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21 April 2017
How the Paris attack will influence the French election

As Paris is rocked by a police shooting days out from the Presidential election, University of Sydney experts in security and politics weigh in on the corresponding security issues and implications.

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21 April 2017
Video: What causes extremism?

Extremism has no single race, religion, gender or age. So what drives someone to commit acts of extreme violence? Counter-radicalisation expert Hussain Nadim explains.

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13 April 2017
The origins of Easter

Have you ever wondered why we call it "Easter"? Professor Carole Cusack, from the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, reflects on the origins of some of the more familiar elements of the Easter season.

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13 April 2017
Leadership honour for Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett

Graduation ceremony includes a Doctor of Letters in Social Work (honoris causa) for Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM, honouring leadership in Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander welfare and affairs.

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13 April 2017
Leadership honour for Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett

Graduation ceremony includes a Doctor of Letters in Social Work (honoris causa) for Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM, honouring leadership in Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander welfare and affairs.

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10 April 2017
Institute of Open Adoption Studies appoints director

Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright now directs the University of Sydney's State Government-funded venture in partnership with Barnardos Australia.

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07 April 2017
University community features at Sydney Writers’ Festival

More than 40 University of Sydney staff and alumni will join the stellar line-up of guests to speak at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.

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06 April 2017
How rising house prices affected household debt

Economists studied a dataset which follows 4,000 households to understand how household indebtedness changed between 2002 and 2014.    

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05 April 2017
Harvard chooses historian to chair Australian Studies

Harvard names a University of Sydney expert Chair in Australian Studies for a third consecutive year.

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30 March 2017
Historian wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Dr Catherine Bishop of the Laureate Research Program in International History has won a rich business literature prize with her debut book, a ‘refreshing rendering’ of colonial-era women entrepreneurs.

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29 March 2017
Selective schools’ long and tangled history with race and class

Selective high schools in Australia are both popular and controversial, but to properly understand them you have to go back to the beginning, write Associate Professor Helen Proctor and Dr Arathi Sriprakash.

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22 March 2017
Why should we obey the law?

Returning to a deep question in political philosophy: Why should one obey the law and the state more generally? Professor of Political Philosophy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Duncan Ivison, writes.

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17 March 2017
Is breaking the law ever justifiable?

In the wake of union boss Sally McManus' comments that it's okay to break "unjust" laws, Dr Kevin Walton from the Sydney Law School explores what duty to the law Australians really have.

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14 March 2017
Surf break discoveries create economic growth

A study of 5000 surf breaks around the world has found their discovery boosts economic growth, with Western Australia a hotspot for growth.

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14 March 2017
Brexit: how can Australia secure the right trade deal?

An international trade expert has proposed a plan for Australia to secure a beneficial trade deal with the UK, as Brexit draws nearer.

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09 March 2017
Forget the 3Rs: modern schools need to embrace the 4Cs

Creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and communication will be vital in a future where half of all jobs may be displaced by technology, writes Professor Michael Anderson in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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08 March 2017
Teaching and research excellence recognised in QS Subject Rankings

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects and best in Australia for medicine, architecture, veterinary sciences, anatomy and physiology, English language and literature.

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02 March 2017
Renae Ryan announced as Academic Director of SAGE

The new appointment will see Associate Professor Ryan drive one of the University’s gender equity and diversity programs aimed at promoting women in STEMM. 

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01 March 2017
Sharing our passion for ideas with Sydney Writers' Festival

Our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be a Major Partner of Sydney Writers' Festival again in 2017.

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22 February 2017
What you need to know about the new HSC English curriculum

What will a changed HSC English curriculum mean for teachers and students? Associate Professor Jackie Manuel explains.

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