University of Sydney Business School
The University of Sydney Business School is the business faculty and a constituent body of the University of Sydney. It was established in January 2011 and formed from the School of Business within the previous Faculty of Economics and Business; the former combined faculty itself descended from the original Faculty of Economics founded in 1920, the first faculty of its kind in Australia. In 2017, the Business School’s MBA program was ranked number one in Australia by the biennial Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA Rankings. In the same rankings, the Executive MBA program was ranked number one in Australia in 2013 and 2015, third in 2017. In 2018, the QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney in the top 20 in the world in accounting and finance and top 40 in business and management studies; the University of Sydney has been ranked number one in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the 2017 and 2018 QS Employability Rankings. In 2017, The Economist and the Financial Times ranked the Business School number one in Australia for Master of Management.
The program has been ranked number 25 in the world and number two in the Asia-Pacific region, number one in the world for career progress of the program’s graduate, by the Financial Times. The Economist ranked the program number 3 in the Asia-Pacific region, number 35 in the world; the CEMS Master’s in International Management program, the only Australian CEMS member, was ranked ninth in the world in 2017 by the Financial Times. The School was the first in Australia to receive accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the European Quality Improvement System from the European Foundation for Management Development, it is the only Australian business school to become an Associate member of the Global Alliance in Management Education. Established in 1920, the Faculty of Economics offered the Bachelor of Economics degree which commenced in 1914; the postgraduate Master of Economics degree commenced in 1925. In 1985 the faculty introduced its second undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and the Master of Economic and Social Sciences, respectively.
In 1993 its third undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Commerce, was introduced. The Master of International Studies followed in 1994, the Master of Commerce in 1995 and the Master of International Business in 1999. In 2005 the Business School ended its association with the jointly run Australian Graduate School of Management with The University of New South Wales. From 2006 to 2007, the University conducted a review of its social sciences faculties; as a result of that review, it was determined that parts of the School of Economics within the Faculty of Economics and Business were to be transferred to the Faculty of Arts. In January 2008, the disciplines of Government & International Relations and Political Economy were transferred to the Faculty of Arts. In January 2011, the Discipline of Economics, the Centre for International Security Studies and the Graduate School of Government were transferred to the Faculty of Arts, renamed the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Concurrently, the remaining disciplines of the Faculty of Economics and Business formed the University of Sydney Business School.
On 30 July 2009, the Business School announced the launch of the Global Executive MBA program, commenced in February 2010. On 30 July 2012, the Business School announced the introduction of the Sydney Master of Business Administration program, with the program starting February 2013. Particular emphasis has been put into making positioning it as an internationally recognised degree. In 2013, the purpose-fitted CBD campus, providing a central location for participants in the part-time MBA program, was opened. In 2016, the Abercrombie Building was opened by The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Treasurer of NSW and Minister for Industrial Relations, Deputy Liberal Leader. In 2017, the Business School launched a new full-time MBA program for 2018 entry; the Dean of the Sydney Business School is Professor Gregory Whitwell. Disciplines within the school include: Discipline of Accounting Discipline of Business Information Systems Discipline of Business Law Discipline of Finance Discipline of International Business Discipline of Marketing Discipline of Business Analytics Discipline of Work and Organisational StudiesIn addition to these, the school offers postgraduate programs and research through its Centre for International Security Studies, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Workplace Research Centre and Graduate School of Government.
Studies in accounting are recognised by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Majors in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management can be accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute. An extended major in Business Information Systems can be accredited by the Australian Computer Society; the Master of Marketing program is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute. Through the Bachelor of Commerce, the University is recognised as a program partner with CFA Institute. Abacus Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal Australian Accounting Review Australian Review of Public Affairs Australian Tax Forum International Journal of Development Issues International Journal of Forecasting International Journal of Information Management International Journal of Management Reviews Journal of Australian Political Economy Journal of Industrial Relations Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting Labour History Alumni of the Sydney Business School or its predecessor faculties include: Glenn Stevens, BEc (H
World War I
World War I known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history, it is one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide. On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalist, assassinated the Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, leading to the July Crisis. In response, on 23 July Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia. Serbia's reply failed to satisfy the Austrians, the two moved to a war footing. A network of interlocking alliances enlarged the crisis from a bilateral issue in the Balkans to one involving most of Europe.
By July 1914, the great powers of Europe were divided into two coalitions: the Triple Entente—consisting of France and Britain—and the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. Russia felt it necessary to back Serbia and, after Austria-Hungary shelled the Serbian capital of Belgrade on the 28th, partial mobilisation was approved. General Russian mobilisation was announced on the evening of 30 July; when Russia failed to comply, Germany declared war on 1 August in support of Austria-Hungary, with Austria-Hungary following suit on 6th. German strategy for a war on two fronts against France and Russia was to concentrate the bulk of its army in the West to defeat France within four weeks shift forces to the East before Russia could mobilise. On 2 August, Germany demanded free passage through Belgium, an essential element in achieving a quick victory over France; when this was refused, German forces invaded Belgium on 3 August and declared war on France the same day. On 12 August and France declared war on Austria-Hungary.
In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire entered the war on the side of the Alliance, opening fronts in the Caucasus and the Sinai Peninsula. The war was fought in and drew upon each power's colonial empire as well, spreading the conflict to Africa and across the globe; the Entente and its allies would become known as the Allied Powers, while the grouping of Austria-Hungary and their allies would become known as the Central Powers. The German advance into France was halted at the Battle of the Marne and by the end of 1914, the Western Front settled into a battle of attrition, marked by a long series of trench lines that changed little until 1917. In 1915, Italy opened a front in the Alps. Bulgaria joined the Central Powers in 1915 and Greece joined the Allies in 1917, expanding the war in the Balkans; the United States remained neutral, although by doing nothing to prevent the Allies from procuring American supplies whilst the Allied blockade prevented the Germans from doing the same the U. S. became an important supplier of war material to the Allies.
After the sinking of American merchant ships by German submarines, the revelation that the Germans were trying to incite Mexico to make war on the United States, the U. S. declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917. Trained American forces would not begin arriving at the front in large numbers until mid-1918, but the American Expeditionary Force would reach some two million troops. Though Serbia was defeated in 1915, Romania joined the Allied Powers in 1916 only to be defeated in 1917, none of the great powers were knocked out of the war until 1918; the 1917 February Revolution in Russia replaced the Tsarist autocracy with the Provisional Government, but continuing discontent at the cost of the war led to the October Revolution, the creation of the Soviet Socialist Republic, the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk by the new government in March 1918, ending Russia's involvement in the war. This allowed the transfer of large numbers of German troops from the East to the Western Front, resulting in the German March 1918 Offensive.
This offensive was successful, but the Allies rallied and drove the Germans back in their Hundred Days Offensive. Bulgaria was the first Central Power to sign an armistice—the Armistice of Salonica on 29 September 1918. On 30 October, the Ottoman Empire capitulated. On 4 November, the Austro-Hungarian empire agreed to the Armistice of Villa Giusti after being decisively defeated by Italy in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto. With its allies defeated, revolution at home, the military no longer willing to fight, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated on 9 November and Germany signed an armistice on 11 November 1918. World War I was a significant turning point in the political, cultural and social climate of the world; the war and its immediate aftermath sparked numerous uprisings. The Big Four (Britain, the United States, It
University of Sydney Quadrangle
The Quadrangle is a prominent building of Sydney sandstone located within the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus. Taking over 100 years to complete, the Quadrangle was designed and developed by numerous contributors including Edmund Blacket, James Barnet, Leslie Wilkinson; the original building included the Great Hall and was constructed between 1855 and 1862. Construction on the quadrangle began in 1854, it had four sides by 1926, was completed in the 1960s after several stages of development, it comprises MacLaurin Hall, Faculty of Arts office and the Nicholson Museum. MacLaurin Hall was designed by Walter Liberty Vernon; the architectural style of the Quadrangle is gothic revival. The building is constructed of Sydney sandstone and is unique in the Australian architectural landscape. At the time of its completion, the Quadrangle was ‘the largest public building in the colony.’ The Traditional Indigenous owners of the land on which the Quadrangle was built are the Cadigal and Wangal tribes of the Eora people.
The main entrance - constructed first along with the Great Hall - is underneath the clock tower, which holds one of only two carillons in Australia. Robert Strachan Wallace, the university's vice chancellor from 1928 to 1947, upon taking up his position found the quadrangle to be "overgrown, the grounds beyond...in much worse repair". He embarked on a restoration program, for which he became known as the "building vice chancellor"; the Quadrangle design is based on those of Cambridge. It contains one of only three carillons in Australia, the others being located on Aspen Island in Canberra and in Bathurst; the Quadrangle is categorised under Sandstone Universities which are informally known as Australia's oldest universities. Known as the first building for Australia's first university, the Quadrangle itself is built in an anachronistic style, outdated by the time it was built. Edmund Blacket, one of the architects responsible for the design of the Quadrangle, was known for other works in Sydney such as St. Andrew's Cathedral.
Blacket focused on Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, which influenced James Barnet's design of Sydney University's Andersen Stuart Building. In 1924, the Quadrangle comprised four walls, in which are included bronze pipes which state the year they were placed; the final completion of the Quadrangle's exterior display was during the 1960s, which included work on the West Tower. There are a variety of gargoyles located across the walls of its towers; some serve the functional purpose of waterspouts and draining water from buildings, but many are decorative gargoyles known as'grotesque'. The abundance of a variety of gargoyles featured in the Quadrangle’s architecture relates to gargoyles being characteristic of Neo-Gothic medieval architecture, as they have a symbolic role of warding off evil spirits in the Catholic tradition. Traditionally, gargoyles depicted fantastical and mythical creatures, but in the turn of the 12th century stonemasons started incorporating real animals; such medieval influenced architecture, although appropriated to a local context, directly mimic designs of esteemed Cambridge and Oxford universities in England.
In the 1850s, under the direction of Blacket, three stonemasons worked on the clock tower gargoyles: Joseph Popplewell, Edwin Colley, James Barnett. The infusion of Australian flora and fauna with traditional medieval Neo-Gothic influences is evident in some of the Quadrangle’s distinctive gargoyles. There is a kangaroo gargoyle on the clocktower and a crocodile gargoyle on the inside of the clock tower, that are different from the traditional gargoyles on the Quadrangle. In addition there are kookaburras above the entrance to the northern foyer; the Quadrangle contains the Great Hall, which holds an organ designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg. A jacaranda tree was planted in the main quadrangle in 1928 by Professor E. G. Waterhouse, a keen horticulturalist and dedicated contributor to the landscape design of the university; the tree was a well-loved specimen that served as the background to many graduations and private events before its death in 2016. Its flowering at examination time was believed to be a clear sign that students should start studying.
The Philosophy Room located within the quadrangle is home to two murals which are placed at the back of the room. On the 14 November 1921, these two mural decorations were unveiled in the Philosophy Room within the quadrangle at the University of Sydney, they were painted by Mr. Norman Carter and were commissioned to celebrate the 30 years of work of Professor Francis Anderson. One mural depicts Socrates and Plato together whilst the other depicts Descartes and Spinoza. Both murals were unveiled by Professor Anderson's wife; the University of Sydney established a Conservation of Grounds Plan in October 2002. Being the most photographed area in the university, having a one-hour heritage tour, the Main Quadrangle must keep up its appearances. Of the many, three policies are stated in order to maintain and conserve the vegetation and foliage of the university's grounds including the Main Quadrangle; these three are: Policy Seven: When significant trees such as the Jacaranda tree in the Main Quadrangle age or decease, they should be replaced with an identical tree.
Policy Eight: Trees and vegetation that are important to the image of the heritage buildings such as the infamous purple tree in the Main Quadrangle and the manicured green grass must be preserved. This is evident in how ropes and bollards are put up in order to prevent studen
Parramatta Road is the major historical east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney, connecting the Sydney CBD with Parramatta. It is the easternmost part of the Great Western Highway. Since the 1980s its role has been augmented by the City West Link Road and Motorway M4; the road begins as a continuation of George Street at Harris St Ultimo and as far as City Road is called Broadway. Its 23 kilometres distance is dominated by small marginally-viable shops. At the same time, however, it has over 100 abandoned and derelict stores. Owing to this and its abrasively noisy traffic, it has been considered beautiful. Opened in 1811, it is Australia's first road between two cities. Today, over 3 million commuters every year drive Parramatta Road; the road is the hub of Sydney's motor dealership industry - with 67% of the adjacent land used for motor retailing and services. Parramatta was settled by Europeans in the same year as Sydney; the Parramatta River was used as navigation between them. Sometime between 1789 and 1791 an overland track was made to provide an official land route between the two settlements.
Parramatta Road dates to the 1792 formation of a route linking Sydney to the settlement of Parramatta. This route was formalised under the direction of Surveyor-General Augustus Alt in 1797. Parramatta Road became one of the colony's most important early roads, for many years remained one of Sydney's principal thoroughfares; the early road was a poorly maintained track through bush. In 1794, the governor od the colony reported that he had caused a good road to be made, but there is no evidence that any bridges were built over the streams; the road subsequently deteriorated and on 9 June 1805 the Sydney Gazette reported that the road was impassable as the result of heavy rain. Attempts to improve the road continued over the years. By 1811, Parramatta Road had open to traffic and was financed during a large portion of the 19th century by a toll, with toll booths located at what now is Sydney University and the Duck River. Governor Macquarie called tenders for the repair of the road raised a 3 shilling per gallon levy on spirits and levied a toll to pay for the work.
The road was to be 10 metres wide. This turnpike road was opened on 10 April 1811; the toll barriers were at Becket's Creek. In 1814, a stage cart service was established along Parramatta Road. Fares were 3 pence for letters. Heavy rain again nearly destroyed this road, so in 1817 it was announced that all tree-stumps would be removed and the road paved with stone which would be covered with earth and gravel; this improvement was announced as finished on 15 January 1815. In 1815 the "profit" from the Sydney toll reached £465; the growth of Sydney caused the toll barrier to be moved to Grose Farm in April 1836. In 1839 it was moved further west to Annandale; the colony's first stage coach was imported in 1821 but did not begin regular service until 1823. The stage left the city at 7:00 am, arrived in Parramatta at 9:30 am and left Parramatta for the return journey at 4:00 pm. Inside passengers were charged 6 shillings. Hazards on the road included the threat of attacks by Indigenous bushrangers. Hotels and settlements sprang up along the road to serve coaching traffic.
The importance of the road declined with the advent of the Sydney-Parramatta railway in 1855. In 1883, a steam tram line opened along Parramatta Road as far as Annandale, was extended onward to Norton St in 1884, where it turned to run along Norton St to Short Street. In the 1800s, the Government acquired a strip of land from Ashfield to Burwood from the Rosebank Estate, owned by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Australia's first religious congregation. Rosebank College now stands on the former Rosebank Estate, the heritage-listed building of the private school stands adjacent to the road at Five Dock. Sydney Municipal Council began widening the major routes into the city centre in 1911, including the construction of Broadway and the widening of the cutting on Parramatta Road adjacent to Sydney University. In the 1920s, the road was sealed and tramlines were removed from the road. Sheep and cattle were still crossing Parramatta Road at Homebush as late as the 1960s. In 2012 it was announced that the road would be widened and lowered below street level in a "slot" as part of the Roads and Maritime Services' WestConnex motorway proposal.
The road has been criticised by the community for its traffic pollution and for its vacant shops and rundown buildings between Concord and Concord, local government has been accused of failing to adopt policies to encourage the redevelopment and regeneration of vacant sites. A local mayor described it as a "varicose vein". A NSW Business Chamber Executive Patricia Forsythe said that the road is "one of the least attractive commercial areas of Sydney". Former NSW premier Nick Greiner thought the road looked "like Beirut on a bad day"; the Sydney Morning Herald writer Elizabeth Farrelly dismissed it as a "filthy hole". On a lighter note, Tess De Quincey, an Australian performer/director said, "Every chapter of Sydney's history has been written on Parramatta Road." A Sydney Morning Herald editor said that whilst the road is "ugly in parts, drab in others, unpleasant", it is still "fundamental to the economic and social viability of the greater city". Since the 1970s many buildings fronting Parramatta Road those in the prime locations of the Inner West, have become vacant and fallen into disrepair, with many vandalised.
These buildings were a major pa
The Women's College, University of Sydney
The Women's College is a residential college within the University of Sydney, in the suburb of Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened in 1892; the Women's College is one of two all-female residential colleges at The University of Sydney. It accommodates 280 students accepting both under- and post-graduate students, it has 30 non-resident students. The Principal, Vice-Principal and Dean of Students live on the premises; the college's buildings were added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 1 April 2005. In 1889 a college for women within the University of Sydney was established and endowed by an Act of the NSW Parliament; this was the culmination of a process that began in 1887 when, six years after the formal admission of women to the University of Sydney "in complete equality with men", a public meeting was held to discuss the desirability of establishing a residential college for women. Over the course of the next five years, funds were raised enabling the college to open in March 1892 in temporary accommodation in "Strathmore", a rented house in Glebe.
It had four non-resident students. Granted land by the University on the southern edge of campus, the college moved to its own building in May 1894. Designed by the architectural firm of Sulman & Power, the College's first permanent home still forms the heart of the present building complex and is heritage listed; the 1887 meeting resolved that the college not be attached to a religious denomination, that the Colleges' Endowment Act of 1854, which provided for the establishment of the denominational men's colleges, should be subject to the provision that "no religious catechism or formulary distinctive of any particular denomination" should be taught, nor would any attempt be made to attach students to any particular denomination. The College was to be "undenominational"; the other elements of the college's role, envisaged in 1887, were to provide "domestic supervision" and "efficient assistance in preparing for university lectures and examinations". These ideals continue to guide the College in the 21st century.
The Women's College now accommodates 20 postgraduates. It maintains its tradition of being at the forefront of women's education and social theory and championing women's rights, academic thought and leadership. In the 127 years since its foundation in 1892 more than 7,000 students have been members of the College. In 1894 the Main Building opened with accommodation for 26 students. Designed by Sulman & Power it cost a substantial amount of money for the time. In 1916 the College expanded. To meet the demand for places after the First World War, "The Maples", a house at the rear of the property was rented and in 1919 purchased. Additional student rooms were added in 1924, the back balconies of Main Building closed in, the Louisa Macdonald Commemoration Dining Hall built; the next major expansion of College began with the construction of the new Williams wing. Named in honour of Susie Jane Williams, the immediate past Principal, it was opened by Lady Wakehurst on 6 July 1937, provided accommodation to 85 students.
Further growth in demand after the Second World War led to the building in 1958 of the Reid wing, further additions to Williams. Designed by Ellice Nosworthy, supported by a donation given by Mary Reid, it provided accommodation for 40 students; the third major expansion of College took place between 1965 and 1969, with the building of the Langley wing and Menzies Common Room, as well as extensions to the Dining Hall, bringing capacity of College to 280 students. The project was designed by Fowell Mansfield & Maclurcan and funded by grants from the Australian Universities Commission. In the mid-1990s the Vere Hole Research Centre and Library was added under the Reid wing, funded by two bequests and an fundraising drive. In 1999-2000 the Main Building was restored with a grant from the Centenary of Federation Fund. Women's College operates a range of programmes designed to encourage students to maximise their academic potential. Throughout both semesters the College runs tutorials in more than thirty subjects, spanning the full range of academic disciplines.
Most tutors are senior students, postgraduates or University staff with expertise in their fields and proven teaching skills. Academic Assistants are postgraduates and senior undergraduates who mentor first-year students and facilitate a smooth transition from secondary school to tertiary studies. In addition to academic support, the College appoints a dynamic team of Resident Assistants each year, who provide pastoral care to all students. RAs are students in their senior years of university and having negotiated the transition to uni and living away from home, they are well-equipped to help out others; the RAs help staff and House Committee with many events and College initiatives and are a point of contact for all students. They assist with the safety and security of the College and are on call for emergencies after hours, they work with the Dean of Students to ensure. The College admits between 70 and 100 students annually, in a competitive admissions process which involves a formal application and interview.
The process is rolling throughout the year, applications are accepted for students wishing to enter first year at the University of Sydney, as well as those in subsequent years of study and at post-graduate level. In addition to residential places, the College offers affiliate membership to enable students to access its academic and social programmes, but maintain independent living elsewhere. Affiliate app
The Macleay Museum in Sydney, Australia, is a natural history museum located on the main campus of the University of Sydney. The Macleay Museum gallery is now closed to the public in preparation for the opening of the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, scheduled for completion in late 2020; the building in which the museum is housed was built off Science Lane in 1887. The collections of the Macleay Museum are based on the efforts and acquisitions of the Macleays, one of the pre-eminent families in colonial Sydney: Alexander Macleay, William Sharp Macleay and William John Macleay; the zoologist and collector George Masters served as curator until 1912. The strengths of the collection lie in entomology, scientific instruments, historic photographs. Many of the biological specimens in the collection represent rare or extinct species, while some of the specimens have historic and cultural value as they were collected by explorers like Charles Darwin and Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay; the George Masters Exhibition Space of the museum was devoted to temporary exhibitions.
Overall, the museum houses one of the most important natural history and ethnography collections in Australia, surpassed in Sydney only by the Australian Museum. Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney Macleay Museum — official site hosted by the University of Sydney Macleay Museum — Heritage listing details Macleay Museum — 6:35 min Catalyst video presentation by the government Australian Broadcasting Corporation television network
Jacaranda, University of Sydney
The jacaranda was a significant specimen of Jacaranda mimosifolia tree that stood in the south-eastern corner of the University of Sydney main quadrangle, now describes its clone replanted in the same location. It was first planted in 1928 by Associate Professor Eben Gowrie Waterhouse, replaced several times in the 1930s. Blooming in late spring at the end of the academic year, it became associated with examination time at the university, it has formed the background to many events, the original tree was on the City of Sydney's Significant Tree Register. On 28 October 2016, the old tree fell over. On 20 July 2017, the University announced the replacement of the jacaranda with a genetically identical clone, a native Illawarra flame tree in the opposite corner; the tree was located in the corner of the quadrangle close to where Philosophy classes used to be held. It was planted by Eben Gowrie Waterhouse, McCaughey associate professor of German and comparative literature and a camellia expert, his interest in horticulture and landscaping influenced the design of the gardens at the university.
He is credited with turning the main quadrangle where the jacaranda grew "from an unsightly mess into a dignified area". Waterhouse continued to be engaged for many years on beautification schemes involving tree planting for the university, in the city beyond the university, as well as in other cities beyond Sydney. In an address given in Newcastle in 1936, Waterhouse said that "beautification of urban and suburban areas ranked among the finest forms of community service" and that in tree planting, the preservation of trees and the creative work were both important. In 1966 he received a gold medal from London. Stories about the difficulty of establishing the tree circulated for many years. Students were blamed for several failed efforts after young trees were ripped out and frustrated Committee members passed "motions deploring the actions of'irresponsible vandals'". Vandalism concerning the jacaranda was included in newspaper reports as late as 1939. An alternative view is; the planting succeeded and over its life, the jacaranda grew to a width of 18 metres, becoming both "grand" and "iconic".
Sydney University's jacaranda formed the backdrop to many public and private events that took place in the quadrangle, including graduations and weddings. In the opinion of Mark Scott, it was "the most famous tree in education"; the university's landscape and grounds manager said "I don't think the quadrangle would be the space it is without that tree."The tree was well-loved in spite of its association with the examination period in November when jacarandas all over Sydney come into flower. Accepted wisdom was that exam failure was inevitable for a student who had not yet begun to study by the time its purple blooms appeared. In 2005 the jacaranda was added to the list of historic or environmentally significant trees in the City of Sydney as "one of Sydney’s best known significant trees", it was known as "a living asset". In 2012, the city's chief arborist placed it in the Register's Top 10; the trees on the Register are selected on the basis of their "historical, social, ecological or outstanding visual and aesthetic appeal".
Other varieties of tree on the Register near to the university include Moreton Bay figs in Alexandria Park and Observatory Hill. In 2016 the tree died after 88 years of ganoderma fungus, fell over on 28 October, it was removed the following day. The university issued a press release reminding students that the tree had begun to bloom and wished "them all well for their final weeks of study for 2016"; the university had been advised in 2014. Aware of its significance, the university administration had taken cuttings and maintained three "emergency" specimens; the resulting clones would subsequently enable it to be replaced with genetically identical stock. In July 2017 the cloned tree was replanted; the university planted a native flame tree alongside the replacement jacaranda in recognition of the Gadigal people on whose traditional lands the university is located. List of trees Bland Oak, a historical tree in western Sydney Grounds conservation plan & Tree management prodecure of the University of Sydney