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15 April 2019

Shark bite research reveals politicians' fishy behaviour

More than a decade's worth of research has revealed how politicians manipulate highly emotional incidents like shark bites to influence public sentiment and protect their own interests.
04 April 2019

Sydney places 25th in the world in global impact ranking

The University of Sydney has been ranked 25th in the overall 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking.
29 March 2019

Addressing the future use and misuse of our data

Hosted by the University of Sydney, the ethics of data science conference brought together world-renowned experts to address the current crisis in confidence around machine learning, artificial intelligence and data use.
29 March 2019

Sydney excels in national research engagement and impact assessment

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the Australian Research Council's first Engagement and Impact Assessment of research at Australian universities.
27 March 2019

Celebrating disability-inclusive education

The Centre for Disability Studies today held a round table event at the University of Sydney to celebrate advances, and inspire further progress, in tertiary education opportunities for people with intellectual disability.
27 March 2019

Private car to remain king for "a generation or more"

The majority of Australians remain wedded to private cars despite the heavy promotion of public transport, according to a recent survey by the University of Sydney Business School.
27 March 2019

University and ABC supporting emerging voices in humanities

Following on from a successful inaugural collaboration in 2018, the University is proud to partner with the ABC again to support its popular media residency scheme and raise the profile of humanities research in Australia.
27 March 2019

University of Sydney research shines in ERA results

All 22 broad fields of research undertaken at the University of Sydney have been rated as above or well above world standard by the Australian Research Council in a report released today.
21 March 2019

What is needed to improve diversity and inclusion in Australia

Harmony Day, a day set aside every year to celebrate Australia's cultural diversity, is celebrated on the same day as the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day for both the celebration of multiculturalism but also a day to resolve to eliminate racism and xenophobia.
18 March 2019

NSW finances face a serious squeeze unless radical action is taken

A new report by the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney reveals that any incoming NSW government faces a difficult fiscal situation, potentially threatening funding for public services.
11 March 2019

New road pricing system needed after years of political neglect

Sydney's chronic traffic congestion results from "political neglect" and can only be solved by a radical new system of charges for road usage, according to a leading researcher at the University of Sydney Business School.
07 March 2019

Winners and losers of Australia and Indonesia's trade deal

Dr Patricia Ranald from the Department of Political Economy scrutinises the recently-signed free-trade deal between Australia and Indonesia that has been eight years in the making.
07 March 2019

"Unacceptable secrecy" around potential safety risks of medicines

Should new safety warnings about the potentially serious harmful effects of medicines be considered 'confidential business information'? University of Sydney researchers make a case for stronger regulation and full ongoing public access.
07 March 2019

New Arts and Social Sciences flagship themes to fix the future

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Annamarie Jagose has announced six flagship themes that humanities and social sciences research at the University of Sydney will become known for over the next few years.
22 February 2019

Is ASIC the watchdog that no one fears?

The Banking Royal Commission has raised questions about the role of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, writes Professor Jason Harris, specialist in corporate law at the University of Sydney Law School.
11 February 2019

Future insecurity: exploring malicious uses of digital networks

A year-long Global Forum at the University of Sydney will investigate how the malicious use of digital networks by states and other global actors is producing a new precariousness in global politics.
11 February 2019

Why is there concern about corruption in Australia?

What does Australia's orange ranking in the Corruption Perception Index actually mean? Sydney Law School PhD Candidate José-Miguel Bello y Villarino explains.
07 February 2019

Transparency reporting by pharmaceutical industry in decline

Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.
05 February 2019

Banking Royal Commission: personal greed and corporate culture

The Banking Royal Commission's final report shows the real problem is how we value executives and workers, writes Dr Kym Sheehan, specialist in executive remuneration from the University of Sydney Law School.
31 January 2019

Constitutional monarchy and royal assent for government bills

There has been recent speculation that governments could advise royal assent not be granted if bills are passed against their wishes. Professor Anne Twomey from Sydney Law School explains why this is very unlikely to happen.