Students set to stretch out at Parramatta Park

The postgraduate Student Research Society at Westmead knows how to stretch its members after a winter of inactivity and over-eating – Sports In The Park!

The student-led organisation – affectionately known as StResS – is following up last year’s success at Parramatta Park with an afternoon of friendly competition on Friday 13 September.

Action from 1pm promises something for everyone. Unleash your competitive streak in the inter-faculty soccer and touch football tournaments or tackle the staff vs students game to see who reigns supreme on the campus.

You can also bring your own games along for some leisurely fun or just relax in the spring sun. Light refreshments will be provided to keep everyone fully fuelled. 

With about 2000 University of Sydney students now studying at the Westmead Precinct across disciplines from engineering and pharmacy to design, the need for an engaging student experience on campus is greater than ever – and StResS has stepped up to the challenge.

It conducts social events for students across the precinct, providing rest from the demanding environment of postgraduate research and broadening important networks.

“We want students to maintain their work-life balance and enjoy their time at Westmead while on their way to becoming leading scientists and medical professionals,” says Jake Rhodes, president of the society and a University of Sydney PhD student based at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

“We conduct monthly events for all research students based across the precinct so we can socialise and make sure we have more friendly faces to say hello to in the corridors.”

Events over the past six weeks have included the committee’s annual games night and a cupcake stall to raise funds for the RSPCA.

The games night at Kids Research involved society members bringing along their favourite board and video games to share and play over a pizza dinner. Students battled it out for the chance to win prizes and the coveted title of the ‘Bestmead’ Jenga Master.

Other StResS events this year have included an Eid dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan, a scavenger hunt and a welcome barbecue for new Westmead students at the beginning of semester.

“The University’s embeddedness at Westmead means our students are spread out across the precinct and may not have the opportunity to engage with students from other institutes or schools,” says Karolina Kulczynska-Le Breton, manager of Student Experience for the University’s Westmead Initiative.

“Events such as these improve the campus experience of our Westmead students and foster collaboration across faculties and disciplines.”

If you're keen for some sporting fun in the sun, sign up for Sports In The Park at or email the team if you want to just come along.

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