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14 June 2019

Expert insight into refugees' plight: Refugee Week

Australia's National Refugee Week seeks to celebrate the contributions refugees make to our society while exploring the challenges many continue to confront.
11 June 2019

Sydney experts help secure Australia's place in Remembrance Alliance

Scholars from the University of Sydney's Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies played a vital role in helping Australia secure membership to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
11 June 2019

Honorary doctorate awarded to Chief Justice of New South Wales

University graduate and New South Wales Supreme Court Chief Justice, The Honourable Thomas Frederick Bathurst AC QC has received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney.
05 June 2019

Outgoing BOCSAR Director appointed to Sydney Law School role

Dr Don Weatherburn has accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor within the University of Sydney Law School.
30 May 2019

University researchers to help Facebook counter hate speech

Researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are the first University of Sydney academics to receive research support from Facebook.
28 May 2019

Why an Indigenous voice would not be a 'third chamber' of parliament

Other bodies that inform parliament, like the Productivity Commission, aren't considered 'third chambers' as they have no power to initiate, pass or reject bills, writes Professor Anne Twomey in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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.
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.
13 May 2019

University of Sydney experts take NAPLAN to task

The federal election has largely overshadowed the 12th iteration of NAPLAN, commencing this week. Yet that does not mean the tests are uncontroversial. University of Sydney experts deconstruct the debate surrounding them.
07 May 2019

Kakadu needs a new approach to cleaning up an old mine

A new report has found Australia's largest national park is at long-term risk unless the clean up of the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu is done comprehensively and effectively.
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.
24 April 2019

Benchmarks for aged care work conditions urgent: experts

A new report released today has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the shocking stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.
17 April 2019

Tim Soutphommasane to lead Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network

Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) Tim Soutphommasane has been announced as the new Co-Chair of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN).
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.
08 April 2019

Chinese investment in Australia falls by 36.3 percent in 2018

Chinese investment in Australia fell by 36.3 percent or $8.2 billion in 2018, according to a new report by KPMG and the University of Sydney Business School.
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.
01 April 2019

Vast majority of NSW hate crimes race and religion related: study

A new University of Sydney study provides the most comprehensive picture of the patterns of hate crime in Australia to date.
01 April 2019

Multidisciplinary Sydney experts support landmark UN report

University of Sydney science and law experts contributed to the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the health of the planet completed by the United Nations in the past five years.
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.