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01 February 2018

Under Construction

When wet-plate negatives were the latest in photographic technology, one of the University’s first professors, John Smith, was fascinated by this process and created many precious plates that document the history of the University.

29 January 2018

Graduating Class of 2031: a new world for today's kindergarten

Schools need to move toward creativity, collaboration, critical reflection and communication to teach students the skills of the future, writes Professor Michael Anderson from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.
29 January 2018

A frog chorus to croak about

A chorus of frogs is the basis of an innovative, new piece of music created by Sydney Conservatorium of Music Masters student and sound artist Alexis Weaver for Culture Up Late at the Australian Museum.
23 January 2018

Backpacks, shoes, and bedtimes: our experts' back to school tips

As thousands of children, parents and teachers prepare for a new school year, our education and health experts share insights on shoes, school bags, helping students thrive and more.
18 January 2018

Seidler Salon Series premieres emerging Con composer

Ella Macens, one of the first students in the national women composers' development program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will premiere her latest work in the Sydney Festival’s Seidler Salon Series on 19 and 20 January.
18 December 2017

How Christmas traditions evolved around the world

Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion explores the distinct variations of Christmas, including the Dutch Sinterklaaas and the European Krampus.
14 December 2017

Virtual reality rebuilds ancient Cypriot capital

Virtual reality technology has paired up with 20 years of excavation by University of Sydney archaeologists to recreate the centrepiece of Cyprus’ ancient capital. 

12 December 2017

Composer inspired by the tales of Lewis Carroll wins music prize

Rising young Australian composer Holly Harrison is awarded a new composition prize by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for her work that takes a musical journey into the fantasy world of children’s author Lewis Carroll.

06 December 2017

Creative writing fellowship addresses real world health challenges

Australian creative writers of renown are invited to apply for a generous University of Sydney fellowship which provides a grant of $100,000 and other benefits to begin work on a project exploring issues around health. 

04 December 2017

Floating sculpture of heritage escalators unveiled at Wynyard

University of Sydney lecturer, artist and sculptor Chris Fox has unveiled a major site-specific installation suspended from the ceiling above a bank of escalators inside Wynyard Station in Sydney's CBD.