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09 October 2018

New database documents rights abuses of 457 visa holders

New analysis of a decade's worth of data by a University of Sydney immigration expert has revealed the nature of worker rights violations experienced by temporary migrants.
28 September 2018

Banking Royal Commission: Five things you need to know

How could the Banking Royal Commission impact you as a consumer? And what brought about the Commission? University of Sydney experts explain what you need to know about the interim report release.
25 September 2018

Old and modern architecture the focus of building conservation

In a time of dramatic change, conserving precious architecture, objects and places becomes even more important. But alumna, Susan Macdonald, knows it takes more than good intentions - it takes detective work and new thinking.
25 September 2018

Security the only cost in the marketplace of ideas

Universities should be places where ideas of every type are protested and defended. This is the everyday experience of students at universities, writes Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence in The Australian.
24 September 2018

Residential aged-care doesn't meet older people's emotional needs

In the wake of ABC's Four Corners investigation Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low explains why Australia's aged-care system is failing older people and the fundamental shift that is needed to change things.
21 September 2018

Transforming devastated landscapes with permaculture

The humanitarian crises that most of us only read about are often witnessed firsthand by alumna Rosemary Morrow, as she travels the world to help refugees and displaced people grow food.
20 September 2018

How the law failed the victims of the Bowraville murder case

Last week, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal added another chapter to the decades-long story of injustice for the Indigenous community of Bowraville. David Hamer from Sydney Law School explores how the laws of 'double jeopardy' have put obstacles in the path of the prosecution for a third child murder.
19 September 2018

When politics corrupts the fairness of elections

Arranging election district boundaries can be made to favour a particular party, creating a problem for democracy. Working for the Campaign Legal Centre, alumna Ruth Greenwood is on the front line, fighting for fairness.
18 September 2018

The law professor who changed lives and inspired a $195,000 gift

Tom Yim says he would never have got through University without the help of Emeritus Professor Colin Phegan. Now he is honouring his former lecturer by making a gift that will help a new generation of law students.

17 September 2018

The corporate trailblazer promoting diversity and inclusion

List the ASX 100 companies with an Asian woman as CEO, and you'll have just two. Alumna, Ming Long, was the first woman to get there and now she's making it easier for more to follow.
13 September 2018

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she's pushing against the barriers.
12 September 2018

Community language teaching offers migrant women pathways to work

New research on community languages teachers in NSW has revealed the majority are university-educated migrant women looking to return to work and further study after raising families.
05 September 2018

How the Philosopher and the Wolf inspired new self-reliance

Alumna, Stephanie Fynn (MIDEA '14), creates sensory worlds for people with disabilities. Here she explains how Mark Rolands' The Philosopher and the Wolf made her think differently about her approach to what she does.
04 September 2018

7 steps to success and what's holding women back: study

From the 'maternal wall' to the 'boys' club' and beyond the glass ceiling, a group of geoscientists has taken the microscope to their backyard. The results are revealing.
31 August 2018

The challenge of eliminating corruption from Indonesia

Corruption has been a long-time problem for Indonesia. As other obstacles to economic and social progress have been tackled, alumnus, Laode Syarif, is working to eradicate corruption wherever he finds it.
29 August 2018

Drought-affected habitats endanger koalas

Koala populations were already threatened before the current drought tightened its grip on the country. As their habitats dry out and koalas are forced to hunt for water, a world-first research program is urgently looking for solutions.
27 August 2018

Pop-Up Research Lab to explore 'Brave New Law' in tackling biotech

With recent biotechnology breakthroughs bringing scientists closer than ever to engineering human genes, lawyers and policy makers need to take their own 'giant leap' to keep up, says a University of Sydney sociologist.
24 August 2018

The Game of Homes: will the housing crisis ever end?

Ahead of his appearance at the forthcoming event, Outside the Square, Peter Phibbs, Professor of Urban Planning, offers a frank assessment of the issues causing the housing affordability crisis.
16 August 2018

How our millennial Indiana Jones became a global health warrior

Captain Sophie Hollingsworth has accomplished more in her quarter-of-a-century than most people do in a lifetime. With every door open to her, why did she decide to study a Master of Health Security at the University of Sydney?
31 July 2018

The Obesity Collective: new joint initiative to tackle the crisis

University of Sydney partners with a coalition of researchers, health professionals, government and private sector representatives, campaigners, non-profits and consumers to transform the way we think and act on obesity.