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Students workshop problems for industry

Students solve industry problems

Working in partnership with ANZ Bank, our senior undergraduate students are transforming the future of banking by exploring disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the emergence of open banking as part of the University's new program of Industry and Community Projects Units (ICPU).

In collaboration with ANZ Bank representatives and an academic lead, students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds work together in a group to solve a problem set by the partner organisation. At the end of the project our students present their project findings to senior stakeholders at ANZ Bank.

For our ANZ Bank ICPU, our students were challenged to identify uses of disruptive technologies that aligned with ANZ Bank’s core mission to shape a world in which people and communities thrive. Focusing on Institutional Banking customers, students are developing recommendations for:

  • cybercrime initiatives
  • data integrity
  • digital identity
  • open banking
  • customer relationship management.

Experience why more than 35 organisations ranging from ANZ Bank to the NSW Public Service Commission choose to partner with the University’s ICPU program to help solve some of their biggest organisational problems.

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Air Force engages Sydney Nano to improve defence tech

The University of Sydney Nano Institute and the Royal Australian Air Force have launched a scientific collaboration to provide world-leading sensing technology for Australia’s defence capabilities.

Researchers at the Jericho Smart Sensing Laboratory, based at Sydney Nano, will develop nanoscale devices that can assess the physical, chemical, biological, acoustic or electromagnetic environment. This is vital technology for Australia in monitoring electromagnetic, space and underwater domains as they become more contested and congested.

Plan Jericho is the RAAF’s project to develop augmented intelligence capability to protect Australia from technologically sophisticated and rapidly changing threats. The Jericho lab will form a critical part of the plan’s scientific infrastructure.

The University is well positioned to engage the Air Force on this project through its multidisciplinary initiatives, including Sydney Nano. As well as providing leading-edge technology for the Air Force, the project should lead to commercialisation opportunities and assist in the creation of sovereign capability.

Image sourced from the Royal Australian Air Force archives under Creative Commons,
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Driving change to improve lives of kids in out-of-home-care

In New South Wales more than 20,000 children are in out-of-home care, a four-fold increase in the last 20 years.

As part of reforms that support permanent family care through restoration, guardianship or open adoption, the NSW Government funded the Institute of Open Adoption Studies as a joint venture between the University and Barnardos Australia. It is the first independent centre of its kind in Australia to be publicly funded and operates with academic independence.

Together with Barnardos Australia and NSW Family and Community Services (FaCS), the University is bridging the gap between research, policy and practice to promote permanency for children in out-of-home-care. 

“We are building an evidence base that is directly informing the system,” highlights Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright, Director of the institute. “Through a combination of traditional and commissioned research, we are able to work with the government and non-profit organisations to identify gaps in major systems during a period of significant transformation in the sector.”

Read a snapshot of other partnerships

The University’s Charles Perkins Centre is revolutionising health and wellness for passengers and crew members on long-haul flights. Centre researchers are partnering with Qantas to make dramatic improvements to the flight experience – before, during and after we get on a plane.

This airline-university partnership is believed to be a world first and uses an integrated, holistic and evidence-based approach to enhance airline travel and health across target areas that include:

  • food and beverage services
  • jetlag mitigation, sleep and light exposure
  • physical activity
  • transit lounge design.

Find out more about our partnership with Qantas.

In the City of Sydney council area around 17,000 residents don’t have reliable access to affordable healthy food, and more than 3.6 million Australians experience some kind of food insecurity each year, according to FoodBank Australia.

The University’s Sydney Environment Institute is leading a research-driven initiative that places power in the hands of local heroes to reduce those sobering numbers. Called FoodLab Sydney, it’s a custom-designed program that provides support and training to people who want to bring their own idea for a food business or career to life in their own community.

The institute and UNSW Canberra have joined forces with the City of Sydney and TAFE NSW for this unique example of a local government-community-university partnership.  Find out more about FoodLab Sydney.

The University has jointly pioneered a new approach to drama teaching that has already benefited more than 27,000 students and teachers, through a partnership with the Sydney Theatre Company.

Called School Drama, the unique program originally paired teaching artists – often professional actors – with teachers in primary school classroom dynamic duos. Recently it has expanded into secondary schools, juvenile justice centres and migrant and refugee English language centres.

School Drama reinvents conventional artist-in-residence initiatives, where the teaching is often one way – more of a fly-in, fly-out arrangement. It will soon reach every state and territory in Australia. Find out more about the impact of the University’s School Drama partnership.

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