more information.

2016 SCM Annual Research Day

The 2016 SCM Annual Research Day focused on the SCM Research Strategy, changes to HDR processes, library support for research, industry and community engagement, research reporting and grants and the question of what artistic research is. To revisit the presentations, please view the presentation slides here.  


Important dates

31 Oct

Glass Exhibition Space of the Library

The Library seeks expressions of interest from academics and higher degree researchers, individually or in collaboration, interested in having their research output displayed in the Glass Exhibition Space of the Library.

Please complete the Exhibition Form and submit by Monday 31st October 2016.

18 Nov

Finance End of Year Deadlines

All expenditures (Invoices and Corporate Credit Card Reports) need to be approved, coded and submitted by no later than 18 November 2016.


All Cash Claims through Fraedom (formerly known as Spendvision) need to be submitted and approved by no later than 18 November to be included in the last payment run for 2016. The next payment run will not be before January 2017.


  • All invoices need to be raised by no later than 25 November 2016.

22 Feb

Education Day

Dear colleagues, for your diaries: next year's Education Day (formerly known as Learning and Teaching Day) will be held on Wednesday 22 February 2017. Attendance is mandatory for all academic staff. Casuals may attend and will be paid for their attendance.  There will be time for Unit Meetings in the afternoon.

Service updates

New University Service Desks Phone Number

Getting service support just got simpler, with one new number to contact Campus Security, ICT, Human Resources, Campus Infrastructure & Services, Finance, and the University Switchboard. Phone (02) 9531 2000 or remember the extension 12000 on-campus.