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23 April 2018

Joseph Stiglitz wins 2018 Sydney Peace Prize

Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winning Economist, will receive the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize on Thursday 15 November at Sydney Town Hall. 

23 April 2018

University-led food business incubator pilot backed by council

The University of Sydney will design and lead the Sydney Food Business Incubator to address food insecurity, in a proposed joint initiative with the City of Sydney.
13 April 2018

Leadership: the cultural divide

A new report from Australia's Human Rights Commission, Leading for Change, indicates that the lack of cultural diversity among the country's leaders could threaten our economic and social fabric.
12 April 2018

The case for decriminalising drug use

Can drugs be used responsibly? Will Tregoning says yes, and that many people do just that. Advocating to end discrimination around drug use, Tregoning says in this opinion piece that people often hear prejudice rather than facts.
11 April 2018

Coercion and corruption the major challenges for electoral integrity

A new study by the Electoral Integrity Project has analysed parliamentary and presidential elections from 2017, identifying coercion and corruption as major challenges to electoral integrity.
06 April 2018

A new chance for native animals threatened by feral invaders

Australia has lost 30 species of native mammals in 200 years; more than the rest of the world put together. Even in remote parts of Australia, feral animals threaten native species. A change of mindset could be the answer.
04 April 2018

First Sydney Policy Lab director announced

Political theorist, advisor and public policy expert Professor Marc Stears will take the reins at the University of Sydney's Sydney Policy Lab.
03 April 2018

iWitnessed app launched by memory experts, police, QC

A unique app available for download in Australia should assist witnesses and victims of one-off events and ongoing occurrences make mobile records in a way that can help with convictions and prevent miscarriages of justice.
27 March 2018

Education brings a new future to 25 million children in Pakistan

An estimated 25 million children in Pakistan don’t go to school. To change this, Lila Ram works to promote more enlightened teaching methods, equal educational opportunity and the love of learning.
26 March 2018

What role does cultural competence have in higher education?

Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector is the focus of a conference to be held on campus next week, hosted by the University of Sydney’s National Centre for Cultural Competence.
23 March 2018

Everything you need to know about daylight saving

Daylight saving is a ritual observed by over 40 percent of the world, but why do we change our clocks and how does it impact your sleep? University of Sydney experts explain.
09 March 2018

6 reasons to join Sydney's Women in Wikipedia edit-a-thon

University staff, students and community will address Wikipedia's gender gap while celebrating Women's History Month at our Women in Wikipedia: 2018 Sydney Edit-a-thon.
08 March 2018

Why we need to make room for food

Every year we lose two million hectares of land to urban sprawl. With Sydney’s property market booming, an expert panel explained why we need to make room for the production of nutritious food.
06 March 2018

Significant gaps between working women's career goals and reality

Australian workplaces are not ready to meet young women's career aspirations or support their future success, according to a new national report by University of Sydney researchers.
06 March 2018

Sydney Policy Lab fellows combine theory and practice

Gender equality, valuing the benefits of infrastructure projects and online dispute resolution are among the policy issues being tackled by the University of Sydney’s inaugural Sydney Policy Lab fellows.
02 March 2018

Government's foreign donations bill is flawed

The federal government's bill is highly vulnerable to a constitutional challenge and needs to be redrafted, writes Professor Anne Twomey from the University of Sydney Law School.
15 February 2018

Experts call to prevent injuries at indoor trampoline parks

Injury experts are urgently calling for a mandatory Australian Standard to prevent the rise of serious injuries linked to the booming use of indoor trampoline parks.
12 January 2018

For women fighting the gender pay gap discrimination law is limited

Discrimination law has limited capacity to address the gender pay gap, writes legal expert Alice Orchiston.
20 December 2017

Where to take refuge in your home during a bushfire

With the bushfire threat expected to be extreme this summer, Douglas Brown, PhD candidate with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning shares his recommendations for survival.

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.