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19 December 2019

University of Sydney joins SCRIPTS Centre of Excellence

University of Sydney social scientists will help address fundamental questions about the development of politics and society as part of a new multimillion-dollar cross-university research project.
17 December 2019

Four things you might not know about Christmas

Think you know everything about Santa Claus and the myriad traditions that surround him? Professor Carole Cusack, from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney, shares some festive season facts that may surprise you.
17 December 2019

The science of Star Wars - and how it has changed movies forever

How sound is the science of Star Wars? What will the end of franchise mean for fans? University of Sydney experts in film, pop culture and astrophysics weigh in.
09 December 2019

Sydney's newest museum reaches a major milestone

This morning the University of Sydney held the topping out ceremony for the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, marking a major milestone towards the official opening next year.
09 December 2019

#TrophySkulls and genuine fakes

From paintings looted by Nazis to human remains traded on Instagram, the Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime provides a peek into a mysterious world.
03 December 2019

The scholarship that helped a young musician follow her passion

For Sydney Conservatorium student Gemma Lawton, a donor-funded scholarship provided much-needed support through illness and injury.
29 November 2019

Vale Clive James

Following the recent passing of Clive James, the University of Sydney pays tribute to our alumnus's time at Sydney and his lasting cultural impact.
28 November 2019

Gift of Australian paintings from art-loving alumnus

Sixty-three paintings by Australian artists including notable works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Roy de Maistre, Ethel Carrick Fox, Emanuel Phillips Fox and Margaret Preston will go on display in the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
26 November 2019

Sydney College of the Arts Graduation Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the talent of Sydney College of the Arts graduates at the 2019 SCA Graduation Show. Opening night Tuesday 26 November.
20 November 2019

How a Sydney student champions the LGBTIQ community globally

Amy McCarthy has been instrumental in improving support for transgender students at the University of Sydney. Now, the undergraduate student is pushing for change on a global scale.
15 November 2019

Meet the 2019 Bradfield finalists

The next wave of Sydney visionaries share their ideas for the Sydney of the future. Discover the ideas which have placed them as the finalists for the 2019 Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship.
14 November 2019

Harry Potter parallels with religion

Professor Carole Cusack found that Potterheads can be seen as akin to worshippers in their devotion to the fabled tales.
11 November 2019

Two new Fellows elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Two University of Sydney social scientists have been elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of their world-leading research in the fields of intellectual history and environmental justice.
25 October 2019

FoodLab Sydney is cultivating a good food community

FoodLab Sydney, a University of Sydney-led innovative food business incubator aimed at creating a vibrant network of local small food businesses in Sydney, has hosted its inaugural graduation ceremony.
22 October 2019

Charlotte Wood's The Weekend launched at Charles Perkins Centre

Acclaimed author Charlotte Wood, the first recipient of the Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, launched her new book The Weekend last night.
17 October 2019

New museum in Sydney: 12 must-see treasures that will be on show

From a mummified cat to a mysterious gold nugget, many of the artefacts destined for Sydney's new museum are gifts from University supporters. Here are 12 donated treasures to see when the Chau Chak Wing Museum opens in 2020.
30 September 2019

Australian teachers head to schools in need, thanks to scholarship

A million-dollar donation is helping Australian teachers inspire disadvantaged students in maths and science class.

27 September 2019

Troubled waters: experts comment on the drought and water policy

Australia is bracing for another hot, dry summer. With no respite in sight for drought-affected communities, what's the long-term solution for our chronic water shortage? University of Sydney experts weigh up the options and examine current policy proposals.
23 September 2019

Sydney University's Raising the Bar returns Wednesday 16 October

Tickets are now available for Raising the Bar 2019. Join us across the CBD, Surry Hills and - for the first time - Parramatta, as 21 academics deliver 21 talks across 11 bars in one night.

20 September 2019

First Sydney Scholars India winners

Undergraduate students Madhullikaa Singh from Mumbai and Aryan Bhatia from Delhi are the inaugural recipients of the two major scholarships offered under the Sydney Scholars India Scholarship program, valued at up to AU$200,000 (INR 10,000,000) each.