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22 May 2019

Experts ask authority to hold oil giant to account on Bight plan

A group of energy and natural resource experts, led by the University of Sydney, is calling on Australia's regulator to hold Norwegian oil company Equinor to account over its proposal to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
20 May 2019

Sydney experts advocate for inclusivity at the OECD

Intergenerational inequality creating a new class system, the need to apply a gender lens on the future of work and women in STEMM are some of the key arguments University of Sydney academics will make at the 2019 OECD Forum.
17 May 2019

Timor-Leste aims to become world's first plastics-neutral country

University spin-out company Licella will use catalytic technology developed by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer as part of global consortium to donate plastics recycling plant to the people of Timor-Leste.
17 May 2019

Vale Bob Hawke

Chancellor of the University of Sydney Belinda Hutchinson AM and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC today honoured former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC who passed away on Thursday 16 May 2019.
13 May 2019

How the major parties stack up on work, care and family policies

The Work and Family Policy Roundtable has delivered a pre-election score card that rates how Labor and Liberal policies stack up against the research evidence on what a strong work, care and family policy platform should look like.
29 April 2019

Sydney's hidden housing problem

A new report released by the Sydney Policy Lab has found low income and vulnerable groups are being forced into informal and sometimes illegal housing arrangements, due to a lack of affordable alternatives.
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.